Maximum vibration absorption
Longest cycle life
Soft spring rate
Ease of installation and maximum safety
Keflex™ Bellows-Type Pump Connectors are designed to compensate for multi-plane axial, lateral and angular movement in non-torsional applications. They are intended for use in both suction and pressure lines to absorb mechanical vibrations caused by pumps, compressors and other pipeline equipment. Bellows-Type Pump Connectors aid in compensating for minor piping misalignment.
Heavy-duty restraining rods and spacers assure protection against bellows distortion in the event anchors are not properly secured. Keflex™ shatter-proof spacers absorb mechanical vibration without hampering axial, lateral or angular movement of the pump connector.
Multi-ply bellows were pioneered by Keflex™. Our standard product has a minimum of four (4) plies, but the larger diameter models are constructed with up to sixteen (16) plies. Most of the bellows-type pump connectors provided by competitors are produced “offshore” with only one (1) or two (2) plies.
Unlike rubber and elastomeric connectors, multi-ply laminated stainless steel bellows capsules are not subject to premature deterioration resulting from elevated temperature conditions or UV exposure. Thus, they offer a longer cycle life in a wide variety of temperature applications ranging from sub-zero to super-heated steam. In the latter case, it may be necessary to include the optional internal liner to prevent excessive flow velocity from damaging the assembly. (Available on welded-flange units only)
Standard units are designed for a total axial traverse of 5/8” (1/2” compression, 1/8” extension), a total lateral movement of 1/8” (1/16” each side of centerline), and an angular offset of 3-1/2 degrees maximum. Custom-built assemblies are available to meet conditions beyond these specifications.
Flanged-type series 150, 151 and 301-1215 assemblies from 2” to 12” ID measure a compact 5.0” face-to-face to save valuable space. Sizes of 14” ID and up measure 9.0” face-to-face. Custom lengths are always available. Welded flange-types 1512 and 3012 are 6” face-to-face OAL for sizes up to and including 8”. They are intended as replacements for short-style braided metal hose, rubber and elastomeric spool type expansion joints. For sizes 10” and larger, the standard OAL is 8” face-to-face. Lengths other than standard are available upon request.