Many industrial fields including construction, engineering, oil and gas have regular hydraulic fitting needs that will require the trained eye of a qualified professional. Because many of these industries are exposed to harsh chemicals and environments, fittings must be maintained on a regular basis to keep them functioning properly.
Uses for Industrial Fittings
Fittings have many different uses in industrial fields including construction and engineering. Some of these uses include:
Pipe fittings: Pipelines, whether they are steel, copper or plastic are commonly assembled in pieces with the help of pipe fittings. Pipe fittings service multiple uses, especially in industrial occupations. One of the main purposes pipe fittings serve is allowing lines to run around a corner, over a ceiling or under a building. Pipe fittings usually connect to pipes in one of two different ways. They are connected by a threaded or a slip knot connection. Threaded pipes will screw right together to connect while slip knot pipes use sleeves that fit into one another.
Flare fittings: Flare fittings are used on the end of copper tubing. This type of tubing provides a solid connection to a fixed point using a threaded nipple. Flare fittings are commonly used in many different types of industrial projects, including setups that have high gas distribution or a great deal of water pressure going through a single pipe. Flare fittings are used in these types of situations because they provide a very strong connection.
Flareless fitting: Flareless fittings are commonly used in industrial situations that have a high probability of hydraulic fluid leakage that is brought on by high pressures. Three basic types of flareless fittings are available including 0-ring boss, plate-face O-ring fittings and SAE straight-thread boss fittings. Factors that determine what type of flareless fitting an individual should use include fitting location, individual preference and wrench clearance.
Types of Industrial Fittings
The various models of industrial fittings can be manufactured in a variety of materials. These include:
Brass Crimp Fittings – These types of fittings are extensively used in industries including engineering, construction and automotive industries. Brass crimp fittings are usually manufactured from DZR brass. An advantage of using a brass crimp fitting is that it uses the latest technology and is very durable. The materials used to craft this type of fitting are very high quality.
Brass Compression Fittings – These types of fittings are available in a wide variety of sizes and they are usually dimensionally accurate. These fittings are also made from DZR brass, but have been compressed down to a variety of sizes.
Steel – Steel is one of the most common types of materials used in industrial fittings. There are many different types of steels that could be used in an industrial fitting. The specific type of fitting used will depend greatly on the needs of the project. Common types of steel used in industrial fittings include medium carbon steel alloy, cold rolled steel and other various types of carbon steel alloys.
Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is commonly used in industrial fittings because of its durability. Stainless steel is usually very resistant to corrosion and will therefore be used in industries including construction and automotive.
Plastic – Plastic is also commonly used when crafting industrial fittings, but it is not nearly as durable as many of the other types of fittings. This type of fitting is usually selected for an industrial project because it is a very flexible material and is usually relatively inexpensive.
Who Needs Industrial Fittings?
Industrial fittings are ideal for many industries including oil, gas, sanitation, construction, engineering and other types of labor-intensive industries. Many industries that have a high probability of fluid or chemical leaks should use industrial fittings. Many industrial fittings are extremely durable and element-resistant and are therefore perfect for use in industries that are susceptible to harsh elements.
When choosing an industrial fitting, you will first want to think about the type of setting the fitting will be used in. Some fittings are used to change the direction of liquid carried in pipes while others close or seal pipes. Choose the fittings according to the setting they will be used in.
You will also want to choose which type of connection your project will require. The two most common types of connections are threaded and slip knot. Industrial fittings commonly use both threaded and slip knot connections.
You will also want to consider what requirement and codes your industrial fittings will need to meet. Certain buildings and structures have uniform codes that all lines and fittings must meet. Make sure you are aware of these codes before you purchase fittings.