The Rise of Software in Machinery

Some form of software has been deeply embedded in almost all technical and mechanical devices. It enhances the user experience, increases efficiency as it removes almost all human input, and makes coordination with other moving parts better. The mechanical parts then function in a smooth and controlled manner and room for error drastically reduces. Software input in machinery is of critical importance and even in the smallest and the most minute of a detail in a machine like that of a bolt and nut, software plays a major role. 

Good software that accurately calibrates bolt tightening machinery to tighten and lock the bolt in place ensures that the assembly of components works properly. Bolt tightening machines need this software to screw in multiple bolts at the same time and doing so with the same amount of force and torque, incomes bolt tightening software which utilizes an advanced algorithm and computational matrices to carefully calculate and lock the bolts in place. A minimal input, maximum output philosophy in the design of the software ensures that with a small amount of data and input, a large quantified work can be done. In manufacturing and industry, a new type of bolt tightening system called bolt tensioning is very frequently used, bolt tensioning screws in multiple bolts at the same time using a pre-calibrated pressure and tension to be applied on the bolts. New bolt tensioning software helps to narrow down the margin of error to a few decimal points, ensuring a systematic and efficient tightening. Among the many components in a software system for bolt tightening some of which are:

•    A project sheet: a project sheet depicting all the necessary data and an overall list of all the necessary numbers and input chart. It also contains a detailed input list for each joint in the assembly.
•    Tightening sequence: a sheet that displays the amount of torque applied in each joint section of the assembly, it displays the value of the torque in NM/ft and the application vector of the torque.

•    Bolt stress graph: every bolt differs in shape, size and, usage. Each user is required to input the bolt head size, clamp length and bolt load. This helps the software run some tests and calculations and suggest a power tool or tightening system tailored to the application of a particular set of nuts and bolts. Softwares then generate a live stress graph which shows the user how much proportion of the bolt tightening capacity is in use.

Bolt tightening software’s most important usage comes in pipes and gas delivery systems, where the fluids are delivered at very high pressures and temperatures. 

The software ensures that the bolts around the clamps are securely fastened and remain in place, not causing any leaks or seepages. Bolt tightening software is one of many examples in small-scale software applications that only enforce the fact that with an advancement in automation technology and an increasing need for more machines and systems which require bolts and nuts to hold it in place.  
The Rise of Software in Machinery The Rise of Software in Machinery Reviewed by Internal on February 01, 2018 Rating: 5

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