RAD East Torque Systems Unveils New Eastern Canada Velocity Service Centre

After much anticipation, we’re excited to announce that our Eastern Canada team, RAD East Torque Systems, has officially moved into their space in Beamsville, Ontario. The move to the new 2,500 square foot Velocity Service Centre expands RAD Torque’s capabilities to better service the Eastern Canadian market.

“Moving into a larger space increases our warehouse capacity by 300%, which will allow us to expand both our tooling and parts inventory to meet the growing demand we’re seeing in Eastern Canada,” says Mark Venables, RAD East’s General Manager.

The all-new service centre will now nearly triple RAD East’s service capabilities compared to 2020, which allows the team to offer on-the-fly servicing and planned maintenance appointments. “We hope to be able to bring clients and distributors back into the facility soon for our expanded training program and future product launches, with the goal of broadening our team’s knowledge,” explains Mark.

Over the next few months, RAD East plans to focus on their ISO 17025 certification, with Gregg Venables, Office Manager, overseeing the process with the help of the RAD Torque compliance team at our headquarters in Abbotsford, BC. “Having the RAD East facility ISO 17025 certified means that our customers, both locally and throughout Eastern Canada, can trust that their tools are maintained correctly and that our team follows strict protocol,” says Mark.

In addition to RAD East’s program to offer tools, training, servicing, and maintenance to Canada’s Eastern Provinces, the RAD East team hopes to act as a catalyst for RAD’s expanding global business model. Building satellite locations, similar to RAD East’s new space, will hasten the expansion for RAD on a worldwide scale.

“Our goal has always been to provide our existing and future clients with fast response times, rapid service, and detailed training,” explains Mark. “We wouldn’t have been able to build this showpiece facility without the help, guidance, and trust from Dan Provost, President and Owner and the rest of the RAD Torque team, in particular our Cheerleader in Chief, Irene Tod. It’s been a long and winding road to get to this point but this new space is exactly what we envisioned back when we started RAD East.”

Working closely with their Abbotsford account managers Dennis Roy, Murray Chapman, and Jenny Lura over the years, the RAD East team has grown exponentially since 2014. Now the RAD East team will continue the pursuit of world domination with the help of Gregg Venables, Tommy Rodrigues, and Sylvain Duguay at the new Ontario facility.

Please join us in congratulating Mark Venables and his team for all their hard work. We’re excited to see where this new facility takes them!

“RAD East is available 23.5 hours a day for training, servicing, and maintenance inquiries, please email the team at radeast@radtorque.com” according to Mark!

New Battery-Operated Torque Wrench with Integrated Transducer

RAD Torque Releases the B-RAD BL S

 

ABBOTSFORD, BC (March 22, 2021) – RAD Torque Systems is launching its most advanced battery tool today, the B-RAD BL S. The new extreme torque wrench is an addition to the popular battery-operated series known as the B-RAD. Like its predecessor, the B-RAD BL SELECT, the new S tool has a brushless motor for speed and efficiency but it’s integrated with a torque transducer for incredible accuracy regardless of joint conditions.

B-RAD BL S“Integrating a transducer into our powerful B-RAD series with a brushless motor was imperative based on industry demands,” says Dan Provost, founder and owner of RAD Torque. “The ability to have a battery-operated torque wrench that can read torque measurements in real-time with the added bonus of easily accessible torque is invaluable for big industry applications. We’re excited to get the new B-RAD BL S into the hands of workers around the world.”

The B-RAD BL S automatically records all torque cycles, including torque measurements, through the integrated transducer. The data from the torque measurements recorded on each job can easily be retrieved wirelessly with a Bluetooth connection and the easy-to-use RAD software. This additional control not only increases the accuracy of your torque output, but the transducer measurement also allows the recorded torque logs to hold up to scrutiny.

The B-RAD BL S also offers angle movement. The angle capabilities with the B-RAD BL S means this tool can be used on even difficult and critical applications.

Provost adds, “if you’re looking for a tool with portability combined with real-time torque measurement and logs, and the ability to have angle movement, you won’t find a better tool than the B-RAD BL S.”

The B-RAD BL S has torque capabilities of up to 5,000 ft. lbs. All RAD Torque tools are calibrated to ISO 17025 standards.

For more information on the B-RAD BL S, visit our website here and check out the video below!

 

Celebrating Some RAD Anniversaries with Dennis, Chris and Murray!

Happy 2021 everyone! To ring in the new year, we’re celebrating three RAD anniversaries at our headquarters in Abbotsford. We’d like to extend our love, gratitude, and congratulations to Dennis Roy, Chris McKerihen and Murray Chapman for their hard work here at RAD Torque. Keep on reading to learn more about their time at RAD, why they love what they do, and what they’re excited for in the future!

Back in the fall of 2020, Dennis celebrated his 20th anniversary with RAD! When he saw our ad in a local newspaper in September of 2000, he had no idea that the RAD team would become his family 20 years later! “It’s the culture here – we’re like one big family,” says Dennis. “When I started there were only four of us, and now there are over 140 employees. It has been amazing to see our team grow over the years, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us over the next couple of years.”

On his day-to-day, Dennis works closely with our distributors across North America to answer their questions and help them get the right tools in the right hands. “I love working with our distributors. It’s great to be able to pick up the phone and have an answer for them,” says Dennis.

This year, Dennis hopes to get back into the mining field when it’s safe to do so. “My family has worked in the mining industry since I was born, so I can’t wait to continue to carry on that legacy and get my hands dirty again. Growing up playing with those trucks as a child, and being able to work on them now in my career is very fulfilling.”

Chris McKerihenWhen Chris McKerihen joined the RAD Torque team 10 years ago, he did it on a whim based on a reference from a great friend, and previous RAD Torque colleague. “I remember when I met Dan, his first words were, ‘When can you start? It’s 8:30 a.m. now, what about 9?’ And that’s when I knew this was the job for me,” says Chris. “I took the chance, made the move to Abbotsford, and here I am 10 years later still working in the engineering department with a great crew.”

Day-to-day, you can find Chris working with the engineering and production team to actualize RAD’s top-tier tools from sketches, 3D renderings and drawings, to the real thing! “Getting to work with my fellow engineering team and production team, seeing our tools come to life from conceptual drawings to a physical tool is extremely rewarding.”

Over the course of the next couple of months, Chris is looking forward to the big move to RAD’s new headquarters in Abbotsford, BC. “I’ve seen us grow from one building to many. Every time we get bigger and expand, we gain the capabilities and options to create on an even larger scale. I’m excited to see where this next year takes us.”

Murray ChapmanMurray Chapman started with RAD in December of 2010, first in the electrical department with his previous work background, and has since moved into an Account Manager position where he handles a variety of worldwide accounts. “Working with a range of industries from mining and oil, to wind power and aerospace definitely keeps me on my toes. It’s a great feeling when I’m able to provide someone with the right tool for the job,” says Murray.

Over the past 10 years, Murray has seen the RAD team triple in size and is looking forward to where we go in the future. “I’m most excited to continue to work with our team here at the RAD headquarters, and internationally. I know we’ll be doing some great things over the next couple of months.”

On behalf of our team, distributors, and valued customers worldwide, we want to that these three for their positive outlook, helping hands, and for being such a big part of the RAD family both locally and internationally.

Congratulations, and we can’t wait to see where the future takes the three of you!

 

Find Ergonomic Torque Solutions for Awkward Bolt Jobs with RAD Torque Systems

RAD B-RAD BL Extension RailwayWhen it comes to tightening bolts on railway tracks, there’s always one common issue — they are all in awkward positions low to the ground. This forces anyone installing or repairing railway tracks to constantly bend over and even get on the ground to secure and fasten track bolts. While this is highly uncomfortable, the bigger issue is that poor ergonomics contributes to muscle strain, muscle imbalances and even fatigue.

Ergonomic hazards in the workplace are due to muscle strains as a result of performing the same motion over and over again. Because of this, repetitive stress injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries.

To help workers and prevent workplace injuries due to tightening railway track bolts, our engineering team developed a unique extension for our B-RAD product line, called the B-RAD Select Torque Extension Tool. This extension tool allows operators to stand up while they tighten bolts – offering an ergonomic design that prevents discomfort or straining.

“We specialize in creating custom extensions for our clients who have bolts in hard to reach places,” says Dennis Roy, Account Manager here at RAD Torque. “When we heard about the workplace injuries due to poor posture within the rail industry, we knew we had to develop something to help! Today, railway workers now have an ergonomic solution to work with, which is powerful and simple to use.”

Portability is an added bonus to the B-RAD Select and its extension. With track bolts being in remote locations, the B-RAD product line does not require any hose or cables making it extremely portable when out on the field.

As a leading manufacturer of pneumatic, battery-powered, and electronic pistol grip torque wrenches, we’ve worked with railway companies in North America and around the world for more than 25 years. Over a decade ago, we pioneered and patented the first programmable digital torque technology enabling effortless data collection and highly precise Bluetooth calibration.

RAD Torque System’s Battery-Powered Torque Wrench Revolutionizing the Crane Industry

For years, the crane industry has been using pneumatic torque wrenches to tighten crane bolts. The biggest issue is the need for a compressor, which doesn’t make the pneumatic tool practical. So, when  RAD Torque Systems introduced the new battery-powered B-RAD Select BL to crane industry there was some hesitation.

The biggest concern the RAD team heard was whether the B-RAD Select BL would have enough power to do the job. Well, the answer is… YES!

“When we introduced the B-RAD series to the industry, crane workers couldn’t believe a battery-powered tool had the ability to torque tower crane bolts,” says Dennis Roy, Account Manager at RAD Torque. “They were used to hydraulic tools, which meant renting an air compressor and hauling hundreds of feet of line up to the top of the crane just to get it assembled.”

The ability to carry a lightweight torque tool that runs on battery power has revolutionized the crane industry and allowed many to save time and money. The portability of the B-RAD Select BL means you can get the job done quickly, accurately, and safely, you aren’t able to compromise. That’s why some of the world’s biggest companies trust RAD Torque Systems.

The B-RAD series, notably the B-RAD Select BL, is ideal for pre-torque and service jobs where electricity or compressed air are not available. With a torque range of up to 5,000 ft. lbs. and accuracy of +/- 5% and repeatability of +/- 2%, users can be sure they’re hitting the correct torque every time.

When performing service and maintenance jobs in the crane and transport industry, companies can rest assured that they have the best tools for the job when they choose RAD Torque Systems.