26th July 2016

What is RotaBolt?

RotaBolt load indicating fasteners  are modified bolts and studs that allow a specific tension to be applied. A finger-feel registering device – useable when wearing protective gloves or diving equipment – indicates achievement, maintenance or loss of the designed fastener tension.

RotaBolt ConnectRotaBolt Connect

Precision wireless monitoring of bolted joint integrity throughout installation and operation. RotaBolt Connect takes the proven principles of RotaBolt tension measurement and provides a remote monitoring capability.

Linking to a mobile phone or tablet during installation, a simple traffic light display can be viewed to show the point at which the bolt reaches its design tension. This is in addition to a numerical readout of the exact load achieved. The RotaBolt Connect then continues to monitor and report on bolt tension with the data being accessible at any time via the internet. The system can be configured to provide alerts by text or email should tension move outside pre-set limits.

RotaBolt 1RotaBolt RB1 Touch

A standard bolt or stud is converted with a RotaBolt indicator and RotaCap. Component materials are compatible with the parent bolt to nullify in-service thermal and galvanic effects. It is 100% load test calibrated with an accuracy of ±5%.

As the load indicator fastener is stretched, internal air-gap technology locks the RotaCap at the specified, load test calibrated tension value. As soon as tension reduces, the RotaCap immediately rotates freely, to give a clear indication of tension loss.

RotaBolt TDRotaBolt RB2 Touch

RotaBolt RB2 Touch load indicator fastener provides an even greater range of tension control on installation tightening and in-service checking than RotaBolt RB1 Touch, by offering two tension settings in a single sensor.

A dual load indicator cap has an outer cap for high tension setting, and an inner cap for low tension, giving the choice of an operational tension range, either for overload or maintenance control.

VisionRotaBolt Vision

RotaBolt Vision gives a clear, visual indication of loss of tension across the bolted joint. Using the same internal air-gap technology, it has a specially developed indicator which appears as an unbroken yellow line across the head of the fastener.

As soon as any tension is lost, the load indicator fastener instantly rotates by ninety degrees to show a distinct right angle break in the yellow line. This is clearly visible at a distance and is ideally suited for locations where access is restricted and close inspection difficult.


Breakbolt successfully delivers an accurate breakaway mechanism as a primary safety feature and has been used on specialist sub-sea applications.

The Breakbolts are engineered to break at a pre-set Ultimate Tension Stress (UTS). They have a specially machined waist, which reduces the cross sectional area, allowing the bolt to shear once it has reached the necessary tolerance. The bolts are tested to destruction at an independent test house and are certificated to their desired UTS.

Indicating Rod BoltIndicating Rod Bolt

RotaBolt technology has been applied to the standard Indicating Rod Bolt outlined in ASME PCC-1-2000, to develop new bolts which are a generational step forward. An Indicating Rod Bolt uses direct length measurement to gauge the delivery of load.

The RotaBolt version gives a highly accurate measurement of bolt tension from the length extension to guarantee the uniform delivery and maintenance of load. Bolts are individually 100% load test calibrated and fitted with a special indicator to measure extension. Every bolt’s extension measurement is individually certified.

ASME PCC-1 Washers

ASME PCC 1 washerWhere RotaBolts are being used in pressure boundary applications or as part of an ASME PCC-1 plant regime, then ASME PCC-1 Appendix M Washers are recommended, as these are specifically designed for pressure boundary bolted flanged connections. ASME washers take into consideration fastener dimensions, diameters and material operating conditions specifically used in pressure boundary flange joints.

The material used for the ASME washers is also the same as the material used to manufacture the fasteners. It therefore has the same mechanical and chemical properties. Where plant policy is to follow ASME PCC-1 guidance, then the Appendix M washer is an integral part of the route to compliance.