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The future is here – the future is blue! The brand new, patent pending, low friction u-bolts. The 1111 series.

The future is here – the future is blue! The brand new, patent pending, low friction u-bolts

Our first line of U-bolts with a rubber shroud were the ever popular 1108 series. A basic rubber sleeve and pad added to the U-bolt to act as an insulator

1108 Series Rubber insulated U-bolts

1108 Series Rubber insulated U-bolts

These U-bolts are ideally suited to insulating the metal of the pipe / tube from the U-bolt. Perhaps they are dissimilar metals, and you need to prevent any enhanced corrosion problems.

These are not classed as either grip or non-grip and could be used in both situations depending on placement of nuts, or trimming the rubber slightly

You can see our range of insulating rubber lined u-bolts on our website : Click Here


Our next foray into rubber encased U-bolts was the heavy duty anti-vibration U-bolts

1109 Series heavy Duty anti-vibration U-bolt

1109 Series heavy Duty anti-vibration U-bolt

These are very definitely grip type u-bolts. Designed to grip the pipe / tube but also to absorb any vibration that may be coming from the pipe. With these U-bolts the rubber is moulded onto the u-bolt and is therefore fixed in postition

But we have the anti-vibration u-bolt in another exiting flavour – the light duty style with  flame retardant rubber.

These U-bolts have a d-shaped cross section, with channels designed to absorb small vibrations

You can see our range of heavy and light duty anti-vibration rubber lined u-bolts on our website : Click Here

 


So with insulating and anti-vibration u-bolts, what else is there?

 

Introducing our brand new, patent pending, low friction, non grip, anti-vibration u-bolts. 

Graphskill’s new Series 1111 Ubolts

 

These ubolts have been developed to enable pipes to be securely guided with a minimum of friction so safe-guarding the pipe from expansion & contraction wear due to temperature changes; whilst also reducing the noise & vibration of the pipe.

They are fitted with a gap between the ubolt and the pipe enabling the pipe to expand & contract yet keeping it fully guided in position.

The rubber base pad acts to reduce the noise & vibration of the pipes as they carry their fluid and it is fitted with a PTFE strip to reduce the friction and hence protects the pipe as it expands & contracts. The pad also contains a metal spacer for the U-bolt legs to go through giving strength to the pad, and a firm anchor for fastening the nuts at the required position.

The patented-pending ubolt sleeve is a low friction silicone rubber which rotates around the ubolt to enable the pipe to move unrestricted but be fully guided in position on the supporting framework.

These are a much cheaper and more reliable solution to the conventional rubber lined ubolts which have PTFE bonded to the inside surface of the rubber coated ubolt.

Although Ubolts with the PTFE strip bonded to the rubber profile around the ubolts have been in common use for many years, they are prone to the PTFE separating from the rubber due to the difference in the expansion coefficient of the rubber and the PTFE. This problem is eliminated by Graphskill’s unique solution of a single medium with minimal friction.


YOU CAN SEE OUR FULL RANGE OF THE EXITING NEW PRODUCTS ON OUR ON-LINE STORE: CLICK HERE

Fidget Toys / Spinners – the latest craze

What are Fidget Toys?

Some people are fidgety, always on the move, fiddling and doing something with their hands. Fidget toys are specially designed to provide tactile sensations and an outlet for that surplus energy.

Twiddling something in your hands can distract your attention away from stressful situations. They can be particularly beneficial for those with Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Anxiety. But also great to help with hair twirling, thumb sucking, pencil flipping, nail biting, smoking and anything else you need a distraction from.

There are many companies that manufacture ranges of fidget toys, and “spinners” are high on the list. A spinner is simply something you can spin in / on your hand – and they come in all shapes and sizes.

 

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 fidget toy spinner

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You can see here how they work:

But actually, they are great for just about anyone and the latest craze to hit America is now going global – because they are really easy to make

Our favourite type are shown here, made by one of our customers, who also added dome nuts for a better effect:

Home Made Spinner

Home Made Spinner

 

The centre is a bearing from a skateboard. Skateboard bearings are really easy to get hold of (usually in your garage gathering dust). 22 mm bearings are perfect to fit.

Perfect to fit what? Well our 22 mm brass Munsen rings of course

Brass munsen ring suit 22 mm outside diameter pipe

Brass munsen ring suit 22 mm outside diameter pipe

These are currently flying off the shelf to all parts of the globe, USA, Australia, Portugal, Israel and of course the UK

Having two of these clamps and a couple of 22 mm bearings (very cheap on Ebay if the garage is bare) and you can make a couple of your own fidget toys in a couple of minutes and at a fraction of the cost of ready made one

So two clamps:

2 Brass Pipe Clamps, munsen type

 

Separate the clamps into two halves by removing the bolts

2 Brass Pipe Clamps, munsen type - opened

2 Brass Pipe Clamps, munsen type – opened

 

And then put together with a bearing so the two halves with a “boss” , and the two halves without a “boss”. that way it keeps the spinner in balance

2 Brass Pipe Clamps, munsen type - with bearing

2 Brass Pipe Clamps, munsen type – with bearing

Perfect!

Now, your bearings may be a different size so you can see our full range of brass clamps here:

https://www.graphskill.co.uk/en/1482690-brass-munsen-ring-pipe-fittings

And remember, the better quality the bearing, the better spinner you will have (see the video above)

Have fun!

Graphskill SUMS Standard Universal Measuring System

Graphskill SUMS – Standard Universal Measuring System

This method of identification was primarily devised to categorise pipe supports for ease of identification, storage, retrieval & computerised manufacture coding purposes.

It is principally a code made up of alpha numeric & punctuation which give the product it relates to a unique reference showing its category, its material & more importantly its dimensions.

It is being used to uniquely identify pipe support components but it can be readily adopted for most components in any industry.

CATEGORY/MATERIAL/UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION

Graphskill SUMS… you know it adds up…

 

U-Bolts

Graphskill SUMS : U-bolt

Graphskill SUMS : U-bolt

Thread Size=M

Inside Diameter=D

Inside Height=H

Thread Length=T

Graphskill SUMS= UBOLT/MATERIAL/M*D*H*T

Example: UBOLT/GALV/M6*34*75*20

2 Bolt Clips

Graphskill SUMS : 2-bolt pipe clip

Graphskill SUMS : 2-bolt pipe clip

Inside Diameter=D

Clip Width=W

Clip Thickness=T

Hole Centres=P

Hole centre to Edge=G

Gap Between halves=R

Bolt Diameter Size=M

Graphskill SUMS=CLIPS/MATERIAL/D-W*T-P-G-R-M

Example : CLIPS/T304/224-65*12-320-36-12-M24

C-Bolts /
Square Bolts

Graphskill SUMS : Square Bolt

Graphskill SUMS : Square Bolt

Inside width=B

Inside height=C

Thread Diameter=A

Thread length=D

Corner Radius=R

Graphskill SUMS=CBOLT/MATL/MA*B*C*D*R

Example: CBOLT/BZP /M10*51*130*80*3

Hookbolts

Graphskill SUMS : Square Bolt

Graphskill SUMS : C-Bolt / Square Bolt

Length = L

Thread Diameter=D

Thread Length=T

Angle of Hook=B

Length of Hook=C

Graphskill SUMS=HOOKBOLT/MATL/D*L*T*B*C

Example: HOOKBOLT/T304/M8*150*50*45*20

Pipe Clamp

Graphskill SUMS :Pipe Clamp

Graphskill SUMS :Pipe Clamp

Inside Diameter=D

Inside height=C

Material Width=W

Material thickness=T

Hole centres=A

Hole centre to edge=B

Hole diameter=E

Graphskill SUMS=CLAMP/MATL/D-W*T-C-A-B-E

Example:  CLAMP/T304/64-40*8-63-140-30-14

Backing Plate – round holes

Graphskill SUMS : 2 hole backing plate

Graphskill SUMS : 2 hole backing plate

Holes diameter=D

Material Width=W

Material thickness=T

Hole centre to centre=C

Total length of plate=L

Graphskill SUMS=PLATE/MATL/D-W*T-C-L

Example: PLATE/T316/12-50*3-92-130

N-Bolt

Graphskill SUMS : N-Bolt

Graphskill SUMS : N-Bolt

Thread diameter=M

Inside leg dimension=D

Thread length=T

Long leg length=L

Short  leg length=S

Inside angle (degrees)=A

Graphskill SUMS=NBOLT/MATL/M*D*L*S*T*A

Example: NBOLT/T316/M10*102*180*83*80*45

U-Straps

Graphskill SUMS : U-Strap

Graphskill SUMS : U-Strap

Thread diameter=D

U strap material width=W

U strap material thickness=H

Leg centres=C

Inside radius=R

Leg length (E+T)=L

Thread length=T

Graphskill SUMS= USTRAP/MATL/D-W*H-C-R-L-T

Example: USTRAP/T316/M10-50*6-92-35-80-65

Foot Plate

Graphskill SUMS : 4 Hole Foot Plate

Graphskill SUMS : 4 Hole Foot Plate

Plate thickness=T

Plate width=A

Plate length=B

Hole diameter=D

Hole centres (along width)=C

Hole centres (along length)=E

Graphskill SUMS=PLATE/MATL/FOOT-A*B*T-D-C-E

Example: PLATE/T304/FOOT-100*240*6-12-60-180

L-Bolt

Graphskill SUMS : L-Bolt

Graphskill SUMS : L-Bolt

Thread size-D

Length of leg with thread (usually long leg)=L

Length of leg without thread (usually short leg)=S

Length of thread=T

Inside radius of bend=R

Graphskill SUMS=LBOLT/MATL/D-L-S-T-R

Example:  LBOLT/T304/M8-43-35-30-4

Spacer

Graphskill SUMS : Spacer

Graphskill SUMS : Spacer

D=Outside diameter

H=Inside diameter

L=length

T=thickness

 

Graphskill SUMS=SPACER/MATL/D*L-H*T

 

Example…. SPACER/NYLON/12*10-8.2*1.9

Rubber lined insulating u-bolt (1108 Series)

Rubber lined insulating u-bolt

Rubber lined insulating u-bolt

D= Thread diameter

A=Inside insulation diameter

B=Leg centres

F=Straight leg

E=Thread length

Graphskill SUMS=1108/T316/M*A*B*F*E

Example… 1108/T316/M20*196*225*175*120

J-Bolt

How to measure a J-Bolt

How to measure a J-Bolt

M=Thread diameter

D=Inside diameter

L=Long leg overall length

S=Short leg overall length

T=Thread length

Graphskill SUMS=JBOLT/MATL/M-D-L-S-T

Example… JBOLT/T304/M10-220-369-120-80

V-Bolt

How to measure a V-Bolt

How to measure a V-Bolt

D= Thread diameter

C= Leg centres

L= Overall outside leg dimension

T= Thread length

X= Central angle in degrees

P= Bend point of straight leg

 

Graphskill SUMS=VBOLT/MATL/D-C-L-T-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Products: Unistrut Brackets, BZP fasteners & N-bolts

New Products: Unistrut Brackets, BZP fasteners & N-bolts

We we have had a very busy week here at Graphskill. Not only has it been our busiest sales week, but we have added some exiting new ranges to our own line store

Firstly, we have started extending our Metal Framing System range to include brackets. We manufacture the brackets in house, so if you need a style not yet listed please do let us know and we should be able to accommodate your requirements. We have added single hole, and double hole “washers”:

1 Hole Plate for Unistrut and Oglaended style metal frame

1 Hole Plate for Unistrut and Oglaended style metal frame

 

2 Hole Plate for Unistrut and Oglaended style metal frame

2 Hole Plate for Unistrut and Oglaended style metal frame

Next, we have introduced a small range of Bright Zinc Plated fasteners – full nuts, half nuts, Nyloc nuts and washers.

 

BZP Nyloc Nut

BZP Nyloc Nut

And finally, our brand new range of “N – Bolts”.  N-bolts are a bit like a cross between a U-bolt and a C-bolt, and they have one leg shorter than the other. They are designed to clamp Angle frames. We have a range of standard sizes to accommodate the standard range of SSA (Stainless Stel Angle). From 40*40 upto 200*200. But a picture speaks a 1000 words as they say, so this is an N-bolt

Stainless Steel N-Bolt

Stainless Steel N-Bolt

 

 

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