Product Training: Pipe Clips

 Ep.10 – Weekly product training, this week we cover Lined & Unlined Pipe Clips with Roy Harmer.

Lined & unlined pipe clips are the support mechanism for suspending rigid and copper pipes. Suitable for horizontal, overhead or vertical applications against any surface. To ensure that all pipes are securely fixed, pipe clamps are essential as they allow for expansion or movement that may take place.

There are many different pipe clamps, including rubber-lined, hinged, unlined, zinc-plated and stainless steel. They are all designed to suit simple fix-in-place applications and complex scenarios involving pipe movement or heavy loads. Pipe fixing failure is the worst possible situation but can cause significant and costly damage to a building, so it is critical to get it right.

Rubber Lined Clips

Let’s start with Rubber-Lined Pipe Clips. These clips feature a rubber lining made of EPDM, a synthetic rubber, which helps to reduce vibrations, prevent corrosion, and provide enhanced grip on pipes.  They are ideal for situations requiring vibration damping and corrosion protection, such as HVAC systems and industrial piping.  Rubber lined clips are compatible with steel, copper, and various plastic multilayer pipes, accommodating a pipe range from 15mm to 250mm.

Unlined Clips

Unlined Pipe Clips don’t have a rubber lining, which means they still offer a stable grip on pipes but just without the cushioning or vibration damping.  They are suitable for applications where minimal vibration is expected, and they find common use in industrial and construction settings.  Unlined pipe clips are compatible with steel and copper pipes and are commonly paired with phenolic blocks.

We stock a range of clips that cover pipes from 15mm to 176mm in diameter.  Both types share essential features, including a dual-threaded boss suitable for both M8 and M10 threaded bars.

The screws have a hex drive and a pozi drive which ensures easy installation.  They also have an anti-loss washer, which provides stability and reliability in your pipe support applications.

For more technical information please see the datasheet on our website!

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Product Advice: Threaded rod!

Threaded Rod, also known as stud or all-thread, is pivotal in ensuring structural stability and efficiency in the mechanical and electrical industry.  It is well known for being a low cost, tidy to install and easy to work with!  It is available in a variety of finishes including zinc, stainless steel, and hot dip galv.  Each of these finishes are suited for different environment which we will go over in this blog.  We will also explore the technical requirements, features and benefits of threaded rods in the mechanical and electrical industry.

Technical requirements for threaded rod

Below we detail the required technical requirements for threaded rods. Firstly we cover the DIN standard and why it’s crucial.  We then cover the dangers of using anything inferior to the standard 60-degree pitch rod for your applications.

What is DIN 976

DIN 976 is a standard that specifies threaded rods used in various industries for fastening and anchoring applications. Its importance lies in ensuring uniformity and reliability in threaded rod manufacturing, facilitating compatibility with other DIN components, and enhancing safety and performance in construction, machinery, and structural systems. Adherence to DIN 976 standards is crucial for maintaining quality and consistency in these critical applications.

What is the required pitch for threaded rod?

A 60-degree pitch on a threaded rod is considered a standard and safe design choice for most applications. This pitch ensures effective thread engagement, stability, and optimal load distribution. However, using a pitch angle less than 60 degrees can lead to several concerns.

Smaller pitches will significantly reduce the rod’s load-bearing capacity and potentially cause thread stripping or mechanical failure. It can also compromise the rod’s ability to resist vibration and loosening. Furthermore, a shallow pitch angle can increase the risk of galling and seizing during threading operations, making assembly and disassembly more challenging. Therefore, it’s essential to adhere to the recommended 60-degree pitch for safety, performance, and longevity in threaded rod applications.

Features & benefits of threaded rod

Threaded rod comes in 3 different finishes, each suitable for different environments.

Zinc is generally the standard finish for rod and can be used indoors, or in any environment where it won’t come into contact with rain or chemicals.

Hot dip galv and stainless-steel rod is better suited for applications with humid, damp, or wet conditions.  This includes external environments, plant rooms, or areas where they could be exposed to chemicals.  This is because they offer better corrosion resistance with stainless steel being the most resistant.

There is also a certain amount of customization that can be made with rod as it can be cut to any length you may need.  Cut-to-length threaded rods offer several benefits in construction and industrial applications. They save time and reduce waste by providing rods that are pre-sized to the required length, minimizing the need for on-site cutting and reducing material scrap.

Additionally, they eliminate the need for hot works permits, enhancing safety on job sites by eliminating the risks associated with cutting or welding. This quick turnaround product not only streamlines construction processes but also promotes efficiency and safety, making it a valuable choice for various projects.

To conclude

Threaded rods are unsung heroes in the mechanical and electrical industry, providing crucial support, versatility, and cost-effective solutions. Their features and benefits make them indispensable components for engineers and contractors, contributing to safer, more efficient, and durable projects. Whether you are constructing a new building, retrofitting an existing structure, or setting up electrical systems, threaded rods play a vital role in ensuring success.

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