Tapping need not turn out to be a challenging process at all but often that is what it turns out to be. How to make your tapping process seamless and how to get the best results? If you want to get the best results, you need to make certain that you are avoiding some of the most common mistakes that people make with tapping.
Do not get started with the tapping process until you have got all the specifications and all the data you need. Without getting the right data if you start, you could have a wrong start and the mistakes that arise because of that cannot be rectified. Gather adequate information before you get started.
Identify the most appropriate hole size when you are tapping. By selecting the right hole size, you could avoid most of the mistakes that are bound to happen at a later stage. The ideal or the most common hole size is 75% of the actual thread depth. When you keep increasing the hole size, the torque level will also steeply increase and as a result, the trapezoidal thread tap or the other taps that you are using could break and damage the component that you are tapping.
When drilling holes make sure that you make use of tools that are in top-conditions. If you happen to use dull tools to cut holes, then it could result in hardening of the metal, which in turn will result in poor finishes and inaccuracies in tapping. Someone with a limited experience is not likely to know these issues, would proceed with dull tools inviting trouble down the line, and would not realize why they are coming across these issues.
Lubrication is one of the most crucial aspects of tapping. If adequate lubrication is not used then it will lead to higher friction levels and in turn breaking of the tap. Selecting the right tap is also important. You cannot select your Metric thread taps without taking into account the basic working conditions. For example, the material in which you are tapping will decide which type of tap needs to be used. Similarly, the type of holes that you need to tap will also decide the type of tap. If you are going to ignore all these factors then you may not get the expected finish or the expected level of accuracy. Moreover, wrong choice of taps will also lead to the increased rate of tap breakage. Someone who has experience with tapping will know how breaking of tap can wreck the entire manufacturing process and how it could lead to a huge loss.
The next time you are interested in sourcing your taps make sure that you have all the required technical details so that you could select the right type of taps for your trapping needs. As you gain experience with tapping you are likely to avoid these mistakes gradually and you will be able to produce the best results.