What is Moeller Click-Loc™ self-locking technology?
It is an external secondary locking feature which provides an enhanced reliability and maintainability alternative to lockwire, tab washers, cotter pins, de-formed threads, locking elements, or thread lock compound (e.g., “Locktite”).
What is it made from?
The standard material is Inconel 718.
How does it work?
As the component is assembled, the Click-Loc™ engages during the last two turns prior to seating. Once engaged, the flexible beam fingers of the lockring act against the detent cam of the mating part to provide a prevailing torque which is sufficient to prevent loosening from all tested applications.
Where is it used?
Most applications are critical components on aerospace products, including fuel line coupling nuts, borescope plugs, drain plugs, pylon locks, adjustable mechanical linkages, and engine mounts.
Who are the present users?
Products that use Click-Loc™ include such industry leaders as GE Aircraft Engines, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Safran, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, and many more. Click-Loc™ has been used in commercial and military aircraft and other applications since 1993.
Is it reuseable?
Click-Loc™ has demonstrated hundreds of installation/removal cycles in applications up to 600°F and 100+ cycles from 600°F to 1350°F. Generally, Click-Loc™ reusability exceeds the service life of the component in which it is installed.
Can Click-Loc™ be retrofitted to my present hardware?
YES! Self-locking drop-in replacement plugs can be used to replace or dual source the existing plug if the mating port is already designed. Retrofit fluid fittings are designed for existing fluid fittings.
We are experiencing leaking fittings. Will Click-Loc™ fix this?
Click-Loc™ is an external secondary locking device which does not affect the sealing surfaces, however if the leaking fittings are attributed to coupling nuts becoming loose, Click-Loc™ will fix it.
Does Click-Loc™ change the fitting torque?
No. The Click-Loc™ adds some prevailing torque during the last two turns immediately before seating.
Can Click-Loc™ be used with all types of materials?
Yes. Click-Loc™ is made from Inconel 718. Retrofit kits can be applied to couplings made of virtually any material.
Does Click-Loc™ require any unique maintenance procedures?
No. As with other fluid fittings, plugs, and fasteners, Click-Loc™ products may be lubricated before tightening, but this is not required.
Do retrofit kits change the wrench sizes?
Yes. Generally, a 1/16″ larger size must be used.
How can I verify Click-Loc™ is installed correctly?
Since Click-Loc™ can only be installed one way, once the primary device is torqued correctly, the Click-Loc™ secondary locking device will be locked in place automatically. Generally, the Click-Loc™ will also produce a noticeable clicking sound as well. Click-Loc™ provides secondary retention in the event the primary device is compromised.
Will Click-Loc™ still work if exposed to oil or dirt?
Yes. Dirt, carbon buildup, and other contaminants do not significantly affect performance.
How is Click-Loc™ retained on the mating parts?
New components are typically retained by a controlled interference fit, sufficient to provide a safety margin over the maximum forces that could be expected. Retrofit components are generally sleeves that snap in place.
How reliable is Click-Loc™?
Reliability data has been tracked. It is measured in the hundreds of millions of trouble-free component flight hours. Since its introduction in 1995, there has NEVER been a report of a Click-Loc™ product coming loose in testing or service.