Thread Wright – Thread Depth Calibration Tool
Correct thread depth. Save time calibrating your pipe threading dies before you thread the pipe.
The “Thread Wright” is a tool used to calibrate the correct thread depth on any pipe threading machine with an adjustable die head. The “Thread Wright” was conceived by Randy Wright a pipe fitter with over thirty years of experience in the fire sprinkler industry. Mr. Wright became frustrated with the time it would take to adjust the thread depth using the standard trial and error method. He knew there had to be a faster way than setting the depth, threading a pipe, and checking the depth by threading on a fitting to get approximately three turns. If the threads where too shallow or too deep then you have to adjust the depth and repeat the process sometimes taking five to fifteen minutes to get them set correctly. The “Thread Wright” cuts the time down to seconds. You simply place the “Thread Wright” between the dies and adjust the dies down till they touch the surface of the “Thread Wright”, lock down the adjustment lever, push the release lever and remove the “Thread Wright”. Now you are ready to thread a piece of pipe and you will get the correct thread depth for approximately three turns on the fitting every time.
- Step 1: Place the “Thread Wright” between the dies
- Step 2: Adjust the dies down until they touch the surface of the “Thread Wright”
- Step 3: Lock the adjustment level and push the release lever to remove the “Thread Wright”
Now you are ready to thread a piece of pipe and you will get the correct thread depth for approximately three turns on the fitting every time.
The Thread Wright Saves You Money
Any company that threads pipe can increase their bottom line by using the “Thread Wright”. For instance, we had an owner of a small fabrication shop track how much time his employee’s spent calibrating dies. He estimated that he spent approximately $4500 per year per man calibrating dies. That works out to be $2.16 per hour spent on just calibrating dies, based on a 40 hour week. Suppose that employee makes $15.00 per hour, then that would mean that he spends 8.64 minutes of every hour adjusting dies. Now reduce that time to one minute using the “Thread Wright”, which would be $.25 per hour or $520.00 per year. By using this simple tool this fabrication shop could save almost $4000 per year, per man. Not to mention the added 7.64 minutes per hour or 264 hours per year of productivity.
There is also the added benefit of the consistency of the thread depth which will reduce the chance of leaks in the field. A fire sprinkler contractor estimated that a leak on a job after they have left costs a minimum of $500.00 in time and lost productivity, and that doesn’t include any equipment such as lifts needed to reach the leak or damage to finished surfaces.
Another time saving quality of using the “Thread Wright” is that a new employee will be productive threading pipe quicker than he would had he learned the old trial and error way of setting the thread depth.
The “Thread Wright” is a must have tool for any company that threads pipe. It will save money and time and increase the quality and consistency of the thread depth.