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Second Day with Fittings: Common Terms and Definitions
In our first post, we covered the first day basics - in a fittings 101 article. Now you’re on day two of the job and you at least know what a fitting is - great start. However, you are now...
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First Day with Tube Fittings: Fittings 101 the Basics
It's your first day on the job in a new [to you] industry and you are faced with a large amount of information. Everyone is using terminology that you’ve never heard before and you are hit with...
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Metric Ports: Which Fitting Goes With Which Metric Port?
Choosing a port and a matching metric stud fitting can be confusing. While there are two popular types of metric parallel threaded ports, there are many different sealing methods for the mating male...
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Understanding the Universal Language of SAE Fluid Connector Part Numbers
It can be hard jumping into a new career or new field and having to catch up to the level of understanding that you feel you should already have. This post should help you add one more wrinkle in your...
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Proper Assembly Steps for 37° Flare Fittings Using the Flats Method
Properly assembling your fitting connections help to ensure that your systems install and stay leak-free. This is why we have started a series of assembly posts/videos featuring the proper assembly of...
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Proper Assembly Steps for Parallel Thread Adjustable Style Port End Fittings
Properly assembling your fitting connections help to ensure that your systems install and stay leak-free. This is why we have started a series of assembly posts/videos featuring the proper assembly of...
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Assembly Instructions for Ensuring Leak-Free O-ring Face Seal Fittings
No matter what type of port, tube or hose ends your fittings have, it's important to know and use the proper assembly and installation steps. Today we are talking about O-ring Face Seal (ORFS)...
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Non-Adjustable Parallel Thread Port End Assembly Instructions for Hydraulic Fittings
No matter what type of port or tube ends your fittings have, it's important to know and use the proper assembly and installation steps. Today we are talking about proper assembly of...
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Tapered Thread Port Assembly Instructions for Hydraulic Fittings
  No matter what type of port or tube ends your fittings have, it's important to know and use the proper assembly and installation steps. Today we are talking about tapered thread ports, which include...
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A Closer Look at O-ring Face Seal, 37° Flare, and 24° Flareless Fittings
When a customer asks me which fitting to use, I start by asking for more details about the application. Some of the things I tell them to consider are ease of installation, temperature, reusability,...
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Factors to Consider When Selecting Hydraulic Fittings and Tube
Creating reliable and leak-free connections should always be a primary goal for any hydraulic system. There are many different types and styles of fittings from which to choose. Regardless of what...
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AN 37° Flare vs Industrial 37° Flare Fittings: What's the Difference?
Over the years, we have received quite a few inquiries regarding "AN" fittings. AN (Air Force - Navy Aeronautical Standard) and AND (Air Force - Navy Aeronautical Design Standard) are standards used...
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6 Tips to Improve Your Plumbing and Assembly of Hydraulic Tube, Hose and Port Connections
Designing a reliable, leak free, and easy to maintain hydraulic system is every engineer’s objective. Following these six basic techniques can ensure you achieve that objective every time.     1) Use...
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Tube End Preparation Best Practices for Leak-Free Hydraulic Tube Fitting Connections
Though often underestimated, tube end preparation is one of the most critical processes in obtaining an optimum seal of any flanged, brazed, flared or preset tube end connection. When properly...
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Best Practices: Tube Line Clamping for Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Lubrication Systems
Although you might not think of it right away, assuring adequate tube line support is critical to keeping hydraulic, pneumatic or lubrication systems efficient, leak-free and easy to maintain. Once a...
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Tube Routing Tips for Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Lubrication Systems
Hydraulic, pneumatic or lubrication systems should be efficient and leak free. Sometimes, they are not, because of improper tube line routing—the result of either lack of knowledge, or corners cut...
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Turn vs. Torque? How Making the Right Choice Keeps Your Hydraulic Fitting Connections Leak-Free
Question: So, does it really matter which technique you choose? In front of you is an NPTF tapered thread assembly. The recommendation is to ‘turn,’ not ‘torque,’ to assemble the connection. But all...
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10 Things Not to Do When Your Hydraulic Fitting Leaks
Myth and misapplication are abundant when it comes to hydraulic fitting leaks. From small operations to global corporations, we’ve seen and heard it all. Let’s clear up some misconceptions....
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What You Need to Know About Testing Your Hydraulic System for Particle Contamination
A $1 hydraulic fitting can ruin a $10,000 valve or other expensive component(s) in your system. Microscopic metal flakes that fall off tube fittings during installation can travel through the...
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Hydraulic Fittings: Don't Stack, Jump!
As engineers, we know that it pays to plan ahead.  There simply isn’t a better business rule that will help us save time and money, avoid problems down the road or just build a better solution.  Case...
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