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American LOKRING

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American LOKRING Corporation


2551 SR 60 W
Bartow, FL 33830
863-533-4168 www.lokringusa.com 863-733-9030
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LOKRING tube connection technology in
the service field

General remarks
LOKRING tube connection technology represents a proven
method of producing hermetically sealed metal-to-metal tube
connections. The LOKRING tube connectors are used in the
air-conditioning* (including automotive) and in the
refrigeration* and appliance* industries.

100% Quality
American LOKRING Corporation is responsible for the delivery
of quality tube connectors and tools as ordered from this
catalog. The purchaser is responsible for the assembly of
LOKRING tube connectors and use of LOKRING tools in
accordance with supplied instruction and exclusively with
original LOKRING parts.

Commitment to LOKRING for Refrigeration and Freezer


Customer Service Production
This catalog contains information about LOKRING tube
connectors for tube diameters from 1.6mm (1/16”) up to 35mm
(1 3/8”).

American LOKRING reserves the right to makes changes for


the purposes of technical improvement. Product descriptions
and size range current as of December 2006.

*The use of LOKRING tube connections in other fields should


be discussed with American LOKRING Corporation

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Structure and Function of
LOKRING Couplings
Custom LOKRING Kits LOKRING Technology takes advantage of the fundamental laws
of physics, material properties and basic engineering principles to
arrive at an elegant design for joining tubes of similar or dissimilar
materials. A LOKRING Union Coupling consists of two LOKRINGS
and a tubular body.

During assembly of a LOKRING Connection, the tubes to be joined


are inserted into the coupling up to an internal stop. The LOKRING
Assembly Tool is then used to apply pressure to the coupling
causing it to compress and complete the connection. This is a quick
and simple method of joining tubes that eliminates the fire hazards
of brazing and proper torque concerns of threaded connections.
LOKRING Technical Information
The special inner profile of the LOKRING Connector causes the
diameter of the LOKRING body to be reduced until it is in
immediate contact with the outer surface of the tube that is being
connected. This grip creates a metal-to-metal hermetic seal with a
slight reduction of the tubes. This reduction causes no detectable
change in pressure or flow rate.
The radial forces of the tube and the connecting body resisting
reduction are directed to the outside. And the radial forces of the
•We have several standard kits available in stock
LOKRINGS resisting expansion are directed to the inside causing
•Custom Kits can be assembled to meet your a state of equilibrium known as elastic strain pre-load. This
equilibrium is maintained for the life of the LOKRING connection
particular needs
Center
Tube Lokring Stem Lokring
Tube

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Before After
Assembly Assembly
• Easy and Fast Assembly.
• Highly Reliable connections. COMMON MISTAKES
• No Special Preparation.
• No Welding, Soldering, or Thread cutting
• Ecologically Safe.
• Hermetically Sealed Metal-to-Metal Connections
• No Notch Effect on the Assembly Area.
• Connections Tubes of Different Materials.

LOKRING Technical Information


Pressure Area
LOKRING Couplings are designed for a maximum operation pressure
of Pn = 725psi (50 bar) and a testing pressure of Pp = 4 x Pn = 2900
psi (200 bar). LOKRING Couplings can be used in temperature range
between -58 F and + 302 F (-50 C and +150 C).
The expansion or contraction of the material caused by temperature
changes has no impact in the elasticity of the tube connection. Burst
tests have shown that the LOKRING Tube Connector is stronger than
the burst point of the tube.
Center
Tube Lokring Stem Lokring Tube

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Before After
Assembly Assembly
50 SERIES ASSEMBLY HAND Assembly Tools
To facilitate the application of LOKPREP at the end of the tubes For All LOKRING Tube Connectors
which have to be connected, all the LOKRING couplings,
reducing couplings, elbows and tee-connectors, with one The LOKRING Assembly Handtools feature a folding handle to
connection >=12 mm, are supplied, loosely joined by a allow for easy assembly of all Series 00 and Series 50 LOKRING
nylon loop. The assembly has to be performed according Connectors. The design provides maximum compression with
to the following instructions: minimal effort.

1. Clean Cut and prepare tubes as normal for LOKRING The MZ & MZ-V Heavy Duty Handtools work with all sizes of
applications. See previous page. LOKRING Connectors, both double-sided and single sided.
2. Assembly
The lightweight HMRK-L Handtool is especially designed for
smaller LOKRING
• Cut the nylon loop(s) and position the LOKRINGS on the Connectors through 19mm (3/4”).
tubes chamfer side toward tube end.
™ Hardened Steel Jaws are interchangeable.
• Apply the LOKPREP as described on previous page. ™ Specialized accessories allow for custom applications.
™ 12 month material and workmanship warranty.
• Attach the LOKRING joint to one of the tube ends up to the ™ Replacement parts for wear items.
internal stop of the connection. LOKRING Assembly Tools

• Slip Lokring connector body over tube end and rotate 360
degrees to evenly distribute Lokprep.
The LOKRING has to be pushed onto the connector body.

• Then the LOKRING connector must be seated squarely in Rechargeable Battery


the assembly jaws of the handtool. Operated Assembly Tool MZ Handtool
(15lbs.)
• By ratcheting the hand assembly tool, the LOKRING is
pushed onto the connector body up to the external center
stop.

• Assemble second tube (as well as the third tube of the tee-
connection) in the same manner.
( See previous page or Lokring instruction CD for more complete
instructions) MZ-V Handtool 4
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ROMAX 220
GENERAL INFORMATION
Cutting tubes
Assembly Jaws When cutting tubes, use a suitable wheel type cutter or the LOKRING
Heavy-Duty Jaws for a lifetime of LRSZ Tube Cutter. This ensures that the outer diameter of the tube is
service. even, burr-free and chip and slivers are prevented from
contaminating the system. For cutting capillary tube
without cleaning or reaming, use the
LOKRING CTP1 Cutter.
Preparing tube ends
Tube Size Tube Size Single-Sided In order to produce a hermetically sealed,
3.5 - 8mm 1/4" - 5/16" MB 8 EVP metal-to-metal connection, the tube ends
must be clean, free of burrs and in good
9 - 11mm 3/8" MB 10 EVP
condition. They must be straight for at least full Lokring connector
11 - 13mm 1/2" MB 12 EVP insertion depth. Clean the tubes with emery cloth or an abrasive pad.
14 - 17mm 5/8" MB 16 EVP The tubes must be free of paint, grit, oil and grease. Always clean the
18 - 20mm 3/4" MB 19 EVP tube ends in a rotary direction. This prevents the creation of leak paths
20 - 22mm 7/8" MB 22 EVP through lengthwise groves.
25 - 25.4mm 1" MB 25 EVP
Appling LOKPREP ( Important Step)
28 - 28.6mm 1 1/8" MB 28 EVP On the outer surface of the cleaned tube ends
31.8 - 32mm 1 1/4" MB 32 EVP apply Lokprep as per the following: The proper
35mm 1 3/8" MB 35 EVP application dose of Lokprep on tube sizes ¼
thru ½ inch is one 1/8 inch bead 360 degrees
around the tube approximately ¼ inch back
from the end of the tube. On sizes larger than
½ inch one additional bead of Lokprep is needed approximately ½ to ¾
LOKPREP 65G for Service Applications inch back from the end of the tube for proper coverage.
Available in 15ml bottles. 1 year shelf-life. Assembly
Insert the tube ends up to the internal center stop of the LOKRING
LOKPREP is an anaerobic sealant that fills connector. To ensure 100% distribution of the LOKPREP, rotate the connector
longitudinal groves to ensure the integrity of 360 degrees.
the tube connection. LOKPREP MUST be
used with every connection.
Open the manual assembly tool with proper sized assembly jaw sets and
Tube Cleaning Pad (SBPADS) firmly seat the LOKRING connector squarely within the assembly jaws. The 50
2” x 3” pad is used to prep tubing before Series connectors allow closing one side at a time. The Jaws should be
applying LOKPREP. placed between the center 2 rings and over 1 end. While holding the tubes in
place, operate the ratchet handle on the assembly tool until the LOKRING is
completely compressed and meets at the external center stop. It is important
that both tube ends are held completely against the internal stop during
assembly. Close the 2nd side of the connector following the same steps. The
LOKRING connection is now completed and the system can be pressurized or
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it can be evacuated.
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HOW TO READ LOKRING PART NUMBERS
“6 – NK – Ms – 50”

Brass Connectors - NK
(Aluminum available upon request)

Tube Size Fitting Style Material Single or Double Sided for tube materials:
This is the part number for a brass (Ms) connector to join 6mm Cu/Cu, Cu/St, St/St
(1/4”) tubes. The
“50” indicates that each side of tube connection is crimped
separately.

LOKRING 12.7 NK MS 50
Part number for a Single-
Styles Material sided brass connector for
NK – Union Connector MS – Brass Connector joining 12.7mm (1/2”).
NR – Reducing Connector Al – Aluminum Connector Tube mm
NTK – Tee Connector 5 6 7.5
1/4"
8
5/16"
9 9.53
3/8"
10 11 12 12.7
1/2"
14 15 16
5/8"
18 19
7/8"
20 22 25.4
1"
28 28.6 31.8
1 1/8"
35
1 3/8"
NWK – Elbow Connector ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

LOKRING Reducing Connectors – Brass – NR


Conversion Chart
(Aluminum available upon request)
LOKRING fittings are manufactured to metric standards. They have
been thoroughly tested for compatibility with inch-sized tubing. Please LOKRING 16/13 NR MS 50
use the table below for ordering the correct size LOKRING Single –sided Brass reducing
Connectors to match your tubing requirements. connectors for joining 16mm
(5/8”) to 13mm (1/2”) tubes.
S-1 Side-2
1.8 2 2.2 2.5 3 3.2 3.5 5 6 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.53 10 11 12 12.7 15 16 18 19 20 22
Inch To Metric Conversions 7 ●
Inch * Actual LOKRING Inch * Actual LOKRING Inch * Actual LOKRING 8 ●
Conversion Size Conversion Size Conversion Size 9 ● ● ● ● ●
9.53 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
1/16 1.59 1.6 1/4 6.35 6 NS** 15 10 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
NS** 1.8 NS** 6.5 5/8 15.88 16 10.5 ● ● ● ●
5/64 1.98 2 NS** 7 NS** 18 11 ● ● ● ● ● ●
0.087 2.21 2.2 NS** 7.5 3/4 19.05 19 11.5 ● ● ●
0.098 2.49 2.5 5/16 7.94 8 7/8 22.23 22
12 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
12.5 ● ●
0.118 3.00 3 NS** 8.5 1 1.000 25.4 12.7 ● ● ● ●
1/8 3.18 3.2 3/8 9.53 9.53 1 1/8 28.6 28.6 14 ● ● ●
0.138 3.51 3.5 NS** 10 1 1/4 31.8 31.8 15 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
5/32 3.96 4 NS** 11 1 3/8 35 35 16 ● ● ● ● ● ●
18 ● ● ● ●
NS** 4.5 NS** 12 19 ●
3/16 4.76 5 1/2 12.7 12.7 20 ●
* Decimal number or common fraction ** NS - No Standard Inch Equivalent 22 ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
25.4 ● ● ●
28 ● ● ●
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LOKRING Tee Connectors and Elbows
LOKRING 12.7 NTK MS 50
120 DEGREE TUBE CUTTER
Part number for a Single-sided brass tee
For All Ref/AC Tubing 3/16” – 5/8”
connector for joining 12.7mm (1/2”) tube.
Diameter. Cuts Tubes in Confined
Spaces Cuts Close to Flanges & Joints.
Replacement Cutting Wheels Available
Tube mm
6 8 9.53 10 12 12.7 15 16 18 19 20 22 25.4 28.6
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LOKRING 16/13/9.53 NTR MS 50 6” Digital Calipers


Single-sided reducing connector for (measures in mm or inches)
joining 16mm (5/16+”) to 9.53mm (3/8”)
tubes with a 13mm (1/2”) tube on the
TEE>

LOKRING Tees with Schrader Valves


LOKRING 16 NK MS SV 50
Part number for a Single-sided brass connector with a
schrader valve for joining 16mm (5/8”) tubes.
Tube mm
6 8 9.53 10 12 12.7 15 16 18 19 20 22
● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
RC-1125
Cuts 5/16” to 1/1/8

RC-375
S-1 Side-2 Cuts 1/8” to 1/2”
6 8 8 10 LOKRING RATCHET-CUTTER
8 ● It ratchets, It’s small,
LOKRING 9.53/6 NR MS SV 50 9 ● ● It cuts in tight places
Single-sided brass reducing Tee for 9.53 ● ●
10 ● ● Cuts aluminum, copper, plastic, PVC &
installing a schrader valve at a
11 ● soft steel tubing.
9.53m (3/8”) to 6mm (1/4”) junction. 12 ● ●
12.7 ●

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Elbows
ASSEMBLY TOOLS
The Manual Assembly Tool – HMRK-L, MZ, or MZ-V LOKRING 16 NWK MS 50
Brass elbow for joining 16mm (5/8”) tubes.
Use these tools to assemble LOKRING union couplings, Tube mm
reducer couplings, tees and stoppers on tubes with a maximum 6 8 9.53 10 12 12.7 15 16 18 19 20 22 25.4 28.6
diameter of 22mm (7/8”). Assembly jaws can be changed to fit 1/4" 5/16" 3/8" 1/2" 5/8" 3/4" 7/8" 1" 1 1/8"
the tube diameter by pressing the retaining pin out, changing ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
the jaws to match the coupling size and pushing the pin back in
place. As shown in the illustration, the handles of the Assembly
Tool can be preset with one arm bent, to facilitate changing the
jaws or placing the coupling in the jaws.

After assembly, clean the jaws to remove any traces of


LOKPREP. All moving parts on the manual assembly tool must
be oiled regularly. LOKRING 16 NWK LR MS 50
Brass long radius elbow for joining 16mm (5/8”) tubes.

Tube mm
9.53 12.7 16 19 22 28.6 35
3/8" 1/2" 5/8" 3/4" 7/8" 1 1/8"1 3/8"
● ● ● ● ● ● ●

LOKRING 16/6 NWR MS 50


Reducing Brass elbow for joining a 16mm (5/8”) tubes to a 6mm
tube.
S-1 Side-2
2 5 6 8 9.53 10 10.5 12 12.7 15 16 18 19
5 ●
6 ● ●
7 ●
8 ● ● ●
8.5 ● ●
9.53 ● ●
10.5 ●
MZ-V Handtool 12 ● ●
12.7 ● ● ●
14.5 ●
15 ●
16 ● ● ●
18 ●
19 ● ●
15 22 ● ● ● ● ● 8
LOKRING Service Accessories
LOKRING 6 VS MS 00
Brass tube stopper
Tube mm
5 6 7 7.5 8 8.5 9.53 10 11 12 12.7 16 19 22
1/4" 5/16" 3/8" 1/2" 5/8" 3/4" 7/8"
● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Euro Flare Euro Flare Reducer with


Connection used at LOKRING
condenser or evaporator. Connection used at condenser or
Reflock Sizes available for tube OD evaporator.
V & T Branch for the installation of VRV 6mm (1/4”) to 19mm (3/4”).
multi-split air conditioning systems. Part # Part #
LR-EURO-6NK (1/4”) EURO6NK3/8 (1/4” – 3/8”)
Part Numbers: LR-EURO-9.53NK (3/8”) EURO9.53NK1/2 (3/8” – 1/2”)
REFLOCK 100, REFLOCK 200, REFLOCK 300, REFLOCK 400 LR-EURO-12.7NK (1/2”) EURO12.7NK5/8 (1/2” – 5/8”)
REFLOCK 110, REFLOCK 210, REFLOCK 310, REFLOCK 410 LR-EURO-16NK (5/8”) EURO16NK3/4 (5/8” – 3/4”)
Patent Pending LR-EURO-19NK (3/4”)

Part Number Tube OD


Stabilization Inserts
for wall thickness 0.7mm - 0.8mm Stabilization Inserts are recommended
9.53 VH MS 07 3/8" when a LOKRING Connection has to
12 VH MS 07 12mm
12.7 VH MS 07 1/2" be pulled or twisted to position it
16 VH MS 07 5/8" correctly in the application or when
19 VH MS 07 3/4"
used with curved or coiled tube.
for wall thickness 0.9mm - 1.0mm
9.53 VH MS 10 3/8"
10 VH MS 10 10mm
Stabilization Inserts for tubes with a
12 VH MS 10 12mm wall thickness designation of 0.7mm or
12.7 VH MS 10 1/2"
15 VH MS 10 15 mm
1mm.
16 VH MS 10 5/8"
18 VH MS 10 18 mm Application: Debur the inside of the
19 VH MS 10 3/4"
tube and drive the insert into place.
Continue as normal.
9 14
REFLOCK 310
REFLOCK 100

REFLOCK 410
REFLOCK 200

13 10
REFLOCK 300
REFLOCK 110

REFLOCK 400
REFLOCK 210

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