In their simplest form, fittings have been part of human civilization for centuries. Starting in ancient Greece and Rome, manually operated blockage panels made of wood were used to regulate waterworks, including aqueducts, meadow irrigation, and for irrigation and drainage in grain and sawmills. Such blockage panels are still considered to be the predecessor of modern shut-off valves and as the archetype for today’s standard fittings and fixtures – one of the key branches of Brechmann-Guss’s business.
Nowadays, fittings such as slide valves or housings are crucial elements in heating/cooling and pipeline technology, where they function as shut-offs, metering zones, and safety controls. They can be found in all industrial and supply sectors, such as (public) utilities, chemical and petrochemical industries, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, energy management, and in environmental protection sectors. Their uses run the gamut from drinking water to volatile gases, up to industrial-strength fittings for uses involving highly aggressive chemicals.