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Stay Organized with Edmonton Valve's Instrumentation Tool Kit

Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 15:06 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Equipment Rentals, Sample Systems

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The hard case and foam cutouts protect your tools and make them easy to fin

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To give your tools the protection they need, we suggest using our Instrumentation tool kit. Not only does this kit have all the equipment you need housed in one place, but it keeps your tools safe, both in the travel to and from job sites, and safe from other elements in your surroundings. If you want to learn more, send us a note and we would be happy to get you started. 

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When you make an investment, it's smart to protect it. So how best to protect an investment in high-quality Swagelok tools? Buy the tools and the protection at the same time with our Instrumentation Tool Kit.

The hard plastic case from Pelican Products keeps tools safe from dirt and damage. Inside, each tool has its own cutout in the foam liner. You can tell at a glance whether everything has been returned to its proper place, and whether someone has borrowed a tool and not yet returned it. The lockable case is only about four inches thick, slim enough to slip under the seat of a truck.

Take a look inside

The Instrumentation Tool Kit has all you need to assemble the three most popular sizes of Swagelok tube fittings: 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch.

You get hand tube benders in three sizes, a deburring tool, a tube cutter, ratchet wrenches in three sizes, pre-swaging tools in three sizes, an inspection gauge, and tee wrenches in three sizes.

While you don't need any specialized tools to install Swagelok tube fittings, our tee wrenches and ratchet wrenches make the job easier and speed up the work. The pre-swaging tools allow you to prepare tubing on the bench and then take the assemblies to the field and put it all together. That can be very helpful if you are working in tight spaces, over your head or down by your feet.

To top off the deal, we include a copy of the Swagelok Tube Fitter's Manual, the go-to reference for fluid system engineers, designers, and technicians. Its 11 chapters cover all you need to know about tube fittings and fitting installation, with a balance of theory and practical examples. The manual also contains tubing specification and ordering information, troubleshooting tips, pressure ratings and more.

Far too many people simply toss their tools into a big box on the back of their truck. The tools rattle around and get lost under other tools. That makes no sense. When you have the right tools for the job, the next logical step is to have the right case for the tools. Get in touch with us today and we can help you get the necessary protection for your tools.


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For Consistency and Quality, Swagelok Orbital Welding Wins

Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 12:05 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Value Added Services, Tubing, Custom Solutions

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We'll rent or sell the machines, and we'll teach you how to use them

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Swagelok's Welding System M200 is available for rental purposes or for purchase. And if you're not sure how to use the machine, we can help you out with a training session to get you comfortable with the system. Just contact us and we will gladly help you out with your needs. 


There are times when you want to connect two pieces of tubing permanently rather than with a removable fitting. You could manually weld them together, but you'll get even better results with an orbital welder. That's because the computer-controlled machine precisely guides the welding electrode in a circle around the joint. The machine doesn't get tired either, so the last weld of the day will be just as good as the first.

The process is also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, or GTAW. Lightweight, portable equipment makes it easy to do the work right at the job site.

Edmonton Valve & Fitting has a welder waiting for you, and we'll teach you how to use it.

Touch-screen ease

The Swagelok Welding System M200 power supply offers an easy-to-use touch-screen for trouble-free data entry and uncomplicated viewing of information. The screen layouts are simple to follow. You can program variables such as weld current and electrode speed, then track each weld. The Windows-based system monitors the welding, captures and compiles data in real time, and electronically transfers it from the welder to a computer. That makes documentation easy too.

Watch and learn

Just because a machine is automatic doesn’t mean it automatically does the job correctly. The quality of the work still depends on the skill of the operator. Even the fanciest orbital welding machine can't tell you if you need ordinary stainless steel tubing or more specialized material.

We offer a four-hour training course to get you up to speed.

The course is a mix of lecture and hands-on practice. We'll explain all the parts — the power supply, the fixture block, the welding head and more. We'll show you what a good smooth weld looks like (flat, not concave or convex). You'll learn how the machine reacts to different inputs. The level of the arc current, for example, controls weld penetrations. Travel speed affects both the width and the penetration of the weld.

Then you'll get a chance to hook up the power supply yourself, prepare some tubing for welding, and put the machine through its paces.

We don't rush you, because we know that proper setup is the key to good welding.

Rent or buy

You have two options: renting or buying the equipment.

If you're renting and have some experience operating an orbital welder, we may still ask a few questions such as when you last used a welder, and whether you've rented from us in the past. We'll also probably want to know what size of material you are welding, as that determines which of several heads to use. Then we might ask about wall thickness, which could determine which electrode is best.

As with any rental agreement, you assume responsibility for any damage, but we want to reduce the chances of you having any problems. If we aren't sure about your level of expertise, we'll insist that you take the training class.

Usually we can have a welder ready for you with only a couple of weeks notice. If you want to buy, it may take a little longer. But that extra time means you have more flexibility on scheduling the training class.

We'll be glad to tell you more. Send us a note through our website or call us at 780-437-0640

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Swagelok at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary (June 12th-14th)

Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 16:05 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Value Added Services, People, Events

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Stop by our booth #1076 to talk about hose, Grab Sample Modules and watch burst demonstrations


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We are looking forward to heading south to Calgary for the 2018 Global Petroleum Show from June 12th - 14th. Not only are we teaming up with our friends at Calgary Valve & Fitting but with many Swagelok associates from across North America. Make sure you register to come to the show before May 31st for Early bird pricing - see you there!


Once again, Edmonton Valve & Fitting will join forces with other Swagelok affiliates for the big Global Petroleum Show in Calgary from June 12 through 14. We'll be in our usual spot: 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 5 p.m. on the first two days, and until 4 p.m. on the third day.

If you haven't been to the GPS in the past, you've been missing the leading exhibition and conference for oil and gas professionals. More than 50,000 trade professionals attend GPS, while more than 100 industry leading experts share their knowledge and understanding across the event’s expansive line-up of conference sessions.

The Swagelok advantage

At our booth we'll have Swagelok hose products on display, along with grab sample panels.

We're also excited to talk to you about MEP services, where we concentrate on three areas in a plant. The first is rotating equipment such as pumps and compressors. We have the specialized fittings that make working on those systems easier, such as Thermowell Tees to reduce the number of welds and up-sizing of pipe.

The second area is energy management and utilities. The third area is conversion from traditional piping to small bore tubing (2-inches and smaller).

Throughout the show we try to have some senior representatives in the booth, 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.

So excited we could 'burst'

We will also have our burst chamber on-hand that we use in our Swagelok Total Support training classes. Our Swagelok booth staff will be running demos and you can test your skills with pulling up a tube fitting and see what pressure the tubing bursts. We suggest you compete with your peers and see who has the higher burst pressure!

So stop by, say hello, and gather some free information and expertise.We look forward to seeing you in June.


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Gain Efficiency with Edmonton Valve's Inventory Management System

Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 11:05 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Value Added Services, inventory, People

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Free up labour while easily tracking where parts are being used


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Fred Wedgewood, one of our mobile inventory truck drivers in the Edmonton area, shows off a Swagelok elbow in his Kenworth truck. If you want more information on our Inventory Management System and how we can partner this service with your business, contact us!

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Can you think of a few places you'd rather deploy your labour force than on managing your parts inventory? At the same time, maybe you aren't ready to go all in on a high-tech product like the Robocrib system?

Not to worry. Edmonton Valve & Fitting has you covered with our Inventory Management System.

Simple tools

Our Inventory Management System requires only a smart phone and a handheld scanner to get you started. All you need to do is scan the barcode on the bin each time you take a part. Whenever you want, you can generate reports detailing how many of each component you are using, and where they are being used.

We'll drive our mobile inventory truck to your site on a regular basis and fill all the bins with the components you need. It's a dual-axle Kenworth truck, so you don't have to worry about us bringing enough to replenish your supply.

When the restocking order has been processed, our drivers are able to generate a priced packing slip on the spot and electronically send the information back to Edmonton Valve. This system reduces errors, saves time, and leaves the customer knowing exactly what they have received.

We can track what you are using and make sure you get timely refills.

Good for secure sites

Our inventory management system is a good option for locations where you don't have customers or contractors walking through the site, and you can operate it on the honor system.

In a fab shop, for instance, you don't have to wait for workers to tell you afterward what parts they have used. Just call up the ID number of the job, and you have an instant bill of materials.

This system is not product dependent. As long as the part has a bar code, you can track it.

We'll be glad to tell you more. Send us a note through our website or call us at 780-437-0640.


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Custom Jobs Are the Norm at Edmonton Valve's Hose Department

Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 10:04 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Custom Solutions, Hoses

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You get Swagelok quality made locally by specially trained hose experts


Hose Cell

All that's missing from our hose cell is your customized hose being pressured tested, and we test every hose before it leaves our building to make sure it meets the standard. Get in touch with us today and we can help get that custom hose started. 


Custom made in Edmonton

One great thing about having our own hose department right here in Edmonton is that we can quickly turn out all sorts of custom jobs. (You might hear us calling it our hose cell; it means the same thing.)

Whether you need a hose that's precisely 93 inches or 100 feet, we can make it for you. If you'd like a Swagelok fitting on one end and an NPT fitting on the other, we have everything in stock to put it together. There's no waiting for a factory to send us special parts.

More than half of our customers also ask us to tag each hose. We have a stainless steel tag that will hold four lines at 20 characters per line. That's plenty of room for a wide variety of information such as the date the hose was tested, its pressure rating, its part number or anything else you want to list. And if you don't want stainless tags, we have matte tags too.

We can also add a cover, such as stainless overbraid for a teflon hose.

Whatever you order, you get a one-piece solution that's ready to install. In some cases we can get it to you the same day you order it.

Local & trusted expertise

It takes special training to build hose properly. Our experts are trained by Swagelok, so you know you can trust them. They've been taught how to safely build and test each hose, making sure it meets your needs and our tight tolerances.

We have one person dedicated entirely to building hose, and six others who can step in as demand requires. They've been pretty busy lately, but they would be glad to fill your order as well. Tell us what you need by calling 780-437-0640 or sending us a note through our website.

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Heading to the 2018 ISA Automation Expo? Edmonton Valve Is Too

Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 10:04 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Tubing, Sample Systems, Fittings, Events

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Stop at our booth on April 25 and 26 to check out Swagelok products and ask all the questions


AEC

For years Edmonton Valve has been a proud sponsor of the International Society of Automaton (ISA) Edmonton section. Come by and see us at booth #1032 to check out some of Swagelok's new offerings. 


One of North America’s largest automation events returns to Edmonton on April 25th and 26th: the ISA Automation Expo & Conference. Edmonton Valve & Fitting will be among the exhibitors at Edmonton Expo Centre. You can find us at our usual hangout booth 1032, to the far right of the first row as you enter the exhibit hall.

Lots of Swagelok to see

At our booth #1032 you can take a close look at several products, including our grab sample panels, variety of Swagelok hoses, and 60 Series Ball Valves. We even got our Custom Solutions department to make up an unique piece so make sure you stop by to see what it is!

And some of your favourite Swagelok account managers will be on-hand to ask your fluid system questions to - it's a great opportunity to get that one-on-one time. 

About AEC

The International Society of Automation Edmonton Section launched the expo back in 1980. For many years it was known as the ISA Exhibit & Conference. Aside from chance to see more than 175 exhibitors, the conference is an opportunity to network and collaborate with thousands of automation, instrumentation and control systems professionals from a diverse range of global industries including: petroleum, mining, power, water & wastewater, forestry, agriculture and more. Then there's the conference portion, featuring internationally renowned speakers and local experts.

We hope to see you there, doors open both days at 10am! And if you need more information, contact us!

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Which Swagelok Parts Went to Which Job? RoboCrib™ Keeps Track

Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 12:04 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Value Added Services, Equipment Rentals

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This computerized vending machine tracks inventory and issues real-time reports


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Edmonton Valve not only can help you get your inventory back on track with the RoboCrib system but we can vouch for it as we use the system ourselves with our Custom Solutions department to assist with inventory on our different projects. 

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If your company has different budgets for different jobs on site, or you are a contractor running several jobs at once, it can be a chore to keep track of which parts are going where. Several of our customers have solved that problem with a parts vending machine called RoboCrib. It tracks inventory, issues real-time reports and frees up staff to do other jobs.

We can set up RoboCrib in a variety of sizes so you can store anywhere from 500 to 2,000 parts. The bins also are easy to reconfigure, so one machine can dispense parts as small as a single tube fitting, as large as a sample cylinder, or even bigger. The footprint of the largest of its models measures slightly more than five feet by five feet.

Tracking software

When someone needs a part, all they have to do is login on RoboCrib's touch screen with their username and password. You can set up RoboCrib so that different people have different authorizations as to which parts they can take, by part number, by job number or by purchase order.

RoboCrib brings the right part to the front and automatically opens the vending door, all in less than 10 seconds. You don't need to pay one of your own people to stand there handing out safety glasses or tube fittings, and jotting down all the relevant information.

You can set other limits too, such as how many items can be taken out per day, week or month. You can limit access by dollar amount, departmental budget, or time restrictions by shift. RoboCrib can send instant alerts to management when a job is using an abnormal number of components.

In all there are 150 different reports pre-designed and built into the system. If a contractor needs to bill a customer, there's no need to wait for a worker to turn in a ticket. All the information is stored in RoboCrib.

You don't even have to fill up the bins when inventory runs low. We'll come to your site with fresh inventory as often as once a week if needed with our mobile inventory services

Locker assignments

The company that makes RoboCrib also makes the AutoLocker for items such as laptops, iPads, power tools, gauges or any asset that needs to be tracked. Like the RoboCrib, the AutoLocker has a touchscreen for entering usernames and passwords. It's a modular system, so you don't have to get more lockers than you need. The locker modules are available in 12 different sizes for even further customization. You can even get a version with a power-charging option, so your workers will always have a fresh charged in the tool they need.

Probably the best endorsement of these systems is the fact that once they are set up, our customers stick with it. One has been using RoboCrib since 2006.

We’ll be happy to give you all the details. A quick call to 780-437-0640 is all it takes to get started, or you can send us a note through our website.

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We Have The Tools You Need For Cone & Thread Fittings

Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 16:03 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Equipment Rentals, Tubing, Fittings

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Rent our manual tool to use on site, or have us use our automatic tool


Cone and thread tubing and tube niples

The equation for a High pressure working environment = stronger fitting + stronger tubing. But those tube bends can't be done with your hand tube-bender, so contact us to get those bends looked after. 


Longtime readers of our blog might recall a post about our IPT fittings for high-pressure applications. These extra-strong fittings are designed to handle pressures up to 60,000 psig or 4134 bar.

Just as high pressure demands a stronger fitting than usual, so does it demand stronger tubing. The special cold-drawn tubing for IPT fittings is harder and has thicker walls than our standard tubing. The threads must be cut into the ends, and finished off with a cone at a 59-degree angle. It fits into the primary seal surface of the fitting, which has a 60-degree angle. The tube walls are thick to that material can be cut away for the threads. In a sense it's really a very small pipe

It's tool time

So how to you get the threads and cone on the end of the tubing? We offer two options. You can rent a tap-and-die set from us, along with our bench-top tube bender. (Our handheld bender won't be up to the job for this thicker tubing.)

But if you prefer, we can do the work for you at our shop so that you save time and effort in the field. Our automatic tools in our own shop can easily perform work that is much harder to do on site. We can produce as many pieces of tubing as you need, and can even do things such as put a 90-degree nipple on the tubing.

Even if you are an old hand at tube bending, the harder steel and thicker walls mean slightly different rules. The bend radius must be larger, at least 1.25 inches for quarter-inch tubing.

These cone-and-thread fittings are designed specifically for the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, alternative fuel, and instrumentation industries. We'll be glad to tell you more and talk about your specific needs. All it takes to start the conversation is a call to Edmonton Valve at 780-437-0640, or a quick note through our website.

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Our Swagelok  Pocket Guide Takes the Mystery Out of Hose

Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 10:03 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Hoses

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It's like having a Swagelok hose expert standing right next to you


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Whether you need hose temperature ratings or guidance on hose installation, let our newest reference, An Installer's Pocket Guide for Swagelok Hoses, be your go-to guide for all your hose needs. Request your copy today!

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It's hard for one person to be an expert on every aspect of fluid systems. If you aren't already an expert on hose, the topic can be intimidating. For instance, Swagelok offers 18 series of hoses, with variations within each series. They come in sizes ranging from 1/8 inch to 2 inch. There are over 30 possible end connections. And then there are at least 17 hose options and accessories.

The ideal solution would be to have an expert from Swagelok stand next to you all day to answer any questions. The next best thing would be to get a copy of An Installer's Pocket Guide for Swagelok Hoses.

Small but mighty

The guide is slim enough to go in your pocket, so it's easy to carry with you. Inside, it's packed with essential information like:

  • Which hose material is best in which environments
  • A chart on working pressures and temperature ranges
  • Guidance on installing and inspecting hose
  • Hydrostatic testing, lanyard tags, and other options

Narrowing the field

Hoses can be made from different materials and with a variety of reinforcement layers and end connections. Our guide gives a quick overview of the four main components in a hose:

  1. Core tube material and construction
  2. Reinforcement layers
  3. Covers
  4. End connections

The pocket guide shows which materials usually work best in various environments. You don't have to worry about memorizing all the terms and jargon associated with hose construction. The pocket guide has a glossary.

Industry considerations for hose

Does your industry typically use a certain type of hose for a common process? The guide goes through more than two dozen industries, listing typical hoses for applications such as steam lines, environmental sampling, research & development, instrumentation, and oil & gas.

We also cover a few non-industry specific factors such as static dissipation and conductivity. A handy chart makes it easy to see which series of Swagelok hose falls into which category.

The section on hose selection also has a chart for finding the working pressures and temperature ranges for various types of hose in various sizes.

Once you have zeroed in on the type of hose you need, you can move on to the sections that offer detailed pressure and temperature ratings for each series of hose. You'll find ordering information for each series so that you get exactly what you want, including options such as hydrostatic testing and lanyard tags.

Hose installation and maintenance

Proper installation is only the first part of the equation. In addition to proper installation, you need inspection and maintenance. In our pocket guide you'll learn how to take factors into consideration such as vibration, shelf life, bend radii, and motion absorption.

When you conduct periodic inspection of your hoses, the pocket guide tells you what to look for, such as blistering or discoloration.

Helping hand

The new pocket guide is only one convenient way that Swagelok can help you with hoses. Edmonton Valve & Fitting has hose experts who can answer detailed questions and discuss the particular applications you have in mind.

We locally stock a range of high-quality hoses and tubing products that can be built and customized for all your fluid system needs. Every Swagelok hose is assembled using standardized equipment, the same tight tolerances, and the same high-quality standards and standard work practices you expect from Swagelok.

If your company is in our service area, we'll deliver you a copy of the guide at no charge. Click here to get started.


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Our CNC Tube Bender Delivers Speed & Accuracy

Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 14:03 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Value Added Services, Tubing, Custom Solutions

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Complex bends and large runs are easy thanks to computer controls


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Need a 180-degree tube bend? No problem! Our CNC tube bender is fast and precise. Tube bending is one of our custom solutions, which you can learn more about here:

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We love to show off our CNC tube bender when customers take a tour of our shop. At 10 feet long, three feet high and three feet wide, this machine looks like a brute. But while it's powerful enough to bend bar stock, we use it instead to bend tubing with delicate precision.

The CNC bender can handle any tubing from a quarter-inch diameter up to one inch, and any wall thickness. It can bend any angle, even 180 degree bends. Its size allows it to handle bends with a radius of up to 42 inches.

One more time

But the big advantage of the CNC bender is repeatability. CNC stands for "Computer Numerical Controls." Once we program your job into the computer, we can create exactly the bends you ask for every time, no matter how complex the combination of angles.

We can create hundreds of finished pieces, and each will be identical. And it's fast, so even if you just need a couple of simple bends in a piece of tubing, the CNC bender is still ideal for the job.

When we finish your job, we store the specifications in the computer forever with a unique identification number. If you gave us a drawing in 2010, you can use it to produce fresh copies today. As with any valuable database, we backup our data to guard against accidents.

Copying and improving

In fact, we don't even have to start with a drawing. Give us the part you want to replicate, and we'll put it in our vector machine that works with the CNC bender. The vector machine scans your part, produces a 3D drawing of it, and sends the information to the bender.

We don't have to worry about wasted tubing, because our machinery will tell us the exact length to cut, down to a thousandth of an inch.

Maybe you have a damaged piece of tubing that you need to replace. We can use that as the starting point to recreate the original. We'll scan it and adjust the drawing to return everything to its proper alignment. We'll even print out the new drawing for you.

Or maybe you aren't exactly sure what the finished part should look like. We can start a drawing and show it to you, then make any adjustments you want until the design meets your approval.

Even if the original part is fine but you want to revise the design, we can adjust the dimensions in the computer to add an inch here or a bend there. The CNC bender assigns a different part number to each version, so you can always go back to the original design if you want.

Quick turnaround

Because the CNC bender is so quick and efficient, we often can turn out a single-part order on the same day it comes in. More involved projects usually can be turned out within a week.

 

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