The Versatility of Couplings - Fittings & Accessories
All fluid transfer lines found in motorcycles, Inkjet printers, fire hose systems, oil pipe lines, medical devices, plumbing and hydraulic systems need a connection device such as a coupling or fitting. However, the requirements for each can differ dramatically. Consequently, the choice of connection type depends on a variety of considerations, including pressure and temperature ratings, the required frequency of connection and disconnection, servicing & safety needs, and user expertise. Designers of products that incorporate fluid transfer face many challenges when it comes to connecting hoses and tubing efficiently and cost effectively. A fitting is a simple device used most often as a permanent connection for hoses or tubing. Fittings are typically threaded or with hose barb connections. Tools may or may not be required to install and remove fittings depend on what kind of fittings. Instant fittings are also used as a permanent connection, but do not require tools for installation of the tubing. It is important to note that most fittings do not stop flow when disconnected. In order to regulate or stop flow with a fitting, a separate valve must be used. Couplings are devices used to quickly connect and disconnect tubing or hoses. They may incorporate automatic shutoff valves to stop flow when disconnected. Designed for repeated connection and disconnection cycles, standard couplings, with or without valves, can be connected and disconnected without the use of tools. Couplings with non-spill shutoff valves provide the added security of virtually drip-free connection and disconnection. Equipment maintenance and repair contribute to overall process downtime. Couplings help minimize service-related downtime by providing quick and easy access to fluid lines that may need to be disconnected during repair processes. Additionally, couplings with integrated valves save time by eliminating spill cleanup and reducing the need to purge air from the fluid lines. Fittings can take a longer time to disengage and reinstall, but may be the connection of choice if disconnections are not time sensitive. Cam and Groove Couplings, known as Cam locks, are an excellent choice for applications in low pressure fluid handling. These couplings mate quickly and conveniently by inserting the grooved coupling into the cam coupling and simply closing the cam arms. Safety pins prevent the cam arms from accidental disconnection during use. Available in a broad range of sizes, styles and materials, Cam & Groove Couplings are popular in a wide array of industries to carry gases, powders, liquids, water, oil, vapors and granules. Common materials for Cam locks are Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel, and Poly. Other popular industrial hose couplings and fitting including pneumatic quick connect and grip-on fittings, hydraulic, pin lug, bauer, ground joint, locking lever, and universal couplings. There are online wholesale suppliers who provide the highest quality in this line of products. A wide range of cam & groove couplings, cam locks, hose fittings, spanner wrenches, caps, nipples, nozzles, lugs, and plugs, are offered at deep discounted prices. These innovative coupling suppliers offer cost-effective solutions that make operations cleaner, simpler, safer, and even smarter!