Last updated: September 24, 2020
How Do Clamps Work?
By Herbert Dorman
How Do Clamps Work?
When you need to carry an oversized awkward material from one place to another, what are you planning to accomplish this task?
You will not carry the material on your head, which will be a more awkward situation.
At this point, a clamp will be a handy tool that will let you accomplish the work without any hassle. Although you may find the task as a small one, to achieve this task hassle-free, a clamp is the best solution.
Now, if you don’t know how do clamps work, you will always fail to accomplish your task efficiently. So, would you love to fail?
Read this article and learn more about the working procedure of clamps.
What is a Clamp?
A clamp is a tool that will assist you to fasten, secure, grip, or carry one or more materials for a temporary basis.
Using this tool, you can eliminate movement among two objects so that you can accomplish your task precisely. Also, many things are responsible for creating vibration to an object, and displacing them from their workplace. Because of a clamp, the object remains stuck in its place, and you can finish your work easily.
Clamps are easy to operate, carry, and much maintenance is unnecessary.
This is the reason, DIY lovers, carpenters, commonly use clamps in their workplace.
Working Procedure of a Clamp
- The prime responsibility of a clamp is to hold an object in its place gently. Either you have chosen two objects to hold together or used a clamp to hold an object to its workplace, with the purpose of a clamp, a user can firmly grip the object effortlessly.
- If you own a clamp that has only one jaw, then you need to use this clamp with a work surface all together like a top of a bench to grip an object securely.
- Besides, clamps which have 2 jaws, they will work together to grasp an item tightly.
- Different kinds of clamp control the jaws differently. The trigger mechanism is used by some clamps, where you need to adjust the jaws following a trigger or lever.
- On the other hand, some types contain screws to adjust the clamp. When you are rotating a screw, the work-piece gets closed by the clamp, and the clamp creates a pressure to hold the object gently.
What are Clamps Made of?
Depending on the type, model, and manufacture of a clamp, they are made of various materials. Below I am sharing some of the most commonly used materials used for making a clamp.
The frame is the central body part of a clamp. It is made of either cast iron or steel.
Cast iron is the most common material to make a clamp frame. A combination of carbon, iron, and a little volume of manganese is the active element of cast iron.
It is a form of iron where iron gets enormous heat and gives a form of liquid iron. After then, the liquid iron is poured into a mold to give it a specific shape once it becomes cool.
Iron is an ideal material to manufacture the frame of a clamp. As the frame is the central body part of a clamp, it has to be robust enough so that a user can use it frequently and it can receive much pressure.
Another material of manufacturing the clamp frame is steel. Steel is a well-known mixture of iron and carbon.
The best feature of steel is it is corrosion-free and has excellent tensile strength. For this reason, it is widely used material at any construction site.
The steel, which is used in the frame of the clamp is generally forged, a process by which the metal is designed following compressive forces.
Forced steel confirms the body will be high in quality and sturdy. Due to these characteristics of steel, steel made clamps can bear heavy pressure on them.
The majority of the jaws are made of steel. However, some models are also available where iron is used to create a jaw.
Steel made jaw confirms; they also can bear heavy pressure with strong character.
One drawback of iron made jaws is, if the clamp body frame is made of wood or other materials except for steel, jaw pads need to be used to cover up the jaws. Otherwise, the possibility of damage is high.
Steel is the ideal material to make the screw of a clamp.
If any other material is used, the screw will not last long. It is expected, the screw will bear the force that it receives while clamping a work-piece.
To enhance the strength of a screw, sometimes they receive a coating of chrome. Also, this coating assists them not to rust over time.
The handle of the clamp is made of below materials
The sliding-pin style handle is quite popular in a clamp. These types of handles are made from steel, and some models are chrome coated.
Plastic is the most commonly used material for clamp handles.
The advantage of plastic is, they are highly durable, easy to grip, and ergonomically shaped that a user feels comfortable while using.
Besides, plastic handles will contain rubber covers on them for additional grip.
Wood is an alternative material for a clamp handle. However, it is not that popular like the other 2 materials. Because wooden handles may slip when you are tightening the clamp.
Some clamp models also contain a belt which is made of nylon. Nylon is an exceptionally long-lasting material.
While operating a clamp, be sure your fingers are safe from getting pinched by the frame, jaws, or screws. Learning a new thing is always amazing, and I believe this article will assist you a lot to make your work more comfortable than before.