Car Seals for Valve Lockout Safety

PLAINVIEW, N.Y., March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cable seals company, American Casting and Manufacturing, gives insight into the use of car seals for valve lockout safety.

Car seals are single-use seals that get their name from being used to secure railroad cars. Cable seals are a popular type of car seals, which have uses beyond just sealing railroad cars. They are also useful for sealing industrial valves. They are typically used when a valve needs to be secured in either the open or closed position for long periods of time. An example of a car seal for valve lockout is for securing a sprinkler system valve during winter when they will not be used.

Since a cutting tool is required to remove a cable seal, it is almost impossible for them to be removed by unauthorized people. This is not only for security, but for safety; many valves (and their substances) can be dangerous if used by people who do not know the proper protocol or safety measures.

The application of a car seal is simple. Pass the seal's wire cable through the handle of the valve and around an anchor point. Cable wires can be ordered in custom lengths to meet the needs of any valve, although the standard length is usually sufficient. Then, thread the cable back through the seal body which effectively locks the valve. Finally, trim any excess cable wire. At this point, the seal can only be removed by cutting the cable wire.

To avoid any confusion, it's a good idea to color coordinate your car seals. Different colors can represent the position of each valve--for example, green seals could indicate open valves and red seals can indicate closed seals. Additional colors can be used to indicate what material is flowing through the valve. Adding an extra layer of organization can create a safer work environment.

To maintain safety and security for valves that are being sealed for long periods of time, be sure that a team member checks on them often. Information like valve position, valve location, inspection date, and any identifying numbers should be recorded on a regular basis.

American Casting and Manufacturing manufactures a wide variety of seals that can be used to secure valves.

About American Casting and Manufacturing: American Casting and Manufacturing is a New York based, family-owned manufacturing company, that produces high-quality customizable security seals, including bolt seals, container seals, and trailer seals, across a wide range of industries. Through innovative production, customer service, and both employee loyalty and respect, the tamper evident seals manufacturer has been producing high-quality seals for over 100 years. The company conforms to the highest standards, meeting the requirements of ISO-9001:2008 quality management systems.

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