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Tri Clover Fittings

Tri Clover Fittings

Tri Clover Fittings (the original brand name) are also commonly referred to as Tri Clamp Fittings or Clover Clamps. These are a sub-set of the Sanitary Fittings group of products. Clover Clamps are polished fittings designed for use in conditions where a smooth finish mitigates against contamination. A Tri Clover connection provides a secure connection, is leak proof and easy to clean. A further benefit of Tri Clover Fittings is they can be cleaned in place. The connection set up is also quick to assemble and take down. For these reasons Tri Clamps are used extensively in the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries. The Tri Clover range of fitting includes Tri Clover Ball Valves, also manufactured in high grade Stainless Steel 304. Tri-Clover Fittings are also available in Stainless Steel 316.

 
    1. Tri-Clamp Fittings

      There are 3 fittings that make up a Tri Clover connection - two tri clover fittings, the clover clamp itself and a gasket. These are supplied here in different sizes in SS304. Polished to a smooth finish for food grade requirements.

    1. Tri-Clover Valves

      The Tri Clover Valves are manufactured from high grade Stainless Steel to a polished finish. These are popularly used in Wineries, Dairies and the Brewing industry. Easy to install and keep clean.

HOW TO SIZE CLOVER CLAMPS AND FITTINGS

To start with, it is important to note that the Tri Clamp connection set-up comprises 2 flange-end fittings fastened together with a tri clover clamp and a gasket for sealing.

      The size of the fitting is determined by measuring the outside diameter (OD) of the tube and not the outside diameter (OD) of the flange end itself. The diameter of the flange end tends to be about ½” (15mm) wider than the OD of the pipe. For example, the 2” OD of a Tri-Clover ferrule has a flange end size of 2.516”.
      Then also note the following:
      • The 1/2” and 3/4” OD Tri Clamps have the same flange end size of 1"
      • The 1” and 1 1/2” OD Tri Clamps have the same flange end size of 2"

For further clarification, please see the Tri Clamp Sizing table below:

 

Tube Size (OD) TC Flange End OD Tri-Clamp size Sanitary Size ID of Tube
1/2” 0.984” 3/4" Clamp 1/2” 0.370
3/4” 0.984” 3/4" Clamp 3/4” 0.620”
1” 1.984” 1 1/2" Clamp 1” 0.870”
1 1/2” 1.984” 1 1/2" Clamp 1 1/2" 1.370”
2” 2.516” 2" Clamp 2” 1.870”
2 1/2” 3.047” 2 1/2" Clamp 2 1/2" 2.370“
3” 3.579” 3" Clamp 3" 2.870”
4” 4.682” 4" Clamp 4" 3.834”
6” 6.570” 6” Clamp 6” 5.782”

 

Although a 1/2” and 3/4” will connect with each other as will the 1” and 1 1/2”, it is important to note that the internal diameters will differ (see Table above). It is incumbent upon the user to determine whether the mixing and matching of sizes will be suitable for their application.

The most popular Clover Clamp sizes used by breweries and in home brewing are the 1” and 1 1/2” sizes. Both have the same flange-end size and can interconnect with each other. As an example, a 1 1/2” Tri Clamp Ball valve will connect with a 1” Ferrule.

ADVANTAGES OF USING TRI-CLAMPS

  • Easy to use
  • Flexible system
  • Easy maintenance
  • The combined lip flange and gasket do not impede liquid flow.
  • Superior corrosion resistance, low cost and long service life.
  • Accessible for inspection and maintenance without the use of tools.