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The History of Crane Electronics Group

Since the launch of Crane Electronics in 1971, we have come a long way and we are proud of our history and achievements since our foundation. Our milestones are shown below.

 

1971
Crane Electronics Ltd. is established by David Crane in Stoke Golding, Leicestershire, UK
1978
Crane introduces the world’s 1st ‘smart’ Transducers – Crane’s UTA (Universal Torque Analysis) system features Transducers that ‘talk’ to the readout, eliminating set-up errors. “Plug & Play” long before it became a household expression!
1984
Crane Electronics Inc. is established for sales and service support to customers in the Americas, including a calibration laboratory
1986
The launch of the world’s 1st In-Line Rotary Torque Transducers, the CheckStar, capable of repeatable measurement of impulse tools
1986
Launch of the world’s 1st practical Torque processors incorporating SPC and organised Data Collection
1990
Crane Electronics Ltd. moves to larger premises at Jacknell Road, Hinckley, UK
1992
Achievement of the international quality systems standard ISO 9000
1994
UKAS accredited calibration laboratory opens in the UK
1998
Crane introduces a Joint Simulation System for use with impulse tools
2002
Authorised Service Centre concept introduced – bringing repair and accredited recalibrations closer to our customers
2002
Crane becomes accredited to the international environmental standard ISO 14000
2003
Crane Electronics Ltd. moves to larger premises at Watling Drive, Sketchley Meadows, Hinckley, UK; combining production, development, service, calibration laboratory and all administrative departments under one roof
2003
The ground-breaking TorqueStar Opta Torque Data Collector and Opta Comms software is launched
2004
The ReadStar II Data Collector is launched, giving low cost readouts
2004
The ProWrench Opta Digital Torque Wrench is released
2004
The innovative JRS Opta Joint Simulator Bench is introduced
2005
The TMAC Opta is released
2007
The IQWrench Digital Torque Wrench is launched
2008
The launch of OMS (Opta Management System) Software – a complete audit and fastening tool management solution
2009
In October, Crane acquiresIndustrial Measurements Limited (IML)
2009
In December, Crane acquiresTask Engineering (Peckleton) Ltd
2010
The tJRS Opta (threaded Joint Rate Simulator) is introduced, allowing tools to be tested on a ‘true’ threaded joint where joint rate can be varied
2010
First five-way electronic switchbox created to allow software control for up to five UTA Plug and Play Crane Transducers
2012
The launch of the IQWrench2 Opta Digital Torque Wrench, the new and improved wrench from the IQWrench series
2014
The launch of the revolutionary IQVu Torque Data Collector and the CheckStar Multi Rotary Torque Transducer
2015
The launch of the RFm wireless communication device for Transducers, the all new WrenchStar Multi Digital Torque Wrench and the TCI lineside controller
2016
The launch of TCI Multi lineside controller, allowing up to 5 WrenchStar Multi Digital Torque Wrenches to connect at once
2017
Industrial Measurements Limited moves to larger premises alongside Crane Electronics at Watling Drive, Hinckley, UK

Crane’s innovative product ranges have transformed and developed the Torque management industry over the years;
Rotary Torque Transducers
Digital Torque Wrenches
Torque Data Collectors

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