What is the Best Type of Camlock?

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Camlock fittings, also known as cam and groove couplings, are widely used in a variety of industries for fluid transfer applications. They provide a quick and reliable way to connect and disconnect hoses and pipes. Choosing the right type of fitting is crucial to ensure efficient operations and prevent leaks. Luckily, the experts at Camlock Fittings are here to help you find the ideal solution.

So, what exactly is the best type of camlock? The best type of camlock for your pipes depends entirely on your system. Factors such as sizing, pressure ratings and fittings need to be taken into consideration to provide you with the ideal solution for your systems.

To help you learn more about camlocks, and which fitting is ideal for you, our experts have written this short guide for you to explore. Simply keep reading to discover more information about camlocks. 

How to choose the best camlock fitting 

Camlock fittings, otherwise known as couplings, consist of two main parts: the male adapter (cam) and the female adapter (groove). These components come together in various sizes, materials and configurations to accommodate different fluid types, pressures and temperatures. The main types of fittings include: Type A, Type B, Type C, Type D, Type E and Type F. 

Selecting the right camlock fittings involves considering several factors to ensure compatibility and perfect performance. These factors include:

1. Fluid compatibility

Different fluids are compatible with specific materials, which is why it’s important to ensure that the fitting material is resistant to the liquid that it’ll be handling. If your fittings are not resistant, you run the risk of exposing your systems to leaks through corrosion, rust or contamination. 

2. Pressure and temperature

Before purchasing your camlocks, you will need to speak to one of our experienced consultants to ensure that your fittings are correct for the temperature of the liquids within the system. Every material has a melting and freezing point. You need to ensure that the temperature of your systems is compatible with your fitting to ensure the durability and reliability of your systems

Similarly, the pressure of your system always needs to be accounted for. Your whole system is at risk of failure if your camlocks are unable to support the pressure used. Each material also has a maximum pressure point. For additional help, our experts are ready to help. 

You can learn more about how much pressure a camlock can hold with our useful blog

3. Materials

Camlocks are available in aluminium, stainless steel and polypropylene. Each material has its own advantages and limitations to consider for your systems. For example, stainless steel is the most expensive, but it offers durability and corrosion resistance, guaranteeing a long life. Alternatively, aluminium is lightweight, meaning that it’s easy to move and install. The choice depends entirely on your system requirements and budget. 

4. Size

In order for your camlocks to apply to your system, you need to ensure that you’re ordering the right sizes for your pipes and hoses. Without this guarantee, the parts become unusable. Even if you’re able to attach them to your system, the mismatched space can result in leaks or corrosion to your systems. 

5. End connection 

Similarly to size, if you don’t order the correct end connections, your parts become unusable and won’t be able to be applied to your systems. Here at CamlockFittings.co, our experts will work with you to ensure that everything is in order to be directly installed to your systems. 

How to measure a camlock fitting

The size of camlock fittings is typically measured by the diameter of the hose or piper they are meant to connect to. The measurement is usually taken in inches or millimetres, depending on the standard used. To do this, you need to measure the outside diameter of the hose or pipe that you intend to connect the camlock fitting to. Once you’ve measured the widest point of the hose or pipe, you should have an accurate sizing. 

Click here to learn more about how to size a camlock fitting. 

Once you have the outside diameter, you can use it to determine the appropriate camlock size. With Camlock Fittings, you can purchase your camlock based on the size from half an inch, to 4 inches. You then need to check the compatibility of your hose or pipe. For example, ensure you’re aware of which end fittings you need and what materials will work best. This will help to prevent leaks and guarantee a secure connection. 

Ensure your pipework is secure with Camlock Fittings 

Ultimately, the best way to ensure that you pick and measure the correct camlock for your systems is to get expert help. At CamlockFittings.co, we’re one of the UK’s leading experts and suppliers of camlocks. Simply send us your requirements or measurements, and we’ll do the rest. For a direct quote, get in touch with one of our team members today. Alternatively, explore any of the products you require on our website and order directly. 

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