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What Are Sanitary Tube Fittings?

  • jzabkowicz
  • September 19, 2018
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Sanitary fittings and tubing (categorized also as hygienic fittings and tubing) were developed and are used because they are cleanable; either by dismantling a system and manually cleaning it or using a CIP (clean in place) process. They limit entrapment areas where bacteria could form or harbor. They are also corrosion resistant. Additionally, sanitary fittings…

What Is Tri Clover?

  • jzabkowicz
  • September 18, 2018
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I get asked this question from customers on occasion. Looking at how visitors to this website search for products, it’s about a 50/50 split between the term “tri-clamp” and “tri-clover”. So what is the difference between the two? Ready for this answer…nothing! That’s right there is no difference between tri-clamp and tri-clover fittings. Asking this…
What Are Tri-Clamp Fittings? Tri-Clamp fittings are a subset of sanitary fittings used in the manufacturing of a wide range of products within the food, beverage and biopharmaceutical industries. Sanitary fittings are polished, stainless steel components that, along with sanitary tubing and valves, are used to transport product during the manufacturing process. At a microscopic…
To answer this question let’s take a step back and talk about what DIN is. DIN is the German Institute for Standardization. It is an organization that sets standards for quality, safety, and technology through a wide range of industries. For organization and clarity, DIN has created multiple sections in order to categorize related products…
Heat lot number in the above image is highlighted in red. A heat lot number is used as a way to identify certain components of a manufactured item related to heat treatment received.  The heat lot number can be used to trace an item back to a specific furnace, year and finally melt number. Specific…
I-Line fittings are used in line processing equipment to join separate runs of tubing.   You’ll typically find this type of equipment in the food, beverage, dairy and pharmaceutical industries.  In order to make a leak-resistant connection, I-line fittings require interlocking male and female ferrules, gaskets and clamps. The metal-to-metal design reduces the chances of…
Watch this video explaining the difference between 304 vs 316 Stainless Steel or read the article below.  What’s the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel alloy? It’s a common question but one that should not be taken lightly. Stainless steel products contain a mixture of elements including: Chromium Nickel Carbon Manganese The most common alloy…
Equipment design is a critical part of the hygienic design process.  Hygienic equipment design focuses on all items that have direct or indirect contact with the manufactured products. They include items such as: Material selections Surface finishes Joints Ability for inspection Drainage Radii Material selection for equipment design should focus on both physical, mechanical and operations…

What is hygienic design?

  • jzabkowicz
  • November 8, 2016
Hygienic design is a set of processes and principles to manage potential hazards and reduce food safety risks as it relates to equipment, processes and facilities.  These processes and principles include: Specification of safe and durable materials, stainless steel being the most common choice. Managing the potential for foreign objects and substances including physical, chemical and…