A taper lock coupling is a type of locking mechanism that allows for a rotating shaft to be inserted into an opening with minimum friction. The poleas taper lock coupling typically has one or more spiral threads, which allow the shaft’s collar to be inserted into the opening. This consists of two mating parts, namely the hexagonal base and the bolt that tightens on it.
Here are tips to use a taper lock coupling correctly and safely.
Know The Right Size
There are many different kinds of taper lock couplings, but they all have one thing in common: the size of the bolt. The size of the bolt is measured with two numbers. First, you have the pitch, which tells you the diameter of the bolt’s spiral threads; and second, you have the distance between threads. Its given in millimeters.
Use The Right Taper Lock
The taper lock coupling is designed to be used with specific shafts and bases. Otherwise, you can break the parts or damage your equipment. This is why it’s important to use the right part when assembling a piece of equipment.
Find The Right Location
There are many different kinds of taper lock couplings, but they all have one thing in common: their location on the rotating shaft that needs to be inserted into the bolt’s opening. You need to find a location that aligns the two parts correctly before you tighten the bolt. Once you tighten the bolt, it’s too late.
The taper lock coupling is used to assemble equipment and when that equipment needs to rotate at a certain speed or pressure, you know it will be subject to more friction and wear. For this reason, its important that you use Loctite when assembling the piece of equipment so that it stays secure for as long as possible.
To tighten a taper lock coupling correctly, you need to turn the bolt clockwise as far as it will go. Then torque the bolt to the proper specifications that are listed in your equipment instruction manual. Any more will cause damage and any less may not secure it properly.
You may have already used Loctite when you assembled your equipment, but this is an important step again. You don’t want to use too much of it, just make sure its present. Loctite will secure the two parts together for as long as possible.
Use A Socket Wrench
If you have to use a socket wrench to tighten or loosen the bolt, do it that way. Don’t try to do it by hand. It’s much safer to use a socket wrench because you can easily apply pressure and get the job done – properly – in no time at all.
Use The Right Tool
In some cases, you may need to use a wrench that’s a little bit smaller than the bolt or a socket wrench that’s a little bit larger than the bolt. This is because the size of the taper lock coupling may not fit in either socket wrenches or standard wrenches.
Don’t Over Tighten
Over tightening the bolt won’t damage your equipment, but it will make it harder to remove and replace parts later on if you have to do maintenance on your equipment.