Don't Throw Out Those Swagelok Fittings Upon Disassembly
by Taryn Hardes, on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 @ 07:01 AM
Fitting Reclamation keeps parts in service longer, saving you money
One of the many advantages of the Swagelok two-ferrule fitting design is the ability to re-use the body without leaks. With our Fitting Reclamation program, we'll show you where it makes sense in your system to re-use and refurbish.
As much as Edmonton Valve and Fitting likes to sell Swagelok products, we don't want you to waste money on items you don't really need. One of the many advantages of the Swagelok two-ferrule fitting design is the ability to re-use the body without leaks. Most of the cost of replacement is in the fittings, not the nuts and ferrules. Sometimes you don't even have to replace the ferrules. With our Fitting Reclamation program, we'll show you where it makes sense in your system to re-use and refurbish. It's just one more part of our Value Impact Partnership effort to help customers.
For instance, if you are taking a system apart for maintenance or repair, and putting it back together in exactly the same way, you probably can use the original fittings and ferrules. You only have to determine that the tubing has not been damaged at the end or weakened through corrosion.
If you have made changes in the system design, by moving a fitting to a new location or changing the tubing, you can't re-use the nuts and ferrules, but you can still re-use the fitting bodies. Even on a simple connector, you are saving a big percentage of the cost of using all-new parts. Think of a cross or a tee that is more robust - there is a huge cost savings opportunity there.
Some customers may feel a bit skittish about re-using parts, especially if they have been using other brands. But those who have been using Swagelok know they can trust the name. Swagelok created the two-ferrule design more than 65 years ago, and no one has been able to top it yet.