Foreign equipment and machinery is being purchased and imported into the United States at an increasing rate. If these items are equipped with hydraulics or pneumatics, then it is likely that the port threads on the motion controls along with the hoses and tubing will have Metric or British type threads.
The fittings that come standard from the original equipment manufacturer are not always readily available in the configurations needed to make repairs. This can cause several problems such as costly downtime, severe leaks, or safety issues. Another issue that sometimes occurs, is installing incorrect threads into the port thread on equipment which can cause irreversible damage and will only make the problem worse.
Often an individual can achieve what is needed by using a conversion adapter. Conversion adapters are offered in a variety of thread configurations and combinations:
Some of the combinations are:
British to SAE
Metric to SAE
Japanese to JIC
British to JIC
British to O-Ring Flat Face
Metric to NPTF
British to NPTF
Here are two examples of common adapter combinations.
Once the international fitting has been replaced with a conversion adapter some individuals choose to not remove it, because of the convenience and availability of working from a standard connection.
Brian Crisp has been in the hose and fittings industry for over 30 years, starting with Asheville Hose & Fittings and then with Cross Company. He would love to help you find the hose and/or fitting solution for your specific need!