CIMC Intermodal Equipment has converted and upgraded all of its plant operations to a cutting-edge computer controlled torqueing process, according to an announcement.
An electric torque wrench married with a smart socket communicates, via Bluetooth technology, directly to a computer the actual torque value being attained during assembly of CIMC slider chassis. Each lug nut torque is immediately recorded by position using the industry standard STAR torque tightening pattern. In addition to the torque value, the system records the operator identification, date and time of day and the unique number associated with the slider being assembled.
“Our production processes are integral to meeting the goals we have set for customer satisfaction in the equipment they purchase from us,” says Mike Murray, director of warranty, quality control and training. “The new torqueing technique we’ve adopted assures that we’ve done this critical element correctly and is just the latest in our quest to find new and innovative ways to upgrade our facilities.”