Fluid Distribution Headers Save Space And Time

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 14:05 PM

Get the configuration you want and get it quickly from Edmonton Valve & Fitting


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Fluid Distribution Headers are common components used in a variety of gas and liquid applications. Download a free copy of the the FDH catalogue one of the many preassembled subsystems available from Edmonton Valve & Fitting. 


When you have multiple fluid lines serving the same purpose, a fluid distribution header can be a great way to organize everything and save space. It has an inlet on one end, a drain on the other end, and multiple outlets on the sides. Typically, it has a main isolation valve and several outlets, each with its own isolation valve. For potentially wet gases, such as compressed air or steam, the header can be installed vertically with a drain valve at the bottom.  For liquid service, install it vertically, with the supply entering at the bottom and the top valve acting as a vent for removing trapped air or allowing air in for draining during maintenance.

Maybe you have a cleaning station where you need to handle a half-dozen cylinders at the same time. Maybe you need an instrument air header, or an LP steam header. Consider it any time you have multiple runs coming off the same input. Run the fluid in the opposite direction, and a fluid distribution header can serve as a collection manifold.

Two mounting brackets allow you to mount the header on an aluminum plate, a steel stand, or a piece of pipe.

Space and time

The compact design is only one advantage over trying to accomplish the same job with pipe or tubing and separate components. It also has fewer connection points, meaning less opportunity for a leak to appear.

Ordering a fluid distribution header from Edmonton Valve & Fitting also saves you a day of work putting all the parts together. Because we assemble fluid system components all the time, we have the tools and the expertise to do it right. We also test every fluid distribution header that we make with nitrogen at 250 psi, plus liquid leak detector. We can do hydro testing up to 1,000 psi if you like.

And the entire assembly comes under a single part number, making it easy to order.

Locally made

Swagelok's fluid distribution headers are available in 1-inch and 2-inch sizes. The 1-inch platform is good for working pressures up to 3,000 psi, while the 2-inch platform can handle up to 1,000 psi. The extruded manifold body design features squared sides that mount solidly and prevent twisting. It can be ordered with 2 to 16 branch outlets, with or without valves, so you can add ports as needed without welding.

You get two more advantages when you order a fluid distribution header from Edmonton Valve and fitting. First, we're happy to customize it for your particular needs. For instance, you can order the header with instrumentation ball valves, process ball valves, integral bonnet needle valves or plug valves. We can put the outlets all on one side, if you like, and fit it with a variety of connection types. We can join two headers to handle 18 lines.

The second advantage is that, because we assemble them right here in Edmonton, you can get them quickly. If you chose a standard configuration, we can turn it around in a few days. Tell us the details of what you need through our website or by calling 780-437-0640.


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VN01: A Space-Saving Valve For Severe Service

Posted by Alecia Robinson on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

Simplified design means less weight, fewer leak paths and lower maintenance


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The VN01 double block and bleed valve leans out processes previously required for the job. To find out more about the benefits of this space-saving valve follow the link below to get your copy of our VN01 quick look guide and Block & Bleed catalogue.

Block & Bleed Download 


Having the right tool for the job can relieve a lot of headaches. With Swagelok's VN01 process valve, you'll have save on space, save on weight, and still get top performance for at high temperatures and high pressures. The added capability is due to all-needle-valve construction.

The VN01 provides double block and bleed isolation for process piping, and is right at home in the petrochemical environment. You could get a double block and bleed option in a multi valve, but with the VN01 you have it in a single, lighter, compact unit with a single CRN number. A lighter unit means less strain on your piping system and a reduced need for structural support. That's especially important when you need to protect your components from vibration.

The simplified design means you also have fewer leak paths and reduced installation costs.

Yes, we have 'em

You may already be aware that these kinds of valves exist, but you may not realize that Swagelok makes them. And Edmonton Valve & Fitting has standard configurations in stock.

But if you want to explore your options, the VN01 valve has several. You can get it with a standard or 3/4-inch male NPT inlet, or a 3/4-inch pipe weld. For the outlet, you have a choice of a standard half-inch female NPT fitting, but other options are available including a flange. There also are optional gauge ports.

If you could benefit from a lighter, more compact double block and bleed isolation valve, contact us through our website or by calling 780-437-0640. We'll be glad to give you more details.


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Sometimes Stainless Isn't Enough

Posted by Tristian McCallion on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

Special Alloys are used in unique applications where stainless steel cannot hold up to the corrosive material.


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Swagelok carries an array of special alloys to meet our customers requirements, to find out more about special alloy uses download our Special Alloy catalogue.


How many materials can you get Swagelok tube fittings in? Two? Five?  Would you believe that our standard material list includes 16 different materials from nylon to titanium?

316 stainless is our most common material and is good for 95% of applications in northern Alberta but there are some limitations.

Special alloys

In the SAGD world on the water treatment side, there is often an elevated chlorine level in the boiler water.  Chlorine and stainless steels don’t mix well and it is common to find stress corrosion cracking in applications that have high chloride levels and stainless steel fittings and tubing.  There are a number of other materials that we offer that can provide the necessary corrosion resistance in this type of application, like Monel, or our high temperature carbon steel.

This is just one application where we are able to help out with special alloys.  Some of the other materials that we can provide include:

Teflon and PFA:  PFA is the injection moldable version of Teflon.  These materials provide for excellent chemical resistance to a wide range of different fluids.  Water treatment facilities are large users of PFA and Teflon fittings.

Alloy 400, or Monel:  This is a high nickel alloy that has excellent resistance to corrosion in reducing environments with fluids like hydrochloric, sulfuric and hydrofluoric acids.  It is also a commonly referenced material when looking at NACE specs.

Inconel 625: A very corrosion resistant in oxidizing and reducing media.  It offers high strength and good ductility.  It also has very good performance in sour gas (NACE MR0175)

Hastelloys:  C-276, C-22, B-2 are some of the grades that you can find, with C-276 being one of the more common alloys we deal with locally in this range.  It offers excellent resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion and immunity to stress corrosion cracking.

Duplex stainless steels:  A number of different materials are available here: 2205, 2507 super duplex and even the excitingly named 2707 hyper duplex stainless.  Often seen in offshore applications these materials have higher strength than 316 stainless and may have better resistance to pitting, crevice and general corrosion.

Swagelok makes fittings, valves and other components out of a wide range of different materials and would be happy to work on your applications with you.

Our Special Alloy catalogue provides additional information on some of the special alloys offered by Swagelok.


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Topics: local expert, Valves, Fittings

Calipers, Combs, And Guides Help Make Sense of Threads

Posted by Katie Reid on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

Scratching your head about threads? We have three tools that solve the mystery

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  The Pipe and Tube Sizes board (pictured above) is at our back counter. Bring in your fittings and we can help determine the sizing.
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  The thread pitch gauge is another tool we use to help with thread size - it's even available for purchase! To get more info on sizing, download the Thread and End Connection ID Guide PDF.

Can you tell the thread size and thread pitch on a component just by looking at it? Neither can we. That's why we have tools that eliminate the guesswork.

When you look at a thread, you'll see peaks (called crests) and valleys (called roots). The part in between the crest and the root is called the flank. The first thing you want to find out is whether the crests are all the same diameter. That would mean you have straight threads. So we get out our calipers and measure the first, fourth and last crests. If the measurements are the same, you have straight threads. If you get three different measurements, you have tapered threads.

There's another way to tell, provided that you are working with Swagelok parts. Other than standard NPT, Swagelok fittings are uniquely marked to indicate ISO tapered or ISO parrallel threads.

Some people are surprised to learn that straight threads are not designed to seal on their own. They require a gasket, O-ring or some kind of metal-to-metal contact to finish the job.

Tapered threads are designed to seal as the mating threads are drawn together. In addition, some kind of sealant is necessary to prevent leaks. That's usually PTFE tape or a product such as SWAK.

Here comes the "pitch"

Next you need to know how close together the crests are. That's the pitch, usually expressed as the number of threads per inch.

Straight threads come in three standard kinds of measurements. The most common are SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), ISO 228/1 (also known as British Standard Pipe Parallel), and metric. Tapered threads also have several standard forms of measurement: NPT (National Pipe Thread), ISO 7/1 (also known as British Standard Pipe), and metric.

The flanks can come in different angles, known as Whitworth, unified, or metric.

To discover the pitch, we use a thread comb, also known as a pitch gauge. It looks a bit like a pocketknife, but the blades have saw-tooth edges that fit into the thread roots. We simply try different blades until we find an exact match. Some fractional and metric thread forms are very similar, so we take the time to make sure it's a true fit.

You also can turn to the Swagelok Thread and End Connection Identification Guide, which you can download for free. It has all the terminology, thread ID reference tables, and step-by-step instructions for identifying threads.

Lastly, Edmonton Valve & Fitting has a board with various sizes of threads. If you come in with a part, we can see which sample it fits.

Obviously, the threads on two parts have to have the same size and type of threads if you want to connect them. But you don't have to guess. Check in with Edmonton Valve & Fitting and we'll work with you to get the right answer.

Topics: Valves, Fittings, Measurement Devices

Swagelok Flange Adapters Ease Transition from Pipe to Tubing

Posted by Katie Reid on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 @ 14:02 PM

Simplify the design and save weight compared with threaded branch connections


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Interested in more information on Swagelok's Flange Adapters? Download your copy of the Flange Adapter Catalogue.


When a fluid systems operator wants to get information such as pressure, temperature, and flow from a piping system, one common method is to use Thredolet® or Weldolet® branch connections. That strategy may get the job done, but the results can be complex and cumbersome. It's easy to wind up with a multitude of nipples, valves, and other threaded or welded components.

All that added weight is subject to vibrations from the process pipe, increasing the chance of a pipe break, resulting in potential for a dangerous gas leakage. Then production has to be shut down while someone makes repairs; this can make for a costly day at the office.

A better way

Swagelok's flange adapters and modular flanged valves make the job a lot easier. They provide a threadless, weldless transition from flanged pipe to tubing, reducing both the number of connections and the overall weight. They come in several configurations, including flat face, raised face RTJ and tongue-and-groove. They also have wrench flats to ease the assembly of tube fittings.

We were able to implement this type of solution recently for one of our customers, a large energy company that transports and distributes crude oil, natural gas, and other liquids. They had problems with a system of branch connections on a system under 1,440 psi, taking fluid from a process pipe to a pressure relief valve. The heavy assembly created intense vibration. Now, thanks to Swagelok, the customer has a simple, clean connection that takes up little space and doesn't add much weight to the system.

Does your fluid system need a simpler approach to branching off from your piping system? Let someone from our staff show you how to make it happen.


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Customers Asked, Edmonton Valve Responded: the Steam Lance

Posted by Katie Reid on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 13:02 PM

The original idea was good, but we keep finding ways to make it even better


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The Steam Lance, pictured above, is an unique product that comes pre-assembled and ready to use & install at your site. For all the product's highlights and benefits, download the Steam Lance info sheet.


It started when a customer asked Swagelok for a new kind of product. It would be a device that could be hooked into a steam line and used to remove ice buildup on equipment without having to shut the system down. Workers in the field would not have to improvise a tool on the spot that may not meet safety standards and could cause preventable injuries.

The result was the Steam Lance. It consists of a piece of insulated tubing, heat-shrink boots to seal off the insulation, and a 60 series steam-rated ball valve at one end. It's an elegantly simple solution that's ready to use right out of the box. The customer can order it with a single part number and can operate it with confidence because it's 100 percent tested before it leaves our shop.

But wait, there's more

Now the scene shifts here to Edmonton. We liked the Steam Lance, and our customers did too.

"We use steam lances to clear plugged drain valves, clear plugged piping, and for melting ice hanging from outside structures," says one of our customers. "There really wasn't a good off-the-shelf solution that we were able to find. There were some steam-cleaning tools on the market, but they were heavy and awkward to use in tight areas. This particular Steam Lance, on the other hand, is the right weight and size for the job - and it is pressure rated.”

But we, as well as our customer, saw room for improvement. We added a 12-inch piece of insulated pipe upstream of the valve, giving the operator something to hold on to other than the steam hose itself. We also insulated the valve to further protect the operator.

The key reason for making these improvements was summarized by our customer when he said, “The safety piece was really important as several people had been burned while using home-built solutions.”

At Edmonton Valve & Fitting, we know steam, and we know how to deal with cold weather. Put us to work for you. Download a copy of the Steam Lance Information sheet.


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What Topped Edmonton Valve's Customers' Reading Lists in 2015

Posted by Katie Dennis on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 11:01 AM

These downloads drew the biggest audience in the past year


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One of the most popular features of our website is the ability to download catalogues, manuals and other material. All it takes is a couple of clicks and a little bit of information so we know where to send it all. These are the downloads that proved most popular in 2015 - did you download them all?


Swagelok VCR and VCO fittings

Most people know Swagelok for our two-ferrule Tube Fitting. However, we also carry two valuable lines of face seal fittings: VCR and VCO. Unlike pipe, tube, and weld end connections, the VCR and VCO fittings can be disassembled in line – with no clearance requirements. VCRs and VCOs serve as a make and break point – a spot to access the system for repair and upgrades without having to remove multiple parts.

Tube bending manual

Bending tubing by hand is often the fastest and simplest way to get the job done. The Hand Tube Bender Manual explains step-by-step how to prepare, measure, and calculate, to perfectly execute the bends every time. This 32-page download covers bends, reverse bends, springback and other essentials, and has a section on troubleshooting.

Tube fitting manual

Swagelok hadn't revised its classic Tube Fitter's Manual since the 1990s, so it was a big deal when a fresh edition came out for 2015. The manual has been updated and expanded to include information on selecting tube fittings for severe service requirements, metallurgy, innovations in product design, and advanced manufacturing processes.

Swagelok quick-connects

Swagelok Quick-Connects offer a push-to-connect coupling that enables quick, easy operation. We offer a wide variety of options, including keyed quick-connects. The catalogue includes information on the four different Swagelok Quick-Connect series as well as drawings, sizes, materials, and end connections. It also lists all the part numbers for your convenience. Don't forget - the series of the stem and body has to match for them to connect!

Just ask EVF

You can't get a more personalized service than our Ask Edmonton Valve & Fitting page. Just tell us who you are, what you want to know, and where to send the answers. Whether you are starting to compare your options, need a tailored proposal, or just have a question, we're always here to help.

 


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Topics: Tubing, Valves, Fittings

End Of The Alphabet: Common Swagelok Acronyms From S to V

Posted by Katie Reid on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Even if you never use the full name, it's good to know what the letters stand for


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Whether you are using the acronym STAMPED for hoses or talking SWAK, we have got the breakdown here in the last of our alphabet acronym series.


This is the last in a four-part series of posts where we look at some of the acronyms you'll run into when you read our blog. The first part covered letters A through E, the second took us from F through N, the third concentrated on P and R, and this one takes us through the end of the alphabet.

SAE - The Society of Automotive Engineers established one of the standards used for straight pipe threads. 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.

SEA - Swagelok Energy Advisors is our team of steam experts. In addition to our Edmonton experts, we can draw on SEA's field engineers throughout North America. Most of these experts are mechanical engineers with 15 to 20 years of working with steam systems in a variety of industries. Not only do they know steam, they know how it is applied in various processes. Swagelok Energy Advisors won’t just tell you that you need a valve in a particular spot, they’ll explain why.

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

SPM – A sample probe module is one of our Pre-Engineered Subsystems combining a sample probe and a block-and bleed sample probe valve. A probe allows you to extract a sample precisely from the middle third of the pipe's cross-section, avoiding turbulent flow and sludge or particulates. We offer welded sample probes, best suited for use with double block-and-bleed valves, and retractable sample probes, best used with single block-and-bleed valves.

S.T.A.M.P.E.D. - In picking a hose, it's important to think about size, temperature, application, media, pressure, end connection, and delivery. Knowing those parameters makes it much easier to choose from the many options Swagelok offers.

STS - Once, if not twice a month we hold Swagelok Total Support training seminars to increase our customers' expertise in selecting, handling, and installing tube fittings, plus the proper bending and fabrication of tubing. These are full-day, ISO certified classes, led by an industry expert from Edmonton Valve & Fitting. Those who pass earn a certificate of competency, with a unique code that a trained fitter can use as a personal code to identify his or her own installations.

SWAK – Yes, the name of Swagelok's anaerobic thread sealant for metal pipe threads really does stand for "sealed with a kiss." (At least, that's the story we're sticking with.) SWAK cures to a bond that resists vibration or shock, but still allows low breakaway torque for easy-to-break connections, even after it's fully cured. You can apply SWAK quickly, and it will not shred or tear on assembly.

TAP - The more you know about steam systems, the more productive, profitable, and safe your plant will be. And with a training program called Ten Action Points of a Steam System, you and your team can brush up on all the essentials in a single day. You'll get the training, textbooks and other course materials, plus a continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

VCO and VCR - Most people know Swagelok for its two-ferrule tube fitting. However, we also carry two valuable lines of Swagelok face seal fittings. The VCR and VCO product lines have a zero clearance capability, which means they can be disassembled in line with no clearance requirements. VCRs and VCOs serve as a make and break point – a spot to access the system for repair and upgrades without having to remove multiple parts. VCR means vacuum coupling radiationproviding leak-tight service from vacuum to positive pressure. The VCO line uses an O-ring to form a seal.

VMI - Since 2001 we have offered vendor managed inventories. We'll drive out to your site, check the levels in stock, and figure out what you need. After a quick visit to your procurement office, we'll pick the parts from the truck and stock your shelves. We have three merchandisers servicing customer inventories. All are trained in basic warehouse and basic customer service skills.

That brings us to the end of the line. Did we leave out any acronym you've always wondered about? Let us know, and we may put together an addendum.

 


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Topics: Energy Advisors, Training, Value Added Services, Valves, Sample Systems, Hoses

More Alphabet Soup: Swagelok Products & Industry Acronyms (P & R)

Posted by Katie Dennis on Fri, Nov 06, 2015 @ 16:11 PM

When you see these abbreviations, now you'll know what the letters mean


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When it comes to Swagelok and industry acronyms, we have you covered! From PrESS products to regulators, find out what they mean in our acronym series blogs. Have one that has you stumped? Ask Us here.


This is our third post detailing some of the acronyms you'll run into when you read our blog. Our first installment covered letters A through E. The second installment took us from F through N. This time around, we have room for only two letters: P and R. There's a lot to cover in that tiny slice of the alphabet.

PASS - A process analyzer sampling system is a device that automatically measures some aspect of the fluid in a system. A PASS typically consists of a sample tap, a sample system, an analyzer, a sample return, and a signal transmission and control system. Swagelok wrote the book on industrial sampling systems. From time to time we offer PASS training too.

PFA - Perfluoroalkoxy is a translucent, slightly flexible polymer developed by DuPont Co. It is most commonly used for lab equipment as it has an extreme resistance to chemicals. PFA flexible tubing is good for highly corrosive process applications. Swagelok offers a variety of fittings and tubing in PFA as well as ultrahigh purity PFA fittings. You can use Teflon or metal fittings with Swagelok PFA tubing. Swagelok also uses PFA for packing and seals in some of its ball valves. 

PrESS – Pre-Engineered Subsystems are a series of Swagelok components predesigned and pre-assembled for use anywhere that fluids are processed. They range from simple weldments to complex manifolds. The list includes fluid distribution headers, sample probe modules, calibration and switching modules, and others. We’re continuing to add to the list. This array of subsystems can be designed to customer specs, and are ready to plug and play.

PRV - A proportional relief valve is designed to open gradually as pressure increases. It opens when the system reaches a set pressure, and closes when the system falls below that same set pressure. They are available for liquid or gas service, but they should never be used as safety relief devices as specified by the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

PTFE - Polytetrafluoroethylene is a synthetic compound discovered by DuPont Co., and marketed by them under the Teflon brand name. One common application in fluid systems is TFE tape, used to seal pipe threads. Swagelok also makes PTFE hose. The X, S, and W series of PTFE hose are extremely flexible while maintaining strength. The secret is in a unique process that bonds a nonmetallic fiber braid to the outside of the hose's extruded smooth-bore PTFE core.

RHPS – No, it does not stand for "Rocky Horror Picture Show," at least not at Edmonton Valve & Fitting. This RHPS is a line of pressure regulators. The initials come from the Dutch company that developed for applications in the chemical/petrochemical, oil and gas, power, biopharmaceutical, semiconductor, and alternative fuels industries. The series includes pressure-reducing regulators, back-pressure regulators and specialty regulators for applications such as tank blanketing.

Stay tuned as we finish off the rest of the alphabet with our next post featuring acronyms from S to V!


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Topics: Training, Valves, Sample Systems, Hoses, Regulators

New! Easy to Navigate Reference Book for Swagelok Valves

Posted by Katie Dennis on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 08:03 AM

Handy publication puts wealth of valve information at your fingertips in the field


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Our newest Installer's Pocket Guide for Swagelok Valves (pictured above) is available for customers in our sales & service location. Request your copy here!

 


The best data in the world won't do you any good if you don't have access to it. For installers in the field who need information on valves, it may not be practical to lug around our large Swagelok product binder. We also offer the full product catalogue online, and even an iPad app, but we know it's not always possible to use electronic devices in some work areas.

Lloydminster Account manager Dell Martens noticed the gap and thought of a way to fill it.

"We've had a mini-catalogue on our tube fittings available for years. Customers are always asking for them," he says. "The next logical step was to make one for valves. It's something that can fit in your glove compartment."

Packed with data

Our 72-page Installer’s Pocket Guide for Swagelok®Valves has data and ordering information on all types of Swagelok Valves.

Let's say you need to look up our 40G Series one-piece instrumentation ball valves. You'll find a quick run-down on working pressure, temperature range, size range, materials, and catalogue reference number. Then there are easy-to-read tables of ordering information, including available sizes of end connections, plus all the ordering numbers are there as well.

The same kind of information is there for the full range of valves and it’s easy to navigate as it’s sorted by function: flow control (needle valves); on/off control (ball/plug valves); directional control (check valves); over-pressure protection (relief valves), and instrument isolation. You also get special notes on applications and operations.

We've included a short glossary of terms (can you define "flow coefficient" without looking?) and a few pages for you to take your own field notes. 

Eye opener

Having a wide range of valves in one handy publication can be an eye-opener. Even some longtime customers don't realize all the different kinds of Swagelok valves available. If that makes you wonder what else of interest might be in the Swagelok line, the pocket guide is ready for you. It includes a page of reference numbers for other Swagelok catalogues, including filters, measurement devices, Pre-Engineered Subsystems and welding systems. Plus if you do have access to swagelok.com, we have provided a quick tutorial on how to search for the product catalogues.

And, yes, the guide really does fit in a good-size pocket. You can get one just for the asking by heading to this page (please note that Edmonton Valve can only distribute this document to those in our authorized sales & service territory).

 


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Topics: Valves