Strainlabs systems

Why Strainlabs

Bolted joints are commonly used in mechanical and structural applications to join components together. Bolted joints pose several major problems if not properly designed, installed, and maintained. This is why you should consider Strainlabs Systems.
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Why Strainlabs systems

Monitoring of bolted joints for optimal performance

Strainlabs System has financial and operational values of monitoring bolted joints from an OEM and end-user perspective.

A Complete monitoring system

Strainlabs sophisticated solution includes bolts with patented LED sensors that communicate via a router to Strainlabs Analytics.

Problems with bolts

A bolt can be associated with many problems, which a monitoring system can detect and provide notifications for.

Over tightening

The bolt is over-stressed and may break.

Under tightening

The bolt is too loosely assembled and cannot support its intended load.


Leads to microscopic cracks which ultimately fracture.

Leaking gaskets

If the bolts clamping a gasket are not evenly preloaded, the gasket will leak.


Too high cyclic loads induce fatigue and the bolt breaks.


Cause gradual loosening of the bolt and lead to failure.

Temperature effects

Fluctuating temperature expand and contract materials, which affects ‘the bolts performance.


Unevenly tightened bolts may cause mis- alignment and/or stress concentration of/in components.

Thread damage

Reduces the load carrying capacity of the bolt, which cannot support its intended load

Insufficient preload

The bolt is not able to withstand the working load it is intended for and will fail.

Business related consequences of bolt failure

If a problem occurs with a bolt and it fails, it does not only affect the bolt, but also the application which components it joins as well as the value chain which the application is a part of. Therefore, it is of high financial and operational value to any OEM and End-User organization to be notified about an upcoming failure and being able to prevent it from ever occurring.

Common business-related consequences of bolt failure
Production and operations disruption

Such as down time, delivery delays and increased costs.

Financial losses

Such as revenue loss due to lost production, repair and replacement costs and machinery or parts thereof, fines for non-compliance with agreements.

Reputation damage

Such as loss of credibility.

Safety risks

Such as danger to employees and equipment users as well as environmental impact.

Legal issues

Such as disruption of contractual obligations and regulatory compliance.

Loss of competitive advantage

Such as competing with subpar products that fail.

Value for OEM

Such as revenue loss due to lost production, repair and replacement costs and machinery or parts thereof, fines for non-compliance with agreements.

Roller coaster manufacturer
Roller coasters and amusement park rides have an extensive use of bolts which must be regularly inspected and documented for customer safety.

Considerations for OEMs looking to sell data
Sustainable revenue generation

Selling data, such as raw data or analytical models, can be a new revenue stream beyond just selling physical products.

Customer engagements

Data can provide insights into how customers are using their applications. OEMs can use this to create additional offerings.

Market insights

Aggregated data from multiple applications can be used to identify trends and market opportunities.

Operational values for an OEM
Product improvements

The analysis of bolt data can identify application issues, predict maintenance needs, and be used to develop better applications.

Competitive advantage

Data can be used to identify future need and sellable features.


Improvements of products, processes and quality.

Value for End-User

The operational value of bolt monitoring is high for an End-User because it minimizes disruptions in business operational processes. Operations is the continuously improving process of producing goods or services which delivers value to the customer and revenue to the End-User in a sustainable way.

Paper mill / Rollers
The bolts retaining the rollers are difficult to tighten and sufficient preload is not always achieved.


Can be increased when manual inspection of bolted applications is automated. Time is saved and documentation is automatically processed.

Cost reduction

Automated inspections cut unnecessary expenses for tools, labor, down-time and value for lost production.


Failed bolts is one of the most common root causes for breakdown, which often leads to dangerous or environmentally hazardous scenarios.


Up-to-date, aware and well-trained employees are motivated, productive and con- tribute to operational success.


Every performed task leaves an environmental footprint. Automatic bolt inspection reduces the number of tasks performed and increase positive public perception.

Data utilization

Bolt monitoring can enable data-driven decision making, predictive maintenance and process optimization.

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When and where is it relevant to implement Strainlabs System?

Due to the wide use of bolted joints across industries, Strainlabs can provide valuable & actionable data to virtually any business, process or asset.

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