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2014 Articles

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Coming Soon: Swagelok® VCR Face Seal Fitting Installation Training

The Swagelok VCR Metal Gasket Face Seal Fitting is the go to fitting in UHP gas systems. Learn why, how it works, and how to correctly install it. Posted July 30, 2014.

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Bringing Swagelok Catalogs and Technical Information To Your Desktop

The Swagelok Electronic Desktop Technical Reference (eDTR™) was born here at Swagelok Northern California. Posted July 23, 2014.

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It's Back: Swagelok Process Analyzer Sampling System Training

Improve your sampling systems reliability and effieciency with our five-day PASS class, August 25-29, here in Fremont. Posted July 17, 2014.

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This Week SEMICON West in SF - Next Week Swagelok Training in Fremont

This week our products are on display at SEMICON, next week our training will be on display in Fremont. Join usWednesday, July 16th 12pm-2pm for Tube Fitting Safety and Installation Training or Thursday, July 17th 12pm-2pm for Tube Bending Training. Posted July 9, 2014.

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Swagelok Tube Bending Training Makes The Learning Curve Easier

Hands-on and practical tube bending seminar for beginners and experience fluid system professionals. Join us Thursday, July 17th 12pm-2pm. Posted July 2, 2014.

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Developing a "Feel" for Tube Fittings Can Lead to Big Problems

Stop relying on "feel", join us Wednesday, July 16th for hands on training in tube fitting installation best practices. Posted June 25, 2014.

SEMICON West 2014

SEMI President Karen Savala Previews SEMICON West 2014

Read about what is happening this year at SEMICON West 2014 and get free registration courtesy of Swagelok Company. Posted June 18, 2014.

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Swagelok Training Classes - Not Just For Newbies

Periodic refresher courses help everyone perfom better on the job. Posted June 11, 2014.

 

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Swagelok Northern California Invites You To Swagelok Summer School

Stay up to date on fluid system selection and installation best practices through Swagelok training. Posted June 4, 2014.

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When Will It Burst? Recap of the Swagelok Northern California Video Contest

In our first five videos, we have covered a lot of topics and burst a bunch of tubing.  Here is a quick recap and a look ahead. Posted May 28, 2014.

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When Will It Burst? #4 Using Swagelok Inserts With Soft Plastic Tubing and Swagelok Tube Fittings and Burst Contest

In this video, see who won the third When Will It Burst? contest, learn about using Swagelok inserts with soft plastic tubing and Swagelok tube fittings, then enter the next burst contest. Posted May 21, 2014.

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FAQ: What is the Temperature Rating of a Swagelok Tube Fitting?

There are other factors beyond material of contstruction that determine temperature rating. Posted May 14, 2014.

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When Will It Burst? Contest #3 - Welded Stainless Steel Tubing

In this video, see who won the second When Will It Burst? contest, learn about the Swagelok Tubing Data sheet and tubing derating factors, then enter the next burst contest. Posted May 7, 2014.

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What is the Pressure Rating of a Swagelok Tube Fitting?

Read the answers to the top three questions from the Swagelok Northern California Blog including, what is the pressure rating of a Swagelok tube fitting? and where did the When Will It Burst? video series idea come from? Posted April 30, 2014.

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When Will It Burst? Now In the Burst Chamber - Stainless Steel Tubing

In this video, see who won the first WWIB? contest, learn about the Swagelok Tubing Data sheet and tubing selection, then enter the next burst contest. Posted April 23, 2014.

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Swagelok Northern California Teaches At Graduate School

We help UC Santa Cruz teach a new generation of scientists and engineers. Posted April 16, 2014.

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When Will It Burst? In The Swagelok Burst Chamber - Copper Tubing

See copper tubing burst while refreshing your knowledge about how to install a Swagelok tube fitting. Then guess when it will burst for a chance to win a prize! Posted April 9, 2014.

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Swagelok Northern California Video Series Asks When Will It Burst?

Introducting our new video series and contest "When Will It Burst?, and a word about tube fitting safety. Posted April 2, 2014.

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Swagelok Training: Welcome to the "When Will It Burst?" Video Series!

In this video series, you will get a sample of Swagelok training, see tubing or hose burst, and get a chance to participate by guessing when it will burst! The best guess wins a prize...Posted March 26, 2014.

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Seven Reasons To Use Swagelok Tube Adapter Fittings

Swagelok tube adapters can help you shrink assembly size, fitting inventory, installation time and labor costs as you simplify installation and eliminate difficult alignment problems and potential leak points. Posted March 20, 2014.

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Classic Publication on Swagelok® Tube Fittings Now Available Online

Even after 50 years, the Swagelok Tube Fitter's Manual is still the go-to guide. Posted March 12, 2014.

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Meet the President of Swagelok Northern California, Rod Fallow

Last month we celebrated President's day, in this week's article, we are featuring our President, Rod Fallow. Posted March 5, 2014.

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Swagelok Northern California Wishes Dirk Miller A Happy Retirement

Account Manager, Dirk talked the talk, walked the walk - and put Swagelok parts to some novel uses. Posted February 26, 2014.

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Blogging live at the Swagelok Northern California vacuum show booth

See our vacuum products, demo our electronic catalog, and get a sneak peak at our new video series today in San Jose. Posted February 20, 2014.

 

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Engineered To Perform Under Negative Pressure: Swagelok Ultra-Torr Vacuum Fittings

Come visit our booth and see Swagelok vacuum products on display at the NCCAVS Vacuum Exhibition this Thursday in San Jose. Posted February 13, 2014.

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Meet Matt and Joe at our Santa Clara Customer Service Center

They keep our South Bay will call facility humming, now at a new Santa Clara location. Posted February 5, 2014.

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Living Classroom Gives Kids Knowledge to Grow On

Garden based learning provides hands-on lessons that stimulate curiosity. Posted January 30, 2014.

Top Ten

Infographic: 25 facts about Swagelok Northern California

How many millions in local inventory? Annual R&D investment by Swagelok? Reps' average years' tenure? ... and other intel. Posted Jan 23, 2014.

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Top 10 Swagelok Northern California Technical Resources

Check out the resources that our customers found most valuable last year. Posted Jan 15, 2014.

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Top Ten Swagelok Northern California Blogs of 2013

Check out last year's most read blogs. Posted Jan 9, 2014.


2013 articles

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A Year Of Swagelok Northern California Blogs In 790 Words

Quickly check out the blogs and resources you may have missed during the year. Posted Dec 20, 2013.

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FAQ: To Fill Or Not To Fill a Swagelok Pressure Gauge?

That is the question, and here are some tips to help you find the answer. Posted Dec 12, 2013.

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Swagelok Pressure Gauge Selection and Installation Tips

Choosing and installing a pressure gauge is not always as easy as it seems. Posted Dec 5, 2013.

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The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, how could we show radical hospitality to people outside of our family and friend circles - as Massasoit did? Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013. 

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Meet The Customer: Swagelok PTFE Tape Isn't Just For The Birds

Find out how this Swagelok Northern California customer discovered the value of Swagelok PTFE tape pipe thread sealant. Posted Nov 7, 2013.

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FAQ: What tubing should I use with Swagelok tube fittings?

Technical Service associate Jason Burns has been compiling a list of frequently asked technical questions. Here's one - with our answer. Posted Oct 24, 2013.

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ISO 9001 Certification: Swagelok Quality System Goes Above And Beyond

ISO certification combined with the Swagelok Quality System, it's a recipe for success. Published Oct 18, 2013.

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Which is Best for Your Job: A Tubing Assembly, or Pipe?

Don't let the thin profile fool you. For many applications tubing is simply better. Published Oct 10, 2013

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Swagelok Northern California: We Are Only As Good As You Say We Are

The Net Promoter Score survey helps us find out how our customers (you) are experiencing our service. Published September 26, 2013

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Swagelok Keeps American Manufacturing Alive And Strong 

Swagelok's Ohio operation is training a new generation of machine operators. See how in this new blog and video. Published September 19, 2013

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09.12.2013 Swagelok Materials Expert Joins Case Western; Two Articles Available Collins helped Swagelok stay in the forefront of materials development; download sample articles.

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08.29.2013 Back Pressure Regulator Questions and Answers Extra information our webinar audience wanted from field engineer, Eric Kayla; download the webinar slide deck.

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08.22.2013 Last Chance to Preview & Register for Today's Back Pressure Regulator Webinar Watch a clip from the webinar and register.  If you missed the webinar, register anyways, so we can send you the presentation slides and alert you when the replay is posted. 

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08.15.2013 Pressure Regulator Webinar series: Feedback from attendees Eric Kayla returns August 22 for "Back Pressure Regulators Made Simple".  Hear what attendees said about his previous presentations and watch a three minute clip from the upcoming webinar.

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08.07.2013 5x Detail in New Technical Bulletin on Pressure Regulator Flow Curves Bulletin expanded from 16 to 80 pages; now covers nitrogen based flow curves for 8 series of Swagelok pressure reducing regulators.

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08.01.2013 8/22: Inside Swagelok Back Pressure Regulators with Eric Kayla Another in a series by Eric Kayla, Swagelok's traveling guru on the subject.

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07.25.2013 Get Ready for a Webinar on Back Pressure Regulators Swagelok field engineer Eric Kayla returns to show us how they work and how to use them.

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07.18.2013 Remembering Joe Callahan, Former Swagelok Chairman In 42 years with Swagelok Company, Callahan earned 23 patents; served as chairman, chief executive, and president; and wrote the Tube Fitter's Manual.

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07.16.2013 Our View On The SEMICON West 450MM Transition Forum As the industry gets ready for larger wafers, holding down costs through collaboration and innovation is the key to profitability.

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07.09.2013 Swagelok Joins Facility 450 Consortium to Help Lead 450mm Transition Swagelok collaborates with leading companies to guide next-generation wafer fabs.

DE Springless Diaphragm Valves 

07.02.2013 Another Innovative Swagelok Valve: The DE Series Diaphragm Valve The Swagelok DE Series Springless Diaphragm valve features two innovations in valve design. Get the latest catalog and technical report.

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06.27.2013 Case Study: Swagelok Dielectric Hose In Semiconductor Manufacturing Swagelok W Series PTFE hose solves the problems of temperature control and excess bulk.

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06.19.2013 SEMICON Forum: What it Takes to Switch to 450mm Silicon Wafers The switch from 300mm silicon wafers to 450mm will be complex and expensive.

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06.12.2013 How Swagelok Northern California is Getting More Social Jeff Hopkins makes sure we show up wherever customer want to find us.

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06.12.2013 Swagelok ALD Valves for Chip Makers on Display at SEMICON West As microchips get even smaller, manufacturers need consistency in ALD valves; see Swagelok's ALD valves at booth #1431.

Industrial Sampling Systems Book 

06.05.2013 Tony Waters Wrote the Book on Industrial Sampling Systems Tony Waters packs a half century of expertise into the most thorough work on sampling systems ever created.

Custom Solutions Team 

05.30.2013 Two Kinds Of Flexibility: Swagelok Hose And Our Custom Solutions Team Our local team can build hoses in the quantities you need, when you need them.

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05.16.2013 Biopharmaceutical Firm Meets Higher Demand With Swagelok PFA Hose Customer saves money, gets better performance, and increases efficiency with Swagelok U Series PFA hose.

Swagelok training 

05.09.2013 Swagelok Installation Training Ensures the Job Is Done Right We will train you to install Swagelok fittings and valves correctly -- so you'll get top peformance. 

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04.30.2013 Process Analyzer Sampling System Training Reduce system errors and improve process reliability with this 5-day PASS training from Swagleok Northern California

Swagelok Tube Bending Training 

04.25.2013 Taking Our Swagelok Tube Bending Training on the Road Can't join us in Reno? Tap into our training right here in Swagelok Northern California

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04.17.2013 Coolant Management: Unique Teflon® hose helps chip makers keep cool New microchip production processes demand better hoses -- Swagelok Northern California has them.

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04.10.2013 Swagelok Hose Webinar Q&A: When NOT to Use Static Dissipative Teflon Hose If your were unable to attend our webinar, here are some questions you missed and access to additional hose selection tutorials.

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04.03.2013 7 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Swagelok Hose Important selection considerations and tips on installing your Swagelok hose.

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03.28.2013 Swagelok Hose Tech Tip: Selecting the Correct Hose End Connection The right hose with the right end connection will keep your process performing safely and cost effectively.

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03.21.2013 Swagelok Hose Blog Round-Up: Have You Missed Any of These Posts? Make sure you are getting the full picture on Swagelok hose through these blogs and our upcoming webinar on hose selection.

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03.13.2013 Swagelok Hose Expert Provides a Tutorial in Hose Selection This excerpt offers a taste of what to expect during our April 4th technical webinar on hose selction.

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03.07.2013 Swagelok Hose Webinar: 5 Steps to Selecting the Right Hose for Your Fluid System Get a fast-paced 25 minute techical briefing on April 4th at 10am PT from Patrick Werrlein, a Swagelok Hose expert who led Coreflex LLC.

Swagelok Tech Tips 

02.28.2013 Flattening Pressure Reducing Regulator Flow Curves Good, better, best: Learn three ways to confirgure your pressure regulator and find out which one will maintain more consistent down stream pressure and minimize droop.

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02.20.2013 New Pressure Regulators Guide Is Now Available This new guide looks at the parts of a regulator and how they work together. It also explains the key element in sizing: the flow curve.

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02.15.2013 Handling Negative Pressure: Where to see Swagelok vacuum products Download information on our fittings used in vacuum systems and stop by our exhibit at 34th Annual Vacuum Equipment Exhibition.

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02.12.2013 Best Applications for Swagelok K Series and RHPS Series Regulators Review the differences between some of the lines of pressure regulators that Swagelok offers. Replay the January 2013 technical briefing on choosing the right pressure regulator for the job.

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02.06.2013 How Swagelok Fittings Helped Limit Damage after Japanese Quake How AVANTech, Swagelok Columbia, and Swagelok Company helped limit the spread of radioactive water after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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01.23.2013 "Sizing Pressure Regulators" Q&A Recap; Slide Deck Now Available See expert answers on pressure regulators and test your knowledge.

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01.17.2013 Live at 10am: Pressure Regulator Webinar Tips on determining how much flow can pass through a specific model of regulator while maintaining the desired outlet pressure.

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01.11.2013 Video: Supply pressure effect in pressure reducing regulators How to manage supply pressure effect; choosing the right pressure reducing regulator for your application.

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01.09.2013 The Mismatched Pressure Regulator: Don't let this happen to you How one of our customers had to backtrack after installing the wrong size pressure regulator.

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01.04.2013 Video: Key pressure reducing regulator terms explained In 3 minutes a Swagelok field engineer explains pressure regulator creep, droop, lockup, and seat load drop.

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01.2.2013 Old Gas Lines Should old components be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should old components be forgot, On old gas lines...

 

2012 articles

12.27.2012 Wittkopf's Goal: Wrap Swagelok® parts in the best possible experience. Learn how our Director of Operations, measures product quality, ship-to-promise, and more.

12.25.2012 Twas the night before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, and all through your place, Not a leak could be found, not even a trace....

12.20.2012 Video: Theory and Operation of Pressure Reducing Regulators Watch a technical briefing on the theory and operation of pressure reducing regulators.

12.17.2012Swagelok PTFE Hose: Bringing new flexibility to fluid systems. Swagelok® PTFE hose less force to bend so it is easier to install, especially in tight quarters.

12.14.2012 Skill: Top field engineer to show how to choose a pressure reducing regulator. One Jan 17th a field engineer will show how to properly select a pressure reducing regulator.

11.27.2012 John Siino: Working to put Swagelok parts in your hands quickly It doesn't matter how good Swagelok's products are if you can't get them when you need them. As warehouse manager, John Siino is working to get them into your hands quickly.

11.24.2012 Eleven Things I Am Thankful For Jeff Hopkins shares what he is thankful for -- at home and at work. What are you thankful for?

11.13.2012 Choosing the Right Swagelok Valve for the Job: Part 2 In Part 1 of our series on valve selection, we looked at the types of valves best suited for the basic on-off function. But valves can do a lot more. In this post we will look at flow control, direction control, and overpressure protection.

11.09.2012 Q&A: What is a two-stage regulator's effect on supply pressure? Participants sent in questions during our October 2012 webinar on fluid system regulators. We ran the presenter's answers to 5 of the questions last week - now see answers to more plus download a 4 page PDF with the full Q&A.

11.02.2012 Q&A: 5 pressure regulator questions What if you oversize a regulator? Does the supply pressure effect happen with both liquids and gasses? Can you use a backpressure regulator for overpressure protection? Eric Kayla answers.

10.23.2012 Skill: Tube fitting assembly, one inch and under A benefit of using Swagelok® tube fittings is their ability to be disassembled and reassembled many times. See a demonstration.

10.17.2012 Skill: Applying PTFE tape to tapered pipe threads Applying PTFE tape is a simple procedure. This article and video show how. Then download information on Snoop®, Goop®, SWAK®, and more.

10.08.2012 Smart engineering make Swagelok fittings the right choice While some fittings may look like Swagelok parts at first glance, they can't be made to meet Swagelok's engineering standards. Here's why.

10.02.2012 Gaining the Tube Fitting Advantage Reliable fittings are crucial. Some designs are inherently better than others.

09.27.2012 Always Make Sure Your Hoses Are S.T.A.M.P.E.D. Jeff Hopkins explains how seven factors are the keys to getting the right hose at the right time. Ready to get into the details? Download our catalog of hose and flexible tubing.

09.24.2012 Video: Use of standardized subsystems in fluid sampling In a 30 minute technical briefing, Tony Waters and Doug Nordstrom discuss the use of standardized subsystems for capturing, conditioning, and transporting process samples to analyzer systems.

09.21.2012 Learn about pressure reducing regulators straight from the expert In a 40 minute online briefing on Oct. 25th, field engineer Eric Kayla will go over common misconceptions about regulators, such as a regulator's effect on pressure and flow. Jeff Hopkins tells how to participate.

09.10.2012 Meet Eric Kayla, a leading expert on Swagelok regulators Swagelok has worked with some customers' older employees for their entire careers. Now people like Eric are helping to transfer retiring employees' knowledge to a younger generation at plants and facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Tip: hear Eric live on Oct 25th.

08.21.2012 35 Slides: Use of pre-engineered subsystems (PrESS) in process analyzer systems PrESS turns a one-off complex product into a standardized product with a warranty and manual -- so you get single part numbers, pre-validated performance testing, and more. Look under the hood of 5 modules.

08.16.2012 Flow Control: Don't let pressure regulators throw you a curve When we talk about matching a pressure regulator to the job, one of the primary tools is the flow curve. Get an overview of flow curves and how they work plus links to key downloads in this piece by Jeff Hopkins.

08.14.2012 Steam Systems: Do you know yours like the back of your hand? Set up properly, a steam system can be easy to deal with for a decade or more. Oddly enough, that longevity can sometimes pose a challenge for the newer members of maintenance crews, writes Tony De Luca.

08.02.2012 You Asked for It! Q&A on building sampling systems with PrESS Mark Petures answers questions about customization, lead time, and use of non-Swagelok components in pre-engineered subsystems (PrESS).

07.25.2012 Parts & Performance: Tank blanketing regulators keep the peace It’s very popular to simply run a nitrogen line into a tank, and a relief valve out. The steady stream works, but it also wastes a lot of gas. Jeff Hopkins offers tips on choosing a tank-blanketing regulator instead.

07.20.2012 Coolant Management: Inside Swagelok hoses for use with dielectric media Some people may have trouble comparing Swagelok’s apples to the other manufacturers’ oranges. They may see the other hoses costing less, not realizing they’ll also have to add the cost of the insulation to the standard product.

07.17.2012 Building process analyzer sampling systems with pre-designed subsystems This Thursday, hear industrial process analyzer expert Tony Waters discuss the use of standardized subsystems for capturing, conditioning, and transporting process samples to analyzer systems.

07.11.2012 Swagelok hoses can handle the heat; Suitable for use with dielectric media

06.28.2012 Parts & performance: Selecting the right regulator for each job

06.26.2012 Swagelok at 65: ‘Pride of perfection’ in fluid-system products pays off

06.21.2012 Pressure Regulators: Always changing to meet the need

06.19.2012 Get up to speed on pressure regulators with the Swagelok Northern California Blog

06.18.2012 Swagelok Northern California Blog debuts June 2012



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