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Posted on March 25, 2021

Different Materials and Configurations of Push-to-Connect Fittings

Different Materials

There are two types of push-to-connect fitting materials commonly used; composite and brass.


The development of composite body push-to-connect fittings has provided a significant advancement over their brass counterpart. Though brass is still a common material, the polymer body and brass screw threads in a composite fitting are extremely durable and provide labor- savings, lighter weight and lower cost compared to brass push-to-connect fittings.

Posted on March 11, 2021

Air Brake Components in Trucks and Buses

Foundation brakes are the most common air brake systems in trucks and buses. They use a triple-valve principle which charges air into the tank, applying the brakes, and releasing them. Pressure increases in the cylinder while applying the brakes and in turn decreases pressure in the reservoir. The majority of the vehicles with air brakes have a graduated release system which allows a partial increase in pressure that delivers a proportional release in the brakes.

Posted on March 02, 2021

Why Are Air Brakes the Safest Option for Commercial Vehicles?

For the safety of our roadways, air brakes are the most important component of commercial motor vehicles. The braking system on semi-trucks, large straight trucks, garbage trucks and school buses use compressed air to push the brake shoe lining onto the brake drum creating friction to slow the vehicle. That may not seem very complicated, but it is. The system to slow down a vehicle that may weigh 80,000 pounds fully loaded is not only complicated, it’s critical. Air brakes have to work effectively every time and they must be adequately maintained.

Posted on October 01, 2018

How to Use & Select the Proper Push in Fittings

  1. Remove burrs on the end of the pipe which can cut into the O-ring and make slight serrations where the push in fitting collar will slide on to allow for an adequate grip.
  2. Ensure that the Push to Connect fittings are recommended and approved for the application.
Posted on September 28, 2018

6 Benefits of Push to Connect Fittings

Push to Connect fittings are much easier to use compared to compression fittings.  And they are more practical than permanent solvent-gluing CPVC and PVC pipes or sweat-soldering brass pipes with a torch in general plumbing applications.  These fittings have proven to provide highly reliable connections even when they are hidden behind panels or other enclosed areas.  When making joints for new installation or repair using brass tube, PEX or CPVC, Push to Connect fittings are the easiest and fastest method to provide an air or fluid tight seal when the tube or pipe is inserted.

Posted on September 26, 2018

Types of Push to Connect Fittings

Let’s focus on Push to Connect fittings.  They are available in different materials and are selected based on the application and tube material.  These fittings are typically made of:

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Stainless steel
  • Composite
  • Nickel-plated Brass
  • Plastic polymer
  • Brass PEX (Cross-linked polyethylene)
Posted on September 24, 2018

Push to Connect vs Quick Connect Fittings

Fast and Repeatable

Push to Connect couplings allow for a fast and easy way to repeatedly connect and disconnect air or fluid lines.  If a tube or hose in a fluid or air system needs to be disconnected and reconnected on a frequent basis the best solution is a Push to Connect fitting.  It will improve productivity, ensure a properly sealed connection and eliminate downtime.

Posted on September 19, 2018

Why Use Push to Connect Fittings?

Applications & Benefits of Push to Connect Fittings

Most of us have never had this happen.  Many years ago I was pulling away from the gas pump and I heard a pop-bang noise and then the sound of scraping as though I was pulling something.  I jumped out of my car to find the gas hose lying on the ground sticking out of my car.  I started to panic.   I looked at the pump expecting gas to be shooting out at high pressure.  Surely the entire gas station was about to explode.  But nothing happened.  Still freaked out that I broke it, I went inside.  With obvious fear in my voice I explained what happened to the woman behind the counter.  She laughed and said not to worry about it.

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