When you have a lot of pipe or conduit running through a building, making sure it is going to stay where you put it is critical. There are many different materials in use for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical lines, so using the right hangers to support the lines can be vital.
Thermoplastic Supports and Hangers
When you are hanging lightweight conduit in your building, and you don't want it to move at all, installing a hanger every few feet is the simple solution. Using the right hanger can be important, though. Some hangers can damage the lightweight conduit during installation, and over time the hanger can deteriorate as a result of the material and conditions inside the building.
Thermoplastic hangers are a good option for many applications and offer the strength of a metal hander but are corrosion-proof, are very lightweight, and are far less likely to damage the conduit because they do not apply as much pressure on the tube as a metal screw clamp or hanger.
The thermoplastic hangers are strong enough to support plumbing and mechanical lines as well, but you need to make sure that you are using the right size or type of hanger for it to be effective.
Industrial Hanger Systems
Several companies offer hanger systems that include a U channel that mounts to the ceiling or overhead beams and then accepts the hanger, allowing you to slide the hanger along the channel and position it where you like. The advantage of this system is that you are not limited by the structure of the building when you are installing hangers.
You can position the hangers anywhere along the length of the channel, and the only thing that gets mounted to the structure is the U channel. This also means if you need to move a hanger to remove a section of pipe, just loosen it and slide it further down the channel.
The hangers used in these systems are available in many sizes and types, making them easy to work with, and if you have several different pipes or conduits to support, you may be able to use one channel and support many things from it.
Heat Resistant Hangers
While thermoplastic hangers can melt with enough heat, they are very durable and can handle a significant amount of heat. While not suited for areas with open flames, most industrial settings are fine with thermoplastic hangers. The plastic material is often blended with other substrates to create a durable and robust hanger that offers the flexibility that you need.
For more information on thermoplastic pipe hangers, reach out to an industrial equipment supplier.