Also known as hose connectors, hose fittings are couplings used to securely attach hoses to pressurised air or water outlets of various types. Hose fittings are highly versatile and used for a wide range of applications in domestic, commercial, and industrial settings.
The media passed through fittings and hoses can be solid, liquid or air.
For instance, flour and sugar are some of the solid media that can be passed through a hose whereas liquid media include chemicals, oil, and hydraulic fluid.
On the other hand, pressurised or compressed air is an example of gas that can be passed through a hydraulic hose and hose fitting.
Hose fittings are known by several other names: connectors, adapters, couplings, joiners, quick connect couplings, pipe connectors, and tap connectors.
Hose fittings, like most other similar devices, are conventionally assigned two major genders: male and female, to refer to how they attach to both the hose and each other when in use.
If it is through insertion then it is male but if it is through encirclement then it is female. They can be available in male-to-male or female-to-female designs as well as both genders have different subtypes.
There are several different types of industrial hose fittings and some of them are highlighted below:
Air hose fittings offer tight, reliable seals for attaching high pressure hoses to breathing tanks, air pumps, and brakes.
Hydraulic hose fittings can also be in the form of water hose connectors for hoses that carry water.
Water hoses are popular in not only domestic settings but also in commercial and industrial environments, often for cleaning and cooling purposes.
A leaking hose in a garden setting may not be much of a concern but leakage in a factory can be potentially dangerous or can pose a health hazard to both humans and the environment.
Therefore, connectors should provide a tight and reliable seal for both safety and reliability.
Hydraulic hose connectors are also common in industrial settings as they help to connect hoses to a wide range of components used within hydraulic systems, including valves, cylinders, pumps, and more.
Tightly sealed connectors are generally secure and considered effective in preventing leakage and ensuring a safe operational level of pressure.
They help to direct the flow of fluid within the hydraulic system.
On the other hand, brass hose connectors are preferred in low-pressure settings and make great fuel lines. Brass is strong and quite resistant to corrosion.
However, this can only work if quality brass material has been used to manufacture the connector because cheaply made brass is generally weak and porous.
Other fittings are aluminium hose connectors and steel hose connectors, and they derive their names from the material used in their manufacturing process.
So, if you want to use industrial hose fittings in your hydraulic application, you should know what to choose and how your choice affects the performance of your hydraulic machinery or equipment.
If you know little about what to choose, you can consult your hydraulic engineer or technician in Kent, London, Heathrow, Essex, or any other part of the UK.
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