The Value of Quick Release Fittings
Quick release fittings are sometimes also known by other names. Some of these names include quick disconnect fittings, quick connect fittings, quick disconnect couplings, quick connect couplings, quick connectors, quick disconnects and probably dozens of other examples. The funny thing is that all of those terms are used to refer to the same product, or at least very similar variations of the same product. Some of those variations might include whether or not the coupling or fitting is a drybreak coupling, how and with what it’s plated (if it is plated) and a number of other minor distinguishing factors.
What all quick release fittings have in common is the combination of a sliding sleeve and covered bearings. Those two elements, along with the specially-shaped male component, are the keys to the operation of a quick release fitting. The way the system works is that when the sleeve is retracted, the bearings that the sleeve was covering are allowed to move freely. This means that they can be displaced by the insertion of a male part. Then, while the male part is attached securely, the sleeve is brought back over the bearings, completing the attachment. It’s virtually impossible for the fitting to become detached accidentally, that is unless the fitting is designed as a breakaway fitting.
This system might not seem very noteworthy, but when you consider quick release fitting design in light of how important ease of use and efficiency are in every industrial process, no matter how seemingly mundane or unimportant, then it becomes clear that quick release fittings make an unmistakably meaningful contribution to industry. The proof of this fact is in the sheer number of contexts and applications in which quick release fittings are used. Take my word for it: there’s a lot of them.