This past week brought another first for me. I have
officially provided my first crimper training. Luckily, thanks to the training
I received at Hose Products Division, the tools and information local Connector
Territory Manager, Bob Parent covered with me, and help from the Hope Group
Connector sales team I was well prepared to do the job.
I opened the training with the
Safety Works slideshow, and tried to make it clear that the goal of the
training is to ensure that everyone leaves with the knowledge necessary to
fabricate safe hose assemblies. People had warned me that the guys may not take
it seriously, but luckily everyone seemed to pay attention & take the
After the presentation I walked
everyone through the catalog, explained the meanings behind lay line
information, broke down the fitting part numbers and explained how each piece
of the part # identifies a detail of the fitting. Bob provided me with
10643-4-6 so I could draw attention to the jump size and explain that the last
two numbers are dash sizes and the port side is always listed first.
After that we went on to the actual
demonstration, and everything went well. I was concerned that their bowl or
dies may have been worn because the bowl was bone dry. So, before we started I
put some lithium grease on it, and I checked the crimps with my calipers. They all
came out within spec.
Training customers in the safe and proper use of a crimper was very satisfying. I hope to do a lot more training sessions.