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Swagelok: Helping Provide That Extra Source of Brainpower

Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 13:08 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Q&A, People, Resources, Training, Value Added Services

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Up to 50% of skilled workers could retire withing the next 10 years - we can help relieve that pressure


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Building an effective training program can help maintain the skills of your experienced workforce and assist your new staff in getting up to speed. Let us help with our free resource, “Three Steps to Building an Effective Plant Training Program."

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Did you know last year alone Swagelok helped train approximately 40,000 individuals on their plant’s fluid systems? If you weren't one of them, we can assist you today. 

Building an effective training program

Not sure on where to start in building an effective training program for your plant and operations? Here is a quick overview on our free download:

  • How to meet the varied needs of your labour force
    (Step 1: "Don't leave anyone out")
  • Questions to ask when looking for a training provider 
    (Step 2: "Look for experienced instructors")
  • The proper follow-up for your people after training
    (Step 3: "Manage the 'forgetting curve' ")
  • Bonus tips for each step

Learn more about our training offerings, get in touch today. 

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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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Visit Our Booth at the Oil Sands Trade Show

Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 09:09 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Events, Custom Solutions, Q&A, Sample Systems

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Here's a chance to get your hands on some of our products in Fort McMurray


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Stop by booth 3317 at the 2017 Oil Sands Trade Show and Conference to see your local Swagelok associates and learn about our product offerings. You can register to attend the show for free by using code OST2K.


We'll be on hand to show off some of our Swagelok components, as well as the skills of our Custom Solutions department in creating various assemblies.

While Swagelok made its name with tube fittings, the company also makes many larger scale products for process piping, typically anything with less than a two-inch diameter. Take a look at some of our flanges and valves at our booth.

Then let us show you our grab sample modules. We've written about them before on our blog. You'll get a chance to see the various options in person, twist some handles and otherwise satisfy your curiosity.

If you don't feel like conversation, we'll have some videos to watch too.

Where to find us

You can find us in the Turnarounds & Maintenance Zone, look for booth 3317 in Hall C. Account Manager Andrew Worthington will be in the booth so you can find a knowledgeable fluid system expert any time from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 12th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 13th.

It's one thing to look at our products online. It's another to physically put your hands on it and have a face-to-face conversation with someone who knows the product well.

So stop by, say hello, and gather some free information and expertise from your Swagelok experts. Register to attend the show for free using code OST2K.


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Stop by Our Booth at the Global Petroleum Show

Thu, May 25, 2017 @ 14:05 PM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Events, Custom Solutions, Q&A, Sample Systems

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Here's a chance to get your hands on some of our products in June


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Stop by booth 1076 at the 2017 Global Petroleum Show to see your local Swagelok associates and learn about our product offerings. You can register to attend the show for free until June 5th!


June is almost here, and that means it's time again for the annual Global Petroleum Show, running from June 13 through 15 in Calgary. We'll be on hand to show off some of our Swagelok components, as well as the skills of our Custom Solutions department in creating various assemblies.

For instance you can see our Tap To Transmitter assembly, a collection of Swagelok process instrumentation components that includes a transmitter to send data back to the control room. The entire assembly can be built locally for you by your authorized Swagelok distributor.

You also can check out our rotating seal panels. The biggest single cause of pump failure is the shaft seal, responsible for 39 percent of all failures. And the average shaft seal costs about $5,000. Multiply that by the number of pumps on site, and you can see that it pays to keep those seals lubricated so that they'll last longer. We can create panels to do the job. Take a look when you visit our booth and we'll be glad to answer any questions about them.

While Swagelok made its name with tubing and tube fittings, the company also makes many larger scale products for process piping, typically anything with more than a two-inch diameter. Take a look at some of our flanges and valves at our booth.

Then let us show you our grab sample modules. We've written about them before on our blog. You'll get a chance to see the various options in person, twist some handles and otherwise satisfy your curiosity.

If you don't feel like conversation, we'll have some videos to watch too.

Where to find us

If you've been to the Global Petroleum Show before, you'll find us in exactly the same spot. If it's your first time, look for 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 6 p.m. on the first two days, and until 5 p.m. on the third day.

We do our best to have some senior representatives in the booth at all times, 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.

It's one thing to look at our products online. It's another to physically put your hands on it and have a face-to-face conversation with someone who knows the product well.

So stop by, say hello, and gather some free information and expertise from your Swagelok experts. Register to attend the show before June 5th and the registration fee is waived.


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More than Just a Facelift: Our Edmonton Valve Website Is Easier to Use

Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 16:10 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Q&A, Value Added Services

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Our redesigned site works just as well on your phone or tablet as it does on your desktop


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Noticed a change when you come to our website? The updated site is easy to navigate and gets you to where you want to be in fewer clicks. Plus it looks great on your phone or tablet! 


We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to make our website work better for you. Now we're showing it off and asking for your opinion.

Yes, we tried to make the site look better, but there's a lot more to it than that. Now when you visit Edmonton Valve & Fitting online, you'll be able to get more information, get it faster, and see it easily no matter what kind of device you are using.

Continuous Improvement - always

We really began beefing up our website back in 2012. That was the same year we launched this blog and started to make our most-requested written materials available on our site. We started posting to social media sites too. Since then we've constantly been adding content and tweaking the organization.

Along the way we noticed that we had to adapt to a fast changing tech world. New web tools come onto the market, and people adopt new ways of using them. We became aware that our old navigation tools were getting harder to use as we added more and more material. So we have worked out a better roadmap for our site.

Like every other company with a website, we realized that our content didn't always look the same on a smartphone or a tablet as it did on a standard desktop computer. Now you should find the site just as easy to use no matter what device you choose.

Reorganization

We didn't stop there, though. We also wanted to take a step back and make sure our information was presented in the most logical way. We analyzed which parts of our site were most popular, and tried to make them easier to reach. Think of it as being able to take more direct flights to the information you want instead of having to make a stopover first.

We've introduced product pages where you can get all the available literature on a given product category such as tubing, regulators, filters, and more. We have collected our video files under our Resources link, along with plenty of catalogues. As part of making it easier to get information, we've reduced the number of forms we ask you to fill out.

More to come

This isn't the end of our list of improvements. In fact, it's only the beginning. Technology will continue to evolve, our content will continue to grow, and Swagelok will continue to set new standards for fluid system components. We are excited to share out that content with our readers.

Come back often to see what's new. And let us know what you think, your opinion matters to us! Email marketing@edmontonvalve with your feedback, comments - thanks!


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Are Your Fluid Systems Skating on Thin Ice?

Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 10:09 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Sample Systems, Custom Solutions, Q&A, Value Added Services

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Our new white paper explains some best practices for reducing risk

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When we think about reducing risk in the workplace, we often picture people wearing safety goggles and hard hats. While those are good practices to prevent physical injury, there are other kinds of workplace risk to deal with. Some of them involve how your fluid systems are designed, fabricated and assembled.


It starts with parts

Obviously, low-quality parts introduce one kind of risk. But even high-quality parts can cause problems if you can't get them quickly, or if the materials aren't compatible with the fluids in your system. Then there's the question of the design itself. Two designs might both get the job done, but one may have too many potential leak points or take up too much space.

The risks also extend beyond the efficient operation of your fluid system. Think of the risk to your company's reputation if you can't deliver what your customers are expecting.

Our six-page paper, available here as a free download, looks at these risk in detail and lays out some of the ways a company can reduce them.

Careful planning

If your company rarely has to design, fabricate and assemble its own systems, this white paper will help you consider some of the less-visible challenges involved. If your company frequently designs, fabricates and assembles, this white paper can be a useful tool for improving performance.  

The smartest way to deal with a risk is before it blossoms into a problem. But you have to know what to look for. Download our white paper today for some insight from the experts in fluid systems.

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Alphabet Soup Part II: Swagelok Acronyms From F to N

Fri, Oct 16, 2015 @ 16:10 PM / by Katie Reid posted in Q&A, Regulators, Resources, Fittings

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There are some long and informative names behind all those letter combinations


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Product groupings that have common Swagelok acronyms include the Pre-Engineered Subsystem products, regulator series, and Swagelok fittings.


In an earlier post we went through some of the acronyms you'll run into when you read our blog. Last time we covered letters A through E. This time we continue on through the middle of the alphabet. Check back to see future posts that will take us all the way to Z.

FDH – Fluid distribution headers are common components used in a variety of gas and liquid applications. An FDH provides a flow path while allowing multiple outlets, acting much like a large branch fitting. This is one of the many preassembled subsystems available from Edmonton Valve & Fitting.

FLIR – Forward looking infrared radiometer cameras are sophisticated thermal-imaging tools for detecting leaks. Any time there's a problem that generates heat, a FLIR camera can find it. A hydrocarbon leak shows up as a cloud on the camera screen, even though it's invisible to the naked eye.

FLM – Fast loop modules are designed to handle high flows in sample transport lines to reduce time delays for online analyzer systems. Located at the analyzer shelter and offering a bypass, the Swagelok FLM can isolate the sample system and introduce a purge gas for system cleaning. The FLM extracts a sample through a filter while using the high flow rate of bypass to keep the filter element clean. 

FSM – When analyzing a gas sample, it's important to move the sample quickly. One way to speed up delivery is to lower the pressure. That's where a Swagelok field station module comes in. When this pre-engineered subassembly is placed directly off the supply tap, it lowers the pressure of a gas as soon as possible.

ISO – The International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental membership organization that sets standards of all kinds, from standard musical pitch (ISO 16) to sample preparation of iron ore (ISO 3082) to software testing (ISO 29119). Edmonton Valve & Fitting supports and maintains the ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems.

K Series – The letter K in our K Series regulators is a nod to the series origins at Kenmac Ltd., a British company that Swagelok acquired back in 2003. At the time, regulators were the only gap in Swagelok’s product line for analytical instrumentation. Since then, Swagelok has closed the gap to become your supplier for sample handling. The K Series includes 17 different models of pressure-reducing, backpressure and specialty regulators.

MPC – Our Modular Platform Component system lets you pack more instrumentation into less space. A substrate channel holds the drop-in components that provide the main flow path. Then it's literally a snap to add surface-mount components to create the fluid distribution system. Swagelok also makes an interactive software tool called the MPC Configurator to help you plan out the details.

MTR – When a customer purchases tubing, they are able to conveniently access our material test report website that will provide details on tubing heat numbers. For example, a sheet might tell you that a particular type of welded tubing contains so much chromium, nickel, and other elements. It also could list the tensile strength, hardness, and other properties. It also show that the product has passed a series of tests. 

NPT – The National Pipe Thread standard applies to tapered threads on pipes and fittings. NPT threads usually require application of sealing compound or tape to prevent leaks.

Up next we will be posting acronymns in the P-R range! 


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Alphabet Soup A-E: Shedding Some Light On Swagelok Acronyms

Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 09:09 AM / by Katie Dennis posted in Q&A, Resources

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If you've ever wondered what some of those letter combinations mean, read on


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With an abundance of industry acronyms it is easy to get confused. In this four-part series we will define some of our more common acronyms and if you ever need clarification just get in touch and our associates will be happy to help. 

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In every industry, people throw around acronyms. It saves a little time and energy, and it can signify that we all share some common ground. The thing is, there are a few of us who aren't exactly sure what some of those letters stand for. Even if we all know what an NPT thread is, we might not all know what NPT stands for.

Here are some acronyms you may have run into on our site, and what all those letters mean:

ANSI: American National Standards Institute, a nonprofit organization that has been creating "norms" for business since 1918. ANSI flanges are an easy way to transition from a mechanical/piping system to an instrumentation system. The unique Swagelok Flange Adapter comes with either a tube fitting end or a tube adapter end.

ASTM: Even ASTM International has stopped spelling out its full name, which used to be the American Society for Testing and Materials. This is the group that develops testing standards. When you ask for a traceable certificate of compliance, it will include written statements that the product will meet industry standards and Swagelok requirements (such as ASTM A276, or ASTM A479).

CAD: Computer Aided Design replaced pencil and paper as the way an idea gets turned into a set of drawings and specifications. The breakthrough software was AutoCAD, introduced in 1983. Other programs followed, and today's top CAD software can produce 3D drawings.

CMTR:  A Certified Material Test Report is a document saying that all material are in accordance with specified requirements. This can include the results of all chemical analyses in relation to requirements, test examinations produced by original melting, forging or casting mill. This will certify compliance specifications used to produce the material, as well as chemical and mechanical properties for bar stock, extrusions, castings, forge rod, and forgings.

CRN:  A Canadian Registration Number authorizes that a product has been accepted and registered for use in Canada. Swagelok tube fittings, for example, have been issued CRNs in Alberta, stating that the design has been accepted and registered for use. It is nation-wide, except for BC.

CSA: The Canadian Standards Association is yet another group that sets the standards for products. The CSA mark shows that products have been certified by an accredited third party lab and have met applicable standards as required by North American law.

DESO: Swagelok quick-connects with double-end shutoff stems have valves, and shut-off when uncoupled. This is to distinguish them from single-end shutoff stems, which have no valves and remain open when uncoupled.

eDTR: Our Electronic Desktop Technical Reference software makes it easy to browse the Swagelok catalogue without a web connection. It can be searched by keywords, and shows you related components. Best of all, it's free!

Stay tuned for more of our acronym series coming soon, next up: F - N!


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