SafeWay Fluid Transfer is your first choice in custom quick couplings for five reasons:
Reliable, Quick and Easy Modular Design
When a new customer came to us in need of a fluid transfer coupling solution for cooling within electronics enclosures, we met the challenge head on. In this unique case, off-the-shelf couplers were too large and heavy for the confined space of their products. SafeWay engineers recommended reducing the coupler size and using aluminum for the body. With this approach, we were able to provide a smaller and lighter coupler that operates closer to 300 PSI, versus the 3,000 PSI of typical couplers.
We also color-coded the two sets of dripless connectors for easy end-user identification when installing the system. By working closely with the customer, we were able to deliver a high value solution, which was exactly what was needed. They saved money and solved a major challenge to keeping electronics cool in a confined space.
Simplifies Lubrication, and Maintenance
Time is money when managing routine maintenance and lubrication of drive tracks on excavating equipment. A leading excavation machinery manufacturer designed a single zerk hydraulic system to deliver and bleed grease used to set/adjust track tension on their equipment. The system required a reliable and durable mechanism to inject lubricant, and then reverse pressure to allow the used lubricant to be flushed from the system and then recharged.
To make this work, the manufacturer turned to SafeWay. After close review and testing, SafeWay engineers identified and recommended two ways to improve durability and ensure leak-free performance: 1) Implement design and control features to minimize leak potential, and 2) Implement a dual hardening process to assure reliable performance of the zerk system’s body.
The excavating machinery manufacturer implemented our recommendations, which led to the system’s successful production and use. To this day, the single zerk hydraulic system continues to exceed expectations for performance, durability and cost.
Eliminates Errors and Streamlines Changeover
When a leading manufacturer of high-performance lubricants needed to be certain workers could quickly and easily distinguish among their fluid lines’ many standard quick disconnects, the production workers sometimes made costly connection errors that cross contaminated fluids.
The lubricant manufacturer turned to SafeWay for a solution to their error-prone fluid-transfer process. The engineers created a new, color-coded (anodized) quick disconnect system that allowed production workers to separate fluids based on color. The system also helped prevent future fluid-transfer mistakes by incorporating male and female components that wouldn’t physically connect the wrong fluid lines.
The custom quick disconnect fluid-transfer solution made it possible for the manufacturer to eliminate costly product waste and time-consuming rework. Production workers now benefit, too, from a more comprehensive process for transferring fluid.
Isolate Media From Threads
This unique component was Initially designed for the food and beverage industry to isolate media from threads and facilitate cleanliness. Modifications to the ORB geometry help accomplish this in CO2 lines.
Same Performance with Reduced Costs
Used in heavily exposed, wet line applications on over-the-road transport vehicles, this coupler required the corrosion resistance of brass or stainless steel. To achieve this, Safeway engineers developed a quench polish, quench nitride bath process to provide equal performance with reduced costs.
Meeting the Needs of Function and Durability
The original idea for this component was a plastic injection molded design. The successful design used machined aluminum for its durability and material compatibility. The fabrication included a precisely machined helical OD channel with complex geometry to accomplish both function and durability objectives.
Relieves Internal Line Pressure
Transportation industry engineers initially designed this brass and stainless steel component. SafeWay made significant modifications to optimize its function and manufacturability. In addition to combining stainless steel and brass, the component also features a customized side port and poppet to meet project objectives.
You know what you need to make your project work, but there isn’t a quick coupling in existence that fits the bill. That’s the situation of most of the customers who partner with us to produce their custom quick disconnect couplings. It doesn’t matter what stage of the process you are in currently. You may have engineered the design and just need someone to put it into production. Or, you may just have a concept in mind and need us to start from design and engineering and carry it all the way through production and delivery. We work with many OEMs and distributors to design custom products for their unique fluid transfer applications.
Contact us today to discuss your current custom coupling needs.