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Meet Don Yahn: Custom Solutions Field Engineering Support

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 14:12 PM / by Katie Reid posted in People, Custom Solutions, Value Added Services

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With a lifetime of field experience to draw on, he's a hit with our customers


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"In this field, the training is never ending as the technology is constantly evolving," says Don Yahn, one of the newest members on Edmonton Valve's Custom Solutions Field Engineer team. 


Don Yahn, one of our newest team members in Custom Solutions Field Engineering Support, carries a lot of credibility when he talks to customers. For 34 years he worked at Shell Canada's Scotford Refinery, so he knows firsthand the complexity of dealing with fluid systems in the field.

Since the spring of 2018 he's been using that vast store of knowledge to support our Custom Solutions team and provide field engineering to our customers. Frequently that means traveling to customer sites with our sales associates to see where Custom Solutions might help customers with issues they may be having. It's not unusual for Yahn to suggest solutions that the customer never realized we could provide.

Listening to our customers

Yahn puts a lot of emphasis on listening to customers and then thinking back to when he may have dealt with a similar issue.

One recent visit started out with a discussion on issues the customer was having with pressure regulation on gas streams. It quickly evolved into a discussion regarding filtration and the frequency with which they were changing filters on multiple sample streams.

"I asked some basic questions, took that information away and did some research, and found they had been using the wrong filters all along," Yahn says. "They were just doing what the site had always been doing and hadn’t really questioned why they were changing filters so often."

Yahn's recommendation should reduce their maintenance workload significantly so the customer can focus on other priorities.

"Many of the issues I’ve seen thus far have been one’s I’m familiar with, so I’m comfortable having those discussions," he says. But he also has a wealth of industry research to draw on.

"In this field the training is never ending as the technology is constantly changing to keep up with the evolution of computing and processing of data," he says.

Industry experience

Yahn also has provided some basic design overviews for customers that aren't sure about certain issues or where to turn for support.

"Sometimes just a quick discussion or some email exchanges can help them move forward with making the changes, knowing that the issue was looked at and re-affirms their own thoughts," he says.

The deep knowledge Yahn possesses is hard to come by. He graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology back when there were less than 20 graduates from The Instrumentation Engineering Technology department. When he left Shell, he was Senior Instrument Technologist Major Projects.

He takes pride in always trying to "do the right thing" and having his contributions valued. He also takes pride in the acknowledgement that others have given him for passing along his experiences and helping their careers.

"In my career at Shell I was used to people coming to me with a problem and looking to me to come up with a solution," Yahn says. He sees his role at Edmonton Valve as an extension of that mentoring. "I make myself available to everyone at Edmonton Valve & Fitting if there’s an area where I can contribute to their success."

Interested in getting Don Yahn and our Field Engineering team out to your site? Contact us by clicking the "Message Us" below to get it set -up!

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Video: Animation Shows How to Use Swagelok's Standard Gas Panel

Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 11:09 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Sample Systems, Custom Solutions

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Swagelok grab sampling panels are simple to operate. This 90-second animation shows an example.



Our customers need a reliable grab sample system that can be available across multiple sites and between site locations and still support specific application needs. That's why Swagelok has developed a number of standard grab sample panel designs for use in all types of plants and facilities where fluids are being processed.

Two system types allow for capture into one of two types of containers — pressure‑containing metal cylinders as found in the Grab Sample Module (GSM) or non-pressure‑containing glass or polyethylene bottles as found in the Liquid Only Sampling Module (GSL).

Standard panel designs

Part of the value of a Swagelok grab sample solution is that you're getting a standardized offering available in just about any location. That adds tremendous value for those with multiple sites. Plus, no need to worry about adjusting your sample because of a system limitation. We get it correctly configured from the start.

Easy operation

Another part of the value is Swagelok grab sampling panels are simple to operate (that's not the case with a number of other options we've seen). For example, to operate our Standard Gas Panel:

  • Turn sample valve to VENT
  • Release the quick connect (at the top of the cylinder)
  • Connect your sample cylinder to the quick connect and close the clamp
  • Connect the hose the cylinder’s bottom
  • Open the cylinder valves and turn the sample valve to SAMPLE
  • When the cylinder is full, reverse the process (watch the animation for details)

Three ways we can help you with grab sampling today

  1. Click to schedule an assessment—Improve your sampling systems reliability with an expert, in-depth evaluation of your sampling systems, from tap to grab sample station
  2. Click to use our Grab Sample Product Selection MatrixSee a summary of common system criteria and the grab sample system recommended for each combination
  3. Click to view our Grab Sampling Systems Application Guide—Browse the available Swagelok grab sample system configurations

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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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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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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

Cylinders Maintenance

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. 

INFO: Cylinder Maintenance


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

Welder

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

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

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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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Our CNC Tube Bender Delivers Speed & Accuracy

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

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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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We'll Put It Together: Electropneumatic Custom Valves

Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 13:02 PM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Custom Solutions, Valves

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A little bit of custom work can make a big difference getting components in place

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Our Custom Solutions department can build actuator assemblies like the one pictured above to save you the need for in field assembly, find out more about our Custom Solutions capabilities below.

Custom Solutions


When we talk about Custom Solutions, it may sound like a process for creating complex systems of components. While we are glad to take on big projects, Custom Solutions can also mean taking care of some simple modifications here at Edmonton Valve & Fitting so that you don't have to do the work at your site.

Take a basic component such as our 40 Series one-piece instrumentation ball valve, or our 60 Series three-piece ball valve. The standard configuration comes with a nylon handle, but we also can supply you with pneumatic actuators for those applications when you don't want to (or can't) turn the valves off and on by hand.

There's yet another option by adding customer specified three-way solenoid valves to the actuator to create an electropneumatically actuated assembly. In operation, an electrical signal goes to the solenoid to switch on (or off) the air supply to the actuator.

Ready to use

What Custom Solutions means in this case is that we install the solenoid on the actuator, and deliver the finished assembly to you. All you have to do is tell us the specifics of what you need. Are you running 120 volt AC, or 24 volts DC? In an emergency, do you want the valves to default to an open or closed position? You may want a fail-closed configuration to shut down operations, but you might have a critical line that needs to stay open. We'll also ask you how much air pressure is available.

To start the conversation, all it takes is a note through our website or a quick call to call to 780.437.0640.


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To Slay Ice, A Steam Lance Is The Weapon Of Choice

Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 15:02 PM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Steam, Custom Solutions, winterization

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It's also great for eliminating solidification of asphalt, heavy oils and plastics


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The Steam Lance, pictured above, is an unique product that comes pre-assembled and ready to use and install at your site. For all the product's highlights and benefits, download your copy of the Steam Lance info sheet.

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When you need to fight ice buildup on equipment and you don't want to shut down your system, it's time to grab a steam lance.

The basic construction is simple: A length of insulated tubing, heat-shrink boots to seal the insulation, and a steam-rated ball valve at the end. Hook it up to a steam line, and you are ready to clear out plugged piping, remove ice from the exterior of structures, and get frozen drain valves flowing again. You can use it on tubing runs, steam-assisted gravity drainage, containment vessels and ice-coated instruments.

The lance can also be used to eliminate solidification of asphalt, heavy oils, plastics and more.

Variation on the theme

Edmonton Valve & Fitting offers a couple of variations that make the steam lance even easier to use. We put a 12-inch piece of insulated pipe upstream of the valve, giving the operator something to hold on to other than the steam hose itself. We also insulate the valve to further protect the operator.

And we now offer the option of a handle on the other side of the valve, so that you don't have to hold the valve itself while using the lance. That can be especially desirable when you're wearing thick hand protection in cold weather.

We can make our lances to the length you want, too. (We've made them as long as 22 feet, but the jacketed tubing is available in even longer runs than that.)

Click here to get a free information sheet.

Easy to order, easy to use

There's no need to cobble together some do-it-yourself equipment that might cause a safety hazard. When you order a Swagelok steam lance, you get an assembly that already has been pressure tested and comes ready to use right out of the box. It has a single part number too.

Edmonton Valve & Fitting is an expert on steam, and we know all about dealing with cold weather. Put that combination to work for you by calling 780-437-0640 to ask about steam lances, or send us a note through our website.


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