The Navy has developed and tested a patent-pending technology to properly torque electrical and other small connectors and nuts in difficult-to-reach locations. Current solutions are designed for bigger nuts in automotive and other larger-scale mechanical settings.
Manufacturers of subminiature version A (SMA) and other small electronics connectors produce torque wrenches designed for specific uses of a given connector product.
However, the wrenches frequently are unable to reach a connector once the connector is incorporated into a device and installed in a system.
The Navy’s crowfoot adapter provides an economical solution to reduce or eliminate the need for disassembly in order to reach such connectors.
- Simple to manufacture: design is easy to construct from inexpensive materials
- Designed for small, tight fits: meets an unfilled need to torque connectors in tight spaces—current solutions are designed for larger nuts
- Customizable: readily and economically adaptable to company-specific torque wrenches and/or specific implementations utilizing small, hard-to-reach torqueable components
- Pending US patent
- Potential for collaboration with researchers at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division