Stop by Our Booth at the Global Petroleum Show

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, May 25, 2017 @ 14:05 PM

Here's a chance to get your hands on some of our products in June


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Stop by booth 1076 at the 2017 Global Petroleum Show to see your local Swagelok associates and learn about our product offerings. You can register to attend the show for free until June 5th!


June is almost here, and that means it's time again for the annual Global Petroleum Show, running from June 13 through 15 in Calgary. We'll be on hand to show off some of our Swagelok components, as well as the skills of our Custom Solutions department in creating various assemblies.

For instance you can see our Tap To Transmitter assembly, a collection of Swagelok process instrumentation components that includes a transmitter to send data back to the control room. The entire assembly can be built locally for you by your authorized Swagelok distributor.

You also can check out our rotating seal panels. The biggest single cause of pump failure is the shaft seal, responsible for 39 percent of all failures. And the average shaft seal costs about $5,000. Multiply that by the number of pumps on site, and you can see that it pays to keep those seals lubricated so that they'll last longer. We can create panels to do the job. Take a look when you visit our booth and we'll be glad to answer any questions about them.

While Swagelok made its name with tubing and tube fittings, the company also makes many larger scale products for process piping, typically anything with more than a two-inch diameter. Take a look at some of our flanges and valves at our booth.

Then let us show you our grab sample modules. We've written about them before on our blog. You'll get a chance to see the various options in person, twist some handles and otherwise satisfy your curiosity.

If you don't feel like conversation, we'll have some videos to watch too.

Where to find us

If you've been to the Global Petroleum Show before, you'll find us in exactly the same spot. If it's your first time, look for booth 1076, right inside the doors of Hall A. We'll have 16 people manning the booth in shifts, so you will find a knowledgeable fluid system expert any time from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first two days, and until 5 p.m. on the third day.

We do our best to have some senior representatives in the booth at all times, so you can have a serious conversation and expect to come away with some solid information. If we can't answer your question on the spot, we'll get your contact information and get back to you as soon as we can.

It's one thing to look at our products online. It's another to physically put your hands on it and have a face-to-face conversation with someone who knows the product well.

So stop by, say hello, and gather some free information and expertise from your Swagelok experts. Register to attend the show before June 5th and the registration fee is waived.


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Topics: Q&A, Sample Systems, Custom Solutions, Events

Dielectric Fittings Prevent Shocking Results

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

A buildup of static electricity can make a mess of analytical equipment


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Swagelok's dielectric fittings and adapters isolate monitoring instruments from the effects of electrical current; to find out more about dielectric fittings download the catalogue today.


As analytical instrumentation becomes more sophisticated and sensitive, it's more important than ever to protect the equipment by using dielectric fittings and adapters. They isolate the instruments from the effects of electrical currents and maintaining full fluid flow.

Running fluid through a line can cause a natural buildup of static electricity. If that ever reaches the metering device, it could make all your readings unreliable, or knock them out entirely. In a system running volatile fluids, a static discharge could cause an explosion.

The dielectric fitting itself is simple. It starts with the classic Swagelok design, then adds a thermoplastic insulator to prevent electricity conduction from a main area to a metering device. The design is unique in the way it separates the two primary functions of electrical insulation and fluid containment. Since the insulators are not primary seals, the material and design provide high dielectric strength over a wide range of operating and climactic conditions.

A Viton O-ring and TFE backup ring serve as the primary fluid seal. The seal is completely self-contained and requires no maintenance.

Too relaxed

No one sets out to create a problem in their fluid system design. What often happens is that people get used to a certain approach, and don't always take into account the changing technology. Some older analytical equipment was built in a way that required a large sample of chemical or mixture to meet the requirements for a good reading. Today's more sensitive equipment can get the job done with smaller samples, but also are more susceptible to an unwanted electrical change.

Someone who habitually falls back on "the way we have always done it" may even think they're saving a few dollars by using standard fittings. But it's foolish to cut corners by installing regular fittings. Dielectric fittings should be standard practice, especially in any areas that have been deemed intrinsically safe.

Take a look at the dielectric fittings in our catalog, then call us at 780-437-0640 or contact us through our website to talk about integrating dielectric fittings into your system.


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Topics: Fittings, Measurement Devices

Edmonton Valve & Fitting Goes To College

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Tue, May 09, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

Each year we help students and experienced workers learn new skills


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Edmonton Valve is well known by the instrumentation students of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; from the Swagelok classroom, to social events our relationship with NAIT is continually evolving.


Our commercial customers aren't the only ones who benefit from Edmonton Valve & Fitting's training classes. Every year we also send a team into classrooms at colleges and universities in the region to give some real-world insight into the configuration and assembly of fluid systems.

Our biggest university and college engagement is with the Instrumentation Training Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. This nationally accredited program teaches a comprehensive course of studies in industrial measurement and control.

Each year Edmonton Valve & Fitting teaches over 250 students and apprentices within this program about tube fitting safety and installation, and tube bending.  While we have only a small part to play in the two-year course, we know it's an important one.

We've a special connection to NAIT. Not only have we been conducting the classes for more than two decades, we have an alumnus heading the program.

"This was something that I picked up in my early years as a pet project," says Chris Horne, one of our Account Managers. "I was president of the student association when I left the college. So when I came to Swagelok, I took this on."

Strong demand

Over the years, our university and college engagement program has grown and evolved to keep pace with changes in technology and in the workplace.

There was a time when a lot of learning took place in the field, with old hands passing along their expertise to new arrivals. Today, companies have put a higher priority on formal training to make sure they put the right people in the right spots.

Likewise, technology continually improves. Instrumentation skills have become much more specialized since the 1990s.

Even Swagelok's classic tube fitting has benefited. The fitting itself has the same four components it has had since 1947, but improved materials and techniques of manufacturing today produce a fitting that performs better and lasts longer.

Back when we started working with NAIT, the instrumentation program had only a few classrooms and labs. Today it's one of the largest instrumentation programs in the world with one of the finest training facilities of its kind anywhere.  The Spartan Center boasts 11 instrumentation labs featuring $6.5 million of new equipment, smart classrooms wired to take advantage of the latest technologies and wireless capability in the common areas.

We also sponsor the Brian Clarke Award for achievement in instrumentation workshop practice.

Other outreach

NAIT isn't the only campus where you will find Edmonton Valve & Fitting in the classroom. We instruct the Alberta Pipe Trades in our area in the same type of course. While these people are already working in the field, they are being asked to stretch beyond their experience with piping. We train them on tube fitting and tubing systems

We also work with the University of Alberta, Lakeland College and MacEwan University.

We like introducing people to the components and processes they will encounter in their careers.

"On a daily basis we have people come through our doors who have been through our training," Horne says. Many of those former students tell us how great it was to get their first industry perspective from us in the classroom.


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Fluid Distribution Headers Save Space And Time

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 14:05 PM

Get the configuration you want and get it quickly from Edmonton Valve & Fitting


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Fluid Distribution Headers are common components used in a variety of gas and liquid applications. Download a free copy of the the FDH catalogue one of the many preassembled subsystems available from Edmonton Valve & Fitting. 


When you have multiple fluid lines serving the same purpose, a fluid distribution header can be a great way to organize everything and save space. It has an inlet on one end, a drain on the other end, and multiple outlets on the sides. Typically, it has a main isolation valve and several outlets, each with its own isolation valve. For potentially wet gases, such as compressed air or steam, the header can be installed vertically with a drain valve at the bottom.  For liquid service, install it vertically, with the supply entering at the bottom and the top valve acting as a vent for removing trapped air or allowing air in for draining during maintenance.

Maybe you have a cleaning station where you need to handle a half-dozen cylinders at the same time. Maybe you need an instrument air header, or an LP steam header. Consider it any time you have multiple runs coming off the same input. Run the fluid in the opposite direction, and a fluid distribution header can serve as a collection manifold.

Two mounting brackets allow you to mount the header on an aluminum plate, a steel stand, or a piece of pipe.

Space and time

The compact design is only one advantage over trying to accomplish the same job with pipe or tubing and separate components. It also has fewer connection points, meaning less opportunity for a leak to appear.

Ordering a fluid distribution header from Edmonton Valve & Fitting also saves you a day of work putting all the parts together. Because we assemble fluid system components all the time, we have the tools and the expertise to do it right. We also test every fluid distribution header that we make with nitrogen at 250 psi, plus liquid leak detector. We can do hydro testing up to 1,000 psi if you like.

And the entire assembly comes under a single part number, making it easy to order.

Locally made

Swagelok's fluid distribution headers are available in 1-inch and 2-inch sizes. The 1-inch platform is good for working pressures up to 3,000 psi, while the 2-inch platform can handle up to 1,000 psi. The extruded manifold body design features squared sides that mount solidly and prevent twisting. It can be ordered with 2 to 16 branch outlets, with or without valves, so you can add ports as needed without welding.

You get two more advantages when you order a fluid distribution header from Edmonton Valve and fitting. First, we're happy to customize it for your particular needs. For instance, you can order the header with instrumentation ball valves, process ball valves, integral bonnet needle valves or plug valves. We can put the outlets all on one side, if you like, and fit it with a variety of connection types. We can join two headers to handle 18 lines.

The second advantage is that, because we assemble them right here in Edmonton, you can get them quickly. If you chose a standard configuration, we can turn it around in a few days. Tell us the details of what you need through our website or by calling 780-437-0640.


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Freezing Weather's Almost Gone, But It's Not Forgotten

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 09:04 AM

Start planning for next winter now with our insulation and tracing packages


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Edmonton Valve is your single source for tracing products, equipment, and training. To find out more about our line download the Pre-Insulated Tubing Bundles Catalogue.


Now that the weather is warming up around Edmonton, it's tempting to forget about the cold-weather hassles we're leaving behind. But you know better. You know that this is the time to start thinking about how you'll make improvements before next winter comers.

Edmonton Valve & Fitting makes it easier because we can be your single-source supplier for heat tracing and insulation packages. It starts with the tubing itself: bare coil tubing, traced tubing, and insulated tubing. We also have pre-insulated tubing, banding and clips, heat transfer compounds, steel tags, heat shrink boots, fluid distribution headers, valves, and of course all the tube fittings and unions you need to complete a job.

A dual stage tube straightener is available for rental to complete your job.  This will help get all the kinks out of any bare coil tubing size. 

Whether yours is a glycol, steam or electrical application, you don't have to go to 10 different suppliers, because this is one area where we go beyond Swagelok's product offerings to make sure you have what you need.

Why worry about this now? Because you need to think about coordinating with your planned shutdowns, facility upgrades and capital projects. Most of our clients go for two to five years between shutdowns. If you need to replace steam lines, proper tracing and insulation can't be a last-minute add on.

Get it right

Components can't do their jobs well if they aren't properly installed. Proper training also increases safety and decreases costs. For people who don't spend a lot of time installing and upgrading tracing packages, such as crews for insulating contractors and construction contractors, it's smart to get a refresher. We're here to help on that score as well.

We offer a full-day class each month on tube fitting installation training, a mix of classroom lecture and hands-on practice. The seminar emphasizes choosing correct tubing and fittings for the site, proper handling, preparing, and installing components to specification. Each participant gets to assemble tubing and fittings, then see how their work holds up under pressure in our burst chamber. Pass the class, and you get a certificate of completion that is ABSA recognized. 

Whenever you need to jog you memory, we also have detailed installation instructions in printed form, with reference photos.

So while you are enjoying the warm weather, make plans to keep everything running smoothly when it turns cold again. Call Edmonton Valve & Filling at 780-437-0640 or contact us through our website, and we can help you put together the insulation and tracing packages that you need.


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Topics: winterization, Tubing

New Classes Offer Hands-On Training For IPT Fittings

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

We'll show you how to handle cone-and-thread fittings for higher pressures


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The medium and high pressure cone and thread essentials training instructs attendees to identify correct tube system placement, correctly install Swagelok® tube fittings, and troubleshoot other common fluid system mistakes. Find out more about our Swagelok Essentials courses offered at Edmonton Valve & Fitting.


Swagelok's IPT fittings require a different approach than standard Swagelok fittings. For one thing, they use heavy-duty tubing that must be threaded like pipe. Then the end must be coned at a 59-degree angle for a tight fit. To make sure our customers get top performance from these components, Edmonton Valve & Fitting has launched a new series of training classes.

IPT fittings come in two styles, one for medium pressure up to 20,000 psig or 1378 bar, and one for high-pressure applications of up to 60,000 psig or 4134 bar. These cone-and-thread fittings are designed specifically for the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, water jet cutting and blasting, and aerospace industries.

Lecture and lab

As with our regular tube-fitting sessions, this training involves three to four hours of classroom instruction and includes the opportunity to practice making an assembly. It's an ideal way for field technicians to get comfortable with the process. It's also a good opportunity for engineers to gain an understanding that goes beyond the specs on a sheet of paper or computer screen.

Because the fittings are designed to work under such high pressures, we don't put the students' work through a burst test as we do in our standard tubing class. But the design of the IPT fitting includes a small weep hole that reveals leaks due to a poor seal. In our class, we include troubleshooting tips for when that happens.

It's also important to cut the proper length of tubing for the job, and we'll show you how to calculate it. It's expensive to waste any kind of tubing, but even more so for IPT tubing, which has walls tp to three times as thick as standard tubing.

Because of the thick walls, the tubing must be treated a little differently. It requires a bigger bend radius. Make too tight of a bend, and you can crack the tubing or even damage the bender.

Because the sealing surface is so small on IPT fittings, vibration can be a bigger problem than normal. We'll explain how to deal with these high vibration applications.

When it's all done, you'll get a certificate of completion.

Here or there

We hold our half-day classes here at Edmonton Valve & Fitting, but we can also provide the training at your site. Contact us at 780-437-0640 or through our website to find out when our next training session is scheduled, or to set up an in-house class.


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We're Trying On Our Chef Hats At Mustard Seed

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Fri, Apr 07, 2017 @ 08:04 AM

Our Community Involvement Group gears up to take on a more ambitious project


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Delia Roman of our Community Involvement group is pictured with one of the goal thermometers posted around the Edmonton office. With less than one month left in our fundraising efforts we are feeling optimistic that we can reach our goal.


Our Community Involvement Group has been getting more ambitious in 2017. You may recall reading about the radiothon they participated in earlier this year to help the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. Now the group has signed up to take an evening shift at the Mustard Seed in Edmonton, cooking, serving meals and cleaning up. We've signed up to be there May 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Mustard Seed has been serving people dealing with poverty and homelessness since 1988, when it opened in the old Central Baptist Church on 96th Street. Since then it has become a haven for low-income individuals and families. Today, hundreds of people rely on the organization for food, clothing, counseling and other support services such as housing assistance, employment coaching and spiritual development.

Casting a wider net

Two things make our May 6 event more ambitious than previous projects. The first is that we need at least a dozen volunteers. Fortunately, many coworkers outside the Community Involvement Group have been asking how they could participate in some of these events. In fact, that's one of the reasons we sought out an event that could involve more people.

The other challenge is that we need to raise $1,000 to cover the cost of food and to contribute toward the equipment we'll use to prepare it. Some people have donated cash and we've been collecting material to sell for recycling. That includes scrap stainless steel and copper from our in-house fabrication work. We also have held a couple of drawings. As of April 5th we are just shy of our $1,000 goal.

We had plenty of time to raise the money because a lot of groups want to help Mustard Seed, so we had to reserve our turn months in advance.

One or two members of our team have participated in similar events in the past, but most of us will need some help finding our way around the kitchen. We're grateful that Mustard Seed will make sure we get all the instruction we need before they turn us loose.

Edmonton has been good for our company, and we're looking forward to a new way of giving something back.


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VN01: A Space-Saving Valve For Severe Service

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

Simplified design means less weight, fewer leak paths and lower maintenance


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The VN01 double block and bleed valve leans out processes previously required for the job. To find out more about the benefits of this space-saving valve follow the link below to get your copy of our VN01 quick look guide and Block & Bleed catalogue.

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Having the right tool for the job can relieve a lot of headaches. With Swagelok's VN01 process valve, you'll have save on space, save on weight, and still get top performance for at high temperatures and high pressures. The added capability is due to all-needle-valve construction.

The VN01 provides double block and bleed isolation for process piping, and is right at home in the petrochemical environment. You could get a double block and bleed option in a multi valve, but with the VN01 you have it in a single, lighter, compact unit with a single CRN number. A lighter unit means less strain on your piping system and a reduced need for structural support. That's especially important when you need to protect your components from vibration.

The simplified design means you also have fewer leak paths and reduced installation costs.

Yes, we have 'em

You may already be aware that these kinds of valves exist, but you may not realize that Swagelok makes them. And Edmonton Valve & Fitting has standard configurations in stock.

But if you want to explore your options, the VN01 valve has several. You can get it with a standard or 3/4-inch male NPT inlet, or a 3/4-inch pipe weld. For the outlet, you have a choice of a standard half-inch female NPT fitting, but other options are available including a flange. There also are optional gauge ports.

If you could benefit from a lighter, more compact double block and bleed isolation valve, contact us through our website or by calling 780-437-0640. We'll be glad to give you more details.


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Grab Sample Liquid Systems Can Lower Your Costs

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

When pressure isn't an issue, bottles simplify sample collection and transport


GSL.pngA liquid-only sampling system (GSL) can be used in a number of liquid applications where the process fluid is not at risk of fractionating or evaporating when stored at atmospheric pressure. If you'd like to find more about all of grab sampling offering download this free Grab Sampling PDF.


While cylinders provide a great way to transport samples for lab analysis, they aren't always necessary. Swagelok’s Grab Sample Liquid sampling system offers an alternative closed-loop system for use with low vapor-pressure liquids. If you have a non-hazardous environment, this system is easy to manage.

System media can be drawn and transported without the risk of spillage or evaporation, thanks to the bottle with its self-sealing septum cap. The bottles are a lower-cost collection option that can be replaced easily when needed. Bottles can even be disposable if circumstances require.

Fixed-volume samplers are an option that can improve safety. This option completely separates the process pressure from the sample bottle and, by extension, the user. They prevent over-filling and overpressure conditions.

Low-emission sampler

All Swagelok GSL systems use Sentry Equipment’s Model MVS low-emission sampler to draw liquid or slurry into the bottle. The MVS features an easily replaceable dual-needle system and a spring-return handle to prevent unintentional dispensing. This non-coring needle punctures the septum without coring it, allowing for full resealing of the septum when the sample bottle is removed. The tapered bottle shroud enables proper septum and needle alignment, preventing accidental spillage or needle breakage.

Dead volume is minimized thanks to a close-coupled ball valve.

No excuses

When visiting plants, our representatives have seen some odd makeshift methods of collecting samples, even the use of tire bladders filled right from the pipeline. Remember, for your lab analysis to have any value, you need a representative sample of the fluid in your system. There's no excuse for cutting corners. 

No matter what kind of sampling system you need, Edmonton Valve & Fitting can help you. Contact us through our website or by calling 780-437-0640, and one of our representatives can help you select the right components and configuration.


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Sometimes Stainless Isn't Enough

Posted by Tristian McCallion on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

Special Alloys are used in unique applications where stainless steel cannot hold up to the corrosive material.


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Swagelok carries an array of special alloys to meet our customers requirements, to find out more about special alloy uses download our Special Alloy catalogue.


How many materials can you get Swagelok tube fittings in? Two? Five?  Would you believe that our standard material list includes 16 different materials from nylon to titanium?

316 stainless is our most common material and is good for 95% of applications in northern Alberta but there are some limitations.

Special alloys

In the SAGD world on the water treatment side, there is often an elevated chlorine level in the boiler water.  Chlorine and stainless steels don’t mix well and it is common to find stress corrosion cracking in applications that have high chloride levels and stainless steel fittings and tubing.  There are a number of other materials that we offer that can provide the necessary corrosion resistance in this type of application, like Monel, or our high temperature carbon steel.

This is just one application where we are able to help out with special alloys.  Some of the other materials that we can provide include:

Teflon and PFA:  PFA is the injection moldable version of Teflon.  These materials provide for excellent chemical resistance to a wide range of different fluids.  Water treatment facilities are large users of PFA and Teflon fittings.

Alloy 400, or Monel:  This is a high nickel alloy that has excellent resistance to corrosion in reducing environments with fluids like hydrochloric, sulfuric and hydrofluoric acids.  It is also a commonly referenced material when looking at NACE specs.

Inconel 625: A very corrosion resistant in oxidizing and reducing media.  It offers high strength and good ductility.  It also has very good performance in sour gas (NACE MR0175)

Hastelloys:  C-276, C-22, B-2 are some of the grades that you can find, with C-276 being one of the more common alloys we deal with locally in this range.  It offers excellent resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion and immunity to stress corrosion cracking.

Duplex stainless steels:  A number of different materials are available here: 2205, 2507 super duplex and even the excitingly named 2707 hyper duplex stainless.  Often seen in offshore applications these materials have higher strength than 316 stainless and may have better resistance to pitting, crevice and general corrosion.

Swagelok makes fittings, valves and other components out of a wide range of different materials and would be happy to work on your applications with you.

Our Special Alloy catalogue provides additional information on some of the special alloys offered by Swagelok.


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Topics: local expert, Valves, Fittings