What to Look for in Camlock Fittings?
With the wide range of camlock fittings in the market, choosing the exact fittings for your needs can be tricky. Let this blog be your guide in finding the right one for you.
What is a Camlock fitting?
Camlock fittings are also known as Cam and Groove couplings. They are used to link pipes and hoses to easily allow the transport of fluid from one place to another. These types of hose fittings are used by many industries that deal with transporting fluids like water, and chemical fluids
They don’t have a threading action which makes it easier for frequent reconnection and disconnection. With its ease of use and proven cost-effectiveness, it’s the most popular used coupling around the globe.
How does it work?
Camlock fittings consist of a male groove adapter and a female coupler. The female coupler’s handles extend and allow the male coupler to match its size for it to fit inside. Once closed, the handle locks the connection and makes it leak-proof
Note: The threads of both couplers must have the same diameter and pitch to ensure a tight and proper connection.
What to look for in Camlock fittings?
Now, to choose the right fitting for your application, here are the things to look for in Camlock fittings.
S-T-A-M-P-E-D stands for:
- S – Size, ID, length, and constraints
- T – Temperature
- A – Application
- M – Material
- P – Pressure
- E – Ends
- D – Delivery
STAMPED represents the 7 important things you need to look for to find the exact fitting for your hose assembly. You may refer to our previous blog about STAMPED for further explanation of these important areas.
Camlock fittings can be made from stainless steel, polypropelene, brass, and aluminium alloy. Not all materials are applicable for all types of application; so see to it that you’re aware of what material the camlock fittings are made of.
Below are the different gaskets that come with camlock fittings.
- Buna-N (Nitrile) – also known as the Nitrile rubber. This can resist gasoline, solvents, oils, and petroleum-based fluids.
- PTFE (Teflon) Special order – this is used for almost all general applications. It is formable and soft.
- EPDM – this stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer rubber. It’s a synthetic rubber suitable for water applications.
- Viton – this is similar to EPDM but with outstanding durability made for hydrocarbons with corrosive liquids.
The gasket material of the Camlock fitting can also help you determine if it will suit your hose application. Check if the gasket material can handle the type of fluid that will run through it.
As camlocks can be made from different materials, they also come in different sizes. Meaning, there’s no one size fits all. So, when looking for a camlock fitting, make sure that it’s the right size for the hose and the application you will use it for.
Just like hoses, a camlock fitting also has a pressure rating. This determines the maximum pressure capacity of your camlock. So, it’s best to choose the fitting that matches the pressure rating of the hoses it will connect.
What are the various type of Camlock fittings
Below are the different types of Camlock fittings made from aluminium material.
Type A - male cam with Female BSP
Type B - female coupler with Male BSP
Type C - female coupler with hose shank
Type D - female coupler with Female BSP
Type DC - Dust Caps (female caps)
Type DP - Dust Plugs (male plugs)
Type E – male cam with hose shank
Type F – male cam with BSP
Why choose Camlock fittings?
Camlock fittings are used by various industries because of its following characteristics:
- Quick installation with no tools needed
With the wide array of materials and sizes of Camlock fittings, they are applicable to use in industries like oil distribution, agriculture, cleaning and the military.
Having a hard time getting the right camlock fitting for your hose application? Here at Hose Supplier Australia, we have a wide range of sizes and materials of camlock fittings. Talk to us today and we’ll help you get the right Camlock fittings for your hose application needs.