Brief Overview of Different Types of Tube Connectors

Tube connectors are a highly economical solution and at the same time, it saves a lot of your hard work. With tube connectors, you do not need to worry about the welding or drilling. Say goodbye to the time-consuming task and bring home the tube connectors for easy application of the pipes.

Types of Tube Connectors

The designs of the connectors vary on their functions and fitting types. It helps to attach the tube in several different methods. Each of the connectors enjoys its advantages and downsides. Some of the most popular tube connectors are:

  1. Mechanical Grip Connector

In these types of connectors, the ferrule in the back grips the tubes when it presses the front ferrule up. As a result, it spring loads the ferrule in the front creating a seal in the middle of the pipe and the tube connector. Moreover, you can use them multiple times without the risk of damaging the tube as well as its components.

  1. Compression Connector

It is a type of tube connector that allows you to connect the pipes or tubes with the compression on the ferrule or the ring. It is designed with a tightened nut over the ferrule and the pipe. It enables the pipe to remain secure and compress. These compression connectors can be installed simply without the requirement of any tools. Besides having these advantages, you can get to find a few of its drawbacks too. These connectors cannot survive high pressure. Due to its low flexibility, these connectors cannot work smoothly in dynamic forces like thermal cycling, vibrations etc.

  1. Bite-type Tube Connectors

The following type of connector holds tubing using a sharply pointed ferrule when it is compressed. The ferrule somewhat bites the tube at the moment of providing the seal. Similar to the compression connector, the bite-type tube connector does not need any tools to assemble. But, one positive aspect in this tube connector is that it can work in an extremely high pressure, unlike the compression connector.

  1. Flare Fitting Connector

This specific tube fitting or connector is modelled with a cone shaped body.  While installing this tool, you may need some specially designed flaring tools. The big reason to prioritize this connector is that it can handle supreme pressure. Unlike the compression fitting, these connectors can work in a great number of operating parameters more conveniently.

  1. Threaded Connectors

These tube connectors or tube fittings include screw threads in both the inner and outer part of the surface. This is specially designed this way to match up the tubing with the screw threads. These thread connectors can be divided into two individuals – tapered threads and straight threads. The straight threads have no seal and the installation process is simple. On the other hand, tapered threads offer a tight seal to cope up with the fluids.

These different types of connectors for tubing are made using different materials such as plastic, stainless etc, hence choose your type that suits best with the tubing.

By Kate