In any production environment, certain amount of wear and tear losses is common. We can only minimize these losses but we cannot avoid them completely. If you are concerned about the increasing thread tap related damages and losses, you should know that you are not alone. Tapping thread in the components is a complex process. It requires a vast experience and the best tapping tools. Here are a few crucial factors to consider when you want to minimize the thread tapping damages and losses.
Before you order your ACME thread taps or any other thread tap, make a well-informed decision. Are you selecting the right type of thread taps based on the material on which you need to tap threads? Some materials are highly brittle, they form burs, other materials are malleable, and they tend to form fine wires when tapping threads. These tapping wastes could block the tapping hole if the right type of thread taps are not selected and as a result, the tap could break during the tapping process.
Secondly, you need to make use of the right kind of tapping lubricants and coolants during the tapping process. If the required lubricants are not used or if the coolants used are not adequate then it could lead to breakage of the trapezoidal thread taps or any other thread taps that you may be using. Therefore, it is vital to identify the most effective lubricants and coolants for the process at hand. If you try to cut corners here, you will end up with a huge loss.
Engage only fully trained, qualified and highly experienced technicians for the tapping process. You need to keep the downtime to the minimal level possible. Wrong choice of thread taps or inexperienced tapping technicians could lead to increase in downtime. If the thread taps break in the component, then you would not only be incurring losses for thread tap replacement but also due to the downtime caused by the time required to remove the broken thread tap from the component and at times also through the damages caused to the component itself when removing the broken thread taps. As you could see, thread tap breakage could lead to losses at various levels. Do not make any mistakes in this regard. Invest enough time to spot your suppliers of thread taps. You will need someone that you could count on for your current as well as for your ongoing requirements.
Do not keep changing your thread tap suppliers. If you order your thread taps from the same suppliers or manufacturers, they will have a better understanding of the thread taps you need and the would also get a chance to improve upon the quality of the thread taps that they deliver to you based on your ongoing feedbacks to them.
When sourcing your thread taps sacrifice on the quality at your own risk. You will never be able to save any money by compromising on the quality of the ACME thread taps or trapezoidal thread taps you order.