Welding is one of the most important jobs, with over 50% of the products made in the country requiring some form of welding. Piping is one of the services that need this skill, and often you need a little more than just a welder and it’s user.
There are tons of tools that go into welding, including purge monitors and other purge equipment to help clean the pipes, and various types of PP clamp to assist in keeping it together. There are five different types of PP clamp on the market, designed to cover every aspect of piping alignment.
These clamps were made to remove the risk of physical injury to workers as a result of older methods of pipe fitting. Holding these pipes can present a risk of back injury to the individual, and can sometimes lead to incorrectly welded products.
To prevent this, PP clamp were created.
It allows companies to fit pipes faster, align them more properly, and boost productivity and efficiency, while also keeping things safe. Workplace injuries can be extremely costly, in regards to both productivity and revenue.
Generally, PP clamp are available for all the following purposes:
To align and reform the mating side of the weld joint.
To align and reform both sides of the weld joint.
To align and reform pipes, tubes, elbows, tees, flanges, and other fittings.
To hold pipe ends against a consumable welding insert.
To hold tubes in position for orbital welding.
For full-circle welding of the pipe without removal of the clamp.
For carbon steel, stainless steel, and other specialty alloys
When using pipe clamping devices, you need to keep some safety considerations in mind. Pipe clamping devices help speed the process and lower operator fatigue. They can help eliminate unsafe equipment and keep all personnel involved in the process safe and secure. It also removes needless cutting equipment and regrinding equipment, as you’re likely to get the fittings mated correctly the first time.
However, despite this, you need to make sure that all equipment is checked before use. Make sure it has been maintained to required standards, and disconnect power sources before inspection or maintenance. The tool should not be used if not in working order.
Keep the area clean, or as clean as possible. Use high-temperature grease, such as a grease gun that is non-soluble, to lubricate the components of the tool.
It is extremely important that operators receive adequate training on the usage of pipe alignment clamps, and the reforming and aligning of pipes to fittings, valves, and flangs.