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Posted on February 27, 2020

Brennan University: Fitting Identification Made Easy

Hydraulic fittings and adapters come in so many shapes, sizes, and connection types that for those newer to the industry, and even those who have been around longer, nailing down all the details and how each connection type works can be difficult. Brennan University helps solve that problem. Our current series, Fittings 101, is made up of videos and other supplemental content that cover everything from the most basic details to some of the more complex details about each of the different fitting types, what they're used for, how they differ from other connections, advantages, disadvantages, and more. 

Posted on February 18, 2020

Come See Brennan at NAHAD 2020

This year, Brennan Industries will be headed to the Bahamas for NAHAD's 36th Annual Meeting and Convention.

NAHAD is a members-only annual conference dedicated to the hose and hose accessory industry. Members gain useful information in tools and resources to give them leverage in the industry.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Global Headquarters Construction Update

Brennan's corporate headquarters continues to grow and make great progress. In early December, Phase one of the project was completed. Phase one consisted of a new addition being constructed on to the existing building. Employees have comfortably been able to move in to the new completed half of the building. Phase 1 also included and expansion of the warehouse which opened up in December with new equipment arriving on-site.

Posted on January 21, 2020

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020— See You There!

It's that time again where ConExpo-Con/Agg is just around the corner. ConExpo-Con/Agg is North America's largest construction tradeshow featuring the latest equipment advances and newest technology applications in construction and agriculture. This show is so large it only happens once every 3 years and brings in around 2,800 exhibitors and includes 150 education sessions. The total show layout covers 2,500,000 square feet. 

Posted on January 09, 2020

What It Means To Be ITAR Compliant

What is ITAR?

Throughout the past few years, Brennan has earned many certifications and accreditations—one of these being ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). All manufacturers, exporters, and brokers of defense articles, services, and data must be ITAR compliant. For Brennan, being ITAR compliant has allowed us to expand our product line and customer base. It requires processes that control the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of defense and space-related articles and provides protection over product, blueprints, and our domestic manufacturing facility.

Posted on December 30, 2019

Code 61/Code 62 Caterpillar® Flange & Komatsu Flange Fittings

Code 61/Code 62 Caterpillar® Flange (SAE J518) 

In referring to the various types of flanges used in the world markets, it is important to make the comparison to the Caterpillar Code 61 and 62 flange (SAE J518).  As with other flanges, the female port hole on the Caterpillar flange is unthreaded with 4 bolt holes surrounding it at the corners. The male has a flanged head with an O-ring grove and with holes to match the port.

Posted on December 19, 2019

Crucial Components to Aerospace & Defense Market Entry

In April of 2017, Brennan Industries took the first step in entering the Aerospace market and became AS9100C and NADCAP certified meaning our fittings became approved for civilian aerospace applications. Approximately one year later, in June of 2018, we became ITAR compliant which expanded our product line and customer base requiring regulations that control the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of defense and space-related articles. Entering these new markets expands our capabilities and allows us to be a contender in a continually growing and developing industry. 

Posted on December 18, 2019

International Flanges: GAZ Poclain 24° Flange

GAZ Poclain 24° Flange

Like Caterpillar in the U.S. and Komatsu in Japan, there is a French standard flange fitting known as the Poclain 24 flange. The Poclain flange derives its name from the Poclain excavator company, founded by Georges Bataille in France in 1927 and was a leader on the world market because of its revolutionary hydraulic motor.  

Posted on December 12, 2019

International Thread Types: Japanese Threads

Japanese Threads

As a leading Japanese equipment manufacturer, all of Komatsu® Limited’s equipment uses Japanese couplings with a 30° seat and metric fine threads.  Most other Japanese heavy equipment manufacturers use fittings with a 30° seat and BSPP (British Standard Pipe Parallel) threads.  This combination is referred to as JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard).  However, they are not interchangeable with standard British couplings because JIC fittings do not have an inverted flare.

Posted on December 05, 2019

International Flanges: JIS 4-Bolt

JIS 4-Bolt Flanges are frequently used in fluid power systems. There are two pressure ratings: Type I Code 61 and Type II Code 62. 

As with DIN flanges, the unthreaded female port in a JIS flange has 4 bolt holes at the corners.  The male flanged head has holes to match the port and a grooved recess for an O-ring.

The O-ring makes the seal between the flanged head and the flat surface on the port.  Threaded bolts are inserted through the 4 bolt holes to securely connect the flange to another mating flange or the flat surface of the port

Posted on December 04, 2019

International Thread Types: German Threads

German Threads

German DIN (Deutsche Industrial Norme) style is the most common metric fittings used globally.  When a fitting is referred to as metric, more often than not is a DIN connection.  DIN Metric and BSPP (British Standard Parallel Pipe) are the most common thread styles in Europe.  DIN 2353 24° fittings are most commonly used in the industrial, oil & gas and construction equipment in hydraulic and pneumatic applications; as with BSP standards DIN flanges are SAE Code 61 or Code 62.

Posted on November 26, 2019

International Flanges: DIN 4-Bolt

One type of international flange is the DIN 4-Bolt Flange. DIN means, "German Institute for Standardization." These flanges are similar to SAE Code 61 and SAE Code 62 flanges. 

For this particular flange, the unthreaded female port has 4 bolt holes around it in the corners.  The male flanged head has holes to match the port and a grooved recess for an O-ring.

The O-ring makes the seal between the flanged head and the flat surface on the port.  Threaded bolts are inserted through the 4 bolt holes to securely connect the flange to another mating flange or the flat surface of the port