GlobalSpec has asked its users about the latest design trends and features related to Hose Fittings. They have also shared their product applications and tips on how to buy and use these products.
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Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
26 answers
Answers:
Higher working pressure, One piece non braze design for high pressures. Wider selection of metric ends.
~Keith M, Manufacturer, Columbus, OH
Better sealing of braided hoses to hose ends. a snap lock feature to make joining of hose to ends easier.
~Peter Saunders, Home mechanic, Adelaide, Australia
Global movement away from oddball parts like M26 Straight thread O-ring ports and taper pipe threads. Stateside availability of "Banjo" fittings is POOR, but we need these for tight packaging situations.
~Design Engineer, Jackson, MN
New sealing methods, coupling methods that transcend what is currently available that enhances safety, ease of connection, reliability, minimize possibility of user error.
~Steve M, Marketing/Sales, Bakersfield, CA
Don't have any wish list for this other than it would be great if all manufactures would use the same style.
~Jason R, Technician, Columbus, NE
Interior flow thru that does not restrict flow, corrosion resistant materials, polymer, PVC, ABS ,etc.
~John C, Builder/Contractor, Atlanta, GA
Stronger, more leak resistant swivels or pivots, ie for loader lift and tilt cylinders.
~Bill T, Fleet Manager, Lakewood, WA
More robust. Standardization. Ease of access to replacement parts / fittings.
~Bob G, Technical Support, Brisbane, Australia
A complete on-line chart of "Equivalents" for every fitting.
~Rick F, Production Engineer, NEWARK, CA
More adapters for straight to tapered thread interfaces.
~Engineering, Consulting, Germantown, TN
Easier to match fittings, connection types, and hoses.
~Kirk K, Engineer, Madison, IN
An aimed crash course on fittings and standards.
~Ajay S, Design Engineer, London, Canada
Robustness, long lasting, corrosion resistance.
~Sampsa V, Technical Support, Tre, Finland
Lightweight, quick connect / release feature.
~Mark R, Purchaser, Luton, England
Better variety of higher pressure fittings
~Chris J., Builder/Contractor, Edmonton, Canada
One fitting design for all hose products.
~Chad H, Facilities Manager, Columbia, SC
Better life span for dynamic applications
~Michael A, Process Engineer, Chaska, MN
Positive connect, inexpensive fittings
~Richard T, Design Engineer, St. Peter, MN
Low price and easy delivery to Iraq
~Jalal A, Purchaser, Sara camp, Iraq
Low cost, easy use and maintenance
~Engineering, Design, Tallinn, Estonia
It works and I can forget about it
~John S, Production Engineer, Glens Falls, NY
Conformity, flexibility...
~RICHIE M, Marketing/Sales, Kaukauna, WI
Depends on the application
~Ray S, Marketing/Sales, Swindon, England
Universal connections
~Kevin S, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
More adverse fittings
~Leonard H, Facilities Manager, Fresno, CA
That they last
~Alan E, General Management, Monterrey, Mexico

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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of hose fittings?
22 answers
Answers:
Using the "STAMPED" acronym one can resonably expect to determine the correct hose fitting for a specific application, which should also be verified by checking the fitting manufacturers specifications, coupling instructions along with that of the hose.
~Steve M, Marketing/Sales, Bakersfield, CA
Speak to the supplier early on any new developments so that the hose / fittings can be designed so that they are standard and met the applications requirements. :Leaving it late can and often does result in specials being required!!!!!
~Ray S, Marketing/Sales, Swindon, England
When ordering from remote locations take nothing for granted. give exact dimensions, draw a picture, make sure supplier understands, don't send unless sure.
~Bob G, Technical Support, Brisbane, Australia
Do not use supplier references as your specifications or part numbers. Specify fitting types in a generic fashion to alow procurement flexibility & choice
~Mark R, Purchaser, Luton, England
Using internal fittings which cause some build up at inside wrong material for purpose ex.can't clean aluminium with acid but can composites
~John C, Builder/Contractor, Atlanta, GA
A/C fittings can be especially confusing... long or short pilot, variances in threads-per-inch, etc. Get a list of standards together ASAP.
~Design Engineer, Jackson, MN
Ensure you understan how your fitting seals. Make sure your personnel are properly trained on how to make up the fitting.
~Michael A, Process Engineer, Chaska, MN
Medium -> zinc plated carbon steel can't resist every medium all the hose fittings aren't suitable for all the hoses
~Sampsa V, Technical Support, Tre, Finland
Watch thread size and end configuration. There are many more styles out now with metri, face seal, etc.
~Keith M, Manufacturer, Columbus, OH
Get advice on matching the hose & fitting to the application. Don't just buy on price.
~Jerry M, General Management, Everett, WA
Always follow the method of S.T.A.M.P.E.D when ordering a low or high pressure line.
~Chad H, Facilities Manager, Columbia, SC
Better marking of hose ends maybe displaying what dash fitting on the screw thread.
~Peter Saunders, Home mechanic, Adelaide, Australia
Know the working and burst pressure of the hose you are repairing/replacing.
~Bill T, Fleet Manager, Lakewood, WA
We are manufacturing of hose fittings as per custom requirement.
~Manek Mahobat, Manufacturer, Jamnagar, INDIA
If you dont STAMP the order you set yourself up for failure
~Peter G, General Management, Seattle, WA
Ask your vendor questions, this is their busines.
~Rick F, Production Engineer, NEWARK, CA
Make sure product is compatable
~Leonard H, Facilities Manager, Fresno, CA
Not consulting an expert
~Kevin S, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
CHECK & RE-CHECK THREADS
~RICHIE M, Marketing/Sales, Kaukauna, WI
Tightening too much.
~Alan E, General Management, Monterrey, Mexico
Never over tighten.
~Gordon C., Purchaser, San Antonio, TX
Can't think of any
~Kirk K, Engineer, Madison, IN

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