Hello! I am trying to fit the 4" flat acrylic endcap with the 4" aluminum housing but the parts do not seem to fit together and stop at the O-rings. Both parts are not of the locking series. If I take the O-rings off, however, they seem to fit OK. Do you think it’s the O-rings or should I just push a little harder? Cheers in advance for your answers!
Due to manufacturing tolerances the flanges can be quite a tight fit in the tubes, which is part of why we changed to precision machined ends for the locking enclosures.
Some things to double check before the “just push a little harder” step:
- there is an escape path for the air
- e.g. an open vent on the end cap, or on the other side
- the o-rings are positioned correctly
- the thinner one should be used for the face seal between the end-cap and the flange
- the two thicker ones should be used for the radial seal between the flange and the tube
- there is silicone grease on the o-rings
- no grease reduces the effectiveness of the seal, and would add significant friction when assembling
To get more power to close the aluminium tubes:
Push the endcap as long as you can by hand, making the o rings seal.
Use the vacum tester to get the vacum to close.
(no fingers between tube and flange…)
Thanks so much, @EliotBR ! Added more grease and with a little push the parts came together. Cheers mate!
Thanks for the tip @Boko ! Was able to get them together with more grease but this is also a great solution! Cheers!