Over the past 30 years I have personally encountered complications in the reassembly of the liquid tubing components on turbine engine component repairs due to thread damage to either the nut or the connector. Most especially during the rebuild process of duel fuel, fuel nozzle components where often times we encounter damaged threads on either the male or female component. Once encountered, they are more often than not, deemed unusable and therefore scrapped. I have searched and questioned diligently tooling manufactures looking for a proper tool that could chase threads on these tube adapters for the turbine liquid delivery systems. I have talked to many manufacture reps for Parker and Swagelok, just to name 2, and none had a solution, only the opportunity to purchase new parts.
When I learned about Ken having designed and manufactured a remedy for these problems I was extremely anxious to see these tools for myself. Ken came to ICS for a demonstration and I could see for myself the value added significance of these tools, I immediately had purchasing place an order. In fact, I didn’t want Ken to take the set that he used for demonstration purposes. I was willing to take those off his hands right then and there.
The ease of use with the self-aligning feature, is significantly better than using a standard tap and die and the Knechtion Repair Kit has performed flawlessly to date. The Knechtion tooling has saved several parts from otherwise being scrapped as a result of those damaged threads.
I can’t give you a dollar amount, but we have definitely saved time and saved our customer’s money in replacement of parts as a result of using the Knechtion Tap and Die Kit.
On many occasions, I have recommended the Knechtion tools and their web site to place an order to many of our clients and customers when the opportunity has presented itself and siting them as a must have tool combination at their plant site(s).