4 ways your workplace needs a torque screwdriver

We all know what a screwdriver is - because even those least likely to use them have, nevertheless, slotted one into the head of a screw or other fastener for the most mundane of tasks.  Less well understood, though, are the myriad other basic screwdriver types - and we're not just talking about the different head profiles, like the double-cross Pozidriv, the square Robertson, the star-tipped Torx or the Allen-like hex.  We're about to take a deep dive into a fundamentally different driver type - the torque screwdriver - and explore the possibility that your workplace might benefit from one.

Torque, of course, is a physics term that refers to twisting power, which - as we know - is what is required to tighten or loosen a fastener.  On a standard screwdriver, the amount of torque that can be applied is enabled by the handle and your own wrist's twisting power, with the torque physically applied to the fastener by the recess, shape or groove on the head.

When we tighten a fastener with a standard screwdriver, the actual torque value of the result - the achieved tension once the twisting is over that is measured in newton-metres (Nm) or pound-feet (lb-ft) - is real, but unknown.  With a torque screwdriver, however, it is possible to achieve a precise and uniform tension value, as most drivers in this category are adjustable to a range of torque strengths to suit a wide spectrum of applications.  Whilst most common in applications requiring accurate, reliable and repeatable torque, like product assembly, they will be widely found in workplaces concerned with electronics, manufacturing, or any other process in which precise torque is required to walk the line between a firm bond that doesn't overly stress the fastener or what it is fastened to.

Here's how your workplace might benefit from torque screwdrivers:

1. Accuracy

Those who use torque screwdrivers need accurate torque values in order to walk that fine line between over and under-tightening and achieve the necessary performance, reliability and safety.

2. Ease of use

No particular skill level is required to correctly use a torque screwdriver, as the key features for setting the values for precision tightening are straightforward.  Then, it's just a case of stopping the twisting movement once the desired value is achieved.

3. Durability

Generally, torque screwdrivers all fall into the high quality range of typical screwdriver products, and minimally made of strong and long-lasting materials like steel or aluminium.

4. Diversity

Within the 'torque screwdriver' range, the variety of products is impressive, meaning that no matter the task, you'll find a specific driver to suit.  Most of what we've referred to above has a manual torque screwdriver in mind, but there are also electronic or powered versions.

Are you wondering how easy or difficult it is to use a torque screwdriver for your unique workplace tasks?  Need some help making the correct product choice?  It's always wise to seek expert guidance to match the perfect product with your particular industry, application and budget, so don't hesitate to get in touch.