Properly measuring a sanitary fitting and knowing what size to order can be a common problem. This is our top reason for returns, regardless of the type of fitting or gasket being ordered. Here are some tips on how to measure a sanitary fitting.

Regardless of the fitting type being measured, the OD of the tube will be the fitting or gasket size you will need. If you look at the diagram below, most people will measure the Outside Diameter/OD (item A in the diagram) and assume that is the size of the fitting, but this is incorrect. Others will measure the Inside Diameter/ID (item I in the diagram), but this is incorrect also. The proper way to measure for a fitting size would be to measure the OD of the tube (item O in diagram). For example, a 2-inch Tri-Clamp Ferrule will have an OD (item A in diagram) measurement of 2.5", ID (item I in diagram) of 1.87", and a Tube (item O in diagram) size of 2".

There are many types of fittings available and this rule will work for you no matter the type. If you have any additional questions, make sure to contact one of our Product Specialists. We are happy to help!

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