Accessing the Application

Understanding your application is the key to proper selection of a connection. Use the following checklist to simplify your selection. 


Know your minimum and maximum temperature range.



What is the maximum pressure your connection will need to withstand during opertation? Will the connection need to operate under vacuum.



The viscosity and corrosiveness of the fluid going through the connection needs to be considered.
Make sure the media is chemically compatible with ALL coupling materials - including the seals or "O"-rings.

Shutoff Options:


Do you need automatic or integral shutoff valves to prevent drips and spills?
Shutoff options are single, double and non-spill.



What are your required gallons per minute (GPM) and pressure drop?
Be sure to allow for the effect of shutoff valves and tubing connections on your calculations.



What size tubing, both inner and outer diameter, are you using?
Double check media compatibility.

Tubing Connections:

Type: Hose barb, compression fittings, and push-to-connect are the most common termination styles.
Size: You will need to know ID for hose barbs, OD for push-in-fittings, and tube ID and OD for compression.

Mounting Options:


How is the connection going to be configured into your application? Common mounting options include pipe thread, panel mount, in-line or elbow.
Special Requirements:

Sterilization, NSF listed, USP Class VI approved materials, special packaging, color coding,
keying, lot traceability, etc.