Avoid Damage to Your Tools By Properly Fitting Couplings

In industrial settings, employees use a variety of equipment and tools that require proper couplings to establish secured connections. Coupling failures increase risks in these environments and could lead to catastrophic results for workers and the business overall. Business owners must secure the correct couplings to connect rotating parts securely and avoid the unwanted aftermath of disconnections and sudden accidents. Here are details about why your company needs properly fitted couplings for all hoses, tubing, tools and equipment.

Preventing Accidental Disconnections

Tubing and hoses disconnect if they aren’t connected properly, and if the wrong coupling is applied, this could increase the risk of injuries for workers. Hoses and tubing must remain in place at all times and fit properly or a sudden disconnect could lead to damaged products or injured workers and more worker’s compensation claims. Find out more about industrial rubber products that work well with your company’s tools and equipment. 

Stop Attachments for Percussion Tools From Getting Expelled 

All tools present risks of their own to workers and the work environment. A coupling that is not fitted properly for application won’t secure the tools and may allow attachments to fly off and hit someone or some part of the building or a product in progress. These losses could ruin a company or organization in the blink of an eye, and there’s nothing the owner can do after these disasters happen. Business owners spend countless dollars on accident claims, and they could become the defendant in a lawsuit if these small couplings don’t remain in place at critical moments during use.

Meeting Manufacturer Specifications 

All applications set up in any work environment must meet the manufacturer’s specifications, or there are very real risks for everyone. For example, farming equipment requires connectors and couplings to hold hoses and attachments in place to avoid risks to farm workers, livestock, and crops. Couplings for harvester equipment must fit properly, or not only will an accident happen, but the farmers could destroy their own crops in seconds. 

By following the manufacturer’s specifications, farmers avoid damage to their tools and protect their investments. With a coupling that is not properly fitted and matched for the application, they could sustain hundreds of dollars in damage or lose workers because of poor or unsafe working conditions.

Don’t Select Couplings At Late Stages of Design Processes

Planning the application and choosing couplings at early stages of development will prevent problems down the road. Many industrial and agricultural companies wait until it is too late to purchase these couplings and make grave mistakes that lead to accidents and tool or equipment damage. Getting proper measurements and fittings for the couplings ahead of time gives the company the correct couplings for all applications that fit as expected and won’t loosen over time.

Couplings for a custom conveyor belt adjust according to the product’s movements and won’t fail. In manufacturing plants, conveyors must move products and parts around the facility at high speeds, and an improperly fitted coupling could fail to control the belt and allow it to snap at inopportune times. 

Avoid Getting the Wrong Coupling to Address Misalignments

Complex alignments require couplings that are flexible and manage all conditions presented when the tools or equipment are operating. Parallel misalignments and angular or axial misalignments require couplings that work well in any environment and regardless of how equipment moves or rotates. Companies must assess the misalignments related to their tools and equipment when planning their applications and manufacturing processes. Without properly-fitted couplings, the couplings become damaged and the parts do not stay connected.  

Get the Right Coupling For Application Torque

When choosing couplings, the organization considers not just the state torque but also the instantaneous torque of tools, equipment, and applications. The static torque rating is equally as important to prevent damage or attachments that could become disconnected and cause parts damage or personal injuries. Facility managers might consider flexible couplings for these applications to bend and move with the application instead of becoming too restrictive and snapping later.  

Better Management for Backlash

As a coupling becomes compressed or bends under pressure, it must manage backlash and remain strong, or the application fails. The right coupling prevents backlash and maintains the product without causing damage or allowing the application to change positions irregularly. Manufacturers cannot afford the devastating effects of backlash in their applications and need couplings that eliminate it without missing a beat.  

Consider How Inertia Comes into Play

Industrial and agricultural companies need couplings that manage inertia properly and prevent degradation of the tools or equipment as more external force is applied to the systems. Properly designed couplings can improve the performance of the equipment or tools and the precision of the products.

Better management of the amount of stress applied to the tools or equipment lowers the risk of tool loss. These industrial systems require control over stress levels, perform as expected in all work environments, and shouldn’t present risks, but if the business owner chooses the wrong couplings and doesn’t get a proper fit, they must replace the couplings or lose the tools or systems entirely. 

Address Shaft Speeds Properly

Business owners must choose the appropriate couplings to manage operational speeds for all equipment. Too often, these organizations continue to choose couplings too late in the application design, and the end results lead to detrimental consequences for the companies that use their applications in their work environments. The couplings must hold the parts in place at higher speeds and prevent contact with workers. Unbalanced couplings snap and break at dangerous times, and workers could become seriously injured or killed as a result.  

Electrical Isolation and Transfer Prevention

The transfer of an electrical current is dangerous and prevents serious risks to the workers and the building. Improper fittings lead to direct current transfers through metal components, and the effects are devastating. These machines require polymer inserts to prevent current transfers and to isolate electricity. 

Where to Get Industrial Products

At California Industrial Rubber, we provide a full inventory of industrial rubber products for all applications. Our company presents customers with high-quality products that are durable and perform as expected. Contact us to find out more about our supplies and products for your industrial applications. 

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