Swagelok Services Relieve the Other Kind of Pressure

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Knowing how to troubleshoot your fluid system reduces expensive downtime


 

At Edmonton Valve we have the resources to help you design effective sampling systems. From hands-on training and Evaluation and Advisory Services, our experienced experts are here to help you. Watch this video highlighting some of the ways Swagelok can help you.


Some kinds of pressure are good, like maintaining reliable pressure in a fluid system. Other kinds of pressure are bad, like the kind you feel when your fluid system isn't working as it should.

You already know that Swagelok components are great for dealing with the first kind of pressure. But Edmonton Valve & Fitting can also help with the second kind with our training, education, evaluation and advisory services.

Take a few minutes to look at this short video (which just happens to include an appearance from our own field engineer Stacey Phillips), and you'll learn a little about what we can do for you.

Pressures mount

As Phillips says, customers today are under more pressure than ever from increasing safety regulations and pressure to make more profits. At the same time, a lifetime of knowledge walks out the door each time a longtime worker retires.

That's where our training classes can add a lot of value. We make sure that your engineers, buyers and installers understand that good design, operation and maintenance goes way beyond "I just need a valve." When your installers are properly trained on tube fitting safety, you'll have fewer leaks. When your trained technician is troubleshooting, they'll recognize the symptoms and quickly narrow down the areas that require attention.

If you need more expertise than you have on site, we can come out and look over your fluid system. We can do the troubleshooting, but we also can help you evaluate some of the things that might need to be done to improve the system. When you have a well-designed system, you get better reliability, and your maintenance crew isn't tied up dealing with day-to-day problems.

An increase in throughput means an increase in productivity, which translates to an increase in profitability.

 

Edmonton Valve & Fitting offers so much more than components. We have expertise to share. Tap into it by calling us at 780-437-0640 or contacting us through our website


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Topics: Energy Advisors, Training

Keep Your Sampling Systems At Peak Performance

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Thu, Jun 08, 2017 @ 14:06 PM

Our two-day Sample System Maintenance Course will cover operations and troubleshooting


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Teaching you to trouble shoot a variety of common sampling system issues, from the process line through sample disposal. Join this two-day course on November 14th and 15th, 2017, sign up now to attend.


Your analytical instrumentation system can't give reliable results unless you give it a reliable sample of the fluid in your process line. Assuming the sample is properly taken at the tap, it may fall victim to a host of problems:

  • Deadlegs or dead spaces that create a “static leak,” where fluid from an old sample might bleed or leak into the new sample
  • Contamination, permeation, or adsorption
  • A phase change that upsets the balance of chemicals
  • A chemical reaction

The most common cause of inappropriate response is a simple delay. If it's taking more than one minute from tap to analyzer, you may have problems.

How can you work to prevent problems and fix those that do appear? Take our two-day Sample System Maintenance Course.  We've scheduled it for November 14 and 15 at our brand new training center.

The basics and more

Leading the course this year is Swagelok expert Stephen Jacobs, owner and president of Jacobs Process Analytics Inc. Over more than 25 years he has designed, installed and maintained hundreds of analyzer and sampling systems for applications ranging from safety monitoring to closed-loop process control.

We start out by reviewing sampling basics: Why you take samples and how to take them properly.

Sampling systems come in a variety of designs, especially when you compare those designed to handle liquids and those designed to handle gas. We will look at all types of systems, the typical best practices and the typical mistakes that people make. That starts with the system design itself, making sure that it uses the proper size of tubing, proper filters and other components.

The goal is to send you back to your company with enough knowledge to walk through your systems and spot problem areas.

You'll spend time taking lecture notes, but you'll also get your hands on the equipment. We'll put students into groups and give them some problems to solve from real-life case studies. We'll explain the issue, and then it will be up to the teams to discover the cause and come up with a solution. Each group will then present its project to the rest of the class. 

Lunch too

We'll provide all the materials you need, including a workbook you can take home with you. Those who pass the course also will go home with a certificate of completion. We'll even serve you lunch on both days.

But we have a limited number of seats. That's why we're letting you know so far in advance. Mark your calendar now and sign up today.


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Topics: Training, Sample Systems, Events

Edmonton Valve & Fitting Goes To College

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

Each year we help students and experienced workers learn new skills


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


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

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

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

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

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

Strong demand

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other outreach

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

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

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

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


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Topics: Training, Value Added Services, local expert

New Classes Offer Hands-On Training For IPT Fittings

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

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


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


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

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

Lecture and lab

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here or there

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


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Topics: Training

Insulated Tubing Gives You Temperature Control

Posted by Katie Reid on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

Because it differs from ordinary tubing, so do the installation instructions


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There are times when ordinary tubing alone won't get the job done. One of those times is when you need to control the temperature of the fluid inside, or control the surface temperature of the tubing itself. That's when you might want to consider insulated tubing - download the catalogue below.

Download Pre-Insulated Tubing


Swagelok insulated tubing is designed for use in applications such as steam supply, condensate return, and gas and liquid transport lines, where weatherproofing and energy conservation are important. It helps protect personnel from hot process and steam lines, reduces heat loss, and offers a cost-effective alternative to field-installed insulation of small-diameter tubing systems.

Tubing lengths and bends

Because the tubing itself is different, so is the installation procedure.

First consider the length of tubing. You'll want to allow at least 12 inches of straight tubing before connecting it to fittings. For steam-trace tubing bundles, add enough length to connect the tracer to the supply connection and to the return connection. For electric-traced tubing bundles, add enough length to connect to the power supply. Include 6 inches for inside the junction box. Don't forget to include extra length to heat any other devices at the end of the bundle. Also, use the approved power connection and termination kits.

You'll want to use a centerline tool when you are bending tubing bundles to connect them to instrumentation. Start by cutting and removing the jacket and insulation on the tubing, so that you can see the process and tracer tubes. Insert the tube bundle through the seal boot in the tool, unscrew the center nut, and remove the center bend shoe. Now you'll be able to fully insert the tube bundle and gently bend the tubes against the outer shoes.

Install the center bend shoe and tighten the center nut. Bend the tubes against the center shoe until the tubes are parallel. Insert the tube bundle through the seal boot again, and remove the tubing bundle from the tool. To protect the insulation, seal the bundle ends with a heat shrink end seal boot.

Need further assistance on installation or have questions on our pre-insulated tubing bundles? Call our office, we are here to help at (780)-437-0640



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Topics: Training, Tubing

Have You Winterized Yet? We Can Talk You Through It in Our Live October Webinar

Posted by Katie Reid on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 14:10 PM

Our October webinar will cover the equipment to check and the steps to take

Due to a last minute scheduling conflict we will be rescheduling the event. 

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"A good comparison of when you should be winterizing your plant is when you are thinking about winter tires," says Tristian McCallion. "If winter tires are on your radar, so should winterization." McCallion will be hosting a special 1 hour Winterization Webinar on Wednesday, October 19th at 12PM MDT. Get your spot today!

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It's that time of year...

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone in Edmonton that Alberta gets freezing cold in the winter and this winter won’t be any exception. And yet every year some businesses fail to prepare for it. Then the temperature plummets, fluid systems freeze, and the companies end up with damaged equipment and costly downtime. Sometimes they end up with injured workers too.

In just three months last winter, November 2015 through January 2016, the Alberta Boilers Safety Association received four incident notifications involving damage to equipment due to freezing. Three of those resulted in ruptured piping, with two of these due to inoperative heat tracing and one due to isolation of the line. So even some experienced companies that know enough to winterize their lines, still don't do it properly.

Edmonton Valve & Fitting wants to get you up to speed on winterization this season, so we're offering a FREE 1 hour webinar on October 19 at 12PM MDT. Tristian McCallion, our sales supervisor and Energy Service Advisor, will review some best practices for winterizing and answers your questions.

From start to finish

Smart winterization starts with a written procedure. For starting your system components, unit heaters, tracers and steam traps all need to be prepared and checked. McCallion will be going over this checklist in the October webinar.

Correctly operating Steam traps are crucial in winterization, the seminar will cover the different types of traps and how to check them.  It will also discuss some of the tools that can make the process easier.

Even companies that understand the importance of winterization can sometimes get distracted. Then a cold wave hits and they get an unwelcome reminder. Don't be one of those who get caught by surprise, sign up and get your spot for our Winterization Webinar.


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

Topics: Training, Value Added Services, Steam, Sample Systems, Events

Swagelok’s Multihead Hydraulic Swaging Unit Gives You Power

Posted by Katie Reid on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

Our training video and printed instructions show how to use that power wisely


To help get you familiar with using Swagelok's Multihead Hydaulic Swaging unit, we have this training video to get you started and feeling comfortable with the tool. You can also download the detailed instruction form here.


Any job becomes easier when you have the right tools. The Swagelok multihead hydraulic swaging unit is just the tool when you want to pre-swage Swagelok ferrules onto tubing prior to assembly, giving you connections that are 100 percent gaugeable. With the power of hydraulics you'll save time on assembly and installation, and you'll get consistent performance.

As with any tool, however, you have to know how to use it properly if you want good results. That's why we offer two forms of instruction on the multihead hydraulic swaging unit. We have a video to show you how it's done and detailed instruction in PDF form that you can refer to at any step of the operation.

All-in-one kit

Everything you need comes in a kit. In fact, we have two kits, one for tubing diameters of 1/2 inch to 1 inch (12mm to 25 mm), and a separate kit for tubing diameters of 1 inch to 2 inches (25 mm to 50 mm).

The centerpiece of the kit is the hydraulic cylinder and hand pump connected by a hose to a special housing where the swaging takes place. The kit also has four different die heads, a set of chamfer blocks, a set of gap inspection gauges and a pair of pliers for removing and inserting the retaining ring in the hydraulic housing.

You don't even have to supply your own safety glasses. There's a pair in the kit.

Everything is packed in a strong plastic case with a handle.

Easy to use

A blog post is no substitute for the complete instructions, but here's a quick overview to how simple the procedure is.

It starts with a piece of tubing, squarely cut and properly deburred. For smaller tubing, slip a chamfer block over the edge and give it a firm rap with a hammer. That will make sure the tubing fully bottoms in the preswaging tool.

Use the pliers to remove the retaining ring in the end of the hydraulic housing. Slip on a new die that's the right size for the tubing (the sizes are marked at the back of the die head). A groove on the outside of the die head will line up with a pin inside the housing. Use the pliers to reinsert the retaining ring.

Now it's time to get out the prepared tube and its corresponding fitting. Insert the tube into the fitting, back the nut off and place the fitting body to the side. Make sure both the front and back ferrules are pointed toward the end of the tube. Then insert the tubing with the nut and ferrule assembly into the hydraulic housing head. Close the nut onto the head, finger tight.

At the back of the hydraulic housing is an indicator knob with a green band. Press that knob into the head until the green band is hidden.

Now it's time to get pumping. Tighten the pump bypass valve and pump until the indicator knob pops back out. When that happens, stop pumping immediately, even if you are in mid-stroke. When you loosen the bypass valve, you'll be able to put the handle back to its original position.

Putting it all together

Before continuing, mark the tubing at the back end of the nut. You'll need that mark later. Unthread the Swagelok nut and remove the pre-swaged assembly from the housing. Notice that the ferrules might be able to move slightly, but you shouldn't be able to remove them.

On the end of the tubing you should see an indentation that indicates that the tubing was properly bottomed. This is critical, so don't use the assembly if the indentation isn't there.

Now you are ready to insert the pre-swaged assembly into the fitting body. (For fittings larger than an inch, or 25mm, you'll need some lubricant for this part.) Turn the nut onto the fitting body until it is finger tight. The line marked on the tubing earlier should now be visible. If you can't see it, tighten the nut with a wrench until you can see the mark.

Now mark the nut at the 6 o'clock position. Tighten the nut a half-turn so that the mark is at the 12 o' clock position — a little less for 3/4-inch tubing.

To check your work, pick the right gapping tool out of the kit and put it next to the gap between the nut and the body hex. If the gauge fits into the gap, the fitting isn't tight enough.

If anything goes awry during this process, there's a page of troubleshooting tips in the PDF version of the instructions. And, of course, there's always someone at Edmonton Valve & Fitting to talk to by email or phone.

Now that you have the basics, talk to us about buying or renting a multihead hydraulic swaging unit and getting more productive.

Topics: Training

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.

Topics: Training, Value Added Services, Sample Systems, Custom Solutions, People

Save the Date for Edmonton Valve’s next Sample Systems Course

Posted by Katie Reid on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 15:04 PM

Reserve a spot now to learn about sampling system problem solving and maintenance

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  One attendee said the course was "very valuable for sample system background and troubleshooting key concepts." To see if this course is right for you, download the Sample System Maintance PDF for course information. 

 

We saw a lot of demand this past fall for our two-day class on sample systems. Later this year we'll offer the class again, and we're telling you early so that you can save the date in your calendar. The class will be held in Edmonton on Tuesday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 9th. We have only 20 seats available so don't let too much time slip by without grabbing one.

Learn to do it right

Our Sample System Problem Solving and Maintenance class includes lecture, discussions, hands-on exercises, and team projects to teach you what it takes to ensure a reliable, fit-for-use sampling system. You'll also know what to do when a system doesn’t work. You'll learn about sampling theory, good sample system design, and good installation practices. 

We'll cover the three key criteria to assure an effective sample conditioning system, as well as the effects that pressure and temperature have on the analyzer system. If you've ever wondered how to eliminate bubbles in a liquid sample, how to prevent condensation in a gas sample, or why your pressure reducer ices up, then this is the class for you.

Once again you'll be learning from industry expert, Dr. Stephen Jacobs, owner and president of Jacobs Process Analytics Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience in design, application and maintenance of on-line analyzer systems. He has installed hundreds of analyzer and sampling systems.

Top marks

After our most recent presentation on sample systems, we asked the class members what they thought of it. Here are a few of their comments:

  • "The group project was challenging but a good (effective) way to assess learning of the course content."
  • "Teams were picked well, allowed all levels of experience to be able to contribute and learn."
  • "It helps me understand what I need to spec out when ordering an analyzer."
  • "I have learnt how to recognize issues at our site and how to fix them."

Students especially appreciated learning the proper way to calculate lag times, references to real-life examples, and the importance of keeping sampling systems as simple as possible.

Sign up now

We also heard that working on a group project sparked a lot of discussion. So if you want to be part of that discussion, save your space now! Request a copy of the Sample System brochure PDF here

Topics: Training, Sample Systems, Events

Edmonton Valve’s 5 Pillar Approach to Services

Posted by Jason Wynne on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @ 14:04 PM


Let us help you optimize your facilities with our 5 Pillar approach

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  Offering 5 different services to help your plant run more efficiently and assist your goals to environmental stewardship. Download the 5 Pillars of Services PDF for information on each service. 

In today’s economy, it has never been more important to recognize and strive for plant process and utility efficiencies.  Lowering operational costs, ensuring that product is within specified parameters and the pressure of being a good steward of the environment all go hand in hand with Edmonton Valve & Fitting’s 5 pillar approach to achieving these goals.

Controlling the costs associated with utilities like steam and air can garner significant energy savings and create a safer workplace, as can hydrocarbon leak detection and our Hose Advisory Service. Also making sure your gauges are in good working order can ensure process efficiency and on-spec product.

What is the 5 Pillar approach?

Edmonton Valve & Fitting is excited to announce our 5 Pillar approach to optimizing your facilities utilities and process interfaces. Our five pillars include Air, Steam, Hoses, Gauges and Hydrocarbons: let us show you how our trained professionals can save your plant thousands and align yourself in today’s environmentally responsible culture.

Service options

Whether a single service is required, or you want to bundle several surveys together, we can respond quickly to your immediate needs and help develop a complete long-term package of services directed at helping you optimize your plant performance. We utilize the latest technologies and comprehensive reporting methods, giving you the same quality with our services you’ve come to expect from Edmonton Valve & Fitting and Swagelok.

To book a consultation with one of our experts at our place or yours, contact us here at Edmonton Valve & Fitting. Download the 5 Pillars of Services PDF to get a breakdown of each service offering. 

 

Topics: Training, Value Added Services