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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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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Edmonton Valve Helps Raise $1.3 Million for Stollery Foundation

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 13:02 PM

Our Community Involvement Team was standing by to take everyone's calls


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Our Community Involvement Team was up early taking phone calls for the 18th annual Corus Radiothon. Pictured above from left to right - Delia, Andrew W., Tammy, Andrew B, and Gary - great job team!


For the second year in a row, the Community Involvement Team from Edmonton Valve & Fitting spent an early morning taking pledge calls for the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. Wearing matching T-shirts, the five of them showed up at 5 a.m. on Jan. 19 for the 18th Annual Corus Radiothon.

It was the second day of a live, two-day broadcast on Corus Entertainment radio stations CISN Country 103.9, 92.5 Fresh Radio and 630 CHED. From the lobby of the hospital, dozens of young patients and their families shared their stories over the air, while volunteers staffed the phone bank.

Faithful donors

"The neat thing we really noticed is that even though there has been a general economic downturn, people were still making the donations," says Andrew Worthington of our Community Involvement Team.

This year's Radiothon raised $1.3 million for the foundation's Direct Impact Fund, undesignated funds used for the Hospital’s most urgent equipment, research, training and program needs.

Busy venue

Our team was right out in the main lobby of the hospital, giving them plenty of visibility as people came in and out. It also meant a lot of commotion to work in. But the team held their concentration. We even got a brief moment of fame when one of the stations interviewed one of our team members.

"We definitely enjoyed doing it," Worthington says. "It is kind of a sought-after volunteer event. I'm looking forward to doing it next year, if we get the opportunity."

After handing over the phones to the next shift at 9 a.m., our team stretched their muscles and headed to Edmonton Valve & Fitting for a full day of work.

 


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Making Edmonton and Edmonton Valve Home

Posted by Jason Wynne on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 09:11 AM

An associate's point of view when moving from the coast to the prairies and seeing what a new city can offer - and Edmonton is sure offering up a lot these days!


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Pictured above is the ever-growing skyline of downtown Edmonton along with the city's famous river-valley. 


This year marks my 10th year as a resident of Alberta. The first five years as a young boy, and now my second stint since 2011 after 31 years in BC. Here in Edmonton we’ve had a bit of a rocky ride as of late. ‘Strong headwinds’ I heard it described as, but there has been enough conjecture, discussion and debate on that. In case you have not noticed, Edmonton is changing, for the better, and garnering international recognition for our urban development, steadfastness to preserving our River Valley and a little arena downtown that’s housing renewed hoped and dreams of Oiler faithful near and far.

Swagelok and Edmonton Valve & Fitting has been part of the fabric of Edmonton for over 50 years. A lot of the very values we cherish in our organization are the same values that has Edmonton leading the discussion of up and coming cities in Canada and North America. So in this light I’d like to highlight a few people who helped mold Edmonton into the city it’s becoming. If you have spent any time in the area you’ll instantly recognize these names.

Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Henrietta Muir Edwards, and Irene Parlby

Each of these extraordinary women played an important role in a variety of human right issues in Alberta that focused on woman’s rights, the right to vote and pay equality. Several of these ladies were elected MLA’s in Alberta. More info here at www.famou5.ca. Today their names grace River Valley Parks and are immortalized in murals and statues around the city. 

William Hawrelak

The son of Ukrainian immigrants, William was first a local entrepreneur, who then went on to public life, serving as Mayor of Edmonton on three separate occasions, his last sitting ending November of 1975. Hawrelak Park in Edmonton now bears his name, renamed from Mayfair Park. 

Sandy Mactaggert

A Scottish immigrant, a Harvard grad and local Edmonton property developer, The MacTaggert Nature Sanctuary is a 40 hectares parcel of undisturbed land donated by Sandy that surrounds the Whitemud Creek in SW Edmonton. It is home to moose, deer, coyotes, beavers and water fowl. Reports of the occasional bear and cougar still come in from time to time. Sandy MacTaggert also served on the University of Alberta Board of Governors and donated his home to the Univeristy. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1997 and the Alberta Order of Excellence in 1998.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Best known as Canada’s 7th  Prime Minister, Sir Laurier served in that capacity from 1896 – 1911. His contribution to our Province is significant, despite not ever living in Alberta. It was his leadership that saw Alberta and Saskatchewan’s entry into Confederation in 1905. Once again, we named a park after him.

Anthony Henday

Before there was a Canada, there was The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). Anthony Henday was hired by HBC to explore Canada’s Northwest and protect HBC’s trading interests in the area and he was also charged with exploring Canada’s prairies. That exploration had him in today’s Saskatchewan and Alberta, reaching as far as the area known today as Red Deer. The recently completed mega-project ‘Anthony Henday Drive’ is a ring road that circumnavigates Edmonton and keeps our city moving.

Those are a few of the familiar highlights of Edmonton’s rich history and the names behind the places. Edmonton’s a pretty great place to live and work, and the future is looking good!

 

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Customers Rate Edmonton Valve's Performance

Posted by Katie Reid on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 14:10 PM

Our surveys tell us where we shine and where we needed a little more polish


Swagelok's President and Chief Executive Officer Art Anton, speaks in the above video on the importance of continuous improvement and how our customer's feedback and insight are helping drive our future actions. 


The only opinions that really matter in business are the opinions of our customers. So that's what we measure. "We" in this case means Edmonton Valve & Fitting, Drayton Valve, Fort McMurray Valve, and Swagelok Co. Last year more than 10,000 Swagelok customers took time out of their busy schedules to participate in Swagelok’s 2015 Global Customer Survey.

The short answer is that our customers like us, but there are a few areas where we could do even better.

Looking good

The most basic measure is the Net Promoter Score. We ask our customers: “How likely are you to recommend Swagelok to a friend or colleague?” NPS is based on the idea that customers can be divided into three categories: promoters, passives, and detractors. For the 2015 global  survey sample, 57 percent of customers are promoters, up from 53 percent in 2014.

Beyond that basic metric, Swagelok is being recognized for its services as well as its parts. For instance, nearly half of respondents say Swagelok has evolved beyond being a supplier of components.

Swagelok set a worldwide goal of having regularly stocked items sitting on the shelf 90 percent of the time when an order comes in. Actual performance hit hit 93 percent.

Of the thousands of orders we receive for make-to-order products (products that are not regularly stocked), the goal was to meet the delivery date 99 percent of the time. Since February 2016, we are doing better than 98 percent and still improving.

Taken as a whole, Swagelok’s brand scores are very strong, competitive with industry benchmarks and, in some cases, at or near world-class levels. We scored highest when it came to reliability, our excellent reputation, product quality, meeting customer needs, being easy to do business with, and being helpful. Basically, customers say we are strongly aligned with their expectations.

However, there are other areas where Swagelok needs to improve:

  • We need to work harder to be recognized as an expert partner, with services that go beyond those of a components supplier.
  • We need to do a better job of demonstrating our overall value and impact on our customers’ business performance.
  • We need to create more regular contact with our customers and share more information.
  • We need to do better on lead times for make-to-order products and response times to inquiries.

The boss gets it

In a special video (posted above), Art Anton, president and CEO of Swagelok Co., explains how that information affects us.

"We know that our quality is excellent and our service is excellent. Those are two things we don't want to change," he says, addressing customers directly. "But we realized you want us to be quicker, and you need us to be most specific with regards to your own fluid system needs. We get very upset when we disappoint. But we know we're not perfect, and we're working real hard to get better."

In fact, we had two initiatives under way even before the 2015 survey results came in.

In 2015, Swagelok held 30 continuous improvement events on our shop floor, and in 2016, we aim to hold 50. These are called Point Kaizen events, something we learned from a tour of Toyota in Japan. It requires that we are out on the shop floor, embedded in work cells, and experimenting with alternatives to improve speed.

Swagelok also we completed our SAP implementation for corporate manufacturing, supply chain, engineering, and finance areas. This new system makes it easier to quickly address issues related to delivery times. Now, Swagelok is moving on to two related projects: supply chain optimization and a SAP implementation for sales and service centers such as Edmonton Valve & Fitting and our branches. These and other ongoing improvements will yield more automation and faster response and lead times for our customers.

So if a representative of Edmonton Valve & Fitting or one of our branches ever asks you how we're doing, don't hesitate to give us a straight answer. We appreciate the compliments, but we really appreciate when people point out areas for improvement.


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Golf Tournament Gives Swagelok Staff a Shot at In-house Fame

Posted by Katie Reid on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 15:09 PM

This one's for the associates, with proceeds going toward fire relief programs in Fort McMurray


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Many of our associates and their guests got into the afternoon with flashy golf outfits - too bad there was no prize for the most fashionable!


There are a lot of people at Edmonton Valve & Fitting who have never had the chance to play in our annual charity golf tournament for the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. And it's not because they wouldn't enjoy playing, but because that tournament is primarily an event held for our customers.

But on September 10th associates from our Edmonton, Drayton, and Fort Mac offices got the chance to show off their golfing skills as we launched the first Edmonton Valve Associate Open. With associates and their spouses in attendance the event took place at the Mill Woods Golf Course and each player’s entry fee going to support the Fort McMurray Food Bank to help with fire relief.

No experience required

"It was a pretty relaxed day," says Richard Llewellyn of our customer service desk, who is one of the tournament organizers. "The weather started out a bit chilly and wet but it definitely improved and the sun came out for a great afternoon of golf.”

All associates and guests had a great time on the course. There were 4 first-time golfers and half a dozen golfers who have only hit the greens once or twice before. There were a few near-misses with golf carts almost being hit by stray golf balls but everyone got away safely.

Recognition

The day ended with a barbecue dinner and awards for longest drive for men and women, closest to the pin, and a few other categories including the top team prize and the most honest team! And although there were no prizes for best dressed, there were some associates that took their golf fashion to the next level.

IMG_3452A.jpgPictured above is the winning team, from left to right - Steve, Heidi, Jon, and Chris - great job team!

Overall the event is considered to a great success. Everyone in attendance had an awesome time with lots of laughs both on and off the green, and most importantly raising money for a cause that we are happy to support. With golf season coming close to an end we are already looking forward to the next associate event and sharing it with our readers – stay posted!


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Edmonton Valve’s Fresh Take on Giving Back to the Community

Posted by Katie Reid on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 @ 08:08 AM

Newer, younger associates take the lead by establishing a Community Involvement group


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"Helping at the Marian Centre really reinforced that need comes in all shapes and sizes.  Everyone eventually needs some kind of help and if we are able to help, even in a small way, we should," says Drayton Valley branch team member Tammy Pequin.


For about a year now, some of the newer and younger associates of Edmonton Valve & Fitting have been making an extra effort to get involved in community service. It grew out of an effort we call the Emerging Professionals. The members involved decided to break off into two smaller groups, one focusing on associate events such as the Corporate Challenge and the other, the Community Involvement group, focusing on giving back to our city.

"There are five of us. We're about helping out in the community, whether it is volunteering or fund-raising," says account manager Andrew Worthington. "The goal here is to promote the fact that we are engaged."

Most of the activities are geared toward helping to feed people, says Delia Roman, our eBusiness expert. One of the first projects last year as a group was purchasing sandwiches and coffee, and then distributing the food in downtown Edmonton near a night shelter for the homeless.

"We were surprised to see how many people needed it, and the feelings we had experienced," Delia says.

Another activity the group participated in was volunteering for the day at the Marian Centre dining room, preparing a hot meal from scratch for about 135 people.

Group effort

Edmonton Valve & Fitting has been a longtime supporter of the Stollery Children's Hospital. Our annual golf tournament raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. This year the Community Involvement members helped raise money for the Stollery during their annual Corus Radiothon by spending a morning on the phone, answering calls and taking donations.  

The Community Involvement members also took charge of organizing Edmonton Valve & Fitting's group blood donation this year as part of the Edmonton and Area Corporate Challenge.

There's probably no more personal gift someone can give than their own blood. "We ended up first in our division," Delia says. "We donated the most blood of companies involved, and we had the most new donors. We are very happy with the way it turned out, and we are thinking of making it a semiannual event."

Corporate culture

In addition to the main mission of helping the community, these activities promote a culture inside the company of helping others. They also give the members a chance to develop their leadership skills.

"Most of the volunteering is done on our own time, with our own money," Roman says. "We donate the hours gladly. Usually we do our activities on Saturdays, but we do some of them throughout the week before and after work. We're very passionate about it. And we have the support of management."

To help with the costs that are associated with some of the projects, the team has recently kicked off their “Eco-Corner” initiative. Through selling off scrap metal and recycling collected bottles and cans donated by associates, these extra contributions will help the team go further in their efforts of helping those in need. And of course, if any of our customers want to help out, we would welcome their bottle and can donations for the cause. Just stop by the office and ask for Delia.

People who join Edmonton Valve & Fitting often stay with us for years, even decades. We expect the groundwork being laid by the Community Involvement group to yield long-term benefits both to the Edmonton community and to our own corporate culture.

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Seek Suppliers That Help You Prepare for Recovery

Posted by Katie Reid on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 08:07 AM

Slower times can be the ideal time to get ready for future growth


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Whether its a single time visit or contracted scheduled visits, when it comes to auditing or surveying your system, work with our team to meet your needs. We also offer specialized tube fitting and bending courses once a month, among other training opportunities for your company.


After nearly two years of slumping oil prices, a lot of companies are looking at any possible way to tighten their belts. That only makes sense. It's important, though, to cut costs carefully.

Writing recently for JWN Energy, supply chain specialist Robert Porter Lynch warned against broad cutbacks.

"You may end up slicing and dicing your very best supplier who's loyal, has trained people, has systems in place, does the job meticulously, never has a safety violation, and produces the highest amount of productivity per labour hour that you pay them," said Lynch, CEO of Warren Co. It's smarter to instead focus on protecting value.

Adding value

For example, many customers have had to make do with a smaller workforce. With fewer people to handle the work, it's important that they know how to do more than one job. We offer specialized hands-on training in tube fitting and installation. We also have Swagelok University with more than 130 interactive industrial training courses you can take right at your desk. They come with audio and video, covering scientific fundamentals, plant operations, safety and more.At Edmonton Valve & Fitting, we take that idea a step further. We can help our customers make use of the slow times to make themselves stronger for the inevitable economic recovery.

Then there's equipment. It's hard to justify buying new tools on a tight budget, especially if they won't be used frequently. A lower-cost alternative is to rent the tools you need, only when you need them. We have them, the most popular being our bench-top tube bender. Other tools in our rental inventory include orbital welders, hydraulic swagers, and tube straighteners. We can also throw in some training so you can use the equipment safely and with confidence.

Inventory can tie up a lot of money, both for the parts themselves and for staff to manage that part of the business. Edmonton Valve & Fitting can help with both elements. Use us for inventory management, and we'll visit periodically to check what you have in stock, draw up an order for what you need, and have the products delivered. We also can set you up for consignment inventory, where you pay as you go. The inventory stays on your premises, ready to use, but not on your books until you need it. We evaluate your current usage, set minimum and maximum inventory levels, and establish ordering procedures.

No assembly required

A lean staff usually means there's no extra capacity when you need to create sub-assemblies for fluid systems. Our Custom Solutions department can serve as your extra hands. We have the space, the special tools and the expertise to handle everything from simple welds to complex manifolds, and custome hose assemblies. We also test everything before we send it to you.

From leaks to solutions

Even compressed air leaks can cost money. The air may be free, but the compression isn't. We've found that, on average, uninspected systems are losing 25 percent to 30 percent of their compressed air through leaks. When was the last time you got your system inspected?Steam systems will waste money if they aren't run efficiently. But how do you know what shape yours is in? By having us come out and take a look at it. We can spot the leaks, check steam traps, point out problems and suggest solutions.

Get ready, get set

We've been through enough business cycles to notice that companies bounce back faster when they think about the long term. They may cut back during the lean times, but they keep core elements as strong as possible. They try to hold on to highly skilled workers. They strive for maximum efficiency. They don't sacrifice quality, because they know in the long run it won't save them anything.

We want your business to thrive, and aim to be a valued-partner in sustaining your business during these economic times. Let us help you get there - talk with to one of our associates today.

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Edmonton Valve Associates Get Ready to Test Brain and Brawn

Posted by Katie Reid on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

“The Regulators” gear up for the Edmonton and Area Corporate Challenge

The Edmonton and Area Corporate Challenge has grown into a large annual event since it was founded in 1992. This year, Edmonton Valve & Fitting is joining in with more than 170 other companies in a friendly series of competitions.

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  All of our associates will be rocking this Swagelok blue "The Regulators" t-shirt at the Corp Challenge events!

So far we've signed up 42 people, about two-thirds of our staff, to battle other teams in a variety of sporting activities, including basketball, golf, bunnock, cribbage, poker, table tennis, badminton, bowling, darts, horseshoes and a more! And to kick-off the challenge we held an internal naming contest for our team name. The winning submission, “The Regulators,” came from our Custom Solutions department.

Not just fun and glory

The Edmonton and Area Corporate Challenge games were created as a way for local companies to foster employee interaction, teamwork, morale, pride, health and wellness. "The faces you’ve only passed in the hallway or the voices you’ve heard on the phone suddenly become your volleyball teammates or your badminton partners," the organizers say. Some companies develop friendly rivalries that keep going on the golf course or softball field long after the Corporate Challenge is over.

There's also a community service component. The Corporate Challenge also includes a blood drive and EVF’s has been organized by Delia Roman.

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"Canadian Blood Services is in need of blood donations, so it's a good time for us to be there and support the people who need us," Delia says. “We had a team of associates go down on April 15th to donate and have had a number of associates donate outside of work. We’d love to see this as an ongoing project for our company, make it an annual event or even every six months."

Family and friends of Edmonton Valve & Fitting associates can help out by donating blood and using the ID number EDMO502328. Donations can be made on behalf of our company before June 1st.

There are other "spirit" events that help organizations, such as The Big Bike, a 30-seat bicycle —we use the term loosely — to help raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation

The competition will wrap up with a Family Day on June 11th, when we'll set up a tent and serve a barbecue lunch for everyone who participated in our group. There's also the PowerPull competition which we are hoping to get a number of our associates to participate in.

In training     

We're taking the Corporate Challenge seriously. One of our associates brought a ping-pong table to the warehouse. Someone else brought in a dartboard. We've also been holding elimination cribbage games to see who will make the team.

We recently participated in some trivia nights, called Brain Freeze events. It's stiff competition, says Derek Green, operations coordinator for our Custom Solutions department. Questions included things like naming the official rock of Alberta (can you name it?)!

So if you stop by Edmonton Valve & Fitting and you spot somebody on a break throwing darts, they aren't goofing off. They're in 'training.'

We hope you'll cheer the Regulators on to victory as we battle it out with 18,000 other participants from May 25 through June 11.

 

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Did You Miss Any of These Popular Posts in 2015 from Edmonton Valve?

Posted by Katie Reid on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

Here are the topics that got the most attention from our readers this past year


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While we always try to make our blog posts interesting, we never know for sure what's going to catch on with our readers. Here is are your top 5 reads for 2015.


Class consciousness

This past year, the most-viewed post was an April announcement for our Sample System Maintenance course five months later in September. We gave it a lot of advance publicity because we knew plenty of people would want to plan ahead for this two-day course. And we were right.

While that course has come and gone, we always have some kind of training available. At least once a month we offer Swagelok Total Support training seminars. These are hands-on, full-day classes led by an industry expert from Edmonton Valve & Fitting. We also have many videos for a quick refresher on how to do things right. For some in-depth online learning, we have Swagelok University

Keep posted on our blog for future training opportunities, including a Sample System Maintenance course coming November 2016!

Blast from the past

Our second most popular post went in an entirely different direction. That was Jason Wynne's story of how he acquired a Zippo brand lighter with the Swagelok logo on it. It's a kind of time-travel story, going back to the early days of eBay, and then further back to the early days of Swagelok.

Probing questions

Back in March we dove into the relative advantages of two probe types, welded and retractable. Welded probes are sturdier, but retractable probes are faster at getting samples into an analyzer. We looked at which probe is best for which kinds of application. We also revealed the secret of the mysterious symbol etched into the side of the retractable probe. Click the link to find out what it means.

Remember, Edmonton Valve & Fitting can do more than just provide the parts. We can build the whole sample probe module as one of our Pre-Engineered Subsystems. You pick out the type of probe you need, and we pair it up with a block-and bleed sample probe valve.

Wet or dry?

A similar post on pressure gauges attracted plenty of attention. The question of the day was: Should you use a dry gauge, or one filled with non-aqueous liquid? Here again, each has advantages for certain kinds of applications. Even with filled gauges, you have choices. Glycerin, with its higher viscosity, is commonly used in room-temperature applications. Silicone oil and low-temperature glycerin are often where temperature fluctuates or when icing is a problem. Other fluids are available through custom ordering.

Managers on ice

And finally we turn our attention to our post on Stacey Phillips, our Custom Solutions manager. Phillips helped create the department, and for a long time she was the department. She would give quotes to customers, process orders, then go in the back to drill panels, bend tubing and whatever else was needed to help the customer.

Doing it all by herself gave her a lot of insight into the kind of associates she wanted to work with as her department grew into a seven-person team.

General interest in our Custom Solutions department brought a lot of people to this post. But the photo of Phillips on the ice at our Friday lunch-break hockey games may have helped popularize this post too.

We have another full schedule of blog posts coming for the rest of 2016. There's no way to know which ones will end up being the most popular, but we'll always try to give you something worthy of your time and attention. 

Happy reading and Happy 2016 to all of our readers!

 


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Topics: Training, Sample Systems, Custom Solutions, People, Measurement Devices