10 Jul Tools & Hardware: What are Pneumatic Fittings ?
What are Pneumatic Fittings ?
Pneumatic fittings are parts that are used to connect different sections of tubes, hoses and pipe systems. They are preferred because they have tighter seals and lower pressure requirements. Today, we are surrounded by many systems that use pneumatics and they make up a big part of how things are built and structured today.
Types of Fittings and their Characteristics
There are several different fittings that are used now a days. Here is a list of them:
Ball and Sleeve fittings connect an outer sleeve to an inner fitting in which the sleeve retracts to connect and disconnect the two ends of the fitting. Standard Compression fittings use metal rings that form a seal through compression which basically tightens a nut on the fitting over the piping. Bite-Type fittings are like Standard Compression fittings because they both have high pressure connections. Mechanical grip Fittings can be reassembled many times without damaging any of the piping and have good resistance to vibration. Flare Fittings have a flared end and contain special tools that are used to install the vessel into the flared end which gives is a deep seal. The two types of End Fittings , ‘ Clamp ends’ and ‘Plain ends’ are fitting that allow hoses to be clamped, and allow pipes to be connected by permanent means, respectively. Push to Connect Fittings have ends that allow tubing to insert them by pushing it into the end. Lastly on the list, Threaded Fittings ; which have screw threads on the inner or outer which are designed to accept connections with matching threads.
- Ball and Sleeve Fittings
- Standard Compression Fittings
- Bite-type Fittings
- Mechanical grip Fittings
- Flare Fittings
- Crimp Fittings
- End Fittings
- Push to Connect Fittings
- Threaded Fittings
Now that we know what Pneumatic Fittings are, and know some of the types and their characteristics, we can now see how they apply to our everyday lives.
The first example would be transportation. Anything that moves uses pneumatics because high-pressured compressed air causes movement. Another way we use pneumatics daily is with our brakes in our vehicles. The braking systems use compressed air becoming the piston so that the vehicle slows down or comes to a complete stop. Some toys that children use also need some pneumatics. Toys like a bicycle or a ball pump use pneumatics. One of the most prominent ways that we rely on pneumatics is definitely in the industrial world with our industrial tools. We use things like the jack-hammer that relies on compressed air to cause he hammer and chisel to repeatedly hit the ground and construction nail guns use compresses air to put nails into something at a quick speed.
We have many uses for Pneumatic Fittings there will be a lot more to come in the future.