When performing any type of work that requires you to hold pipes, conduits of cables in place you will always consider using a clamp. A clamp is a device that will help hold objects in place, sometimes using a screw or nail to exert the necessary pressure to hold things in place.
When thinking about the different situations when you would use a clamp the answer to “What clamp do I need?” will always depend on the application and materials being installed. It can vary from simple installations just to hold something in place or more complex situations which may have to account for movement or heavy loads.
Types of clamps
The first thing to know is that clamps come in all sizes, materials and shapes; there is a vast choice to adapt to the project you are working on, and it is essential that the right clamp is used to ensure the integrity for the installation. However, to keep things simple we can first categorise them by the material they are made from.
- Plastic clamps
Plastic clamps can provide a lighter, faster installation and are therefore ideal in situations where a lot of clamps are needed or in corrosive environments. Plastic clamps will help avoid the chances of corrosion and rust, ensuring structural integrity. These clamps are suitable for a wide range of applications including sanitary and electrical installations. Some plastic clamps such as the SSC – Smart Strut Clamp – are made from high quality nylon and do not need any additional tools for installation, you just need to twist and lock into the strut channel t secure in place.
- Metal clamps
These are the most common types of clamps, they are durable and secure. They are made for items that require a little more resistance and can be simple or rubber lined depending on what you need and will also come in a wide range of sizes. These types of clamps will often be secured with a screw. Suitable for most types of installations.
When it comes to the specific names of the clamps these are often categorized by the actions that they will perform or their features. For example: pipe clamps, drainage clamps, parallel clamps, adjustable pipe clamps, rigid clamps etc.
H3 – Types of plastic clamps
Multidiameter clamp Abranyl ® ABT
Quick and easy installations with a gas nailer. Just press on the tube to lock in place!
Smart Tap Clamp STC
Fast installation with just a drywall or concrete screw. No additional tools needed to lock pipe in place
Smart Strut Clamp SSC
No tools needed! Just twist and lock the clamp into the strut channel.
Multiclip clamp UT
Ideal clamp for installing tubes and pipes in series with lateral slots that can connect side by side.
H3 – Types of metal clamps
Here is a range of the different types of metal clamps that CELO Fixings has to offer:
Metal clamp L M6
Perfect for hot water and heating pipes, it is easy to screw.
Metal clamp NK M6
The opener clip allows hold without closing the clamp entirely, excellent for pre-installation.
Metal clamp M6
Works just as good as the previous one and includes the bottom screw.
Double metal clamp M6
The ideal clamp for parallel pipes or tubes, includes twos fasteners.
Metal clamp M8 + M 10 R
Complete with a connecting nut that enhances resistance.
Uses that you can give to the clamps
Overall plastic and metal clamps can be used for many different applications involving items such as pipes and cables and there will always be a specific clamp to fit your needs.
The two main areas where clamps are used are:
- Electrical installations. This includes the cables and wiring in things like security and alarm systems, and communications.
- Mechanical installations. This includes applications such as plumbing, HVAC and fire protection.