Properties of High Quality Sleeve Couplers

By: James Marshell

They have a compact design which uses a ball locking mechanism consisting of captive steel balls that engage the locking groove on the mating plug. The sliding spring loaded sleeve on the coupler must be manually retracted in order to connect or disconnect the plug.

When you are in the market to buy Superior replacement parts, you need to know the factors that make them superior. Without having the apt knowledge of the features of any replacement part, you are basically shooting in the dark. There are dozens of factors that contribute towards a great coupler but following are the most important ones:

• High quality sleeve plugs are plated steel with hardened wear points and are precision machined bar stock construction to provide resistance to the effects of mechanical shock (shock resistant) in job site rugged applications.

• They feature a tubular valve design with large window flow passages that deliver high flow with minimal pressure drop. This valve design provides 360 degree support to both the valve seal and the mating nipple.

• Sleeve plugs also have seals, molded from Buna-N (Nitrile), that form a bubble tight seal for reliable operation within related working pressure.

• Premium quality sleeve plugs use the locking ball mechanism which is a proven design featuring hardened steel balls for longer wear, and accurate alignment of coupler and plug. The locking balls are evenly spaced to distribute the load and reduce wear.

• They also have a sleeve guard which is machined into body to protect the sleeve and resist accidental disconnects that can cause quite a bit of damage and frustration. The sleeve knurling and grooves provide a gripping surface for ease of operation.

• The low tolerance machining of locking ball cage allows the precise placement of locking balls inside the groove of plug.

• It is always a big plus if the sleeve couplers possess a Quick disconnect design that enables fastest, easiest and most reliable means of connecting air and low pressure fluid lines. Common applications of sleeve couplers include compressed air, water, grease, paint, limited vacuum and limited compressed gas applications.

In today’s competitive market, you can find dozens of versions of similar replacement parts. There are original parts, then there are low cost aftermarket parts produced by other manufacturers and there are refurbished items as well. It is up to you to decide what suits your needs and budget. Most of the times it is better to shell out a few extra bucks for a genuine part so you can feel confident about the quality and performance you’re going to get but there are some manufacturers that produce premium quality aftermarket parts that are as good as the genuine if not better but you have to look hard to find them.

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