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Camlocks - Cam & Groove Couplings - Understanding Types & How to Order

WHAT IS A CAMLOCK COUPLING?

It is the best priced of all the quick disconnect coupling options available. The connection consists of two parts that are used to connect pipes, tubes and hose.

HOW CAM AND GROOVE FITTINGS WORK

The connection consists of a male adaptor and a female coupler, that when coupled forms a fixed Joint connecting pipe or hose together. They are quick and easy to use and require no tools to operate.

  • The male adapter fits into the female coupler (With arms).
  • Once inside, the coupler handles can be closed simultaneously.

HOW CAM AND GROOVE FITTINGS WORK

The quick disconnect couplings will remain joined together until both the handles are pulled upwards releasing the connection. Safety pins are provided to keep handles locked in place, they are not needed for most applications.

There is a recessed gasket already in place in the female coupler, which forms an air tight seal when connected with the male face.

HOW TO SPECIFY AND ORDER CAMLOCK FITTINGS

Providing the information below will facilitate quick ordering. Place order by part number. 

Pro Flow Part Size (inch) Coupling Body Material Handle Material  Gasket Material
A: Male Adapter 050: 1/2" AL: Aluminum BR: Brass BN: Buna
B: Female Coupler 075: 3/4"
C: Hosetail Coupler 100: 1" BR: Brass E: EPDM
D: Female Coupler 125: 1 1/4"
E: Hosetail Adapter 150: 1 1/2" SS: Stainless Steel, Type 316 SS: Stainless Steel, Type 304
F: Male Adapter 200: 2" V: Viton
DC: Duct Cover 400: 4"
DP: Dust Plug 500: 5" PP: Polypropylene
AW: BW or SW Adapter 600: 6"

Determine the type of kamlock coupling from part number:
For example: D200-SS = Female coupler - 2” size – Stainless Steel Body

ABOUT BFO CAM LOCK HOSE FITTINGS

Cam and groove couplings are the world’s most widespread quick connect coupler and is a major product line.

All our cam lock hose connectors are manufactured to the Approved Federal Standards (A-A59326/MIL-C-27487) making them compatible with all other cam couplings also made to spec., including PT Coupling and Dixon Coupling. We work closely with our manufacturers, who are ISO 9001 certified, and we can make custom parts and special orders.

OUR PRODUCT RANGE

We supply a full range of cam lock couplings the most which we stock in our warehouse. Special parts can be made to order and specialty parts as well as extra-large sizes (8”-12”) can be sourced from local suppliers for quicker delivery. We aim to ship the same day as the order is placed.

  • Generic (Standard)
  • Premium Snaplock (Available for special order, a lead time is involved)
  • Self-Locking handles

All our couplings are interchangeable with Dixon Camlock, Banjo Fittings and PT Coupling Cam and Groove fittings.

CAMLOCK MATERIALS

  • Aluminum
  • Stainless Steel
  • Brass
  • Polypropylene

GASKET MATERIAL

All Metal cam lever couplings come standard with Buna Nitrile. Poly Camlocks come with EPDM gaskets for greater acidic resistance.

  • Buna Nitrile (Buna N)
  • EPDM
  • Viton
  • Teflon (PTFE) available for special order.

SIZES

Sizes ½” up to 6” are available for Aluminum, Brass and Stainless Steel. Polypropylene is supplied in sizes ½” up to 4”.  All ½” kamlock fittings come standard with 2 handles for better performance.

OPERATING PRESSURE

Standard cam lever couplers operating pressure is specified at 150 psi for most sizes. Please see specifications page for detailed pressure rating for each size.

THREADS

National Pipe Threads (NPT) designed to seal tight when threaded on to pipe. Hose barbs ends available for direct fit into hose.

The different types of Cam lock fittings (Standard Types)

  • Type A - male adaptor with female NPT thread
  • Type B - female cam coupler with Male NPT thread
  • Type C - female cam coupling with hose barb end
  • Type D - female cam coupler with FNPT Thread
  • Type E - cam adaptor with hose barb end
  • Type F - camlock adaptor with male NPT Thread
  • Type DC - Dust caps for male adaptors
  • Type DP - Dust Plugs for female couplers

SPECIAL TYPES

  • Self-Locking Handles (In stock)
  • No-thread Butt Weld and Socket Weld (can manufacture or get from local supplier)
  • Flanged ends (can manufacture or get from local supplier)
  • Customized fittings, please call for special orders

SPARE PARTS

We carry a full line of replacement Gaskets and handle, ring and pin assemblies for all sizes.

CAM LOCK QUICK DISCONNECT APPLICATIONS

Used on pipes, hose, tubing, pumps and tanks carrying liquids and powders. Used in almost all industries where liquids and powders are transported, Such as Fuel and oil, Water, chemical, Paints and Dyes, Food & Beverage, adhesives, pharmaceutical, cleaning, agriculture and military and government bids among others.

We can source special fittings and custom made parts.