Alternative use for push-fit fittings

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We all know about the prominence push-fit fittings have in the plumbing arena. We also know how they’ve helped change the way we work, allowing the unification of copper and plastic pipes thanks to one twist & lock®.

But did you know that push-fits aren’t exclusive to the plumbing world?

Would you be surprised to hear that beer, fibre optic internet and cars are all united through their use of the Speedfit Technology? Well, they are and so are several niche sectors where you find hundreds of alternative applications of our dear push-fit fittings, and we’re about to prove it!

Push-fit fittings are used for pulling the perfect pint

That’s right, our beloved breweries use push-fits for delivering beer from keg to the font!

In fact, 95% of bars in the UK use John Guest push-fit fittings in their beer lines for delivering that perfectly chilled pint. Now we know who’s behind that perfectly poured pale ale. Thanks, push-fit!

Push-fit fittings are used for driving your car

Another alternative use for push-fit fittings is the inconspicuous but critical component for the automotive evolution, the push-fit connector has, amazingly, been used in more than one billion vehicle applications worldwide.

Interestingly, they were initially used for fuel systems and now they’re essentially involved in low-pressure power steering systems and aiding the development of greener engines!

A man working on a car engine.

Push-fit fittings are used for connecting you to The Internet

In the 1980s, John Guest invented the first ever fibre optic push-fit fittings for BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communication services.

Today, around 2.5 million of these alternative push-fits are produced and sold each year for delivering high-speed internet to millions of homes and offices.

A man's hands holding a telecoms fitting.

Push-fit fittings are used in the office water machine

Like beer, push-fits can also be found in water purification systems, where FDA compliant materials are being used for potable liquids.

These have been designed specifically for fluid control and drinks dispensers meaning that when using office water systems, purification is guaranteed – thirsty work!

A man's hands holding a compressed air fitting and pipe.

Push-fit fittings are used when you take your car to the garage

If you’ve ever taken your car to the garage then you’ve most probably benefitted from this alternative use for push-fit fittings. There are multiple applications in a garage that utilise Speedfit Technology in compressed air systems for filling the air in the tyres, changing tyres, wheel balancing and driving pneumatic tools for servicing the vehicle.

Push-fit Fittings from John Guest Speedfit

There you have it; who knew push-fit fittings were used around the world in a number of unique and innovative applications?

So the next time anyone has reservations regarding your favourite JG Speedfit connectors that expedite your everyday plumbing installation, you can share these interesting stories about the pioneering Speedfit Technology that is used by everyone in their day-to-day lives.

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Richard Bateman

Product Marketing Manager Plumbing and Heating

About the author

A highly experienced and passionate professional, I have over 15 years' experience as a commercial and domestic plumber and hold NVQ Level 3 qualifications from City and Guilds. 

Since joining RWC in 2015, I began as a technical engineer, utilising my extensive knowledge to provide exceptional support. Currently, I am thrilled to be working with the marketing department as a Product Marketing Manager. 

This role allows me to combine my technical background with a keen eye for market trends, ensuring that RWC's products meet the evolving needs of the industry. With my wealth of experience and commitment to excellence, I am proud to serve as a spokesperson for RWC, sharing our innovative solutions and contributing to the growth of the plumbing and heating sector.