Why Won’t My Camlocks Lock?

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If you are new to the world of camlock fittings, you may naturally hit a few snags along the way; one of which could be that you can’t get your camlocks to lock properly. But, fear not! Our camlock systems experts are here to explain why they’re not fitting together properly and what you can do to resolve the problem.

So, why won’t my camlocks lock? There are two common reasons why camlock fittings won’t lock together properly; 

  • You chose the wrong fittings for your job which, therefore, don’t connect together properly.
  • You installed the camlock fittings incorrectly.

    Read on to learn more about the reasons why camlock fittings may not lock together properly, and what you can do to create a good seal.

    Reasons Why Your Camlock Fittings Aren’t Locking Properly

    There are a number of potential reasons as to why your camlock fittings are not locking or sealing properly. Most commonly, though, this is due to choosing the wrong fittings, or not installing them properly. Alternatively, you may have selected a locking camlock which is fitted and functions differently to regular camlocks.

    Choosing the Wrong Fittings

    If your camlock fittings are not locking together properly or aren’t creating an adequate seal, first double check that you’re using the correct camlock parts.

    Check the following criteria:

    1. That you selected the right parts, e.g. Part A, Part B, Part C etc.
    2. That the parts are the correct size - camlock fittings are commonly offered in sizes from ½” through to 4”.
    3. That the material you selected can physically handle the goods being transferred (camlocks are commonly available in aluminium, stainless steel and polypropylene).
    4. The material selected can handle the operating pressure.

    Improper Installation

    Failing to install camlock fittings correctly could result in them not closing or sealing correctly. One of the most common areas in which people do this is by pulling/pressing the handles down one at a time rather than at the same time.

    Locking Camlocks

    Note that regular camlock fittings as described above don’t strictly lock; they don’t have any kind of key or keyhole. They simply fit together and create a seal. Locking camlocks, on the other hand, do have a locking mechanism to ensure that the fitting stays safely secured.

    How to Install Camlock Fittings

    The main camlock fitting is made up of a male adaptor and a female coupler. Follow the steps below to correctly install your camlock fittings:

    1. Start with the arms of the female coupler extended outwards
    2. Place the correct sized male adaptor into the female coupler
    3. Close the arms of the female adaptor by pushing/pulling them down together, at the same time - closing the arms one at a time will not result in a good seal/closure.
    4. To un-couple, reverse the process

    Learn more about how camlock fittings work in our recent blog where we go into more detail about the various types of camlocks and how to choose the right fittings for your needs.

    Are Camlock Systems Supposed to be Tight?

    Another factor to consider when your camlock systems don’t lock properly is whether or not you’re expecting a tighter seal. Camlock systems should create a snug seal once the parts are correctly installed, but this may not be as tight as you expect; even when correctly installed, some camlock systems may still leak slightly - they typically aren’t dry disconnects -  especially if you didn’t select the right parts for the job.

    How to Take Care of Your Camlocks to Ensure Proper Function

    Once you’ve determined why your camlock fittings are not locking together properly and fixed the issue, you’ll want to take good care of them to prolong the life of the fittings and to ensure that they continue to function properly.

    The key to taking care of your camlock fittings is to have a robust maintenance schedule that allows you to check your camlocks regularly and ensure that everything is in proper working order. Camlocks have moving parts that are subject to wear and tear. As such, they should be regularly checked and worn parts should be replaced where needed. 

    Purchase the Right Camlocks with Camlock Fittings

    CamlockFittings is your go-to provider of quality camlock fittings. We stock a wide range of adaptors, couplers and dust plugs/caps in sizes ranging from ½” through to 4” in stainless steel, polypropylene and aluminium. Take a look today or get in touch with us for more information, help or advice on selecting the right products to ensure a good seal.

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