2018 marks Advanced Couplings’ 30th year in business

Time certainly does fly and it’s fantastic to think that 2018 will be our 30th year in business! This is great milestone for us and we’re looking forward to celebrating three decades of growth, innovation and success.

Over the last 30 years we’ve come a very long way and the Advanced Couplings you see today bears very little resemblance to our humble beginnings! Founded by John Henry in his garage, with the help of his daughter Victoria who was responsible for manning the phone; over the years Advanced Couplings really has gone from strength to strength.

Dedication to innovation in stainless steel clamp type tube connection manufacture

Things are very different now and our present 28,000 square foot facility in Keighley, along with facilities in Ireland and Denmark, are testament to three decades of hard work and dedication. We’re still a forward- thinking family run business though, and our family values remain at the heart of everything we do. Over our 30 years of trading, we’ve strived to innovate, ensuring our products stay at the forefront of the stainless steel couplings market. We’ll never rest on our laurels though and our dedicated team are focussed upon quality and innovation as they’ve always been.

We believe that our success is due to a combination of innovative design, efficient delivery and technical services – all developed with the requirements of our customers in mind. We hope you agree and if the recent positive feedback we received in our recent Customer Satisfaction Survey is anything to go by, you enjoy working with us as much as we enjoy working with you.

This is the perfect opportunity to thank our customers for their support over the years – we’re really looking forward to embarking upon another three decades of success!

Contact Advanced Couplings to find out more about our range of stainless steel clamp type tube connections

If you’d like to find out more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information.

Hex. Nut Design Change

In our efforts to continually improve our products we are introducing a change to the Domed Hexagon Nut used to tighten our range of clamps. These nuts are used to replace the Wing Nut in certain applications. The existing Domed Hexagon Nut, we currently supply, will become obsolete to be replaced by the NEW Hexagon Flat Nut (see images below for comparison).

The Hexagon Flat Nut has the following advantages over the Domed Hexagon Nut:

The contact point of the hexagon flat nut is only on the face of the clamp segment. This means the force is applied solely to a plane parallel to the nut face. This has benefits over the domed hexagon nut which has a contact point inside the legs of the clamp segment. In addition to the above, galling tends to be reduced as the thread at the tip of the nut is not deformed. This often results in a tighter thread which has been seen on multiple clamps. The hexagon flat nut also maintains the perpendicularity of the thread to the clamp body. This reduces the off collinear misalignment of the thread further reducing the tendency to gall.

Market leading bubble traps

Here at Advanced Couplings we take great pride in our range of high quality, innovative products, including our market leading bubble traps.

Used to remove process gases in pharmaceutical and process applications, the design of our bubble trap has been carefully developed, with a minimum amount of crevices, to help prevent the build-up of bacteria. In addition, when installed in an upright position, the angled surfaces of our bubble trap encourage self-draining, making it easier to wash down the unit and ensure hygiene standards are maintained.

Providing products which are durable and easy to maintain is very important to us and as such our bubble traps have been designed with this in mind. All threads are self-enclosed for easy wipe down, whilst shouldered tie rods ensure correct O-ring compression, making reassembly and maintenance simple. In addition all welds are removed, smoothed and polished to reduce areas where bacteria can accumulate and facilitate easy cleaning.

At Advanced Couplings we endeavour to develop and manufacture innovative products, including the bubble trap, to the very highest standards. We take great pride in the quality of our workmanship, whilst ensuring that our products and after sales service is second to none.

It is our aim to deliver a range of products that has been carefully designed to provide durability and ease of maintenance, helping us to offer the most cost effective solutions to many customer requirements. By using our products, you’ll have the reassurance of knowing that they have been designed and manufactured in the UK using innovative technology and methods offering the very best in quality and reliability.

If you would like to find out more about our range of market leading bubble traps, we’d be delighted to help. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to talk through your requirements.

Special items designed to enhance efficiency

Here at Advanced Couplings we specialise in the manufacture of a range of clamp union fittings. But did you know that we also produce a growing stock of special items, designed for use in the pharmaceutical, food & beverage and related process industries.

Included in our range of special items is our range of Male and Female Threaded Adaptors and Hose Tail Adaptors which are designed to be incredibly versatile and to meet the requirements of all our customers, regardless of which industry they are in. Our range of special items has been developed to provide innovative solutions: we know that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach doesn’t always work and this is why we’re always happy to discuss the manufacture of bespoke items. The range also includes bespoke Sight Glasses & Bubble Traps that can be tailored to suit special system requirements.

It’s worth bearing in mind that when used in conjunction with our specialist clamps and ferrules, our special items allow for the development of pipe systems which are incredibly modular, allowing for efficient pipe changes, additions and replacements. The special items offer a number of possibilities and benefits to enhance your pipe system not least in terms of increased flexibility and in enhanced efficiency which can result in a reduction in costs.

The market leading SH Clamp

Now offered with an anti-gall option

The market leading SH clamp from Advanced Couplings can now be offered with an anti-gall option, reducing wear & tear on the nut & fastener, giving longer service life. Made specifically for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries where joint cleanliness & efficiency are of paramount importance, ACL has recognised the issues of galling in many process industries and following a number of years development this option is now available on demand, so please ask for further information.

Many of our products are used in incredibly demanding environments including high pressure and high temperature manufacturing processes. Our market-leading SH Clamp is a product that we are particularly proud of, especially as it is now widely recognised as the most commonly specified clamp in the processing industry.

How has our SH Clamp earned this reputation? A number of factors have contributed and our SH Clamp is appreciated by our customers for its ability to cope with manufacturing environments which experience temperature & pressures of up to 150°C and 50Barg. In addition, because more than 30 years of continuous development and refinements have gone into the design of the SH Clamp; it is now the clamp of choice by many end users…

New accreditation confirms Advanced Couplings’ commitment to quality and innovation

2016 has already proven to be an incredibly successful year for Advanced Couplings thanks to a new ISO 9001 : 2015 (Quality Management Systems) quality accreditation alongside our investment in a state-of-the-art Coordinate Measurement Machine & ISO 14001 : 2015 (Environmental Management Systems).

Our latest ISO 9001 quality accreditation is not only great news for us but, as it further confirms the high quality of our products, also offers reassurance for our customers. Jamie Kendrick, our Quality Assurance Manager, explains: “ISO 9001 allows assured quality control which means that our customers can have 100% confidence in our manufacturing processes and our products. Here at Advanced Couplings we’re incredibly proud of the high standard of our products and whilst ISO 9001 puts a further stamp of quality on our components, it also enables full traceability which means that we’re able to offer an even higher standard of service to our customers”.

It’s been a busy couple of months for the team here at Advanced Couplings and we’re delighted with our brand new Coordinate Measurement Machine or CMM. Designed to ensure the accuracy of the design of our components, our CMM will check the tolerance of the measurements of each finished component is correct.

“We invest a great deal of time and energy into the development and improvement of our products and the CMM is part of our overall strategy to ensure outstanding quality throughout or product range. In addition, the CMM helps us to guarantee 100% compatibility between Advanced Couplings’ components and the systems which they are used in,” added Jamie Kendrick.

Quality and innovation are at the forefront of everything we do at Advanced Couplings and if you would like to find out more about our range of components, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information.