There had to be a better way to do this and we finally figured out how to do it for a decent price without compromising performance. Up until this point, we recommended using a combination of the type D and a 5/8" hose barb. It worked great, but it was also bulky and expensive considering you needed one on each end of your hoses.
Our stainless steel Camlock style disconnects (sometimes called cam and groove) are the best compromise between cost and function for making and breaking connections between your vessels, chillers, pumps and hose sets. Eventually you get tired of pushing tubing onto hose barbs and adjusting worm gear clamps. These are cheaper than triclovers and all other stainless steel quick disconnect designs. Best of all, they are milspec standard around the world so you'll never get stuck with a single vendor's proprietary disconnect system and have trouble adding on to it several years down the road.
We offer a large selection of standard and custom high flow camlocks. They come standard with replaceable food grade silicone gaskets.
The "quick disconnect" or business portion of the camlock system consists of male and female parts. The male side is a cylinder with an external concave recess around the circumference and a front sealing face. Once inserted into the female coupling, a set of cammed arms are drawn back to apply pressure to the male's recess which locks the parts together and holds the male's sealing face tight to the captured gasket.Yes, most vendors across the U.S. are now selling this fitting and maybe even cheaper but don't forget, we invented it.