With in-line connectors featuring smaller flats, it is not unusual to strip them, with the help of either a vise grip or by cutting it off and patching in a repair section – this all takes time and therefore added expense for the customer.
Traditional methods include the use of a naked flame torch and/or penetrating oil but these applications can be inefficient and damaging.
A naked flame cannot be pin pointed to where it is needed the most, there is also the danger of an open flame near plastic shields and other components, since you cannot control were the flame goes.
“Not only is it (Mini-Ductor induction heating tool) more reliable, faster and doesn’t damage the area around the part, its bendable coils get around corners or reach deep hard to access areas that a torch cannot get to.”
The range includes the user friendly, handheld Mini-Ductor® series, available in in 240V, 110V and 12V battery powered, portable versions.
Step-by-step guide to removing in-line connectors
- Select the right size coil for the intended purpose.
- Separate the coils windings at the centre just slightly wider than the object to be heated.
- Insert the coil into the Mini-Ductor and secure the thumb screws tightly.
- Place the coil over the In-line connector and into the gap you created in the coil.
- Energize unit for *10 seconds and attempt to loosen. Repeat as necessary being cautious not to overheat or turn red hot.
- If In-line connection is a tube it may have combustible liquids contained within.
- Liquids expand with heat and do not compress and may be flammable and may lead to an explosion.
- Tubing carrying such liquids should be drained first.
- If not the next weakest point in such a system may burst such as a rubber hose somewhere down the line.
- The system needs to be purged somewhere to prevent pressure from building up.
- This should only be done in a safe well ventilated area free of other combustibles and with a fully charged Fire Extinguisher at hand.
- Overheating may jeopardize the structural integrity of the connector/hardware. Use heat indicators or monitor with a IR Temperature Sensing Device. If compromised or suspected replace connector/hardware.
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