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How to Identify NPT Thread and Other Hydraulic Fitting Types

July 24, 2023

Just about every industrial application utilizes machinery and equipment powered by hydraulics, from agricultural, earthmoving, and snow removal machines to industrial diecasting and molding equipment, oil and gas exploration, construction and demolition, automotive manufacturing, aerospace, aeronautics, and more. The vast…

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Basics of Compression Fittings

June 27, 2023

What are Compression Fittings? Compression fittings are a type of coupling used to connect two pipes or a pipe to a fixture or valve. They are a strong and reliable connection that tightens down a sleeve over a joint to…

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June 12, 2023

What is a rubber expansion joint? A rubber expansion joint is a flexible connector to absorb noise, shock, vibration, physical and thermal energy. Made of natural or synthetic elastomers it may be internally reinforced with fabrics and metal for strength…

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Are Hydraulic Fittings NPT?

May 24, 2023

Hydraulic fittings come in many sizes and styles. While NPT fittings (National Pipe Taper) are sometimes considered the most common thread style in the U.S. and Canada, others claim JIC (Joint Industry Council) SAE 37 fittings are the most popular in North America. Globally, the more practical metric threads are the most prevalent, with DIN (Deutsche Industrial Norme) German style being…

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What are Anti-Static Hoses?

May 11, 2023

Many industrial sectors generate large volumes of fine dust particles. These flammable particle concentrations can be highly volatile in an enclosed area, combusting when in the presence of oxygen if they’re exposed to a spark, ember, or similar source of…

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Cam & Groove Comparison

May 2, 2023

In a previous blog post, we took a look into Dixon® cam & groove couplings. Now that we have an understanding of cam & groove functionality, materials, applications, configurations, and sizes, it is time to compare the different types of cam &…

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How to Replace O-Rings in Hydraulic Couplers

April 18, 2023

We all know what a hydraulic fitting is, and we sometimes refer to them as hydraulic couplers. However, the term hydraulic coupler usually refers to quick-connect fittings.  Hydraulic fittings are used to connect a hydraulic hose to components like hydraulic cylinders, pipes,…

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April 3, 2023

The main purpose of a welding cable reel is to store away long welding cable safely, eliminating trip hazards. This will make your workshop a safe place, as well as reducing wear and tear, ensuring that your expensive welding equipment will…

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Utility Hoses in Refineries

March 8, 2023

We know what products are made from a barrel of crude oil and the general overview of crude oil, refined, but the different fluid transfer components required in oil refineries are often overlooked. There are 130 operable petroleum refineries in the U.S. These refineries…

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Virtual CNG Pipelines: An Overview

February 22, 2023

Everything these days is virtual. From doctor’s appointments and meetings to school and conferences, the ability to take an event and make it virtual is commonplace in today’s society. But did you know gas pipelines can also be virtual? What…

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