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Video: How Swagelok's Grab Sampling Systems Compare

Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 15:08 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Sample Systems, People, local expert

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Straight talk from pros, including Swagelok Field Engineer Stacey Phillips, on the difference between Swagelok Grab Sampling Systems and other options on the market.


"Every customer has a different set up in their refinery or their their area that they're working in. We have that localized capability to customize and we can go out to their site and see exactly where they're putting them. In that sense we have a little bit of an advantage."

- Stacey Phillips, Field Engineer, Swagelok Edmonton


Grab sample systems should be tailored to exactly meet your needs and simple to operate. Achieving that means having local, on-the-ground support.

Key advantages discussed in this video include:

  1. Swagelok grab sampling panels are simple and easy to operate; that's not the case with a number of other options we've seen.
  2. A lot of our competitors work through distribution networks that don't have a lot of experience with fittings and valves; here, we are fittings and valves experts and we are adding another component to them.
  3. Some of our competitors really seem to operate as parts suppliers; we think in terms of fulfilling customers' exact requirements through design optimization, customization, fabrication, assembly, and ongoing support.
  4. Our forensic capabilities are unmatched; if, for example, an analyzer cannot get the kinds of readings needed or is getting faulty readings, an operator will come and take a physical sample and bring it back to the lab to either confirm or diagnose an issue with the actual processing unit.
  5. With Swagelok, customers know they are getting a standardized offering available in just about any location, that adds tremendous value for those with multiple sites.
  6. Our customers can actually view prototypes and handle modification and tweaks to their design on-site with our engineers.

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Q&A: Swagelok Tube Fitting Pressure Ratings

Tue, Aug 07, 2018 @ 09:08 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Fittings, Q&A

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Customers often ask us about how to find out the pressure rating of a particular Swagelok tube fitting. Here's how our team provides the answer.

 Q1: What is the lowest-rated component in the system?

The pressure rating of a Swagelok tube fitting depends on the lowest rated component in the system in which it is installed.

Sometimes the lowest pressure rated component is a pipe thread, a pressure gauge, or a valve. Other times it will be the pressure rating of the tubing itself, and that will vary depending on the tubing's size, wall thickness and material of construction.  

Q2: Is the tubing softer than the fitting material?

Swagelok provides tables with the suggested allowable working pressure and suggested ordering information for tubing to be used with Swagelok tube fittings.

The key to selecting proper tubing for use with metal Swagelok tube fittings is that the tubing must be softer than the fitting material. Swagelok tube fittings are designed to work properly with the tubing that is suggested in the ordering instructions.

The tables show working pressure ratings of tubing in a wide range of tube wall thicknesses and outside diameters. Swagelok tube fittings have been repeatedly tested in both the minimum and maximum wall thicknesses shown in the tubing data tables. Swagelok tube fittings are not recommended for tube wall thicknesses outside the ranges shown in the tables for each size.

3. How will it be installed?

System performance also depends on correctly installing your Swagelok tube fitting. Check out this clip to see the kind of tube fitting installation training available in our seminars:

Brush up on fabricating, choosing tubing vs. pipe, applying thread sealants and lubricants, and more with experienced, Swagelok-certified trainers, and earn a signed Swagelok Certificate of Completion.


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Edmonton Valve's Travelling Grab Sample System Demo Panel

Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 12:07 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Fittings, Valves, Q&A, Custom Solutions, Sample Systems

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If you can’t make it to our office, we can come to you with our new Grab Sample panel*


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This past June we featured our new Grab Sample System demo panel, outfitted with clear tubing components and a clear cylinder. Interested in seeing a demo for yourself, send us an email and we can make that happen!*

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There’s no better way to see how something works than to see it live in action. That’s why we have built a Grab Sample System Panel with clear components, so you can see the fluid running through it and get a better perception of how it all comes together.

“Behind the scenes” look

We first showcased this Grab Sample panel in our Swagelok booth at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary this past June.What makes this panel unique is that we used clear components (tubing and sample cylinder) and ‘Swagelok Blue’ water running through the system. This gave those watching a detailed look at how the fluid moves through the system and fills up the cylinder as the sample.

“Seeing the fluid run through the system with the clear components was really cool and it gave me an unobstructed view of how this product works,” says one customer visiting our booth. “It was also great that I was able to get a description from the Swagelok account manager on what was happening in real time and answer my questions right on the spot.”

New to this system?

If you weren’t able to make it down to see the Grab Sample demo panel during the show and maybe aren’t too sure what the system is all about, here is a breakdown of what Grab Sampling can help validate:

  • Process conditions
  • The end product meets quality specifications
  • The online analyzers are ‘fit for use’
  • Quality of product during custody transfer

We also have a great resource page that goes into more details on Grab Sample Systems, with information ranging from covering the basics to system designs, and accessories. Access that information here.

Coming to you

Getting a live demo can really showcase what our Grab Sampling Systems are all about and we have our Grab Sample System set-up in our Edmonton office to do just that.  We will provide demonstrations to you and your staff, plus answer all your questions that you may have. Can’t make into our office? No problem. We can coordinate with your account manager to visit your location with the demo panel and give you that one-on-one time at your own leisure. Just give us a call or send us an email and we will get it set-up.

If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call one of our experienced reps for further advice. Please click here to get in touch.

*Note: Grab Sample Panel visits can only be set-up in our Sales & Services area but we would be happy to get you connected to your local Swagelok distributor - so still send us your request!

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Breaking Down the Facts on Why You Should Never Interchange Swagelok Components

Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 14:07 PM / by Adam Telenko posted in Fittings, Valves, Q&A

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We take a closer look at the dangers of “interchanging” Swagelok components and how it can impact the performance of the parts.


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Swagelok fittings should never be interchanged or intermixed with parts from a different manufacturer as this will lead to voiding of the Swagelok warranty and other major risks to the components themselves.. 

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With a seemingly endless number of tube fitting manufacturers on the market, we are often asked about the practice of “Interchange” or “Inter-mixing”. This practice is summarized as removing at least 1 component from a Swagelok tube fitting, and replacing the component(s) with those from a different manufacturer.

Is this a safe practice? Will the fittings perform to satisfactory standards? Who is liable if something goes wrong? What are you trying to achieve by ‘inter-mixing’ components?

These are all great questions! Let’s look at some of the issues involved:

  • CRN (Canadian Registration Number) deemed VOID if intermixing components
  • There is NO Commercial Design Standard for tube fittings
  • Swagelok has over 200 active patents for our proprietary design
  • Swagelok Warranty applies to Swagelok fittings only – intermixing voids any and all warranty
  • End Users absorb full liability if inter-mixing fittings
  • Field data clearly shows inter-mixed fittings carry the highest leak %

Swagelok policy

Over the years, we have become aware of many manufacturers with products, which purport to be interchangeable and intermixable with Swagelok-designed products. We do not believe that any manufacturer can reliably, repeatedly and uniformly replicate the products of another manufacturer. For this reason, we believe that interchanging and intermixing component parts made by different manufacturers can result in unpredictable performance and increased costs. We believe also that this is an unsound practice and can be dangerous in critical applications.

3rd-party opinion statements

  • “It is certainly not ABSA’s position to suggest that it is alright to inter-mix components from different manufacturers….. The user of such a hybrid would be assuming a significant safety liability, in addition to contravening the (Safety Codes) Act.” TSSA (Canada) memo ABSA (Alberta Boiler Safety Authority), a branch of TSSA (Technical Standards & Safety Authority)
  • “Experimental tests and finite element analysis has shown that the swaging and sealing mechanisms of fittings are different despite seeing geometric similarities. It was evident that no two companies produced components to the same dimensional or metallurgical specification and that pressure testing alone should not be used as the only means of validation." Intermixing Twin Ferrule Tube Fittings-Is it Safe?  Journal of Engineering Design, Mihsein and Seymour Vol. 10, No. 4, 1999

Not worth the risk

With the information above, an inter-mixed ‘hybrid’ fitting does not retain a CRN#, possesses a high likelihood of leaking or catastrophic failure, and does not carry a warranty. In other words, inter-change opens up users to high levels of risk in various aspects. Keep your Swagelok fittings in-tact and experience the benefit of our over 70 years of manufacturing the highest quality tube fitting components in the industry.

If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call one of our experienced reps for further advice. Please click here to get in touch.

 

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High-Pressure Corrosive Environment? High-Temperature Vacuum Environment? Meet Our FX Series Metal Hose (Video, Cutaway)

Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 06:07 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Hoses, Custom Solutions, Catalogues, Downloads

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You want the performance of stainless steel tubing, but the flexibility of hose. Swagelok has the solution: FX Series metal hose.




Swagelok FX hose is specifically designed for high pressure chemical, compressed gas, cryogenic, hydrogen & fuel cell, marine, oil & gas, power, and pulp & paper applications.

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Flexible hose with the strength of steel

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Meet Swagelok's FX Series metal hose, a double-braided hose series offering 1/4-inch to 2 inch nominal hose sizes with a temperature range of –325 to 1000°F (–200 to 537°C) and working pressure ranges from vacuum to 6000 psig through vacuum to 1122 psig.

It's all corrosion-resistant metal, from the 316L stainless steel annular convoluted core to the 321 stainless steel double braid layers to the 316 stainless steel end connections, which are welded to the 304 stainless steel collar. It can handle high pressure corrosive environments, high-temperature vacuum environments, and is an excellent choice anywhere permeation is undesirable.

Range of end connection options

You have your choice of end connections: Swagelok Tube Adaptors, Swagelok Tube Fittings, female VCO O-ring Face seals, SAE 37-degree (JIC) female swivels, female pipe threads, male pipe threads and tube butt welds. And, as with many other Swagelok hoses, you can get optional hose covers, hose tags and helium leak testing.

Assembly

There's a second kind of flexibility that comes with our hose: the flexibility to have our certified technicians provide and assemble components to meet your exacting requirements. We can provide high-volume tube bending and swaging, orbital welding, custom hose cutting and end connection selection.

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Good news: In one step you can get the Swagelok hose and flexible tubing catalogue, Hose Quick Look poster, and six product test reports. The catalogue contains detailed information on Swagelok's FX Series metal hose starting on page 11:

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How the Right Tool Rentals from Edmonton Valve Can save You Money

Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 11:06 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Equipment Rentals

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Rentals cost a fraction of the purchase price, and we can train you too

Cone and thread tool

Edmonton Valve has you covered for whatever tools you need for the job, ranging from tube benders and swaging units to straighteners and cone & thread tools (pictured above). Just let us know what your needs are and will help you get the job done. 

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You don't need to be wealthy to have a wide range of good tools at your disposal. Just come to Edmonton Valve & Fitting, and we'll rent out what you need to build and maintain a high-quality fluid system. You pay only for the time you use the tool, whether that's a month, a week or only a few hours.

We previously mentioned how you could rent our orbital welding equipment. Here are some of the other popular and useful tools in our rental stock:

Tube benders

We have several varieties of tube benders. There's a handheld model for light work, a benchtop bender for more involved jobs, and an electric bender for the heavy stuff up to 2 inches in diameter. If you aren't sure which is right for you, tell us about your project and we'll help you choose.

Swaging units

You'll also speed up the job by renting one of our hydraulic swaging units to pre-swage Swagelok tube fitting ferrules onto tubing prior to assembly. The final assembly will take less time and less torque. In fact, you can't get by without one when working with any fitting over one-inch in diameter. It's a popular tool on construction jobs because you can get a lot of work done without wearing out your arms.

Straighteners

Our two-plane tube straightener can relieve a lot of frustration if you are unspooling tubing from a coil and you want it to lie flat, such as when you are installing a steam tracing line on a process pipe. The straightener uses a series of ten rollers, five oriented horizontally and five vertically, to do the job. The straightener does have it's limits — you can't use it to take out a 90-degree bend. But if you drop some tubing and put a "wow" in it, this is the tool to get you back on course.

Cone and thread tools

If you've read our posts on high-pressure connections, you know that our heavy-walled tubing and fittings require a threaded tubing end. We're glad to prepare the ends right here in our shop, but sometimes you need to do it in the field because you aren't sure what lengths you'll need until you are at the site. With our cone and thread tools, you'll be ready to go.

Training

If you don't regularly use these tools, you might feel a bit rusty when it comes to best practices. Or maybe you are getting ready to use some of them for the first time. We can train you on all of them. We want your job to go smoothly, and we want you to take good care of our tools

Availability

We keep an eye on demand and try to stock enough of everything, so that we have the tools you need, when you need it. However, the more advance notice you can give us, the better. If we need to, we can even call another Swagelok distributor so we can borrow their tools.

If your job takes you longer than expected, you can hang on to our tools until you finish the job. We'll automatically switch you from the daily rate to the weekly rate if that turns out to save you money. You may even discover that you have enough work to justify buying a tool instead of renting it. If that is the case, we'll be glad to sell it to you.

Send us an email about your equipment rental inquiries and we will get you started!


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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 Sample Systems, Equipment Rentals

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

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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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Edmonton Valve’s Inspection Service Can Extend the Life of Cylinders

Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 13:05 PM / by Adam Telenko posted in Custom Solutions, Value Added Services, Sample Systems

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Cylinder assemblies take a beating in the field, so give them the attention they deserve

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Edmonton Valve’s Cylinder Maintenance program will put your cylinders to the test with a visual inspection, assessment of threads, fittings, etc., and a full detailed report on their overall condition with recommendations for repairs and further testing if required. Contact us if you would like to set-up a discussion for your own cylinder maintenance program. 

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Sample cylinder assemblies can face a rough life in the field. Unlike fittings or gauges, you don't just install them and leave them alone while they do their job, possibly for years. Cylinder assemblies go through an endless series of connecting and disconnecting and valves are continuously opening and closing. Valve stems are subject to wear over time as the seals are being exposed to different fluids, range of temperatures, and pressures.

The assembly may rattle around in a truck bed while being transported around the site. There's a lot of potential for sudden damage, such as someone dropping an assembly and breaking a valve handle, or long-term damage such as threads wearing out. Extreme cold weather that we have in Alberta definitely takes its toll too.

If you don't pay close enough attention to the wear and tear, leaks may develop at the connection points. In applications where a coating such as sulfinert is required, repeated use can wear away the coating and give you less accurate readings when the contents are analyzed.

Introducing our cylinder maintenance program

Just as you'd want a trained expert to inspect your car, trust the trained experts at Edmonton Valve & Fitting to inspect your cylinder assemblies. This year we have introduced our Cylinder Maintenance Program as one of our quality assurance services.

We will visually inspect your cylinders and any related assemblies, using a micrometer on the cylinder itself to ensure that the cylinder has not been deformed and is still within tolerance to operate safely under pressure. In our experience, sample cylinders tend to last a long time, but we have seen some instances of thread damage and rust or corrosion.

We'll assess the conditions of threads, needle valves, rupture disc valves, and fittings. When we're done, we'll write up a report for you, with detailed pictures of our findings. We'll make recommendations and, if you like, make repairs and tests.

Sample cylinders and their corresponding components all have a lifespan. This service is a great way to inspect these components to ensure they fall within certain safety parameters and guidelines.

All you have to do is decide how often you'd like us to perform an inspection (every three years or so is typical). One of our associates can visit your site to begin the conversation of a suitable starting point. This service is tailored to each specific customer and what results they are looking to achieve. We are excited about this new program and teaming up even more with our customers to provide a safe and efficient work environment. 

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For Consistency and Quality, Swagelok Orbital Welding Wins

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

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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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