Quick disconnects are designed to quickly and easily connect and disconnect points between fluid lines and are often referred to as release couplings. Most quick disconnects are operated by hand and are usually used to replace connections that used to require tools to disassemble and put together. Quick disconnects are used in nearly all industries today, and there are many different fitting types on the market.
To ensure the success of a quick disconnect, you need to take into account several design considerations. Before outfitting a hose with a quick disconnect, confirm the fitting can deliver the level of performance needed for the application. Most quick disconnects have pressure limitations, so make sure the fitting can safely handle the service pressure during application. Additionally, the material of the quick disconnect should be compatible with the fluid inside the hosing.
Other questions to ask before purchasing quick disconnects for an application include:
- Do you need to be able to shut off the mechanism at just one end of the connector or both?
- Does the fitting need to be operated with just one hand or will you be able to use two?
- Do you need a non-latching or latching disconnect?
- Will you be working with multiple fluid lines that require connection or disconnection at the same time?
- What type of hosing or tubing will be used in conjunction with the quick disconnect?
Our team at Hoser, Inc. can help answer these questions about quick disconnects and help you make the right selection based on your application. Contact us today!