Visit Our Booth at the Oil Sands Trade Show

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

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


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Stop by booth 3317 at the 2017 Oil Sands Trade Show and Conference to see your local Swagelok associates and learn about our product offerings. You can register to attend the show for free by using code OST2K.


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.

While Swagelok made its name with tube fittings, the company also makes many larger scale products for process piping, typically anything with less 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

You can find us in the Turnarounds & Maintenance Zone, look for booth 3317 in Hall C. Account Manager Andrew Worthington will be in the booth so you can find a knowledgeable fluid system expert any time from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 12th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 13th.

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 for free using code OST2K.


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In a hurry or have a question? Please click here to get in touch - we respond fast! Or call 780.437.0640.


 

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

Seal Support Simplified: Call Edmonton Valve & Fitting

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

API 682 tells you what you need; we'll customize it, build it fast, and warranty it


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Whether you are in need of single seal, dual seals, quench seals or gas seals, we've got you covered. Edmonton Valve can build seal support systems based off API Standard 682 and customize the designs to suit your system needs.

Seal Support Download


Most plants have centrifugal or rotary pumps. Those pumps have seals to protect their shafts. How can you make sure those seals last a long time? You could start from scratch and plan out a system of tubing, valves, drains and filters. But thanks to the American Petroleum Institute, you don't have to. The trade association has come up Standard 682, a list of dozens of piping plans recommended for shaft sealing systems on centrifugal and rotary pumps.

If you have a setup with a single seal, dual seals, quench seals or gas seals, API Standard 682 probably has you covered.

Let's say you have a pump in high-temperature service, and you want to reduce the fluid temperature to cool the seal or increase the fluid vapor margin. Go to Plan 21, and you'll see how to set up a system with a single seal, cooling unit, temperature indicator, vents and a drain.

Or you may have something more complex in mind, involving hazardous or toxic fluids. The API suggests Plan 52, a dual-seal setup where the outboard seal acts as a safety backup for the primary seal.

If you have a situation where you need an abrasives separator, an external flush stream, pressurized seals, unpressurized seals or a host of other factors, there's probably an API 682 plan that covers the situation.

We make it even easier

But you don't even have to go to the trouble of building a seal support system to API specs, because Edmonton Valve & Fitting can do it for you. Our seal support systems are fully assembled locally. We can make sure you are using the best plan for your situation, get the work done fast, and warranty the completed assembly. You can order the whole assembly with a single part number.

We can even customize the configuration. Some seal manufacturers will sell you a support system, but their primary interest is in selling the seal itself. You'll have to take the support system as it comes, and somehow make it fit into your site. At Edmonton Valve & Fitting, however, we will take the time to produce a layout that works for you — maybe tall and skinny, maybe low and wide — so that you don't have an odd piece of equipment sticking out where it make become an inconvenience or even a safety hazard.

Because we have deep expertise in assembling fluid system components, you'll get high reliability and quality and consistent performance.

Which API 682 plan is right for you? We'll help you find out if you contact us through our website or call us 780-437-0640.


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Topics: local expert, Custom Solutions

A Seal of Quality: Take Care of Them to Save Money

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

Our API compliant seal support systems help you get smoother operation for longer periods


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The Swagelok Seal Pot Fill Tube (pictured above far left and middle) and bucket pumps (right image) are just some of the solutions available to ensure proper functionality of the mechanical seal. For more information download Edmonton Valve's Seal Support Brochures.


The biggest single cause of pump failure is the mechanical seal, responsible for 39 percent of all failures. To keep pumps humming along, those seals need to be properly supported with the appropriate mechanical seal support system. Mechanical seal support systems keep seals clean and cool by flushing contaminants away. Plants and people are also kept safe by these systems preventing leakage to atmosphere through the delivery of barrier and buffer fluids.

What happens if equipment fails? What are the consequences of a leak or spill? What are the likely methods of failure? Keeping everything running smoothly is a hard job, involving in-the-field engineering. We want to help make it easier to keep seal systems running efficiently. Edmonton Valve and Fitting's seal support systems are fully assembled locally to meet the needs of our customers. These systems offer a reliable and high performance solution for your mechanical seals.

Fill tubes and bucket pumps

The traditional way of refilling seal pots has been to shut down the pump and wait for the equipment to cool. Once cool, personnel would use a ladder to climb and manually fill the seal pot from the top. This process, in addition to be being inefficient and time consuming, could expose workers to hot or hazardous vapors.

Consider instead a Swagelok Seal Pot Fill Tube. It's ideal for refilling seal pots for pumps with dual seals. Each seal pot has a fill tube that allows for a quick and safe refill. A simple ball and check valve assembly provides online refill, reducing costs and eliminating downtime. The operator can work from ground level and doesn't have to worry about exposure to vapors.

Another useful tool is a Bucket Pump assembly typically used by instrumentation technicians. This complete solution allows the technician to blow out plugged lines and components with water, glycerin, glycol, naphtha and other fluids.

We use a standard design with standard components but have the flexibility to customize your design right here in Edmonton.  

 

When you let Edmonton Valve & Filling help, you can devote fewer resources to maintenance and concentrate on other priorities. Ready to get started? Contact us through our website or by calling 780-437-0640.


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Topics: Custom Solutions

Tagging Hoses at Edmonton Valve & Fitting

Posted by Adam Telenko on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 16:07 PM

Tagging is a great way to make sure that vital information always stays with the component


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Edmonton Valve's laser engraver can make quick work of your tagging needs. As tags are made in house it easy to customize them with the information you need.


Tagging in

You may be aware that Edmonton Valve & Fitting has been providing hose tags for years, but what may be new is how hose tags are being used in the field under Quality Assurance (QA) Programs throughout our service territory.

Hose maintenance programs are gaining momentum for several reasons:

  • Safety & Preventative Maintenance
  • Traceability
  • Identification
  • Tracking & Replacement scheduling
  • Ease of ordering

What type of information is typically captured on the hose tags? Hose type, CRN#, pressure test date, part number, hose ratings, pressure/temperature ratings, site location, vendor, system media – to name a few! 

At Edmonton Valve & Fitting, we are also populating database records for our customers who have adopted a hose maintenance program. These records are unique to each customer and completely customizable to reflect the program’s intentions.

Ask your Swagelok sales and service representative for more details on hose tag options and how we can help with a hose information database.


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Topics: Value Added Services, Custom Solutions, Hoses

Meet Derek Green

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 @ 08:06 AM

Our Custom Solutions Operations Coordinator keeps your special project on track


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Derek Green, pictured above, has been a vital part of Edmonton Valve team over the years. If you've got questions about our Custom Solutions capabilities, give Derek a call or follow the link below.

Custom Solutions


On our seven-person Custom Solutions team, Derek Green has a lot to do with keeping a project on track. He's likely to be the one scheduling your project and making sure we have all the parts on hand to assemble it quickly.

There's no such thing as a typical workday for Green. Custom Solutions covers a wide range of projects, from something as simple as putting the identical bend in a hundred pieces of tubing to creating a complex sub-assembly with panels, valves, gauges and special fittings. Green spends a lot of time figuring out price quotes. Sometimes customers present a complete idea of what they want, and sometimes we have to start with a more general concept. It sometimes takes a few attempts to nail down exactly what the finished product should include. We make sure the details are all on file in case you ever need us to duplicate the job in the future.

When Green is figuring out the logistics of getting the parts here, the vast majority will come from Swagelok. But there are times when other manufacturers are involved as well, so we count on him to track down the vital parts.

Careful start

Green has been with us for about four years. He already had some experience in fluid systems, but more in the areas of industrial pipe and flanges. So while he served many of the same customers he works with now, he had to learn about Swagelok products and the way Edmonton Valve & Fitting operates.

We wanted to know how Green operates too. Like most of our associates, he had to go through a long process of multiple interviews before we knew we wanted to offer him the job.

"They search for a good fit. They do things right," Green says. "They just seem to care about their employees. If someone is having an issue they get to the root cause and come up with a solution that works for you and them."

We know that a person who fits in well can stay with use for decades that’s why we pay attention to where our associates want to take their careers, and give them training to help them get there.

Green's training started where so many people start: in our warehouse. There's nothing like picking parts for a few months to help a person get familiar with the Swagelok inventory. From there he moved into customer service, then to outsourcing non-Swagelok parts.

Along the way he earned a diploma in Supply Chain Management from the University of Alberta, as well as his PMP designation as a Project Manager.

The combination of experience and education made Green a good candidate when we had an opening in Custom Solutions. It also makes him a good person to talk to when you want to find out how our expertise can make your life easier. Call us at 780-437-0640 or contact us through our website to find out.


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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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In a hurry or have a question? Please click here to get in touch - we respond fast! Or call 780.437.0640.


 

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

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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Cylinders Are a Must For Grab Sample Systems

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

They are safe, strong, easy to clean, and feature several convenient options


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When it comes to Grab Sample Systems, sample cylinders offer a leak-tight sample containment solution for transporting gases and liquids that are under pressure. Our cylinders come with a variety of options and accessories, to find out more click below.

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Grab sample systems typically use one of two methods to transport the sample from the process line or pipeline to the lab for analysis: metal cylinders or glass bottles. Today we'll look at metal cylinders.

You'll need a cylinder any time you need to transport a liquid under pressure, and any time you need to transport gas whether it's under pressure or not. Even when you don't have to transport a liquid under pressure, it may be worth doing anyhow. Some chemicals will evaporate or fractionate if they aren't transported under pressure. That could affect the accuracy of your analysis.

Rugged construction

Our sample cylinder bodies are made of seamless tubing for consistent wall thickness, size, and capacity. The smooth internal neck transition eliminates trapped fluids. That makes them easy to clean in the lab before sending them back out into the field without having to worry about contaminating the next sample.

You have your choice of quick connect fittings, which make the cylinders easy to put in a grab sample panel so that you can extract the sample quickly.

Variety

Edmonton Valve & Fitting offers five standard cylinder sizes from 150cc to 1,000cc. You can get them with optional bypass tubes for purging. Other options include handles, rupture discs and outage tubes.

Rupture discs prevent complete depletion of the sample cylinder. Outage tubes provide a vapor space in cylinders containing liquefied gasses. That way, the liquid in the cylinder has a place to expand if the temperature rises. Without enough vapor space, even a small increase in temperature can cause the liquid to expand and dramatically increase the pressure. The length of the outage tube determines the amount of vapor space.

Internal cylinder surfaces also can be electropolished and coated with PTFE to provide a nonstick surface, which further aids in cleaning.

As more industries bring additional analytical equipment online, it becomes more important to have quality sample stations that can accurately capture the process for later analysis. A grab sample cylinder is a key component. 


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Topics: local expert, Sample Systems, Custom Solutions

Are Your Fluid Systems Skating on Thin Ice?

Posted by Katie Reid on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

Our new white paper explains some best practices for reducing risk

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When we think about reducing risk in the workplace, we often picture people wearing safety goggles and hard hats. While those are good practices to prevent physical injury, there are other kinds of workplace risk to deal with. Some of them involve how your fluid systems are designed, fabricated and assembled.


It starts with parts

Obviously, low-quality parts introduce one kind of risk. But even high-quality parts can cause problems if you can't get them quickly, or if the materials aren't compatible with the fluids in your system. Then there's the question of the design itself. Two designs might both get the job done, but one may have too many potential leak points or take up too much space.

The risks also extend beyond the efficient operation of your fluid system. Think of the risk to your company's reputation if you can't deliver what your customers are expecting.

Our six-page paper, available here as a free download, looks at these risk in detail and lays out some of the ways a company can reduce them.

Careful planning

If your company rarely has to design, fabricate and assemble its own systems, this white paper will help you consider some of the less-visible challenges involved. If your company frequently designs, fabricates and assembles, this white paper can be a useful tool for improving performance.  

The smartest way to deal with a risk is before it blossoms into a problem. But you have to know what to look for. Download our white paper today for some insight from the experts in fluid systems.

Download Risk Whitepaper

 



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Topics: Value Added Services, Q&A, Sample Systems, Custom Solutions

Let's Talk About Tagging

Posted by Katie Reid on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

(But not the spray-paint kind.) A tag makes sure that vital information always stays with the component


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Pictured above is an example of a custom tag that has been done up for hose. Important information is included for a quick reference for tracking and repurchasing. Get in touch with us today for you tagging needs.


Imagine you are giving your systems a quick once-over, and your eye falls on a hose. Has it been in service long enough that you should think about replacing it? What's it made of? Who made it? If you wanted to order another one, what's the part number?

If someone was thoughtful enough to tag the hose, you'll have all that information right at your fingertips.

Why you should tag

A tag is a simple way to keep vital information about a component right there with the component. You never know when that information might be needed in the future, and you never know who is going to need it. With a tag, anyone who needs the information will have it right away.

With a good tag, it's easy to track your parts and reorder them. A tag can tell you the part number, the purchase order number, install date, maybe even specs such as its working pressure and temperature. We'll put Edmonton Valve & Fitting's name on the tag if you buy directly from us, or the name of an intermediary that sells the part. If you have an urgent need to replace a hose, we've been able to get one out the door in less than an hour when the customer has been able to give us the tag information.

A tag also can be useful if you are gathering parts in a holding area prior to assembly. The tag can include a separate number for each valve, flow meter or other part. That way it's easy to check them off a list as they are installed.

If an inspector comes through and sees the part's CRN number on a tag, they'll know it's good to go without having to check it.

How we tag it

Stainless steel tags are by far the most common. Think of a soldier's dog tags, and you'll have the basic idea. We use a laser engraver to burn the information on a small piece of stainless steel, punch a hole in the tag and attach it with a wire to the part.

Lamacoids are also a popular choice. It's basically a sheet of plastic with two layers in different colors, typically a dark color on top and white underneath. In this case, the laser engraver burn away the top layer, resulting in clear white letters and symbols (though we have multiple color combinations to choose from). If you can type it out, we can put it on a Lamacoid label, including descriptions of the part and lists of safety precautions. We’ve even photocopied a drawing and loaded it into our system as an image to be burned into the Lamacoid. The plastic has a sticky back for easy adhesion on flat surfaces, making this a popular choice for panels. We've done Lamacoid tags as small as one square inch and as large as a standard sheet of paper.

There are other types of tags that usually show up on hoses. We can use self-adhesive labels, matte tags that can be color-coded, and Perma Tags with up to five lines of information and protected by a silicone gel and sleeve. We also offer a lanyard tag.

What we tag

We tag hoses, panels, regulators, valves, cylinders, and assemblies such as steam lances — nearly anything you want to order. While we're sure there are a few objects that can't be tagged, we probably can find a solution from among our various options.

We can also help you keep track of information through the use of tags. For example, we keep a spreadsheet of all the hoses we build for a customer, and assign a serial number to each. The tag will have the number, so all you need to do is read it off to us and we can tell you exactly what you have.

Adding a tag doesn't affect the delivery time, and it doesn't add much to the cost. In fact, it saves you time and labour because you won't have to track down information.

Since you're already reading this, you don't even have to track down Edmonton Valve & Fitting either. Just tell us what kind of tag you want, and what information you want on it, and we'll do the rest - get in touch today!

Topics: Custom Solutions, Hoses, Regulators