Pipes and valves are important for a number of industrial and residential purposes. However, in many cases, stationary fixtures are not beneficial in distributing liquids and gases. This is where swivel joints come in handy.
These joints consist of a cylindrical rod can be rotated 360 degrees without a supporting structure. The features and benefits of swivel joints make it useful for use across a range of industrial settings, from sewer rodding, piping systems, wastewater treatment, and coolant transfer to drum filling applications, mining, refining, and fertilizing.
In this post, we touch upon the many benefits and features of swivel joints and some factors you need to consider when choosing them for your industrial needs:
Types of Swivel Joints
Swivel joints are made from a variety of materials. Among these include aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel, ductile iron, and bronze. Swivel joints are also available in a range of seal options, such as fluorocarbon, EPDM, buna, PTFE, kairez, and neoprene.
Furthermore, there are a number of swivel joints and each is designed for specific industrial use. For instance, winch mounted swivel joints provide high sealing performance and durability and requires little or no maintenance. In water swivel joints, on the other hand, offer exceptional quality of bearing for water applications.
Benefits of Swivel Joints
Swivel joints are advantageous due to a number of reasons. Firstly, they serve as highly efficient plumbing systems as they provide easy connection to hose lines without the need for adapters and the fact that only a small amount of hose is required due to the joints’ high space efficiency.
Secondly, swivel joints are more cost-effective; with less hose required, swivel joints helps clients save substantially more and thus help bring down overall production and operating costs.
Thirdly, swivel joints are designed to absorb shock from the hose as a result of changes to the system pressure. This prevents damage to components and the need for repairs or replacements.
Things to Consider When Choosing Swivel Joints
Swivel joints provide a range of benefits for industrial use. Nevertheless, it is essential to consider a range of factors when deciding to use for your operational needs. One of the first things you need to check is the pressure of the joints.
This is important to determine how much impact it can absorb as a result of an increase in system pressure. The higher the pressure rating, the more efficiently it can operate. Torque of the joints should also be given importance. This relates to the amount of force that is needed to effect a rotation. If the joints can move with low torque, it can lead to a smooth service. More importantly, the degree to which swivel joints can resist corrosion should also be evaluated. If the joints are needed in areas where there is contact with corrosive substances then high corrosion resistance will be crucial to sustain functionality of the swivel joints.
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