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Issue Number 27 MAY 2013
Fittings 101
Cam Operated Couplings

Cam Operated CouplingsOur third fittings article focuses on cam operated couplings. These are known by several names including cam and groove, cam groove, cam op, cam lever, cam lock and simply cam couplings or cam fittings.

coupler and insertThey're intended for quick and easy connection and disconnection. No tools are needed. The design involves a coupler and a grooved adapter. Each coupler has two cams — movable pieces that fit into the groove, rotate and lock the two fitting components into place, ensuring a proper fit and a tight seal against the gasket inside. Many cam couplings have a retaining pin that can be used to make sure the cams remain locked in place.

Cam couplings are available in the following universal styles:

type A
Type A
male adapter on one end with a FNPT (Female National Pipe Thread) on the other

type B
Type B
female coupler and MNPT (Male National Pipe Thread)
type C
Type C
female coupler and hose barb
type D
Type D
female coupler and FNPT
type E
Type E
male adapter and hose barb
type F
Type F
male adapter and MNPT
type DP
Type DP
plug (also called a dust plug)
type DC
Type DC
cap (also called a dust cap)
type AA
Type AA
male adapter on both ends

Materials used in cam coupling manufacture include aluminum, stainless steel, brass, other metals, and various plastics such as polypropylene, PVDF and nylon. Sizes can range from as small as 1/4" to as large as 8". The application will determine which cam coupling material and size is needed. Uses include positive pressure fluid and dry product handling such as petroleum, chemicals, agricultural commodities, water and other liquids. Cam operated couplings should not be used for steam or compressed air applications.

Click here to view NewAge's line of plastic cam operated couplings in nylon, polypropylene and PVDF. NewAge stocks industrial and food grade couplings in sizes up to 4". Please call us with your application questions.


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