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Automatic V Manual Torque Testing

Trying to choose between a manual and automated torque tester, with the help of our customers we were able to compile data from real life production environments showing the virtues of an automated device. We understand that not everyone has the budget for an automated device and that for many a manual tester will do the job. However consider the following advantages of an automated tester and the positive impact it can have on your product quality as well as employee and consumer safety/satisfaction.

First off, manual testing devices require the operator to lock the container in place often by turning a knob or moving a clamp assembly and then using their hand to grip the closure and twist it until it releases.

1. Workplace Safety

Frequent manual testing is a known workplace hazard. Many of our customers have converted to our automated testers simply to eliminate this risk from their environment. It’s not uncommon for employees to file compensation claims for wrist and hand injuries associated with performing manual torque tests.

2. Inconsistent and inaccurate results

When performing a torque test manually many uncontrolled variables are introduced into the equation including varying top-load, acceleration, closure gripping and degree of rotation. All of these variables will effect the final read out. An automated device will isolate and control all of these variable to ensure that your results are accurate and repeatable. In addition users can validate and quickly check the the automated systems to ensure that everything is performing to specification.

3. Non-compliance

For some reason operators tend to ignore and or fudge their results when using a manual torque tester. Perhaps they are busy or simply don’t care, but regardless we’ve seen and been told that operators tend to “forgive” bad results and keep on going. Automated testers don’t allow for this on the job decision making. Results are digital and stored electronically. If a product does not pass the test then an operator is compelled to follow up.  Contact us for further information on our automated torque testers.

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