Portuguese company ISQ partners with world-leading, Banbury-based torque tools experts Norbar

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The Portugal based ISQ has partnered with the world’s leading torque tools specialist, Banbury-based Norbar Torque Tools, to expand its fixed location and mobile calibration capabilities in Portugal.

The partnership will involve an upgrade to LabMetro, ISQ’s metrology laboratories, that are accredited to IPAC (Portuguese Institute of Accreditation), and will include a range of new equipment. The company has laboratories in both Porto and Oeiras.

The privately-owned ISQ has more than 50 years’ experience working in engineering, technical and regulatory inspections, training, and R&D and innovation. It works for several benchmark companies and organisations around the world, such as the European Space Agency and the European centre for nuclear research CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) and the E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope).

The partnership involves an expansion to ISQ’s torque calibration range and also assistance in preparing for the requirements of ISO standard – “Assembly tools for screws and nuts – Hand torque tools” ISO 6789-1:2017 and ISO 6789-2:2017.

Working together for more than twelve months, ISQ along with Norbar’s representative and local distributor Drilco S.L., clarified the equipment needs, which ultimately resulted in the delivery of new powered torque wrench loaders, “TWC Autos” for the two calibration laboratories. In addition, manually operated torque wrench loaders for the mobile calibration units were specified and a range of torque transducers and calibration beams for transducer calibration.

The addition of three calibration beams offers ISQ a new capability to calibrate torque transducers from 0.05 N∙m to 1,500 N∙m.  ISQ now intends to seek accreditation to add transducer calibration to its services.

ISQ has more than 50 years’ experience working in engineering, technical and regulatory inspection, metrology and testing, training, research and development and innovation.

LabMetro provides a range of services including dimensional, mass, acoustics and vibration, gas and flow and pressure. The company had an existing torque calibration capability, accredited to 1,000 N∙m in their Porto laboratory and 2,500 N∙m in Oeiras.

Juan Carlos Casas, Norbar’s representative, said: “ISQ now have a superb torque wrench calibration capability in both fixed locations and mobile facilities.”

He continued: “The TWC Auto torque wrench loader takes the user through the data acquisition required for an IS0 6789-2 calibration in a most intuitive way. With this equipment, they have taken a big step towards readiness for accreditation to ISO 6789:2017. We are confident that this equipment will be a great asset to the ISQ laboratories in their desire to achieve accreditation to the standard”.

Januário da Torre from ISQ, added: “We approached Norbar Torque because of our past experience using their equipment. Working alongside Norbar has been a great experience and we hope in the in future, through Drilco and the regional sales manager of Norbar, to solidify our relationship and develop more solutions that will allow us to grow in Portugal and beyond.”

In 2017, Norbar Tools was acquired by the USA-based Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. The sale was for around $72 million. Based in Banbury, United Kingdom, with annual sales at the time of of approximately $41 million, Norbar is a leading European manufacturer of a full range of torque products, including wrenches, multipliers and calibrators and has a strong presence in critical industries, including power generation, oil & gas, mining and railroad.

Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.4 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.