Glossary of Con-Tech Terms


Air Brake is a friction brake that stops a vehicle by using compressed air on a piston to apply pressure to a brake pad. Con-Tech Air Brake Fittings are made in steel or brass and used in numerous industrial applications.


Ball Valve is a one-way, quarter-turn pressure operated valve that uses a hollow, perforated pivoting ball that fits into a cup-shaped opening. Con-Tech Ball Valves offer many designs features not readily available from most valve suppliers, with a focus on Intermediate Bulk Container valves.  

Bolted Ring is a looped bolt attaching an eye to a structure through which ropes or cables are tied.

Beer Keg Neck is a coupling connecting a valve to a beer keg. Con-Tech Beer Keg Necks are available in bothUS “draft style” and standard European 14 tpi threaded styles both of which use strict dimensional tolerances and special stainless steel chemistry. 

Boat Scupper is an opening cut through the bulwarks of a ship which allows the water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard. Con-Tech Boat Scuppers may have boat strainers, screen-like metal covers and cockpit drains.

Bow Chock is a heavy metal casting with two bent and inward curving horn-shaped arms between which mooring ropes pass to keep a vessel in place.

Bow Cleat is a T-shaped metal marine part used to secure a rope aboard a vessel. Lines are fastened to bow cleats mounted to the ship’s deck.

Bow Roller is a wheel with a framework designed to guide an anchor line when the anchor is raised or lowered. Con-Tech Bow Rollers allow permanent anchor mounting and storage.

Brass Hose Adapter is a brass connector on the end of a hose used to connect it with another hose or other threaded fitting. Con-Tech Brass Hose Adapters can be used in various industrial markets and have good corrosive resistance.


Cam Lock is a cylindrical fastener designed for the IBC and Tote Tank industries.

Cap Seal is a barrier preventing the leaking of hazardous liquids and powders from containers during shipment and storage. Con-Tech Cap Seals are available in steel, aluminum or plastic and can be crimped-on or snapped-on.

Carbon Steel Plate is a slab of iron with a small amount of carbon used in different industries for component construction.

Casting ismanufacturing process in which a liquid material such as metal is poured into then allowed to solidify in a mold, after which the cast part is broken from the mold. Con-Tech Casting offers significant customer cost savings through near net shapes and limited finish machining time.

Circle Blank is a manufactured, formed steel disc used in many applications like the ends of storage tanks. Con-Tech Steel Circle Blanks are flame cut and offered in various diameters and shapes.

Closures fittings are plugs and flanges used together for strength, attachment and sealing of tanks, totes, and drums. Con-Tech is the exclusive American supplier of Tite SealTM bung plugs and flanges largely for drum manufacturers and reconditioners. Con-Tech Stainless Steel Drum Closures are available in several options, including Tite Seal™ drum closures, machined stainless steel flanges and forged plugs and flanges for nitric acid drums.

Coated Steel Coil is a finished steel product which is wound or coiled after rolling. Con-Tech Steel Coils are available in electrolyte zinc coated, electro galvanized, galvennealed and galvalume, hot-dip galvanized and aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel.

Cold Forming is an ambient temperature metal forming process classified into squeezing, bending, drawing or shearing. Con-Tech Cold Forming is extremely efficient for carbon and stainless steel fastener and fitting production.

Cold Rolling is a process performed below the metal’s softening temperature whereby previously hot rolled and picked metal is passed through cold rolls. Cold rolling makes a thinner, smoother and stronger product than can be made by hot rolling alone.

Cooperage is the business where barrels or casks are fabricated.

Crimping Tool is an instrument used to conjoin two pieces of metal by deforming one or both so that they hold each other.

Custom Manufacturing is the process whereby products are fabricated for a unique customer. Con-Tech Custom Manufacturing can source a variety of products and processes including metal stamping, casting, machining, injection molding, cold forming, and forging.


Deck Plate is a metal plate placed around the furnace of a marine engine in order to protect the deck.

Deep Drawing is a sheet metal punching process done by redrawing the part through a series of dies, after which the depth of the drawn part exceeds its diameter.

DEF Spout is a plastic flexible tube used to dispense Diesel Exhaust Fluid additives from a container. Con-Tech DEF Spouts are offered in standard, vented or collapsible versions. Con-Tech’s Vented DEF Spout is used to dispense diesel exhaust fluid additives typically from 1-gallon, 2-gallon, 2.5-gallon, and 5-gallon jugs and is available in 38mm, 45mm, and 63mm sizes.

Drum Reconditioning is a process whereby empty used drums are cleaned, re-shaped, assembled with the appropriate lid, ring and/or fittings, painted and recoated where needed. Con-Tech Reconditioned Drum Closures and Accessories include a full line of leak lock plugs, plug gaskets, and other related accessories.


Electrogalvanized Steel is a steel to which corrosion protection is added by bonding a zinc layer to it through electroplating, a process of running an electric current through a saline/zinc solution with a zinc anode and steel conductor. Con-Tech offers steel coils in electrolyte zinc coated, electro-galvanized, galvennealed and galvalume, hot-dip galvanized and aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel.

EPDM is Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, a synthetic rubber used in a range of applications including gaskets. Con-Tech offers the Voyager line of tank fittings which are available with either EPDM or Viton gaskets, and are assembled on your poly tank using 316 stainless steel studs, nuts, and lock washers.


Fastener Kits and Hardware are standard and custom bindings that mechanically join two or more objects. Con-Tech Fastener Kits and Hardware include a variety of hardware items packaged in kit form and labeled according to customer requirements.

Fittings are components and tools of various forms, sizes, shapes and materials that are used in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of industrial machinery, containers, and similar applications. Con-Tech Hose Nipple Fittings consist of short pieces of pipe, usually provided with a male pipe thread at each end, for connecting two fittings. Con-Tech Thru-Hull fittings attach through the hull of a boat and can be used to expel wastewater. Con-Tech provides Voyager Bolted Fittings, the round shape, investment cast stainless steel construction, and tight bolt pattern of which make them the most durable plastic tank fittings on the market.

Flammable Safety Cabinets are leak-proof manufactured containers for flammable liquids and vapors. Con-Tech Flammable Safety Cabinets Parts and closures are used to properly vent all flammable safety cabinets and are offered with a capped bung opening that allows for ventilation. They satisfy all state or local fire codes and safety regulations, company policies and insurance policies.

Forging is a metal processing procedure which deforms metal through hot, cold, or warm processes. Hot forging uses extreme heat for the deformation of metals like standard or carbon alloy steel, while cold forging is performed at or near room temperature and deforms soft metal like aluminum into the desired shape.


Galvanized Steel is steel with a rust-preventing zinc coating generally fabricated through hot-dip galvanizing, whereby the steel is submerged in molten zinc. Con-Tech offers steel coils in electrolyte zinc coated, electro galvanized, galvennealed and galvalume, hot-dip galvanized and aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel.

Galvalume is a coating consisting of zinc, aluminum, and silicon that is used to protect the metal from oxidation. Con-Tech offers steel coils in electrolyte zinc coated, electro galvanized, galvennealed and galvalume, hot-dip galvanized and aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel.

Galvennealed Steel is steel processed by galvanizing followed by annealing. This makes galvennealed steel easier to paint and harder and more brittle than galvanized steel. Con-Tech offers steel coils in electrolyte zinc coated, electro galvanized, galvennealed and galvalume, hot-dip galvanized and aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel.

Gas Tank Vent is a cap with a designated hole to relieve pressure as warming gasoline expands and cooling gasoline shrinks.

Gasket is a leak preventing seal between two or more stationary pieces of a mechanical assembly. Gaskets are typically made from yielding material in order to tightly fill the space under varying pressures and temperatures. Con-Tech Drum Flange Gaskets come in both sizes 2″ and 3/4″ for the TYPE 1.


Hinges are jointed or flexible devices which allow a part such as a door or a lid to turn or pivot on a stationary item. Con-Tech Hinges are offered in a variety of materials for diverse marine applications.

Hose Nipple is a fitting consisting of a piece of pipe with two male pipe threads used to connect with other pipe fittings. Con-Tech Through-Hull Hose Nipples connect to a boat’s above- or below-waterline fittings.

Hot Rolling is a process in which steel is preheated to a high temperature and continuously rolled between two rotating cylinders. Con-Tech Hot Rolled Steel is offered in a wide variety of grades and thicknesses and in all structural, high strength, low alloy, and common grades. Our hot-rolled material can be provided as hot bands or pickled and oiled. Con-Tech Hot Rolled Steel can be supplied in coil form, cut to length sheets or as first operational blanks.

HVAC is heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technology providing proper interior and vehicular thermal comfort and air quality through the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Con-Tech galvanized steel is used in the HVAC manufacturing process for the fabrication of spiral ducts used for HVAC airflow housings.


IBC is an Intermediate Bulk Container, a cross between a drum and bulk transport, which can be moved by forklifts or pallet trucks. Con-Tech IBC and Tote Tank Closures and Accessories are a wide assortment of ball valves, bolted rings, and cam locks, as well as closures, covers, gaskets, labels, lids, fittings and vents.

Injection Molding is a manufacturing process for part production through which material for the part is fed into a heated barrel, mixed and injected into a mold cavity, where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity. Con-Tech Injection Molding involves carefully designing parts to achieve the maximal shape, features, and functionality of the part while making the most efficient use of the material.

ISO is theInternational Organization for Standardization based in Switzerland whose voluntary international standards cover a range of fields. The most common business standard is the ISO 9000 quality management standard. Con-Tech works with numerous ISO certified manufacturers throughout the world to guarantee its customers the highest levels of quality.


Just-In-Time (JITDelivery is an inventory management system offered by Con-Tech through which production typically only begins with a customer order and inventory stock is only delivered as needed.


Leak Lock Plug System is a system offered by Con-Tech to alleviate alignment problems, assure a quality seal and prevent flange leakage in drum incineration where needed.


Machining is a controlled removal process known as subtractive manufacturing in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size. Con-Tech Precision Machining offers numerous processes to achieve high tolerance parts for demanding industries including milling, turning, EDM, gear hobbing, Swiss machining and surface grinding.

Metal Fabrication is the creation of metal parts and structures from various metals through cutting, bending and assembling. Con-Tech Metal Fabrication offers numerous processes to a host of industries.

Metal Finishing is the process of improving the durability and/or appearance of a metal object’s surface. Con-Tech Metal Finishing offers carbon steel and bronze or brass part finishes including zinc or chrome plating as well as anodized or sandblasted finishes.

Metal Stamping is single or multiple stage manufacturing processes whereby cold metal sheets are formed into net shapes. Con-Tech Metal Stamping can include punching, machine or stamp pressing, blanking, embossing, bending, flanging, and coining.

Mooring Bitt is a system for fastening ropes or cables whereby a post or pair of posts is mounted on the ship’s bow.


Name Plate manufacturing can include several processes such as sheet prep, litho, screening, coating, punch press and inspection.


OEM is an original equipment manufacturer, a company that makes things from component parts bought from other companies.

Outsourcing is a cost-cutting measure involving hiring third parties to provide goods and services traditionally provided by the company. Con-Tech Global Outsourcing provides standard and custom parts of carbon steel, stainless steel, and plastic for industrial packagings such as drums, IBC’s, tote tanks, and plastic containers.


Paint Caps are barriers used to prevent drum closure contamination during the painting process. Con-Tech Paint Caps are available in nylon, aluminum, and steel.

Precision Components are items used in various applications that are highly engineered and made to vary minimally from set standards.

Precision Machining is a technical, subtractive manufacturing or product restoration process where the rial is removed from plastic, ceramic, metal, glass or other items, to create a finished product requiring close tolerances.


Snap-On Cap Seals are closures that can be crimped or snapped on over drum plugs and flanges to protect against tampering, contamination, and spills. Con-Tech’s Tite-Seal™ Cap Seals may be custom printed and colored and are available in tin-plated steel and high-density polyethylene.  

Spiral Ducts are specialized metal housings employed for HVAC airflow. Con-Tech galvanized steel is used for many applications in the HVAC manufacturing process for the fabrication of spiral ducts used for HVAC airflow housings.

Steel Floor Plating is steel flooring available in a raised diamond lug pattern that provides excellent skid resistance for a wide range of applications. Con-Tech Steel Floor Plating is available in flat-rolled carbon steel floor plates.

Supply Chain Management is the active oversight and streamlining of all business processes that transform the material into finished goods including product development, sourcing, production, and logistics, as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities. Con-Tech Supply Chain Management maximizes customer service, value, and efficiency.


Thru-Hull is a fitting made to accept pipes, hoses, or valves and allow water to pass in or out of a vessel. Con-Tech Thru Hulls can be manufactured in stainless steel or are chrome plated.

Tite-Seal™ is a brand of closure sold by Con-Tech.

Tiller Arm is a mechanism used to steer a boat.

Torque is the rotational equivalent of linear force. While linear force is a push or a pull, torque can be thought of as a twist to an object.

Transom Exhaust is a valve flap system for engine exhaust and flooding protection.


Viton is a brand of FKM, a synthetic rubber and fluoropolymer elastomer used in molded or extruded items like gaskets. Con-Tech offers the Voyager line of tank fittings which are available with either EPDM or Viton gaskets, and are assembled on poly tanks using 316 stainless steel studs, nuts, and lock washers.