Institutional Fittings

Hydraulic Fittings

Institutional settings generally have water, sewer, heating and air conditioning systems that are large in scope. These systems each have their own needs regarding the fittings that keep the pipelines of the systems operational. Institutional operations comprise large sections of piping and tubing. Keeping replacement fittings for the various systems on hand is critical, as having a prolonged system failure can create health issues for patients in care facilities and result in expensive damage to a building and grounds.

Uses for Institutional Fittings

Fittings used in institutional settings comprise a generous portion of all fittings manufactured. Some of the many types and designs of fittings used in institutions are:

Flared Fittings: Flared fittings involve a compression nut that threads onto a connector while compressing against a flared end of pipe or tubing. Flared fittings work in conjunction with flaring tools, which create the flared end the fitting needs to make a secure fit. Flared fittings are used in water lines as well as lines carrying various low to medium pressured fluids. Commonly, flared fittings are made of brass, copper and stainless steel.

Compression Fittings: Compression fittings are very versatile in application. Because their design does not require brazing, soldering or adhesive, they can be used in almost any setting. Compression fittings work by using a compression nut that threads to the coupler while squeezing a compression ring against the pipe or tubing. This method creates a seal that is extremely tight and leak proof. Compression fittings, like flared fittings, are largely used in applications dealing with water lines. They are also commonly made of brass, copper and stainless steel.

PVC Fittings: PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is a type of plastic. PVC fittings are used in sewer and drainage applications. The fittings are held to the pipe using adhesive solvents or, in the case of flexible connectors, fitted hose clamps. PVC fittings should not be used with pipes made of metal.

Pipe Fittings: Pipe fittings are common fittings that use threads to make their connections. Pipe fittings are manufactured in nearly every type of metal available for fittings, and they are the most commonly used fittings. Pipe fittings come in all the standard designs such as tees, crosses, elbows and angles of varying degrees. Pipe fittings are secured by wrapping Teflon tape around - or applying pipe dope to - the threads of the connection.

Types of Institutional Fittings

Institutional piping and tubing has wide variety of uses, so the different materials that make up institutional fittings are equally diversified. Some of the common materials used to produce institutional fittings are:

Brass - Brass is a versatile metal for fittings. It is resistant to corrosion and can withstand moderate temperature extremes, as well as moderate amounts of pressure, making it perfect for typical water and fluid lines. While brass doesn't have the pure strength of stainless steel, it is a cheaper option. In situations where maximum strength and high pressure ability are not necessary, brass is the best option.

Plastic - Plastic fittings are generally made of PVC or PP (Polypropylene). Plastic does not hold up well in high pressure situations or in applications where temperatures reach extremes. It is, however, lightweight and pliable, which makes it ideal for underground work in sewer and drainage lines. Plastic fittings are commonly held in place by adhesive solvents or hose clamps.

Stainless Steel - Stainless steel fittings are strong and durable. Stainless steel is very resistant to corrosion, and it is a physically tough alloy, which makes it ideal for a situation where force - either blunt or pressurized - might be applied externally to the fitting. Stainless steel fittings are made in every configuration and in a very wide range of sizes. While it is more costly than other metals, stainless steel is a top material for fittings of pretty much any type.

Who Needs Institutional Fittings?

Any person or entity working in maintenance, repair or construction of institutional facilities will be regularly dependent on institutional fittings. Institutional work involves piping and tubing for many different applications. Fittings can be very specific to the type of material that flows through the lines they connect. A fitting that is perfect for a water line might be completely wrong for a line carrying heating gas.

It is imperative to be 100% confident that the fitting you are going to use is the optimal one for the job at hand. Never guess or assume when it comes to your fitting needs. To make sure the fitting you are using will properly handle the job, contact the experienced professionals at Hydraulic Fittings USA and make sure your job is done right.

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