How to Maintain Your Flange Spreader
Flange splitters, or flange separators, are vital tools for the work you do. When they aren't maintained correctly, they won't last as long and they won't be able to give you peak performance. With the right tool, you can work with any kind of flange without damaging it, even those that don't have access gaps in them.
There are three kinds of flange spreaders: the expanding wedge type, which are usually available with a mechanical mechanism; expanding collets that grip the inside of a workpiece; and mini-gap flange spreaders.
You can choose the type that will do the work you need quickly and efficiently. The kind of flange, the diameter and the class will all be important, and making sure you have the right fit and alignment is vital.
Taking Care of Your Flange Spreader
Of course, the manufacturer has specifications that should be followed carefully. Never use the flange spreader in a way that is not recommended or in a place where it doesn't fit properly. Even though they look like simple tools, flange spreaders can be dangerous, and people are injured every year by using them improperly.
When you make sure the fit is right and the positioning is correct, you are much less likely to have the load separate prematurely while you are trying to work. Whether you are using a hydraulic or manual model, one of the keys to using a flange spreader is to be patient. You can do the tasks quickly, easily and safely if you slow down and observe carefully. Here are tips on safe and easy maintenance:
- Make a maintenance schedule and keep to it.
- Inspect every tool carefully before you use it to make sure it is in good shape, with no defects, before each use.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly.
- Wipe and brush clean all parts and use fine brushes to make sure there is no leftover residue or other kind of material, especially on the hydraulic connections. Working around salt water or other hazards means you probably need to clean more often.
- Keep any moving parts properly lubricated.
- Check at least a few times a year to make sure the equipment is still working properly.