Several tools are used in hot work-related activities in order to enhance safety. Each of them needs to be defect-free and in optimal operating order before a project begins. Keep reading to learn more about hot work tools and equipment and how to keep them in a safe working condition.
Various Tools for Different Types of Hot Work
Operators who perform hot work must be adequately instructed and qualified in the use of hot work equipment. Hot work tools and equipment include, but are not limited to:
- Welding Machine
- Soldering Iron
- Flint Strikers
- Metal Files
While there are many more pieces of equipment used in activities related to hot work, our primary focus is on those that produce heat/sparks and use electricity, all of which can serve as ignition sources for any flammables in the vicinity.
Tool steels are a family carbon and alloy steels having distinct characteristics such as hardness, wear resistance, toughness, and resistance to softening at elevated temperatures. Tool steels comprise carbide-forming elements such as chromium, vanadium, molybdenum and tungsten in different combinations which makes them an ideal material for crafting hot work tools. These tools are optimal for hot work because they can withstand prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures.
When searching for hot work tools, look for qualities such as
- Tools that will not warp or change shape when performing hot work
- Resistance to electric shock
- Machinability performance doesn’t vary with heat
If tools are not strong enough to withstand heat exposure, they can deform, warp, and become too hot to handle. Choose your hot work equipment and tool suppliers wisely. Look for third-party certifications on the companies and products you select. Some of your projects or customers may even require it.
Different types of hot work operations require specialized tools. Our biggest concern is safety. You can take every precaution available to you, but hazards are introduced into the environment if your tools are not in working order. If you notice that your equipment is not in proper working order, check the manufacturer’s warranty to see if damages are covered. You must check your tools and equipment to ensure that they are in a safe, working order. Make this a part of your safety checklist before you start working. If you are looking for more safety information, please contact us today!