Hydraulic fittings are generally designed to connect the various conductors (pipes, tubes, and hoses) of the hydraulic system. In Brisbane, most hydraulic fittings come in two sets: male and female. The two are perfectly joined to hold and seal the conductors. This ensures that the hydraulic fluid flows smoothly under pressure and that there’s no leakage. The industrial hydraulics Brisbane fittings are cast from steel, plastic, and brass materials. What you probably don’t know is that the current soft hydraulic fittings have come a long way. In fact, their development has taken a three-part sequence.
1. As Tapered Threads
In Brisbane, tapered threads were the first connectors to be used in a hydraulic system. The threads were cut from thin pipes and then sealed by a tape sealant. The major problem was that the sealers would block the conductor hence interfering with the flow of hydraulic fluid. The other problem was the orientation. The tapered fittings were not easy to align, so sealing was often a problem. For this reason, the fittings would leak the hydraulic fluid. Lastly, the tapered threads were known to damage other parts of the hydraulic system.
2. As Metal Sealers
The metal sealers were developed to correct the failures of the tapered threads. A metal sealer looked like a tapered thread only that it had a machined face. The modification enabled the hydraulic fittings to give better holding and sealing functions. The thread did the holding while machined face fulfilled the sealing function. The modifications also made the connectors easier to orient and provided better sealing. Therefore, there was no need for the sealant as it was the case for the tapered threads. Nonetheless, the hydraulic fittings faced one major challenge; vibrations. Again, they cannot be used with hydraulic tubes unless the tube is welded or soldered to it. For this reason, they were not fully accepted.
3. As Soft Hydraulic Seal Connectors
Following the limitations of the metal sealers, lastly came the soft hydraulic fittings. The connectors are the latest evolution of industrial hydraulics Brisbane fittings due to their ability to withstand vibration and provide quality sealing. They use elastomeric seals to prevent leakage. These connectors are, therefore, not prone to leakages. The soft seals also help these types of connectors to resist vibration effects and high pressures in most hydraulic systems. Moreover, they are easily assembled and thus convenient.
Clearly, the hydraulic connectors have come a long way. At least, it’s for the better. We now have better and cost-efficient designs in the name of soft hydraulic fittings. We can thus look forward to amazing fluid flow in our hydraulic systems even under pressure.