Pipe saddle clamps are used to clamp a pipe to a flat surface – traditionally of two styles, grip type (anchor) or non-grip type (saddle / guide). The clamp will have two holes to allow fixing bolts to fasten the clamp to a wall, floor, wooden joist etc
Grip clamps, sometimes called anchor clamps are used when the pipe requires a tight clamping to restrict all movements. You can see in the image below how there is no gap between the pipe and the inner surface of the clamp.
Non-Grip clamps, sometimes called guide clamps areused when it is desirable to have a looser fit to allow some movement. Movement could be thermal or mechanical (perhaps a vibration). Below is a representative image showing a gap between the pipe and the clamp. Realistically there would likely be contact at the top surface.
Traditionally pipe clamps were referenced by the size of the pipe they were clamping. So for example an engineer would ask for a pipe clamp for a 50 nominal bore pipe. No reference to the size of the clamp, thickness of the material, size of the holes etc.
Graphskill Sums (GSUMS) is the new way of labelling pipe clamps
Hole centre to edge=B
So the code for a pipe clamp becomes: Graphskill SUMS=CLAMP/MATL/D-W*T-C-A-B-E
This clearly defines the physical dimensions of the clamp. Grip or non grip becomes meaningless as the engineer knows the outside diameter of the pipe. So for example, in the above example if the outside diameter of the pipe is 63 mm, the engineer could ask for Inside Diameter=D = 64 as above, or if they wanted a non-grip style they could ask for Inside Diameter=D = 68 (or whatever clearance they require)
The inside diameter of a clamp is very often less than the inside height and this can cause confusion. The idea is that the clamp does NOT sit flush against the wall. Having less inside height means the saddle will sit proud on top of the pipe with a gap to the wall. Then as you tighten the fixing bolts the plate bends slightly towards the wall and so produces the clamping effect on the pipe. If the clamp fit flushly to the wall as soon as you address it to the pipe, then it simply would not grip the pipe sufficiently.
Graphskill manufacture a wide range of anchor and guide clamps for British Standard Pipe sizes. In stainless steel, zinc plated and galvanised finishes. We also have some non standard sizes, and of course can manufacure bespoke clamps