Rhode Island Patent of the Month – February 2024

Traditional press fittings are frequently installed improperly, leading to fluid leaks and ill-fitted seals. Quick Fitting Holding Company, LLC has been working to address this issue by designing quick connection technologies that use visual cues to let you know when the seal is secure. The company has recently been granted a patent for this innovative design.

The fitting, at its core, comprises a main body component with a cavity extending through it, featuring distinct axially inner and outer segments. The outer segment is ingeniously designed with first and second indentations, each strategically positioned for enhanced functionality. What sets this invention apart is the integration of a latching band and a sealing ring within these indentations.

The latching band, securely nestled in the first indentation, boasts a radially inwardly extending latch with a unique radial distance configuration. This inventive design ensures a secure and resilient connection, preventing leaks and enhancing the overall integrity of the fluid flow system.

Adding another layer of sophistication, the sealing ring, snugly maintained in the second indentation, complements the latching band. Its expandable nature allows for dynamic adjustments, ensuring a tight fit around an inserted pipe. Moreover, the radial distances and thickness differentials within the main body component contribute to the fitting’s structural integrity.

Quick Fitting’s invention goes beyond the conventional press fittings by incorporating visual indicators for ease of inspection. The latching band’s radially inwardly extending latch, cleverly positioned within the sealing ring’s opening, creates a visible confirmation of a properly compressed fitting. This visual cue simplifies the task of installers, inspectors, and maintenance personnel, reducing the risk of oversight and enhancing overall system reliability.

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