SAE J514 & SS316 – What They Mean & Why They Matter

If you’re looking for stainless steel flared fittings for your industrial operation, you’ve probably come across a slew of acronyms used to describe different fittings’ specifications. You may know what your fluid system needs on-paper, but what do those letters and numbers really mean? Why will one type of fitting stand up to your operation’s requirements, while another, near-identical solution falls victim to premature wear and failure, costing your organization time and money?

Over the last 40 years, Hy-Lok has established itself as one of Canada’s top manufacturers and suppliers of fluid system solutions. Our inventory is one of the largest in North America and includes an industry-leading range of stainless steel flared fittings. Read on to learn more about SAE J514 and SS316 flared fittings, and how these standards ensure durability and performance for our customers.

SAE J514 – The Standard for Flared Fittings

Flared fittings come in many varieties and are most commonly found in settings where durability and reliability are critical. They’re designed to maintain a tight seal under severe vibrations, pressure bursts, thermal shocks, and other demanding conditions. As such, they’re often used in the most demanding fluid system applications, such as commercial vehicles, natural gas lines, hydraulic ramp systems, and more.

37-degree flared JIC fittings are extremely common and widely recognized as the industry standard in many applications. These fittings are designed to meet both Joint Industry Council (JIC) and SAE J514 specifications. With SAE International standards being the norm in the automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle industries, flared fittings built to this standard offer a high degree of compatibility with existing fluid systems, not to mention reliability and performance in the most demanding conditions.

When tightened, the SAE J514 fittings’ sleeves ensure tube alignment with the fitting axis, reducing mechanical strain on the tube and decreasing vibrations. This design makes them ideal for conditions where movement, vibration, and drastic changes in temperature and pressure are the norm. If your fluid system needs to be able to take a beating, SAE J514 components are up to the task.

SS316 – Versatility & Durability in Every Application

Every fluid system will have unique requirements depending on function and industry regulations. Stainless steel is one of the most commonly found materials across many heavy industries. In particular, SS316 has proven to be one of the most popular material choices for stainless steel flared fittings.

SS316 is an austenitic (non-magnetic) stainless steel with added molybdenum to increase corrosion resistance and improve strength at high temperatures. Because of its durability in a range of extreme conditions, SS316 is used in many exhaust, heat exchange, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, cryogenic, and nuclear reprocessing systems.

Stainless Steel Flared Fittings at Hy-Lok

With an extensive network of distributors across the country, Hy-Lok is the clear choice for Canadian industry. Our stainless steel flared fittings are readily available to get your fluid system running quickly and efficiently. With expedited shipping available, your operation can rely on Hy-Lok to supply quality stainless steel flared fittings for projects across Canada.

Does your fluid system require a different stainless steel alloy? No problem! To help our customers get the right fit in every situation, Hy-Lok Canada offers custom-fabricated flared fittings for unique and challenging applications. With a wide variety of materials, wall thicknesses, and temperature/pressure ratings available, we’re proud to offer high-quality, durable fittings designed for seamless integration into any fluid system.

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