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


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.

Additional resources

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

More than Just a Facelift: Our Edmonton Valve Website Is Easier to Use

Posted by Katie Reid on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 16:10 PM

Our redesigned site works just as well on your phone or tablet as it does on your desktop


Noticed a change when you come to our website? The updated site is easy to navigate and gets you to where you want to be in fewer clicks. Plus it looks great on your phone or tablet! 

We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to make our website work better for you. Now we're showing it off and asking for your opinion.

Yes, we tried to make the site look better, but there's a lot more to it than that. Now when you visit Edmonton Valve & Fitting online, you'll be able to get more information, get it faster, and see it easily no matter what kind of device you are using.

Continuous Improvement - always

We really began beefing up our website back in 2012. That was the same year we launched this blog and started to make our most-requested written materials available on our site. We started posting to social media sites too. Since then we've constantly been adding content and tweaking the organization.

Along the way we noticed that we had to adapt to a fast changing tech world. New web tools come onto the market, and people adopt new ways of using them. We became aware that our old navigation tools were getting harder to use as we added more and more material. So we have worked out a better roadmap for our site.

Like every other company with a website, we realized that our content didn't always look the same on a smartphone or a tablet as it did on a standard desktop computer. Now you should find the site just as easy to use no matter what device you choose.


We didn't stop there, though. We also wanted to take a step back and make sure our information was presented in the most logical way. We analyzed which parts of our site were most popular, and tried to make them easier to reach. Think of it as being able to take more direct flights to the information you want instead of having to make a stopover first.

We've introduced product pages where you can get all the available literature on a given product category such as tubing, regulators, filters, and more. We have collected our video files under our Resources link, along with plenty of catalogues. As part of making it easier to get information, we've reduced the number of forms we ask you to fill out.

More to come

This isn't the end of our list of improvements. In fact, it's only the beginning. Technology will continue to evolve, our content will continue to grow, and Swagelok will continue to set new standards for fluid system components. We are excited to share out that content with our readers.

Come back often to see what's new. And let us know what you think, your opinion matters to us! Email marketing@edmontonvalve with your feedback, comments - thanks!

In a hurry or have a question? Please click here to get in touch - we respond fast! 
Or call 780-437-0640


Topics: Value Added Services, Q&A

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


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.

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

Alphabet Soup Part II: Swagelok Acronyms From F to N

Posted by Katie Reid on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 @ 16:10 PM

There are some long and informative names behind all those letter combinations


Product groupings that have common Swagelok acronyms include the Pre-Engineered Subsystem products, regulator series, and Swagelok fittings.

In an earlier post we went through some of the acronyms you'll run into when you read our blog. Last time we covered letters A through E. This time we continue on through the middle of the alphabet. Check back to see future posts that will take us all the way to Z.

FDH – Fluid distribution headers are common components used in a variety of gas and liquid applications. An FDH provides a flow path while allowing multiple outlets, acting much like a large branch fitting. This is one of the many preassembled subsystems available from Edmonton Valve & Fitting.

FLIR – Forward looking infrared radiometer cameras are sophisticated thermal-imaging tools for detecting leaks. Any time there's a problem that generates heat, a FLIR camera can find it. A hydrocarbon leak shows up as a cloud on the camera screen, even though it's invisible to the naked eye.

FLM – Fast loop modules are designed to handle high flows in sample transport lines to reduce time delays for online analyzer systems. Located at the analyzer shelter and offering a bypass, the Swagelok FLM can isolate the sample system and introduce a purge gas for system cleaning. The FLM extracts a sample through a filter while using the high flow rate of bypass to keep the filter element clean. 

FSM – When analyzing a gas sample, it's important to move the sample quickly. One way to speed up delivery is to lower the pressure. That's where a Swagelok field station module comes in. When this pre-engineered subassembly is placed directly off the supply tap, it lowers the pressure of a gas as soon as possible.

ISO – The International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental membership organization that sets standards of all kinds, from standard musical pitch (ISO 16) to sample preparation of iron ore (ISO 3082) to software testing (ISO 29119). Edmonton Valve & Fitting supports and maintains the ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems.

K Series – The letter K in our K Series regulators is a nod to the series origins at Kenmac Ltd., a British company that Swagelok acquired back in 2003. At the time, regulators were the only gap in Swagelok’s product line for analytical instrumentation. Since then, Swagelok has closed the gap to become your supplier for sample handling. The K Series includes 17 different models of pressure-reducing, backpressure and specialty regulators.

MPC – Our Modular Platform Component system lets you pack more instrumentation into less space. A substrate channel holds the drop-in components that provide the main flow path. Then it's literally a snap to add surface-mount components to create the fluid distribution system. Swagelok also makes an interactive software tool called the MPC Configurator to help you plan out the details.

MTR – When a customer purchases tubing, they are able to conveniently access our material test report website that will provide details on tubing heat numbers. For example, a sheet might tell you that a particular type of welded tubing contains so much chromium, nickel, and other elements. It also could list the tensile strength, hardness, and other properties. It also show that the product has passed a series of tests. 

NPT – The National Pipe Thread standard applies to tapered threads on pipes and fittings. NPT threads usually require application of sealing compound or tape to prevent leaks.

Up next we will be posting acronymns in the P-R range! 

Additional resources

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, Resources, Fittings, Regulators

Alphabet Soup A-E: Shedding Some Light On Swagelok Acronyms

Posted by Katie Dennis on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

If you've ever wondered what some of those letter combinations mean, read on


With an abundance of industry acronyms it is easy to get confused. In this four-part series we will define some of our more common acronyms and if you ever need clarification just get in touch and our associates will be happy to help. 


In every industry, people throw around acronyms. It saves a little time and energy, and it can signify that we all share some common ground. The thing is, there are a few of us who aren't exactly sure what some of those letters stand for. Even if we all know what an NPT thread is, we might not all know what NPT stands for.

Here are some acronyms you may have run into on our site, and what all those letters mean:

ANSI: American National Standards Institute, a nonprofit organization that has been creating "norms" for business since 1918. ANSI flanges are an easy way to transition from a mechanical/piping system to an instrumentation system. The unique Swagelok Flange Adapter comes with either a tube fitting end or a tube adapter end.

ASTM: Even ASTM International has stopped spelling out its full name, which used to be the American Society for Testing and Materials. This is the group that develops testing standards. When you ask for a traceable certificate of compliance, it will include written statements that the product will meet industry standards and Swagelok requirements (such as ASTM A276, or ASTM A479).

CAD: Computer Aided Design replaced pencil and paper as the way an idea gets turned into a set of drawings and specifications. The breakthrough software was AutoCAD, introduced in 1983. Other programs followed, and today's top CAD software can produce 3D drawings.

CMTR:  A Certified Material Test Report is a document saying that all material are in accordance with specified requirements. This can include the results of all chemical analyses in relation to requirements, test examinations produced by original melting, forging or casting mill. This will certify compliance specifications used to produce the material, as well as chemical and mechanical properties for bar stock, extrusions, castings, forge rod, and forgings.

CRN:  A Canadian Registration Number authorizes that a product has been accepted and registered for use in Canada. Swagelok tube fittings, for example, have been issued CRNs in Alberta, stating that the design has been accepted and registered for use. It is nation-wide, except for BC.

CSA: The Canadian Standards Association is yet another group that sets the standards for products. The CSA mark shows that products have been certified by an accredited third party lab and have met applicable standards as required by North American law.

DESO: Swagelok quick-connects with double-end shutoff stems have valves, and shut-off when uncoupled. This is to distinguish them from single-end shutoff stems, which have no valves and remain open when uncoupled.

eDTR: Our Electronic Desktop Technical Reference software makes it easy to browse the Swagelok catalogue without a web connection. It can be searched by keywords, and shows you related components. Best of all, it's free!

Stay tuned for more of our acronym series coming soon, next up: F - N!

Additional resources:

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, Resources

Frequently Asked Questions: Getting the Most from Swagelok Valves

Posted by Katie Dennis on Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

We've taken your most common valve questions and provided the answers on Swagelok valves


Looking for more information on Swagelok Valves? Why not request your own copy of our new "Installers Pocket Guide for Swagelok Valves" - request your copy here (available for customers in our sales & service location).

Q: Why does my 45S8 leak every winter?

A: The 45S8 is a one-piece 40 Series ball valve. This valve is not good for cold temperatures, and packing needs to be adjusted. You might want to consider the Swagelok 40T and 43G Series, which are designed for low-temperature service.

Q: What is the best valve for O2 service?

A: You'll do best with slow opening needle valves. Ball valves should not be used due to potential for ignition via creating high velocity or adiabatic compression.

Q: Can ball valves be used for throttling?

A: No. Throttling would cause premature wear on the packing and side discs.

Q: What types of valves should be used for vacuum applications?

A: Bellows valves or diaphragm valves are best because of their diaphragm and or metal seal design.

Q: Are Swagelok R Series relief valves approved for Alberta Boiler Safety Association service?

A: No. The R Series valves are proportional relief valves, and should never be used as code safety valves. Code safety valves are much larger and capable of relieving pressure much quicker.  

Q: What is the difference between Cv and orifice size?

A: Cv is the flow of U.S. gallons per minute of water at 21 °C (70 °F) with a 1psi pressure drop across the valve. The orifice size, on the other hand, is an actual measurement of the size of the flow path.

Q: The stem threads on the needle valves we have in the field keep seizing. What’s going on?

A: It's very likely that the packing in your valve is above the stem threads, and the lubricant is being washed out. Choose a needle valve with the packing below the stem threads, such as an N series needle valve.

Q: What is the lowest temperature your valves are rated to?

A: While it is dependent on various factors, standard valves are rated as low as -53 °C (-63 °F).

Q: Do your valves come with a CRN?

A: Every valve we sell has a CRN number. For specific CRN information, contact Edmonton Valve & Fitting.

Q: Where are your valves manufactured?

A: Swagelok valves are manufactured by Swagelok in Ohio, USA. Swagelok is a $2 billion, privately held company. Its manufacturing, research, technical support and distribution facilities support a global network of more than 200 authorized sales and service centers offering support in more than 70 countries.

Q: If these valves are used in a severe service can they be rebuilt or repaired?

A: Yes. Many of our valves are able to be repaired or rebuilt using standard repair kits available from your local authorized Swagelok distributor.

Q: What is the difference between the black and green handle quarter-turn valves?

A: Usually the black handles indicate Swagelok 40 series ball valves. These are ball valves with PTFE/PFA packing and seals. The green handled valves are usually the quarter-turn plug valves, which use O-rings for seals. But don't automatically go by color. It is important to remember that all Swagelok valves can have different colored handles installed on them.

Remember, if you have a question on any of our Swagelok valves, make sure to call one of customer services reprepesnatives at our Edmonton, Drayton Valley, or Fort McMurray location. And you can always request your own copy of our new valve resource, "An Installers Pocket Guide to Swagelok Valves" (available for customers in our sales & service location).


Additional resources

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

Resolution for 2015: Tap Into Swagelok University

Posted by Katie Dennis on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

Start the new year by taking some of our online industrial training classes

The world of fluid systems is always advancing, and so should you. Get 2015 off to a smart start by checking out the wealth of information available online through Swagelok University. Swagelok has more than 130 interactive industrial training courses with audio and video, covering scientific fundamentals, plant operations, safety and more.

We've recently put together this video to give you the "campus tour," so to speak. The campus, of course, is right there in your computer, and the courses are available on demand. So it's always easy to get to class on time.

To start your FREE 30-day trial, download the request form here

 Here are just a few samples of what it's like to take a course:

We make it easy to stay true to this resolution as you can take the classes right at your own desk, and you never have to feel like you are on your own at Swagelok University. Administrators can track learner progress, assign due dates and create reports.

Mix and match

We also make it easy to find the best combination of courses for your needs. We offer 17 Swagelok University course bundles and can create custom bundles in groups of 10, 20 or 30 courses. We'll even give you a free 30-day trial with unlimited access to 12 pre-selected online training courses. Simply download and complete the Swagelok University 30-day free trial request form. A Swagelok authorized sales and service representative will be in touch to set it up for you with no pressure, no cost and no obligation.

Every Swagelok University course and bundle now has a Continuing Education Unit value, making the courses a convenient way to meet continuing education requirements.

Ready to see where you can expand your knowledge? You can browse the entire Swagelok University catalogue online.

Topics: Training, Value Added Services, Q&A

How Much Do You Really Know about Edmonton Valve & Fitting?

Posted by Katie Dennis on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 13:11 PM

A new infographic illustrates ten facts about us that might surprise you

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This is just a snippet of Edmonton Valve's infographic - to download the complete PDF, click here. pdf 

If someone handed you a map of Canada and asked you to draw the service area of Edmonton Valve & Fitting, how close do you think you would get? We've produced a new infographic that shows that answer and several other facts that might surprise you.

While you might know your own service associate pretty well, can you guess how many people we employ altogether in our Edmonton head office and at our branch offices in Drayton Valley and Fort McMurray? (Here's a hint: the total number includes 16 account managers and 16 customer service representatives who help you get the products you need.)

How about our order accuracy, on a scale of zero to 100 percent? (Here's another hint: you'll have to guess extremely high if you want a chance of being close to right!)

We won't introduce any spoilers here, but we think that once you view the infographic, you'll be impressed at the experience and capacity of our operation. Our staff knowledge has a lot of depth, too. The overall average tenure for Edmonton Valve associates is 8 years, and the average tenure for our current sales team at Edmonton Valve is 14 years.

With all that talent and experience at your disposal, don't you stand to benefit by getting in touch with one of our experts? (Here's a hint: Yes!) Contact us today!

Topics: Q&A, People

Two Ways to Find the Right Size Pressure Regulator for the Job

Posted by Katie Dennis on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 15:11 PM

A few simple questions is usually all you need to do, but we also have formulas

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We've blogged before about the importance of selecting a regulator that's the correct size for the job. By size, we mean how much pressure and flow it is designed to handle, not the size of the end connections.

Some customers have the math skills and the desire to go through a set of precise calculations leading to the right answer. Other customers want something simpler. We can accommodate both approaches.

Five questions

For those who want to avoid most of the complexities, we typically ask some combination of five basic questions:

1. What type of regulator are you going to be using? Usually it will be a pressure-reducing regulator or a back-pressure regulator.

2. What is the inlet and outlet pressure ranges? Generally speaking, you'll want a regulator designed to operate across a range beyond the pressures you are using. "For instance, if the desired outlet pressure is 500 psi, you wouldn't want the control range operating 0 – 500 psi" says Andrew Worthington of our Sales & Service team. "You would want it rated at twice that. The middle is where you get the most accurate reading."

In regards to inlet pressure, regulators whose inlet pressure rating closely match actual system pressure show less droop and a broader ideal operating range than those whose inlet pressure rating is much higher than the actual system pressure.

3. Will you be running a gas or a liquid through it? Gasses can be compressed, but liquids can't. That makes liquids a little easier to deal with.

4. What is the operating temperature?

5. What is the flow requirement?

Then we typically refer to the flow curves for the various regulators. A flow curve is a graph that shows the range of pressures that a regulator will maintain, given certain flow rates in a system. Typically it's best for a regulator to operate in the middle of its range, where the flow curve is relatively flat. When a regulator is forced to work at either extreme of the flow curve, you risk getting a choked flow, or having the regulator operate wide open and unable to control pressure at all.

Figuring the details

But for customers who like to work the formulas, we have plenty to offer.

For liquids, we start with the fact that volume flow (Qv) through a pipe cross-section (A) in a unit of time is always constant. So, Qv = A x V (velocity). This implies that velocity must increase as the cross-section becomes smaller to maintain the same volume flow. The conclusion is that the flow rate depends only on the pressure drop. As long as the difference between P1 and P2 is the same, the flow is the same whether the system pressure is high or low.

Then we have a rule of thumb that says velocities should not exceed certain limits for different kinds of pumps. Another rule of thumb says not to exceed a velocity of 4.5m/sec for pressure above 7 bar.

For gasses, the formulas get more complex. Since density of gas changes with pressure, it's important to calculate the size of two orifices in the regulator, the seat orifice, and the outlet orifice.

That’s a lot of information to take in, and there's even more to consider, enough to fill a couple of pages. But don't worry; your Edmonton Valve & Fitting representative’s already know that information. So bring us the basics, and we'll be glad to do the math for you, or even with you.

To download the complete Swagelok web-catalogue on How to Size a Pressure Regulator, click here

Topics: Q&A, Regulators

Need Tubing Material Test Reports? Edmonton Valve Has Them Online!

Posted by Katie Dennis on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:10 AM

Our Material Test Report (MTR) site has easy-to-access information all in one place for tubing

When we ship out tubing from any of our three locations, upon request we include paperwork from the manufacturer with the details on heat numbers. For example, a sheet might tell you that a particular type of welded tubing contains so much chromium, nickel, and other elements. It also could list the tensile strength, hardness, and other properties. It also show that the product has passed a series of tests.

It's great information to have, but what do you do when the sheet of paper gets separated from the product? Or what happens when the paperwork follows the product into the field, but the person who needs the information is back at the office?

One-stop information center

That's why we added a new section to our website last year. Go to and enter the heat number for the part, and you'll get a scan of the paperwork. For example by entering the heat number, 982331, it calls up all the information for the welded tubing mentioned earlier.


Above is what you would see when you go the the MTR website. If you have questions or would like more information regarding MTR's, Ask Us here.

"The individuals who would be looking at the MTR site are customers who would know the heat number," says Ryan Potter, our IT manager. "There might be more than one document, depending on what they are looking for." 

Edmonton Valve & Fitting has been scanning these documents for years, and we've always been ready to look up the information when people called and request it. Now we've made it even easier to get the information at any hour of the day, any day of the week.

"You never know when a customer will need it," Potter says.

Having the information online also frees up our staff to help customers in other ways.

So go ahead and keep filing your paperwork where it's easy to reach. But don't worry if you can't find it, we've got you covered.

Topics: Value Added Services, Q&A, Tubing