HIT14 PowerCoil ProThread Hand Installation Tool
|Suits ProThread Metric||—|
|Suits ProThread UNC & UNF||7/16 x 14 UNC, 7/16 x 20 UNF|
For many years, helically coiled wire thread inserts have been vastly underestimated. The popular misconception that they were only designed for the repair of damaged threads has given this unique fastener a false image.
They are much lighter and less expensive than any other equivalent type of thread insert and, because of their compact size, can generally be introduced into existing designs where no previous provision has been made. Unlike many other economic measures, their introduction increases quality and performance whilst reducing overall product cost. Their introduction may result in the use of thinner sections or lighter parent materials without sacrificing thread strength.
They protect tapped threads against failures due to stripping, seizing, corrosion and wear. ProThread wire thread inserts are produced from austenitic stainless steel wire which is work hardened to a tensile strength above 200,000psi and a hardness of Rc43-50. The inserts have an exceedingly smooth surface finish which virtually eliminates friction-induced thread erosion.
The continuous helically coiled design negates the need for thick wall structures to support the internal and external threads - the diamond profile wire coil is the thread. ProThread wire thread inserts can be installed in reduced size bosses or flanges and within constricted areas - saving space and weight while providing high strength. A boss radius equal to the nominal bolt diameter is usually sufficient. A complete range of installation tools are available to suit specific production techniques.
Due to their flexibility, wire thread inserts create internal threads which have a much improved distribution of residual stress loading when compared with conventional tapped holes, where 75% of the shearing forces are carried by the first three threads in the tapped hole. The flexibility of wire thread inserts helps to compensate for pitch and flank angle errors, inherent in normal tapped holes, and significantly enhances the load bearing capacity by deflecting the residual forces into a helical hoop stress which is dispersed into the wall of the tapped hole. This enables the design to be confidently based on the bolt strength utilising smaller and shorter threads even when used in low strength materials. The high tensile coils of a wire thread insert undergo a diameter reduction during installation. The outward spring-like force of the coils "locks" the insert into place. Each coil can flex independently to contact the greatest amount of parent material thread surface. Both static and dynamic load bearing capabilities are improved.
Virtually no stress is introduced into the parent material because there is no staking, locking, swaging or keying in place. The outward "spring action" of the insert holds it in place.
The combination of material hardness and the brilliant surface finish of wire thread inserts creates internal threads in which wear due to thread friction is virtually eliminated. This is of particular value in applications requiring repeated assembly & disassembly. The low frictional coefficient ensures that virtually all of the applied assembly torque is converted into clamping load, thus providing threads that stay tight.