Published 09/15/2023

Incorrect selection of wire rope/sleeve/tool groove

Each swaging tool is designed for specific wire rope and sleeve sizes, ensuring a precise and secure compression. Using the wrong tool groove or an incompatible sleeve can lead to inadequate compression, resulting in weaker connections and compromised safety.

Improper tool calibration

Swaging tools require precise calibration to deliver accurate and consistent results. Over time the calibration may drift, leading to gauge inaccuracies. Failing to calibrate the tool periodically or neglecting to verify its accuracy before each swaging operation can result in improper compression forces.

Improper selection of the gauge slot 

Gauge slots determine the appropriate level of compression for a specific sleeve size. Selecting the wrong gauge slot can lead to either excessive compression or insufficient swaging. Technicians must use the correct gauge slot to achieve optimal swage dimensions and maintain the necessary load-bearing capacity.

General misuse and neglect 

Mishandling a swaging tool, dropping it, or using it in a manner not intended by the manufacturer can compromise its structural integrity, leading to gauge errors. Additionally, lack of routine maintenance and cleaning can result in the accumulation of debris and contaminants affecting the tool's performance.

Technicians should be trained on the proper use and calibration of swaging tools as well as how to are for these instruments to avoid damage and ensure accurate gauge readings. 

Go gauges are supplied with every Nicopress® tool to help you verify a proper swage.