Incorrectly tightened bolts can lead to overloaded assemblies or leaks in flange joints and cause significant costs. To ensure that a bolted joint in, for example, chemical plants, wind turbines, industrial plants, etc. achieves or maintains the required bolt force, there is for the first time an easy-to-use and economically viable solution that differs only slightly from a normal washer. Instead of guessing, the knowledge of the bolt force reduces the cost of unnecessary checks, retightening processes, and maintenance. The sensor washer and the intelligent evaluation and documentation of the bolting process give you unprecedented protection against the failure of a bolted joint. Additional data enables complete documentation and innovative insights into error prevention.
We are working with printed sensors that are simply mounted with the bolt and provide us with data about the bolt force. After assembly, the sensors remain in the connection and can provide further data on operating behavior in the future.
The business idea was developed during a cooperation between the University of Applied Sciences Münster and accensors in which intelligent gaskets were tested. The know-how in sealing technology by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Riedl and in foil sensor technology by Eike Kottkamp, the managing director of InnoME GmbH, forms the basis for today’s screw force foil sensors. monosIQ GmbH aims to make safe flange and screw joints available on the market.