Important Notes on Several Types of Clamps

When buying new parts for your vehicles or some home appliance, always make sure you buy a few extra accessories that they need. For instance, when buying a hose, don’t forget to buy a few new hose clamps which should be big enough to fit the outside diameter of the hose. Clamps are a very inexpensive investment, and you should make it a habit to replace them whenever you’re changing the hose. If you’re changing a hose that’s secured with screw-type or wire hose clamps, replace them with gear-type clamps that can be removed easily.

Hose Clamps

Hose clamps are mechanical devices that are used to hold tubes or hoses in place on the end of pipe spuds. Some key specifications to consider when buying hose clamps is their diameter, type and material. They can be made of many materials, however, the best type are the stainless steel hose clamps. Stainless steel is a rust and corrosion resistant material, which means it can withstand moisture quite well. These can be used wherever a flexible fluid connection needs to be established, for instance between a water pump of an engine and the inlet spud of the radiator. They’re also made in many sizes and depending on the application, they can be designed as reusable or single-use devices.

Pipe clamps are used for securing or hanging pipes. The key specifications you have to consider when purchasing is type, diameter and intended application. They’re primarily used in plumbing and piping for the hanging of different type of pipes. Just like the stainless steel hose clamps, stainless steel pipe clamps are also one of the better choices when it comes to deciding the material of the pipe clamp. Applications include guard rails, conduits and exhaust pipes among others. There are many sizes and styles available, depending on the environment and the type of pipe being hung.

Cable clamps are used to tie down and hold bundles of cords of cables together. The key specifications to consider are the mounting hole diameter, cable diameter and the material. They’re primarily used in manufacturing to help with routing cords or cables and securing them. They help relieve stress in the cables and give them a proper routing. Many sizes and materials are available with different mountings to ensure a secure and proper fit of cable bundles.

Some of the most important attributes to look for in clamps are maximum clamping force (the amount of pressure the clamp will put on the object), load capacity (measures how much load the clamp can hold together), and grip range (represents the maximum span of the clamp).