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Making and re-making flange connections? Use FlangeLock™ to stop the oily mess

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

 

FlangeLock-block-titleIf you are repairing or maintaining hydraulic equipment, you make and re-make connections daily. You know to use plugs and caps to plug open ports and cap disconnected hoses, in order to keep the the dirt out and oil in. This method works for most connections, but when it comes to flanges most mechanics' oil containment method is to shove a rag into the open port, and another in the end of the disconnected hose (or tube assembly).

Now, there's another option – using FlangeLock™. The FlangeLock allows for quick, simple sealing of open SAE Code 61, Code 62 & CAT-style hydraulic flange connections without tools. It is the ultimate spill and contamination control during disconnecting and re-connecting flange fittings.

  • Constructed from lightweight aluminum
  • Easy on, easy off
  • Offers a leak-proof solution to hydraulic systems, and environmental cleanliness
  • FlangeLock™ Tools stop the mess!

 

How it Works

The FlangeLock™ tool consists of three parts: a sleeve, a plug, and a slug. The sleeve and plug screw together to temporarily plug a disconnected hose. The slug is used to plug the open port. Use flange halves (not included) to keep the slug in place.

To seal the port and disconnected hose or tube, follow these easy steps.

Using FlangeLock slug to seal open port

 

Using FlangeLock sleeve and plug to seal flange fitting

 

  1. Choose the FlangeLock size - Code 61 (thin slug) or Code 62 (thick slug).
  2. Loosen the FlangeLock plug and remove the slug. Do not unscrew the plug all the way - just loosen it enough so the slug slips out. Your FlangeLok sleeve and plug assembly is now ready to be used.
  3. Next, loosen all four bolts of the flange that you are disconnecting.
  4. Remove one flange half completely (removing the top half works best), and then disconnect the hose or tube.
  5. To seal the port side, insert the slug in place of the removed hose or tube (O-ring goes toward the face of the port, duh). Reconnect the other flange half and tighten all four bolts to keep oil from spilling out.
  6. To seal the disconnected hose or tube, slip the sleeve and plug assembly over the flange and tighten the plug to seal.

Reverse the process to reconnect.

Tip

When removing the slug from the sleeve and plug assembly, do not unscrew the plug all the way from the sleeve. It will take longer to plug the flange, and you may end up spilling more oil. Loosening the cap just enough for the slug to slide out will ensure that you can slip the sleeve and plug assembly over the flange easily. After that, seal it with a couple of quick turns.

Picking the correct FlangeLock assembly size and style

There are just two things you need to pay attention to: the size of your connection (1/2"-2"), and the flange thickness (Code 61 or Code 62).

FlangeLock sleeves and plugs are color-coded according to their size.

The slugs are marked with their size and flange code. Should the marking wear off of the slug, just use the thinner slug for Code 61, and thicker slug for Code 62.

flange-lok-sizes-with-slug

 

Note that the color corresponds to size only, and the same sleeve and plug assembly works for both Code 61 and Code 62. The only exception is the 2" size where the sleeves and plugs differ between Code 61 and 62.

Buy FlangeLock

FlangeLock tools can be purchased in kits or individually.

FlangeLock Tool Kits

  • 08/32TBS - contains 1/2" through 2" sizes, sleeves, plugs AND SLUGS for both Code 61 and 62
  • 08/32TB - contains 1/2" through 2" sizes, sleeves and plugs, NO SLUGS
  • 12/24TBS - contains 3/4" through 1-1/2" sizes, sleeves, plugs AND SLUGS for both Code 61 and 62
  • 12/24TB - contains 3/4" through 1-1/2" sizes, sleeves and plugs, NO SLUGS
  • 08/20TBS - contains 1/2" through 1-1/4" sizes, sleeves, plugs AND SLUGS for both Code 61 and 62
  • 08/20TB - contains 1/2" through 1-1/4" sizes, sleeves and plugs, NO SLUGS
  • 20/32TBS - contains 1-1/4" through 2" sizes, sleeves, plugs AND SLUGS for both Code 61 and 62
  • 20/32TB - contains 1-1/4" through 2" sizes, sleeves and plugs, NO SLUGS

FlangeLock Slug Kits

  • 08SOK - contains (1) Code 61 slug and (1) Code 62/CAT slug with O-rings, 1/2" size
  • 10SOK - contains (2) Code 61 slugs with O-rings, 1/2" size
  • 12SOK - contains (1) Code 61 slug and (1) Code 62/CAT slug with O-rings, 3/4" size
  • 16SOK - contains (1) Code 61 slug and (1) Code 62/CAT slug with O-rings, 1" size
  • 20SOK - contains (1) Code 61 slug and (1) Code 62/CAT slug with O-rings, 1-1/4" size
  • 24SOK - contains (1) Code 61 slug and (1) Code 62/CAT slug with O-rings, 1-1/2" size
  • 32SOK - contains (1) Code 61 slug and (1) Code 62/CAT slug with O-rings, 2" size

 Ready to buy or have a question? Email us.

 

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