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


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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! 


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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


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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. 

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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!


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Nice Looking Threads, but What Size Are They?

Posted by Katie Dennis on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 09:08 AM

Stop by Edmonton Valve's back counter so we can help you identify the thread pitch and type


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Unable to identify the type or thread pitch of your component? Come visit one of our associates here at Edmonton Valve and we can assist you. And to further assist you along the way, download a copy of Swagelok's Thread and End Connection Identification Guide here.


A threaded component will fit into another threaded part only if the threads are the same size and type. If you aren't sure what size you are working with, our staff will be glad to help you get the information you need. How do they do it? Here are the basics:

Know your terms

The first thing to know about threads is that they can be straight or tapered. On straight threads, the ridges, or crests, at the front are exactly the same diameter as the ones in the back. With tapered threads, one end is narrower, like a cone. In fact, a tapered thread is essentially a wedge wrapped around a cone. If you are working with Swagelok parts, we stamp some of our products with certain thread types to help you identify them.

Some people are surprised to learn that straight threads don't provide a seal by themselves. All they do is make sure the two parts are solidly engaged. To get a seal, you need an additional component such as an O-ring, a gasket, or metal-to-metal contact with a washer.

There are several straight thread standards. The most common are SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), ISO 228/1 (also known as British Standard Pipe Parallel), and metric.

With tapered threads, the seal is formed when the flanks of the thread engage. Even so, you also need a sealant to ensure a leak-free seal and to prevent galling of the metal.

As with straight threads, there are several standards threads conform to: NPT (National Pipe Thread), ISO 7/1 (also known as British Standard Pipe), and metric. In Canada, most threads will be NPT.

By the numbers

We have a couple of tools to help us identify a thread. First we use a set of calipers to see whether we are dealing with straight thread or tapered thread, and the diameter.

Next we use a thread comb. That's a tool that looks a bit like a pocketknife, except instead of cutting blades it has a series of saw-toothed blades. The teeth come in various pitches that correspond to the number of threads per inch on a part.

We start by simply picking a set of teeth that seem close to the threads we are trying to match. If we assess it right the first time, great. If not, it's easy to see if we need to switch to a finer or coarser pitch. For tapered threads, we take the middle point. Usually it takes only a few tries to get a perfect match, where the gauge doesn't rock back and forth.

We also have the Swagelok Thread and End Connection Identification Guide close at hand. Based on the nominal thread size, this booklet will tell us the correct designation such as NPT or SAE, the nominal thread diameter in inches and millimeters, and the pitch. The book quickly narrows down the choices by part number.

We have a cabinet with samples of adapter fittings, so we can usually make a direct comparison with a known pitch and diameter.

Knowledge is power

Naturally, we'll try to find exactly what you need in our parts warehouse. If we don’t have the exact part, we may be able to put together a component and a tube adapter that gets the job done. And even if we can't come up with the part or parts that solve your problem, we can at least send you out into the world knowing what to ask for. If you've been tearing your hair out trying to figure out what kind of component you're holding, that's a big step forward.

 


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