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Our VIP Program Quantifies Our Extra Services

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 @ 08:01 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Value Added Services, inventory, Cost Savings


Value Impact Partnerships make it clear what our customers save each year


Edmonton Valve's mobile warehouse is just one of the many ways we are providing our customers with cost savings. The VIP program is a tool used to showcase the many cost savings we provide our customers.

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For the past several years we have been offering a special kind of VIP Program to many of our customers. The letters stand for Value Impact Partnership, a way to show how Edmonton Valve & Fitting has evolved from a component supplier to a solutions provider and, most importantly, a valued business partner with our customers.

Extra service

Over the course of a year, we can provide services that help customers save time and money. For example, we often provide inventory management services at no extra charge. That means we may go to a customer once a month and check what they need for inventory, draw up an order and have the products delivered. This frees the customer's warehouse staff to do other work, and eliminates freight charges.

Our VIP program also includes:

  • Supply chain efficiencies: The best parts are only the best parts if you have them when you need them. Edmonton Valve & Fitting makes sure you get them on time with solutions such as our mobile warehouse.
  • Procurement enhancements.
  • Energy management, field engineering and custom solutions services.
  • Specialized training programs, safety installation, safe product selection, industry experts and seminars. Swagelok experts are glad to show you and your staff the latest developments in fluid system technologies, on site or online.
  • Product evaluations, substitutions, fitting reclamation, and assistance with sourcing non-Swagelok products.

It adds up

It is not uncommon for us to perform more than 100 value-added events each year for a single customer. The cumulative savings can become substantial. While the savings will vary from company to company, they typically are more than 25 percent of what the customer spends with us each year.

That's what the VIP program tracks. We quantify those savings in a report. Usually we do it once a year, but we have recently automated many of our processes so that we can quickly gather information and report out savings whenever anyone wants to take a snapshot part way through the year.

Large and small

VIP is not just for large customers. Many smaller companies take advantage of our value added programs.

This year we ran 129 VIP reports, covering more than half of our yearly business. Many of these reports cover several customers plant or branch locations, which in itself is a benefit. Many of our customers are not aware of the extra services we are providing throughout their sites. Our VIP reports help them see what we do at multiple levels, giving them a greater awareness of the savings that are generated in various customer departments.

Would it make sense for your company to take part in our VIP program? Find out by calling 780.437.0640, or contacting us through our website

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Small Bore Tubing Has Big Advantages Over Piping

Wed, Nov 22, 2017 @ 08:11 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Cost Savings, Tubing


It's light, it bends, it creates a smooth flow path, and the installed cost is lower

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Threaded connection points are the most vulnerable areas to leakage in a fluid distribution system so why not reduce the number of threaded connections and switch your pipe system to tube.

Tubing Data PDF

Let's bust a myth about small-bore tubing. Too many people still think it's more expensive than pipe. That might be true if all you did was buy the tubing and leave it in a pile on the floor. But whether you buy pipe or tubing, you still have to install it. That's where tubing makes up the cost difference, and then some.

If you are welding pipe, you'll need a hot-work permit, plus a welding expert who will cost you about $100 to $150 per hour. A regular tube fitter can assemble small-bore tubing with only a half-day of training. And we offer the training as well as the tubing.

If you are installing pipe with threaded fittings, someone still needs to cut all the threads. With tubing, assembly is quick and easy. By the way, the reason pipe walls are so thick is not to hold more pressure, but so that material can be cut away to make the threads. The fact is, tubing has a much higher ratio of strength to weight than pipe does.

Extra advantages

Your piping design options will be restricted by the limitations of pipe. Pipe has to make a straight run from one connection to the next, whereas tubing can be bent. The bending means you can change direction without having to add a series of fittings. That means fewer potential leak points, and a smoother flow path than you would get with the sharp angles of piping.

Aesthetically, tubing looks a lot nicer too.

When it comes to weight, tubing is the obvious choice over pipe. That's important not only for the weight of the fluid system in place, but also for shipping. If you are an OEM and building an assembly, more weight means higher shipping costs.

Tools and training

Despite the name, small bore tubing is small only in comparison to the pipe it replaces. It's actually larger than most tubing, and includes anything from 3/4 inch on up. That means it requires special tools and training. But don't worry: Edmonton Valve & Fitting provides both. You don't even have to buy the tools, because we rent them.

Over the years, we've seen demand increase for our hydraulic swaging units and tube benders, which tells us that more companies are realizing to the advantages of tubing

Will small-bore tubing really save money compared to piping? We have a cost calculator that can show you. Call us at 780-437-0640 or contact us through our website, and then tell us the lengths of pipe you need, how many fittings, and other details of your project. We we can come up with an estimated cost comparison if you use small bore tubing instead.  

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Put Your Mind At Ease With Vendor Managed Inventory

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 08:02 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Value Added Services, inventory, Cost Savings


We'll replenish your inventory as needed, and we won't charge for shipping it to your site 


Our Vendor Managed Inventory services bring Swagelok product right to site to save you time and money. Edmonton Valve & Fitting will count, order and replenish your stock to free up time for your staff to work on revenue generating tasks. To request more information click the link below.

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Tracking inventory can be a pain. The counting, the ordering, the restocking, the frustration of not always knowing who grabbed the parts and where they were used.

To save you the hassle let Edmonton Valve & Fitting take care of it with our Vendor Managed Inventory service. We count the stock, figure out what's needed to replenish it, place the order, bring the stock to your location and put it away.

How it works

Give us a couple of weeks of lead time, and we'll send someone to your site to set up your VMI. We'll start by asking you if you have a preset minimum or maximum you prefer for your stock. We'll create a spreadsheet that lists each part, and ask you how often you'd like our inventory truck to stop by. Right now we're visiting customers anywhere from weekly to once every six weeks. Depending on where you are located, we may be able to add your company to one of the routes our truck regularly makes. You'll know exactly when to expect our driver to roll up.

As time goes by, you may realize you need us to visit less often (or more often) than originally thought. We may switch to coming once a month instead of every two weeks. Or perhaps we'll need to bump up the inventory level a bit. Even if you don't make a special request, we'll make a complete review of your parts levels once a year. Maybe you aren't using one part as much as you thought, but you need us to deliver more of another part. We're glad to do it.

And twice a year we'll count your stock to make sure your inventory is where you want it to be. If it's low, we'll adjust to make up the difference.

Free shipping

One of the best perks of being a VMI customer is that you don't pay for shipping on replenishing orders. Sending our truck to your location is no charge to you! For customers that live a few hours from Edmonton or one of our satellite offices, that can save $40 or $50 on a shipment.

We also can save you money by making the deliveries on a single purchase order for the year. Typically a purchase order costs a company about $70 when you figure in the manpower for accounting and other related tasks. Why cut a separate P.O. for each visit?

The parts themselves can be as small as our standard tube fitting or as large as bundles of 20-foot tubing.

Robocrib combo

We can also combine our Vendor Managed Inventory with our RoboCrib industrial vending machine. The configurable machines come in several different sizes so facilities can store 500, 1000, or 2,000 parts. The largest of the three dispensers has a footprint of only six feet by six feet.

This can be a lifesaver if you have been losing track of parts. Sure, they're being put to use somewhere, but who took them out of the parts drawer, and for what? If it's for a customer order, and you can't prove that a part was used, you may not be able to charge the customer for it.

With RoboCrib, each person who wants a part has to sign in and say what job the part is for.

Inventory can't get much easier than when you let Edmonton Valve & Fitting handle the job. Contact us through our website or by calling 780-437-0640, and we can get you started.


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Our Hose Advisory Crew Takes the Pressure off You

Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 09:02 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Value Added Services, local expert, Cost Savings, Hoses


There's no reason to put up with the costs and dangers or a worn out hose

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Hose damage, such as those pictured above, can be a costly issue. Our Field Services Specialists will identify ways to enhance your hose selection, installation, inspection and maintenance procedures to improve hose life and performance. 

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Five drops of hydraulic oil per minute adds up to 53 gallons a year — nearly a drum full. Even if you can afford the oil itself, you can't afford the environmental and safety hazard of that much leakage. A couple of pints of hydraulic oil can cost tens of thousands of dollars by cleanup crew and paperwork.

If your plant goes through a lot of hydraulic oil or other fluid, it's time for a hose checkup. Our Hose Advisory Services crew can help you regain control. It’s better to be prepared by taking a preventative approach.

Useful life

Hoses are often used in places where there's too much vibration for rigid tubing. The flexibility of hose makes it a good choice, but those vibrations ultimately will take their toll. Keep any hose in service too long, and you'll start to get leaks. The lower the quality of the hose, the faster the leaks will spring up.

A first in class plant will have a reliability engineer who builds a maintenance schedule, so you can change out old hoses before they break down. Unfortunately, many plants don't have a record of when hoses were installed. That's where we come in.

Our Field Services Specialists will walk the floor with you to fully understand your operation. We will look over each hose from one end to the other, listing all the components connected to it. We will identify the material the hose is made of, the size, the type of connection, and the length. We'll also note wear and damage.

Information on each hose will be recorded onto a spreadsheet. We then find the temperature, pressure and fluid run through that hose. All that information allows us to determine what type of hose is best for that application. It may be different — and better — than the hose already in place. We have 22 different hose types and 89 different end connections to choose from. Instead of continuously using identical replacements for failed hoses, you can treat the problem, not just the symptom.

We build all our hoses right here at Edmonton Valve & Fitting. We keep all the detailed information on file and make it available to your reliability engineer, along with recommendations for a maintenance schedule.

Planning ahead

We prefer to come out to a plant four to six weeks before the next scheduled turnaround. That allows us to collect information on all the hoses and put together kits for the replacements. For instance, we may find a combination of fitting, valve, filter and check valve on one end of the hose, and then a valve and fitting into a block on the other end. We will list all of the components, so if a customer wants to change everything out, we can pre-assemble it all. The person changing out the hose can do the job in a couple of minutes instead of having to identify components and make a trip to the shop for replacements. It can save hours.

From reduced maintenance costs and extended hose life cycles to improved safety, we’re here to take the pressure off of you. Make managing your hose systems a worry-free experience by setting up an appointment with Edmonton Valve & Fitting. 

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Getting the Most from Compressed Air Systems

Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 14:01 PM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Energy Advisors, SEA, Value Added Services, local expert, Cost Savings, Steam


The air may be free, but compressing it can be costly when your system leaks

 Leak Detector.pngPictured above is a leak found at a customer site by our team. After a leak is found through the use of our ultra-sound technology Snoop is applied to the area for visual verification. These leaks are then tagged and recorded to be fixed. 

Download: Cost of Leakage

Fortune magazine once described compressed-air systems as "probably the least efficient utilities in manufacturing plants." The air itself may be free, but not the machinery and electricity required to keep it under pressure. Every time air leaks out of the system, more air must be squeezed back in. This is a waste of money.

A longtime customer of Edmonton Valve & Fitting once saw that their two compressors were running at capacity, and had plans to add a third. Before the addition of the third compressor this customer had us check the system for leaks. We found so many leaks that once they were fixed the company didn't need to add a new compressor. In fact, they were able to take one of the existing compressors off line. That was about 10 years ago. We still check out the system for leaks twice a year. Altogether the company has captured more than $1 million in savings.

If you notice that your compressors are running longer without any other changes being made to the system, it's a good bet you've developed some new leaks. Even if the compressors are running the same as always, you could still have leaks. On average, uninspected systems lose 25 percent to 30 percent of their compressed air through leaks.

On the hunt

Leaks typically fall into three categories. The smallest are those that you probably didn't even know you had. Then there are leaks that you suspect but can't find on your own. The third category is when enough air is escaping that there's no doubt about the location of the leak.

Usually we're called out because the client already knows about a large leak and while we're on site we look for all other leaks.

We find leaks through ultrasound technology. The turbulence of the leaking air creates sound waves that the human ear may not be able to detect, but our equipment can. When we find a leak, we always follow up with a visual test by putting Snoop leak detector on the area and looking for the telltale bubbles.

Each time we find a leak, we list it on a spreadsheet, noting the location, severity, and the air pressure on that line and then tag it. In the course of a day we might find 100 leaks in a medium sized facility, even in operations considered "best in class." When we're done, we'll take you through the site and show you where the leaks are. We'll help you benchmark your system so that you can measure the improvement when all the leaks are fixed.

Here's a tip when you can clear your schedule to fix the leaks: If you work your way straight through from one end of the plant to the other, you probably can fix them all in one day. Too often, customers start with the worst leaks, and somehow never seem to make it all the way to the smallest ones. We know, because when we come back a year later, we see some of the previous year's tags still in place. By then, some of those small leaks aren't so small anymore.

Not just air

If it's expensive to lose air through leaks, think of how much worse it is to lose gas that must be purchased, such as helium or argon. And think of how much more dangerous a leak will be if the gas is flammable, such as hydrogen.

To get a more detailed look at the cost of leaks, download our free Hidden Costs of Leakage PDF. It presents some exampled of costs associated with compressed air leakage. Then contact us through our website or by calling 780-437-0640, and we can start helping you save money.

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Don't Have The Right Tools For The Job? Rent Ours

Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 09:01 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Equipment Rentals, Cost Savings


It's an affordable alternative to buying equipment you need only on occasion 

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Pictured above is one of our most popular tool rentals, the bench-top tube bender. If you're interested in more information on our tool rental program click the link below or give us a call.

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The best tools for the job

There's no substitute for good tools, but there is a substitute for the high cost of buying them; rent them from Edmonton Valve & Fitting. You pay only for the time you have the tools, whether it's a few days, a few weeks or a few months. Renting a tool for a day can cost as little as 1 percent of the purchase price.

The tool you require might be something as basic as a bench-top tube bender, one of our most popular rental tools. If you went out and bought a union elbow so that you didn't have to bend the tubing, you'd spend more than renting our tube bender for a day. For larger diameter tubing, 1.25 inches and up, we offer an electric bender.

We also have a tube straightener for getting the bend out of tubing that has just come off the coil. It saves a lot of frustration when you have a job such as installing a steam tracing line flat against a process pipe.

For big jobs you might want to rent our hydraulic swaging unit to pre-swage Swagelok tube fitting ferrules onto tubing prior to assembly which will save time and require less torque during assembly.

Another popular rental tool is our orbital welder for fusing tubing. Don't worry if you don't have any experience with that type of equipment, we offer training for the welder that can be hosted at our shop or we'll send someone to your site to train and certify your workers. Even our bench-top benders come with instructions. After all, we want you to take good care of our tools.

Good inventory

We try to keep more than one of every tool available so that we'll have one when you need it. When we see a high demand for a particular tool, we'll stock more of them. In many cases you can come in to rent the equipment the same day you need it.

It's hard to pinpoint demand, though, so the more advance notice you can give us, the more likely we'll be able to meet your needs. If you're really in a bind and we've already rented out the tool you need, we'll call another Swagelok distributor to see if we can borrow one.

Likewise, you may discover that you need a tool for longer than you anticipated. As long as your purchase order covers the rental cost, you can keep the tool until you finish the job. We'll even switch you from a daily rate to a weekly rate if that will save you money. If you realize you really ought to own a tool that you have been renting, we can sell it to you.

Yes, if you break something, we'll expect you to pay for repairs or replacement, but only if it's really your fault. Everything you'll need to know is in the rental agreement.

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Don't let a lack of tools slow you down on your next project. Please click here to get in touch - we respond fast! Or call 780-437-0640.


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