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Hose Flexibility: Edmonton Valve’s Team Handles the Job In-house

by Katie Reid, on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 13:06 PM

We can build hoses in the types and quantities you need, when you need them

We offer hoses in custom lengths to meet your specific requirements, plus you can mix and match end connections — all with a quick turnaround time. This video shows our capabilities.

For flexibility in hose, you can't beat Swagelok's X, S, and W series of PTFE hose. They require minimal force to bend, yet they have a lot of "hoop strength" from the unique braiding we use.

There's another kind of flexibility that's important when you want the right hose for the job. It's the flexibility of our technicians who manufacture the hose to your specifications right here at Edmonton Valve & Fitting. We can handle orders from one piece to hundreds of pieces, and offer a wide variety of hose solutions. In some cases we can build a hose in as fast as five minutes.

Our abilities don't stop with assembly. We can do a hydrostatic test, an immersion test, and pressure decay testing. A lot of hose shops just make the hose and send you on your way. We test 100 percent of the hoses we make. In the hydrostatic test, the hose is filled with water, and then sealed. We hold it under pressure as we check for leaks where the end connection is attached.

Some hoses require that we provide a test certificate, and some don't. But we can provide documentation with any hose if requested. If the need ever arises, we can trace each individual hose back to the original assembler.

Certified skill

Our assemblers are certified by Swagelok manufacturing engineers. To pass, they have to produce three samples of every kind of hose we build. That's about 40 different hoses in all. Then each hose is put through vigorous testing.

While the equipment isn't that complex, it has to be used properly and safely. Our assemblers must be mechanically savvy and know how to read drawings properly, and must have excellent math skills for calculating the tolerances and crimp collar shrinkage.

Labeling and packaging

You can order our hoses with a variety of labels. Depending on the need, we can use self-adhesive labels, matte tags that are color coded, and Perma Tags with up to five lines of information and protected by a silicone gel and sleeve.

Some hose shops will bulk-bag their product. Not us. We single-bag every hose we make. We assume that the customers are using each hose individually.

Fast action

We plan for our production schedule with some capacity available for customers with emergency needs. We know that a leaking hose can shut down a whole system. A customer with that kind of emergency needs a replacement as fast as possible. A lot depends on the individual specs, but we can usually have a 20-foot hose ready in as little as 15 minutes.

To show you what we are all about, look at this video, Swagelok® - The Right Hose with the Right End Connections, to really see our capabilities. Give us a call to take advantage of our hose offerings, our office numer is 780-437-0640.


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