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Customers often ask about the temperature and pressure ratings of our tri-clamp fittings. Occasionally, they will be working in processing environments where high temperatures, pressure or both are required. Naturally, the question arises about our fittings and their ability to withstand both. You’ve no doubt heard the saying: “A chain is only as strong as…
Before we get into the basics of tri-clamp fittings, I wanted to discuss some of the terminologies you may hear in the food & beverage industry regarding these types of fittings.  Occasionally customers will call in asking about the difference between tri-clamp & tri-clover. I usually answer this question by pointing to the difference between…
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?

  • John Zabkowicz
  • September 18, 2018
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…
Contents of this article: What are Tri-Clamp Fittings? How Do Tri-Clamp Fittings Work? Benefits of Tri-Clamp Fittings How Do I Measure Tri-Clamp Fittings? Frequently Asked Questions 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.…

What is DIN 32676?

  • John Zabkowicz
  • June 28, 2017
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…

What Are I-Line Fittings?

  • John Zabkowicz
  • December 21, 2016
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…

304 vs 316 Stainless Steel

  • John Zabkowicz
  • November 28, 2016
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…
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