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Posted on June 07, 2022

What is the Best O-ring Material for Hydraulic Fluid?

Hydraulic fittings incorporating O-rings are not new to the market. While O-rings provide a simple solution, they are often taken for granted. Important characteristics of the O-ring, such are material selection, are frequently ignored. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the types of materials available to help you choose what’s best for your application.


Posted on June 01, 2022

Drum Roll, Please: Announcing Our Fittings 101 Contest Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fittings 101 Contest! We are excited to announce our winner, Karl Hack of Mid-American Machine Services / Industrial Service Solutions!

Posted on April 22, 2022

Why Fluid Conductors are Essential

Designing your system with quality components and strong relationships

Fluid conductors describe the different types of conducting lines that interconnect components within a hydraulic system. They provide a leak-free transmission of high-pressure hydraulic fluid and are key to the performance of a system.


Posted on April 18, 2022

Types of Fittings for Hoses

Fittings are used to connect hoses, pipes and tubes to hydraulic systems. They maintain a quality seal and hose pressure, also reducing the risk of torquing. But, when looking at the different types of fittings for hoses, it’s easy to get confused. There are many shapes, materials, threading and sealing types.


Posted on April 13, 2022

Are Your Hydraulic Hose, Tubing and Fittings Compatible?

Hydraulic systems are found in a wide variety of applications, from small assembly processes to large capacity integrated steel mills, earth moving equipment, chemical and food & beverage processing, aerospace and just about anywhere where there is a need to control the movement of some type of mechanism. Hydraulics enable significant work to be accomplished from lifting heavy loads, oil and gas drilling, turning mining augers and much more.

Posted on April 04, 2022

Fittings 101 Social Media Contest

We believe it's important to learn the basics of hydraulic fittings since they help contain and direct the flow of hydraulic fluid in the conductor. They prevent leaks and maintain pressure. Therefore, for April and May, we'll be testing your fitting knowledge by asking a series of questions. One winner will win a thread ID kit and be featured in our blog. You must fill in the form below and answer in the comment field or LinkedIn poll be entered and notified. 

Which type of fitting is also known as a compression fitting?
A. ORFS Fitting
B. Flareless Fitting
C. DIN Fitting
D. None of the above

What problems can occur when hydraulic system temperatures are too high or too low?
A. Hydraulic fluid and oil can get thicker
B. Hydraulic fluid and oil can get thinner
C. Accelerated wear and tear on system components
D. All of the above

Posted on February 08, 2022

Key Materials Used in Pneumatic Hoses and Tubing

A pneumatic hose and tube distribute compressed air to components within a system, such as valves and actuators. Industrial plants and manufacturing facilities rely on pneumatic equipment. And while most of today’s systems utilize flexible tubing and hose, there are many material choices to consider when making these connections.

Posted on February 04, 2022

What Is DOT Compliance?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates safety for persons and goods that travel roads, waterways, and the skies. DOT compliance follows the federal regulation standards which are intended to reduce potential risks in transportation.

Posted on January 28, 2022

Should You Use Teflon Tape on Brass Fittings?

Teflon™ tape, also known as PTFE tape (polytetrafluoroethylene), is widely used on pipe threads in a variety of applications, from commercial and home plumbing to industrial use. PTFE is a hydrophobic that repels water, meaning water or liquids containing water cannot make PTFE tape wet. In addition, Teflon (PTFE) is less likely to cause friction against other solids.

Posted on January 27, 2022

Did You See Brennan in Fluid Power World?

When you read Brennan’s blog, you’ll notice that we focus a lot on fittings for your hydraulic system. It’s because there are so many choices, and it’s critical that you understand them to determine what’s best for your application.

Posted on January 25, 2022

Pipe Flanges: Types, Styles & Applications

Pipe flanges are used to mechanically connect two pipes, or a pipe to a valve, tee, choke, or any equipment used to create a piping system.  Pipe flanges are bolted, welded, or threaded together or connected to a piece of equipment, incorporating a gasket to provide a tight seal.  Flanges are only second to welding as the most used method to join piping systems. 

Posted on December 30, 2021

Poly Alloy Vs. Brass PEX Fittings

PEX refers to cross-linked polyethylene Polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer with a variable crystalline structure and a vast range of applications and is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world.  The two primary types are low density (LDPE) and high density (HDPE).  Where LDPE is used in film applications ranging from trash bags to frozen food packagingHDPE is more tightly packed and stiffer than LDPE.  Therefore, PEX fittings and tubing are made from HDPE. 

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