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An Integral Cog

Innovative hydraulic nuts deliver huge time, manpower and

safety margins for high temperature bolting.
n Australian innovation is making light The temperature resistant fasteners were used to
work of some of the largest and most replace the former method employing large torque
difficult bolt tensioning applications en- wrenches weighing more than 125kg.
countered in high temperature areas of
electricity generation, mining, petrochemical and The Technofast method resulted in an installation
other processes. time of around thirty minutes using two personnel,
compared with eight hours and four personnel using
In a recent application, Technofast Industries new the previous method.
EziTite TR High Temperature Hydraulic Nuts
demonstrated their performance when they were Technofasts Founder and Managing Director John
used to assemble boiler feed pumps at an electricity Bucknell explained that time savings of this order,
generating plant in South Korea. and better, are possible using the EziTite fasteners
instead of conventional methods involving sledge-
This application involved the use of 12 large hammers, stud heaters and multi-jackbolt tensioners.
EziTite TR High Temperature Hydraulic Nuts
fitted to M110 X 4.0 studs. Large nuts of this diameter can require ter-

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rific torque forces to achieve the desired tension- Torque damage to studs, hex nuts and sump
ing, or require jacknuts which have multiple surfaces
forcing screws to bring the job within the power
range of hand tools. Irregular torque readings that were difficult
to relate to tensions applied (a result which
Given the damage which can occur to the fas- can be caused by common issues such as
tener components and joint faces, some operators corrosion, thread damage and other factors
have opted to use these jacknut fasteners. How- where multiple tensioning is involved).
ever, large nuts such as those used on the Boiler
Feed Pump can easily have 24 of these forcing EziTite Hydraulic Nuts removed all these dif-
screws per nut, and they have to be progressively ficulties, as well as achieving precise bolt loads over
and sequentially tightened to a specific torque at multiple studs through simultaneous tensioning
each step, or the individual screws will be over- achieved by hydraulically loading entire groups
stressed and fail. This can add days of downtime of fasteners at once (as above).
to a typical maintenance operation.
Simultaneous tensioning gives an extremely accu-
Also, when jacknut fasteners need to removed, rate and even load onto the flange/joint, enhancing
the forcing screws have to be backed off in a strict its long-term security, safety and reliability.
sequence to avoid failure. If not, then excessive
load will transfer to remaining screws and cause Mr Bucknell said the customer was very im-
failures. The jacknut assembly will then need to pressed with the time and labour savings as
be cut off, Mr Bucknell said. well as the safety improvements, and are now
replacing all standard hex nuts on a further seven
EziTite Hydraulic Nuts, by contrast, tension boiler feed pumps with Technofast EziTite TR
the bolt in one simple operation. They are rap- Hydraulic Nut technology.
idly applied by being screwed by hand onto bolt
studs, hydraulically actuated to stretch the bolt Technofast technologies such as EziTite Hy-
to the precise tension required, then secured in draulic Nuts and Bolts and the complementary
place mechanically with an integral mechanical CamNut range are employed worldwide in ap-
lock ring. plications including Australasia, Europe, Asia
and North America.
The charging pressure is relieved, and the
EziTite Hydraulic Nuts remain in situ at the They are particularly valued in applications
precise target bolt load. where avoidance of downtime and reduced
maintenance time is critical, including nuclear,
The reverse procedure permits equally rapid hydro, gas and coal electricity generation plants
disassembly when it is eventually required. as well as mining and industrial applications.
All studs can be tensioned or de-tensioned si-
multaneously by manifolding them to a single Recent relocation to the companys purpose
hydraulic source. built factory in the industrial precinct of Crest-
mead allows streamlining of manufacture and
In addition to their simple and swift opera- a significant increase in production to address
tion, the EziTite Hydraulic Nuts used in the increasing demand for these innovative fastener
Korean application overcame multiple issues systems. HA Enquiry Number 04/06-02
experienced with the former method involving
heavy torque wrenches, including:
This publication thanks A J Media for
Horizontal stud position, which made han- providing this article for publication.
dling difficult

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