Three Mechanical Flange Spreader Benefits

On a construction or industrial site, there is a never ending cavalcade of machines and equipment that others deem essential. Part of your job is determining which equipment needs to be there and what will best complete the work. At first, you may not consider mechanical flange spreaders important for a project, particularly if you're only aware of them from their roles in vehicle accident aftermaths when they're "jaws of life". However, if you're doing any of these tasks, flange spreaders are vital.

Replacing Gaskets

Almost every work site uses pipes and other objects that rely on seals, or gaskets, to prevent spills, mixing or other issues. However, gaskets can be notoriously difficult for employees to access without help. If gaskets become torn or damaged and have to be taken out, work in that area can be shut down for a long while as someone gets to the existing gasket and replaces it.

Flange spreaders, particularly those that work mechanically, can make the task rather simple. A spreader will grip pipe flanges on either side of the gasket and pry enough free space between them that reaching the gasket takes minutes instead of hours. After replacement, the spreader can be removed and work can resume.

Transporting Heavy, Oddly-Shaped Objects

Spreaders are so versatile that prying isn't the only work they can do. You are likely to have many things on your site that are tricky to lift securely. For example, tanks and barrels are heavy, large and not rectangular; if you've planned to move them via forklift, there will need to be sufficient time to somehow push the tines underneath the items before they're ever lifted and transported. Attempting a simple push could actually knock the items over.

Mechanical flange spreaders may rescue your workers in such a case. The spreaders can fit between soil and barrels and other objects, lifting them. Then your workers can use the forklift as usual.

Movement of Concrete

Flange spreaders are important when concrete is being used or moved. If the site has a poured concrete barrier or pad in place, the owner may just want it moved rather than destroyed. By creating cracks and then using flange spreaders for gripping chunks and transporting them elsewhere, your workers won't need to destroy the structure in place only to have to recreate it later.

With these uses, spreaders of this type can perform many functions on the construction or industrial site you're doing work on. Consult flange spreader vendors, like SMP Specialty Maintenance Products, for the appropriate sizes you might require.

About Me

Choosing Better Equipment

After I started reading more about manufacturing in this country, I realized that there were a few things that needed to change in the businesses around me, and fast. I started talking with different factory owners about their accident rates and what they thought caused the problem, and they were more than happy to help me to figure out what we could do to improve things. It was amazing to see how much of a difference a few simple changes made, and I was really impressed with how receptive people were to changing longstanding systems. This blog is all about choosing better equipment to change your life and your company's profitability.


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