Torque Measurement, Control and Calibration

News


June 2022

New Kepler 4 Major Update


Our new Kepler 4 major update is out now! It continues to expand our software's capability to ISO 6789:2017. Key features of the update include:

  • The Coverage Factor (k) can now be calculated at each setting, using the AWS K Factor Verification Module (see below for more information).
  • The Coverage Factor (k) can be added to the Readings block in your Certificate Template, using the new Database fields <Readingsk>, <ReadingsExtrak> and <ReadingsExtraNCk>. These replace <Readings>,<ReadingsExtra> and <ReadingsExtraNC> respectively, adding a row for the Coverage Factor at each setting.
  • The Coverage Factor calculated at each setting has been added to the CSV Export File for importing into other software if required.
  • The Coverage Factor at each setting can be reviewed for completed readings under the Calculations tab.
  • Other improvements.

The new optional K Factor Verification Module is a supplement to Kepler 4 , to carry out the automatic verification of the K factor k=2 as proscribed in ISO 6789:2017 Part 2. This module is based on the M3003 document Appendix's B (Unreliable inputs) and C (Dominant uncertainty contributions) to verify the K factor.

Contact us today to enquire about the new module and Kepler 4...


May 2022

The Need for Torque Calibration in the Automotive Industry


In our latest blog, we discuss why torque calibration is an essential stage of the automotive manufacturing process, and the dangers of not calibrating your torque tools correctly.

Read our blog here...


May 2022

New Kepler 4 Update Coming Soon


New Kepler 4 Version Coming Soon

Our next Kepler 4 update continues to expand our software's ISO 6789:2017 capability. Key features of the update include:

  • New integrated K Factor Verification module based on the international publication Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM) for each setting.
  • Expanded CSV output.
  • Enhanced certificate and reporting fields.
  • New sample template incorporating the K Factor at each setting.

Read About Kepler 4 Here...


January 2022

AWS Product Catalogue 2022

The AWS Product Catalogue 2022 is now out, featuring the only automated torque screwdriver calibrator to meet ISO 6789:2017 standards on the market, as well as our new automated Universal Torque Calibration Machine for calibrating torque tester devices.

Read Through It Here...


September 2021

Update: Kepler 4 Version 3.09


Good news! We will shortly be rolling out Kepler 4 Version 3.09 for all customers within their maintenance period. This update adds new features following requests from users, which require a Database version change.

Very Important - Before updating Kepler 4, please ensure your database has been backed up.

Kepler 4 will automatically update when you open the program. After you have updated Kepler 4, you will be asked to update your database to Version 12. This will add a Coverage Factor (k) and Coverage Probability (p) to all of your completed readings, which will be set as k=2 and p=95%. Once you have allowed Kepler to continue, it will tell you how many readings have been updated. If there are any issues, please let us know and we will do our best to resolve them as quickly as possible.

Here is a short summary of new additional features and updates in v3.09
  • The Coverage Factor (k) and Coverage Probability (p) can be changed in Settings
  • The Coverage Factor & Coverage Probability can be added to your Certificate Template, using the new Database fields READ_CoverageFactor and READ_CoverageProbability
  • The Coverage Factor & Coverage Probability have been added to the CSV Export File for importing into other software if required
  • The Coverage Factor & Coverage Probability for each completed reading can be reviewed under the General tab
  • Other bug fixes

Read About Kepler 4 Here...


July 2021

Update: Kepler 4 Version 3.08

Good news! We have rolled out Kepler 4 Version 3.08 for all customers within their maintenance period.

Very Important - Before updating Kepler 4, please ensure your database has been backed up.

Instructions for updating Kepler 4 - Kepler 4 will automatically update when you open the program.

Here is a short summary of new additional features and updates in v3.08

  • The return key can now be used to move between reading fields  
  • Improvements to Kepler 4 when using a comma as a decimal separator
  • Other bug fixes 

Read About Kepler 4 Here...


May 2021

Why the need for calibration and verification of torque tools and torque measuring devices?

In our new white paper, we show you why both calibration and verification have a place in quality control and performance.

Read Here...


May 2021

AWS in Fast Magazine

Torque tools provide vital assurance that bolts are the right tightness. In the latest issue of FAST magazine, we talk to Will Dalrymple about how torque tool's readings are not fool proof and their need for calibration and verification.

Read Here...


May 2021

Calibrate 10x Faster with the AWS Universal Torque Screwdriver Calibration Machine

Using the AWS Universal Torque Screwdriver Calibration Machine, typical calibration time is just 25 minutes, and takes much less operator skill, saving you considerable time and generating faster throughput of torque screwdrivers. Payback can be as short as a phenomenal 8 days!

More about the Return on Investment...


March 2021

Universal Torque Screwdriver Calibration Machine Camera

Our Universal Torque Screwdriver Calibration Machine can come with the optional extra of a flexible probe camera to allow for easier use during calibration of dial screwdrivers.

More about UTSCM...


March 2021

Update: Kepler 4 Version 3.07

We have rolled out Kepler 4 Version 3.07 for all customers within their maintenance period. This update adds additional COM Port data entry support, and translation improvements. Very Important - Before updating Kepler 4, please ensure your database has been backed up. Kepler 4 will automatically update when you open the program.

More about Kepler 4...


February 2021

ISO 6789 White Paper

Review our latest updated information on this torque tool conformity and calibration standard.

Read Here...


February 2021

The Importance of Quality Control in Fastening using Torque Tools

Check out our webinar, first shown at at 3:30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 24th February 2021, to hear us talk about the importance of quality control in fastening using torque tools. You'll learn about:

- Why you should calibrate your torque tools.

- How often you should calibrate your torque tools.

- Different requirements for torque wrenches and torque screwdrivers.

- Understanding the complexities of the manual torque tools ISO 6789:2017 standard.

- Practical solutions in how to use the standard.

Take a look here...


December 2020

Testimonial - GT Certification Ltd

"We purchased a Torque Wrench Testing Machine designed by Advanced Witness Systems Ltd in 2018 and subsequently acquired UKAS approval to use the instrument for ISO 6789-2:2017 calibrations for a range of 0.15 N.m to 1500 N.m in 2019. We subsequently increased the range in 2020 to 2500 N.m with UKAS approval.

We have found the Testing Machine to meet all the stringent requirements placed on a calibration laboratory for this range of applied torque and the ISO specifications.

In addition to the Testing Machine, we use the Kepler 4 software for handling the data from the calibration methods for both ISO6789:2003 & ISO6789-2:2017. This was also designed and acquired from Advanced Witness Systems Ltd.

A specifically designed product for torque tool calibration, Kepler 4 handles and manipulates the data, also retaining the large amount of measurements required for ISO6789-2:2017.

We would recommend both these products without hesitation to any other laboratories who wish to carry out similar measurement requirements.

Should you have any questions in relation to this information, please do not hesitate to contact myself."

- Gary Thompson, GT Certification Ltd


December 2020

Testimonial - Metrology & Quality Services Ltd

"We at Metrology & Quality Services when looking for a torque measuring machine /system to satisfy the requirements of BS EN ISO 6789-2:2017 looked at the available options in the market place & concluded after demonstrations & extensive discussion that the system manufactured & sold by Advanced Witness Systems best suited our requirements.

We required a system that was reliable, easy to use for the operator; automatic as far as possible; satisfied UKAS requirements & with software that both satisfied the requirements of the standard & that we could work with the originators on to meet our specific requirements including calibration to the previous version of the standard .This was fully met by Advanced Witness Systems & with their total impartiality from a torque wrench manufacturing point of view was a massive bonus as the other systems in the market favour their own designs & have little regards of other makes!

The help & willingness to advise from the team at Advanced Witness Systems since the installation has proved to us that we certainly made the correct decision.

Should you wish to discuss our experiences further then do not hesitate to contact me."

- Graham Wilson, Metrology & Quality Services Ltd


December 2020

Christmas Opening Times

Please note our last office day this year will be 23rd December. We will be open again on 4th January 2021.

We would like to wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year.



August 2020

Update: Kepler 4 Version 3.03

We have just released Kepler 4 V3.03 containing several updates and bug fixes including the addition of Range as a certificate field, and modification to the tool resolution field, which checks to ensure the correct value is used for the type and class of tool at reading entry.

We have also enhanced importing databases from previous historic versions of Kepler. Please contact us if you require further information.

More about Kepler 4...


April 2020

New Presentation:
Understanding and Implementing Torque Standards relating to Torque Tools

The presentation made by Managing Director Ron Sangster at the Engineering Solutions Live exhibition last month, is now available to view online. It focusses on BS EN ISO 6789:2017.

Click on the image to view the presentation.


March 2020

Update:
Universal Torque Screwdriver Calibration Machine

The all new AWS Universal Screwdriver Wrench Calibration Machine (UTSCM) will be on display at the Engineering Solutions Live exhibition on Thursday 12th March.

It provides an efficient means of calibrating and testing manually operated torque screwdrivers to ISO 6789-2017, or company specific standards and specifications. Coming 2020.

More about our new UTSCM...


February 2020

Update:
Universal Torque Screwdriver Calibration Machine

Our new version of the Universal Torque Wrench Calibration Machine (UTWCM) is vertically mounted to allow space-saving installation, whilst still maintaining its efficient means of calibrating and testing manually operated torque wrenches to international or company specific standards and specifications.

The UTWCM applies the force to the tool via a linear carriage stepper motor and an AWS microcontroller. An important feature is the minimization of parasitic forces applied to the torque wrench handle. The UTWCM can be used with our new AWS/ ADMS Kepler 4 software to speed up completion of the calibration & certification process to ISO 6789:2017, ISO 6789:2003 or type approval for manufacturers.

More about our UTWCM...


January 2020

ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS LIVE - 12th March 2020

We have a stand at the Engineering Solutions Live Exibition on Thursday 12th March 2020.

Exhibition visitors will be amongst the first in the UK to see and be able to evaluate our all-new Universal Torque Screwdriver Calibration Machine, scheduled for release in Q1 2020. We will also have a selection of intelligent inline torque transducers, professional transducer displays and bench testers on the stand. Visitors will also be able to discuss our AWS Universal Torque Wrench Calibration machine, with hands-on demonstration of our Kepler 4 software for ISO 6789:2017, and Excalibur Software for BS 7882:2017.

We are attending as part of the FAST Live event, which is part of the larger Engineering Solutions Live Exhibition, taking place at the British Motor Museum.

More information can be found in news articles on the EurekaFAST and Engineering Solutions Live website. 

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December 2019

Christmas Opening Times

Please note our last office day this year will be 23rd December. We will be open again on 2nd January 2020.

We would like to wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.



December 2019

New:
Universal Torque Screwdriver Calibration Machine

Currently in the final stages of testing, the all new AWS Universal Screwdriver Wrench Calibration Machine (UTSCM) provides an efficient means of calibrating and testing manually operated torque screwdrivers to ISO 6789-2017, or company specific standards and specifications.

More information will be released in the New Year.

Coming 2020.

More about our new UTSCM...


November 2019

Update: Kepler 4 Version 2.0

We have just released Kepler 4 V2.0 containing several updates and bug fixes including the addition of a Lab Humidity slider on the readings details page, the ability to add it to certificates in order to comply with this requirement for certification within the ISO 6789-2017 standard as required by accreditation authorities.

Administrators and Maintainers may now delete Works Orders permanently if they do not have readings saved and a Super Administrator may permanently delete Works Orders with Readings.

More about Kepler 4...


October 2019

New: Excalibur Software for BS 7882

We are preparing to release our Excalibur Software, for Calibrating all types of Torque Transducers. You can input mV or Indicated Torque readings straight from a display, and the software will determine the classification of the Transducer, along with the overall uncertainty, repeatability and reproducibility of calibration (Based on BS 7882). 

More about Excalibur...


September 2019

FAST LIVE -  Thursday 19th September

We have a stand at this month's FAST Live 2019.

FAST Live is the UK's only dedicated fastening and fixing exhibition and we invite you to join us to discuss your torque calibration, control and certification needs.

We will be more than happy to discuss our recently released Universal Torque Wrench Calibration Machine and demonstrate our Kepler 4 software for full certification to the recent ISO 6789:2017 torque standard.

Find out More and Register...