A common problem for users of compressed air systems is the need to ensure that spare fittings for particular types of thread are always kept to hand. But the versatile uni-thread in the KQ one-touch fittings series from SMC, global market leaders in pneumatics, means users need only ever stock a single thread type – rationalising stockholdings and freeing up capital.
By using fittings with the uni-thread, tubing can be connected to parts which use parallel as well as taper-type threads in British Standard Pipe as well as National Pipe Thread (US standard). Assembly times can be cut by around 75%, freeing up maintenance engineers to focus on more pressing issues. The seal is made by an NBR laminated stainless steel gasket and is suitable for all female threads with a standard 45 degree chamfer; this innovative feature also minimises the risk of contamination, and a consistent height can be achieved when fitting into a manifold. In addition, because the uni-thread seals on a gasket rather than on the fitting’s thread, the overall installation height of the fitting is reduced.
Unlike PFTE sealed versions, SMC’s uni-thread fittings can be re-used many times – yet another way in which SMC are helping users cut their running costs.
As well as high stock levels across both series at SMC’s warehouses in the UK and Europe, KQ fittings are well-stocked by SMC’s comprehensive network of distributors throughout the UK, meaning customers need never wait long for the parts they need.