Quick Connect Fittings: Types, Benefits, and More

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Quick Connect Fittings: Types, Benefits, and More

Quick Connect Fittings: Types, Benefits, and More

Quick connect fittings are a type of connector used to connect fluid lines to equipment. Quick-connect couplings are easy to use without tools and connect with just a push. Quick-connect fittings are used in hydraulic and pneumatic systems, especially when time is of the essence and a quick way to connect lines without losing fluid pressure is needed. This blog post will talk about some types and what they can do.

Different kinds of quick-connect fittings

Quick connect couplings come in different styles. Some of the ones that are used most often are:

To connect, push

Push-to-connect fittings work the same as ball-and-sleeve connections: you push one end into the other. To unhook, a collar needs to be pulled back.

Sleeve and ball

This type of connection has a sleeve that can be pulled out and used to connect the two halves of the coupler. The end with the ball fits into the end with the sleeve.

FloLok Quick

FloLok Quick Connects is a type of ball and sleeve fitting that SSP sells.


For this type, the receiver is held in place by tabs that can be folded. This connection is used for things like sewage pumping and fire hoses, which both use hoses.

Luer lock

Luer locks fit together by twisting and are usually made only to be used once. Most of the time, they are used in the medical field.

Twist or bayonet

With a 1/8 to 1/4 turn, you can connect and disconnect fittings that twist or have a bayonet.

The Benefits of Quick Connect

Quick connect couplings can improve your equipment’s work and speed up manufacturing. Putting Quick connect couplings on your tubing will make it easier, faster, and safer to connect and disconnect tubing. Among the other benefits are:

Designed to prevent spills

If there are fewer spills, people will be safer from chemicals and fumes, and the environment will be cleaner.


Quick-connect couplings are reliable and keep connections safe even if they are left connected for months or years. Our quick disconnect couplings are made of rigid materials, like unique engineered polymers. They are well-built, so they can withstand harsh working conditions and be connected and disconnected often.

Simple to set up

First, quick-connect fittings made of plastic are light and easy to set up. There is no need for crimping tools, glue, or clamps. Plastic quick connect couplings make it easy to put things together quickly and save time and money. To finish the connection, push the tube into the hole in the fitting.


Quick connect couplings made of plastic can be removed and used again. The oval shape of the collet makes it easy to hold, so you can put it together and take it apart without damaging the tubing or fittings. Also, you don’t need a unique tool to take them apart. The tubing can be removed by pushing down the oval-shaped collar with your hand to disengage the stainless steel gripper rings.

No risk of flame

Lastly, you can use plastic quick-connect fittings in dangerous places. Since there is no risk of flame or fire from a blowtorch, plastic quick connect couplings work well when there is a chance of fire or insulation. The spread of low heat maintains a safe surface temperature.