Fastest Product Improvement: FI Connector w/Stroke Limiter. (Jan. 2010)

FI Connectors From FasTest Feature Stroke Limiter and Improved Retainer Clip Design for Increased Safety and Reliability

Minneapolis, MN—January 25, 2010—FasTest announces recent improvements to their FasTest Internal (FI) series connectorsFI connectors provide fast, leak-tight connections for pressure and vacuum testing, fluid filling and flushing applications—from vacuum to 120 psi. With the addition of a stroke limiter feature for 1″ or longer extensions and improved retainer clip design for FI01-FI4 body sizes, the FI series delivers increased reliability and safety.

FI connectors are activated as compressed regulated air acts on a piston within the connector, which expands a seal to form a leak-tight connection—all without pipe sealant, wrenches and thread damage. Air, liquid or gas media can then be introduced through the connector to accomplish testing, filling or flushing of the equipment.

The FI series provides an ideal solution for robotics or pick-and-place applications that require delicate handling and/or testing. If there is an error in an automated process that results in a part not arriving to the specified location, a connector may still become pressurized, resulting in over-expansion of the seal and potential damage to the connector. To regulate this expansion of the seal—also referred to as the stroke—the FI series now includes a stroke limiter feature. Additionally, the FI series now features a newly designed retaining clip that is recessed in the connector, protecting it from wear and contributing to even longer-lasting connector life.

Features of FI connectors that make them particularly reliable and easy-to-use include:

  • Patented grip-and-seal technology provides leak-tight connections; eliminates pipe sealant, wrenches and thread damage.
  • Stroke limiter regulates seal expansion.
  • Improved retainer clip design.
  • Soft-touch elastomers seal without scratching or otherwise damaging products.
  • Rugged aluminum or stainless steel construction.

FasTest is dedicated manufacturer of productivity and high quality improvement connection tools for pressure and vacuum testing applications. FasTest’s complete line of specialty connectors are designed to provide leak-tight, reliable connections for industrial manufacturing applications. Custom leak test capabilities are available for unusual or unique requirements.