Bossard carries many products, such as bolts and screws, that work well for conventional applications, including industrial automation, automotive, rail, and robotics. However, applications exposed to high temperatures demand fasteners for high-temperature applications with greater mechanical and physical durability. To meet those more stringent requirements, we are proud to introduce High-Temperature Maxbolt™ from Valley Forge & Bolt.
Building on the Original
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because you may have already used the original Maxbolt Load Indicating Fastener System. This innovation introduced an accurate and durable analog gauge into the head of the bolt. The gauge monitors the load to minimize the potential premature wear and catastrophic joint failure that leads to expensive downtime.
The Maxbolt analog gauge contains a custom scale that shows the normal operating range of the bolt using either precise clamp load values or a green zone.
- Technicians only have to glance at the gauge to discover when the proper load is reached.
- During normal operations and in real-time, they can determine if the bolt is loosening or falling out of spec. They can then take steps to address the issue immediately instead of waiting for equipment to fail.
The entire system does away with torque charts and tightening patterns as well as dispenses with expensive strain gauges, ultrasonic machines, and torque-measuring devices.
Maxbolt fasteners do not require special tools. They work with conventional tightening and tensioning equipment. These advantages ultimately improve safety and increase savings by reducing maintenance.
The high-temperature fasteners are available in standard shapes and sizes, so they can be retrofitted into existing assemblies. To ensure that each fastener meets the tension requirements of your application, it is calibrated and tested to its proof load.
Working with High Temperatures
Because the load-monitoring gauge is sealed, the original Maxbolt tolerates submersion and harsh environments in temperatures ranging from -40 °F to 180 °F. In contrast, the High-Temperature Maxbolt withstands temperatures up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit.
Like the original, this latest version boasts an accuracy of +/-5%, is compliant with ASTM F2482, and operates under rapid thermal cycles or in prolonged high temperatures. The High-Temperature Maxbolt is also available in the standard diameters and grades of the original. It’s designed for such industries as metal and mineral refining, energy generation, metal forming, furnace manufacturing, and chemical processing.
“We know customers have been eager for a high-temperature version of Maxbolt® because they value the safety and time-savings it brings to their applications,” says James Brooks, head of engineering and business development for Valley Forge & Bolt. “We’re pleased that we have combined the right blend of materials and precision worthy of the Maxbolt® name.”
For more information about the Valley Forge and Bolt High-Temperature Maxbolt, reach out to us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.
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