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Behringer started out as a humble metalworking facility and has since evolved into a major manufacturer and supplier of industrial markets. Fun fact: The original Behringer, the creator of the company, holds patents that he shares with Thomas Edison! The Behringer clamps can be used in several different applications from low-pressure lubrication and water systems to high-pressure hydraulic and process systems. But what exactly makes these clamps so special, and why are they so widely used?
Let’s start by thinking about where a pipe clamp might be used. There’s the obvious answer, pipes, but they’re also used for tubes, hoses, electrical wires, and plumbing! You can find clamps on anything that has a hydraulic system, such as mobile equipment (in agriculture, mining, or construction vehicles), industrial manufacturing systems, and offshore platforms.
Behringer clamps are mainly used in the hydraulic industry, and for good reason! The ribs on the inside of the clamp, and the unique design provide a dampening effect, which means that the shock and vibration in regular hydraulic processes are absorbed and reduced. That means a quieter and safer work environment for everyone. Pipe and hose clamps are used to keep your system stable and out of the way, which decreases the risk of damage to the assembly and the people around it.
Securing hoses is one of the most common applications for the Behringer clamps, especially in the hydraulic industry! With all the vibration and flexibility of a hydraulic system, you want to be sure you’ve got a clamp that can handle it all.
If you take a look at the parts of the clamp, you can see exactly what makes them so unique and popular in the hydraulic market. When they’re spaced apart slightly, they form a perfect circle. This is your OD, or outside diameter. As you tighten the clamp, they create an oval shape, which means you’re also creating a three-dimensional clamping force on your pipe. The inside of the clamp has ribs, as mentioned earlier, which help to anchor the pipe or hose while reducing the amount of vibration and noise.
Here at ohcanadasupply.ca, we carry the polypropylene clamps, which have a continuous operating temperature up to 90°C. That means that even if your clamps are installed in an environment that is constantly at 90°C, they can handle the heat! Polypropylene is a versatile plastic that can be found in the utensils in your kitchen, the athletic apparel at the back of your closet, your family room area rug, and even your car batteries! Some of the benefits of polypropylene include a high melting point, resistance to cracking and stress, and durability. Polypropylene’s characteristics make it ideal for tough, robust products—just like the Behringer clamps.
These clamps come in three varieties, or “series”: the standard series, the twin series, and the heavy series.
For hardware—that is, the bolts and plates—the standard and twin series use zinc-plated steel. But, the heavy series uses carbon (untreated) steel for that extra durability. You can mount these clamps on a weld plate, on a rail, on a strut, or stacked on top of one another—which makes them unique compared to other clamps on the market. All three series use the same type of tough polypropylene material, just with different shapes. Whether you’re looking to order a full clamp assembly or just a new base plate, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with options to buy kits or single parts.
The typical assembly of a pipe clamp includes a weld plate for mounting the clamp, a clamp pair, a cover plate, and hex bolts. Welding is the most common method of installation, but Behringer’s pipe clamps are available with many different mounting configurations and arrangements. Most frequently, these clamps are used to secure hoses, especially in environments where a lot of movement is happening—like on an oil rig! To choose a pipe clamp, there are four things you need to keep in mind: series, size, hardware, and mounting configuration.
In order to select the proper clamp, the first thing you need to do is determine the series of clamps to be used. The most important factors to keep in mind are the operating pressures of the line to be secured, the weight is supported, and the amount of impact the clamp may have with equipment or materials such as stones and metal. This kind of impact might occur when a clamp is mounted externally to a piece of equipment or machinery that may be periodically exposed to impact risks. Other considerations include size, environment, and application. For example, a 1-inch pipe for a hydraulic system operating at 2,000 psi would typically require the use of the standard series, but… if the clamp needs to support the weight of a large filter or other system components, the heavy series may be used instead. The heavy series may also be selected if the system is operating in a mining or mobile equipment environment, where the clamp and hardware will see high amounts of impact and vibration.
Next, you need to decide what size of clamp you’ll need. This is determined by the OD of the line to be secured. Behringer clamps are listed with both pipe and tube sizes—but what’s the difference? Well, a pipe is measured by the inside diameter and will have a larger outside diameter, or OD, because of wall thickness. For example, a 1-inch pipe has an OD of 1.315. Tubing, on the other hand, is measured by the outside diameter. So, a 1-inch tube will have a 1-inch OD. Knowing the outside diameter of your pipe or tubing is important in helping you find the exact size of clamp you need for the job.
Once you’ve determined the clamp size and series, the next step is to determine what hardware materials you will need. Each series has a standard hardware type: zinc plated carbon for the standard and twin series and plain carbon steel for the heavy series. All Behringer clamps that are zinc plated use a trivalent blue zinc plating, which is more environmentally friendly than the typical hexavalent zinc plating.
Last, you’re going to need to determine your mounting configuration—is the clamp being welded in place, or attached to a rail? Will there only be one clamp, several next to each other on a group weld mount, or stacked on top of one another? Luckily, Behringer has a solution no matter your required mounting setup. There are the standard weld plate, a longer weld strip for multiple clamps, stacking bolts, and mounting rails and rail nuts.
Installation is easy, but let’s walk through the process. After determining your series, size, hardware, and mounting configuration, you’re ready to start the installation process.
To stack multiple clamps together, you can use stacking bolts and a safety plate between each layer. Instead of the cover plate, add a safety plate and the mounting bolts on top of your first clamp. This will give you a “mounting plate” for your second clamp to go on top of. Then, complete the clamp assembly as you would any other—with a cover plate and hex bolts.
Let’s say you wanted to mount your clamps on a rail. The process might seem complicated, but Behringer’s made it a breeze. The weld plates slide right into the rails, making assembly easy. But what if you want to add a clamp to the middle of the rail, without removing the clamps that are already there? No problem! Just take two of the rail nuts, which can be fitted into the rail and turned to lock in place. Then add your clamp halves, cover plate, and hex bolts… and you’re done!
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