Understanding JIC Fitting Terminology To Avoid Confusion During The Ordering Process

Industrial & Manufacturing Blog

Special pipe and screw fittings, like JIC fittings, are an important part of getting machines and hoses connected. Without these fittings, you would have a lot of loose hoses and loose pipes and fluids or air flowing and blowing everywhere. If you need new JIC fittings, however, you might be overwhelmed and confused by the choices. The descriptions and wording are more clearly defined below for easier, and less confusing, purchases.

Male to Male 

This may sound like an inappropriate way to describe any sort of fitting or part. However, it is easiest to understand when you are trying to describe what you need over the phone or a chat line to a sales associate. Male to male fittings are double-ended screw and JIC heads or single-ended JIC heads that fit into pipes or hoses.

 Male to Female Fittings (or Female to Male, Same Thing)

Male to female JIC fittings have one JIC/screw end and one open-ended "nut" end where you would screw in a pipe. These particular fittings help convert fitted ends from one type to another. This can often make it easier to connect hoses and pipes without adding an extra fitting onto the required fitting.

Female to Female Fittings

If you are trying to order female to female JIC fittings, guess what? They do not exist. A JIC fitting is characterized by one end having screw threads and a rounded incline head with a hole through the middle. Ergo, you cannot order a female to female fitting, and whatever it is you are trying to replace is not a JIC fitting at all.

Elbow and Angle Fittings

There are, however, lots of JIC fittings that involve different angles. You can order "elbow" fittings that have an "elbow" of metal that turns at ninety and forty-five degree elbows, and even fittings that are four-way male crosses. There are a few of the "T" fittings too. If you need a specialized fitting of this sort, you can get them. If you need a custom JIC fitting, you are going to have to call a manufacturer to request it.

Placing Your Order

Check your fitting for markers. If the markers are present, they will tell you how many degrees the head of the JIC fitting is, and then you can order something of a similar shape and size. Essentially, you have to follow the size of the JIC head first, and everything else comes second. 


24 February 2018