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Bringing Swagelok Catalogs and Technical Information To Your Desktop


The Electronic Desktop Technical Reference (eDTR™) was born here at Swagelok Northern California

All Swagelok catalogs on your desktop and always up to date get more info »

Readers who have worked with fluid system components for more than a few years might remember having no choice but to wade through page after page of printed parts catalogs. It was a great breakthrough when Swagelok was able to put catalogs on CD-ROMs. But we knew that technology had given us the opportunity to make life even easier on our customers. That's why we came up with Swagelok's Electronic Desktop Technical Reference software, known to most of us as the eDTR™.

The free eDTR™ software makes sure your desktop always has the freshest version of Swagelok's catalogs. Updates are downloaded to your computer via the Internet through a “one-click” update process – no more waiting for literature deliveries or quarterly CD-ROM revisions. It installs quickly onto your hard drive from a flash drive that's pre-loaded with the eDTR™ software.

Team effort

But how did the eDTR™ come about? While Swagelok Northern California knows plenty about fluid systems, we don't pretend to be software experts. For that specialized knowledge, we turned to John Pataki of Logical Labs in Folsom. He was recommended to us by one of our staff members whom had worked with Pataki and stayed in touch. Pataki's background is not in pure computer science, but rather from engineering jobs that gradually concentrated on task automation.

"John has a unique background that makes him an ideal developer of tools to be used by technical people. He is a degreed engineer with engineering experience and was familiar with Swagelok products," said Rod Fallow, president of Swagelok of Northern California.

When we met John seven years ago, he was working as a consultant at Lockheed Martin helping the engineers maximize their use of engineering software tools like Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics. He had also started to help them automate complex processes with software that he developed. With that background, he is able to quickly understand what we are trying to accomplish for ourselves and for our customers and in the process make intelligent suggestions that further improve the tools we are developing.

Pataki started talking with us in 2008, and had figured out a working system by 2009. The eDTR™ software was such a big hit with customers, that by 2010 many other Swagelok Sales and Service locations were also using it. The software became so popular that in 2011 Swagelok Company brought the eDTR™ software into the worldwide Swagelok organization.

Pataki has grown Logical Labs over the years into a viable team able handle a variety of projects and solutions. So in the same way that Swagelok Northern California can create custom solutions for our customers, Pataki and his team at Logical Labs created a custom software solution for us.

Great reception

"What the account managers and customers like best about the eDTR™ is the instant access to all the available technical information in an easy to search format," Fallow said. "The eDTR™ has become the go-to tool for fast access to all of Swagelok's technical information."

Customers love the ease with which they can find the solutions they are looking for. Customers also value the speed - no waiting time to download a 5 MB catalog, only to find out that what you were looking for was in a different catalog. The ability to quickly flip from one catalog to another is also valuable.

"Rod is very much on the leading edge of innovative ideas and willing to take the risk and try something new," Pataki said. "I think that keeps him ahead of the curve."

You can stay ahead of the curve to by requesting a free copy of the eDTR™ from our website.

As they say on the late night television infomercials, "But that's not all! There's more!" In an upcoming blog post, we'll introduce you to the next step in making life easier for our customers: Mobile applications.


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It's Back: Swagelok Process Analyzer Sampling System Training


Improve reliability with our five-day PASS class August 25 though 29 in Fremont

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Five-day (August 25-29) hands on course taught by seasoned sampling system expert, Tony Waters, digs deep into designing, building, maintaining, and trouble-shooting process analyzer sampling systems get more info and register here »

It takes a good fluid sampling system to make a process analyzer reliable. That's why it's so important to properly design and build the sampling system. Our five-day course in Fremont next month is an ideal way to improve your skills. This is a great program for chemists, engineers, technicians, and any pro involved in the design or operation of process analyzer sampling systems.

Once again we're bringing Tony Waters to Fremont to show how it's done. Waters has more than 50 years of experience with process analyzers and their sampling systems, having worked in engineering and marketing roles for an analyzer manufacturer, an end-user, and a systems integrator. He also founded three companies to provide specialized analyzer services to the process industries.

His five-day course will show common design flaws that produce inaccurate results. It also will cover stream switching, sample conditioning and more.

Intensive work

The first day will cover the fundamentals, including basic performance criteria and how to diagnose and fix time delay problems. Day 2 will put the class to work with a group project to design a complete sampling system. Day 3 will move on to advanced design concepts such as phase preservation, with another group project. Day 4 will go through advanced calculation and more group work. Day 5 covers stream and calibration selection, techniques of stream switching and a chance for the groups to present their work.

Attendees will get a certificate of completion and can go home with all the course materials. They'll also get meals and a copy of Waters' 744-page book titled "Industrial Sampling Systems: Reliable Design and Maintenance for Process Analyzers." 

Come to the class and get the book

The book is designed to teach, not be a reference.

"We tried to make it accessible for anybody with a high school education. There are some parts that require a little extra science, basic physics mainly. But it was designed for an analyzer technician in a plant to pick up and read," Waters says. "The language is not hard and boring. I'm surprised Swagelok allowed me to make it so light."

For attendees it’s like taking home a refresher course. It's hard to memorize and recall everything Waters covers in the five days. The book will bring it all back. On top of that, it has chapters on the fundamental measurements of temperature, pressure and flow. It's especially helpful in understanding the metric SI system of measurement which will come in handy. It's the system most of the world uses, and the language that Waters will use in the class. (So brush up on your meters and Pascals.)

Comments from last year's attendees

"Outstanding! Hard concepts made easy to understand. Very valuable class exercises. Good practice to help learn the concepts."

"Lectures were very valuable and relevant. Great exercises with real life examples. Great deal of information that might not be attained anyplace else in industry in one class."

"I'll use what I learned every time we have a new installation at our site."

"The lectures were very valuable especially the trouble shooting and verification. The group project helped us to think and actually look at the way things truly work."

"The group project allowed us to see real challenges and real solutions.  The class covered real world refinery applications."

"The lectures put the concepts and calculations into real life situations and the class exercises put the calculations and formulas into action."

"Tony has a wealth of knowledge and kept things lively even when the topic was dry"

Sign up now

We have a limited number of seats, you can get more details and register here »

By the way, bring a good pen or a sharp pencil for making calculations in class. It's simple division, rather than calculus or trigonometry, but there will be a lot of them.


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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 and next week our training will be on display in Fremont

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Swagelok products are known world-wide for their quality and reliability. We offer quality training, too get more info »

Each July, SEMICON West comes to San Francisco, and this year it is bigger and better than ever.  We previewed SEMICON West 2014 in our June 16th blog article that featured Karen Savala, President of SEMI Americas, titled: SEMI President Karen Savala Previews SEMICON West 2014

SEMICON West began Tuesday, July 8th and runs until Thursday, July 10th at 4pm.  You can visit us at booth #1329. We are featuring Swagelok® ALD valves, Swagelok hose, Swagelok tools and equipment including our M200 orbital weld system.  Visitors to our booth will be the first to see two pre-release valve innovations on display for the first time:

1. New actuator technology for our Swagelok Thermal-Immersion Diaphragm Valves

2. New valve seat technology for our Swagelok DP series high performance springless diaphragm valve

You can still get free registration courtesy of Swagelok here

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Swagelok tube fitting safety seminar

Join us at our Fremont facility Wednesday, July 16th, from 12pm-2pm for our tube fitting safety seminar. Get tube fitting safety and installation training from the company that invented the tube fitting.  The hands-on lecture/lab seminar is conducted by Swagelok certified trainers.  It covers the basics of tubing systems including tube fitting design and function, tubing versus pipe systems, proper tube fitting installation procedures, troubleshooting exercises, and more. Attendees will not only get instruction on how to install a tube fitting, but will also install a few themselves. Lunch is included in the registration fee. 

You can find out more and register here »   

Swagelok tube bending seminar

Join us at our Fremont facility Thursday, July 17th, from 12pm-2pm for our tube bending seminar. The hands-on lecture/lab seminar is conducted by Swagelok certified trainers. It covers the basics of tube bending including tube preparation, care, and handling, familiarization with the tools used in tubing system fabrication, exercises that teach techniques to determine the "exact" length of tubing needed to complete a system, exercises that demonstrate time saving fabrication techniques, and more. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

You can find out more and register here »   


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Swagelok Tube Bending Training Makes The Learning Curve Easier


Join us at our July 17th Tube Bending Seminar in Fremont

Tube Bending Training
Join us Thursday, July 17th from 12pm-2pm at our hands-on, practical tube bending seminar get more info »

There's art as well as math behind getting the most from a length of tubing

Ever see the printed instructions that come with a new tube bending tool? Most people haven't. They learn to use the tool either through trial and error, or they find someone willing to pass along their expertise. We make it easy to gain that expert knowledge with our tube bending classes.

We have created a Tech Tip video to show you the very basics of tube bending. But there's more to skilled tube bending than merely bending a tube. Good layout and execution can enhance the esthetics of a system and reflect on the quality of the product. Skilled technicians know how to properly plan and measure a job so that they have the minimum of scrap pieces left over.

Most of the classes are for people who have only limited knowledge about tube bending, according to Jason Burns, our technical service manager. But if we get a class of experienced benders, we can still show them some tips that they might not necessarily know.

The class is designed for anyone who works with tubing, including the fabricators, contractors and technicians who assemble the systems. Engineers and draftsmen who design tubing systems have taken the class to get a better understanding of the capabilities and limitations of bent tubing systems.

Even the labor unions covering the tube fitting trades turn to us to teach apprentices who hope to become journeymen, as well as journeymen wanting to increase their skills. Each year, we provide tube bending training at one or more of the local pipe trades training centers.

Plain and fancy

In fact, there are several methods of tube bending. When people need to know the basics, we teach them a simple technique that will produce satisfactory results. For people with advanced skills, we teach Swagelok's own method, which is more involved and more accurate. For companies that go through a lot of tubing in a year, the more involved method can mean big savings. One customer came to us when the company realized it was tossing out about $50,000 worth of scrap tubing each year.

"If you are willing to do more math, you will have more exact lengths," Burns explains.

Like most other skills, the longer a person does it, the better they usually get. That's very important in the field, where the crew may not have a set of drawings to work from. All they are told is to run the tubing from Point A to Point B, and to avoid various objects along the way.

"Some guys have gotten so good at it, it's like a work of art when they are done," Burns says. "When you see the complexity of the bends in the systems these guys are putting together, it is awesome."

We also have several different tools that bend tubing. Our classes focus on our hand tube benders, but we also have bench-top models, plus a heavy-duty tool for bending tubes with an outside diameter of up to 2 inches.

Training Trainers

Burns has an appreciation of good tube bending because he went through the training himself. Like many people who work at Swagelok Northern California, Burns worked his way up from an entry level job in our warehouse. He took the certification course, and then attended more classes to learn the details of our training methods.

"It didn't seem terribly difficult at first," Burns said. "But once you start to look at all the aspects of bending and trying to duplicate a drawing to spec, that's where it can become kind of daunting."

There's always something new to learn. Even some veteran tube benders have remarked that they thought they already had learned all the markings on the tools, but after our classes they realized there were some they hadn't known about.

Are there aspects of tube bending you wish you knew about? Join us Thursday, July 17th from 12pm-2pm for our hands-on practical tube bending seminar get more info »


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Developing a ‘feel’ for tube fittings can lead to big problems


Stop relying on "feel", join us at our July 16th Tube Fitting Safety Seminar  

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Learn more about our Swagelok Tube Fitting Safety Seminar and register for the one taking place Wednesday, July 16th get more info »

The Swagelok® tube fitting takes the guesswork out of installation and adds reliability

When you’ve done a job over and over, you start to develop a feel for it. You just know the right time to shift gears, or the right amount of backspin to put on a ball. It’s a mistake to take the same approach to valves and fittings, however.

Swagelok tube fittings take the guesswork out of installation. There’s a right way to pull up the fitting, and it’s the only right way regardless of how it feels: Fully insert the tube into the fitting and against the shoulder, rotate the nut finger-tight, mark the nut at the 6 o'clock position so you know your starting point, and while holding the fitting body steady, tighten the nut one and a quarter turns to the 9 o'clock postion (3/4 turn for 1/16" - 3/16").

Even though the instructions are easy to follow, not everyone gets the message or remembers it. Earlier this year we had a training class for about a dozen people from the same company. We asked them a simple question: What are the proper installation instructions for a Swagelok fitting?

“I think we got five different answers,” says Jason Burns, one of our trainers. Some of them may have been thinking of the pull-up instruction to another company’s fittings. Maybe they were taught the wrong technique years ago by someone who didn’t really know what he was doing. Or maybe years of doing the job have made some people overconfident in their ability to know when they’ve done the job right.

Learning by doing

Working by feel also is a problem because our fittings come in a variety of materials, depending on the intended use. We drive this point home during our training classes by having the attendees assemble fittings made from different materials.

“We have them do the easy one first and the harder one second,” says Mike Valentine, asenior account manager who is also our training manager. “If they can go by the feel of the easy one, they would be significantly under-tightening the harder one.”

Working by feel means you can never know for sure that you have a good seal. That can lead to some real safety issues, according to Valentine. Some of our fittings are used in lines supplying toxic gasses to machinery. A bad seal exposes people to dangerous fumes. Some of our fittings are used in lines that run caustic chemicals. A leak can damage other equipment and cost thousands of dollars for repair. Even if you are running something as basic as air or water through your system, poorly installed fittings can mean lost production time and lost profitability.

There’s no need to work by feel. Swagelok Northern California can train your new hires to do the job right from the start, and remind the experienced staff. We can even present a train-the-trainer program so that you can maintain your own culture of high-quality work.

You’ll end up with the right kind of feeling: Confidence that the installation will be as good as the Swagelok tube fittings themselves.  

Tube Fitting Safety Seminar

We are offering a tube fitting safety seminar on Wednesday, July 16th from 12pm - 2pm at our Fremont facility.  Lunch is included. Your can learn more about it and register here »


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SEMI President Karen Savala Previews SEMICON West 2014


Annual trade show adds Semiconductor Technology Symposium to events list

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Free registration (a $150 value) to SEMICON West 2014 is available courtesy of Swagelok Company here »

We're looking forward to making another appearance this July at SEMICON West 2014, the flagship annual event for the global microelectronics industry. We recently checked in with Karen Savala, president of SEMI Americas, about what to expect at the 44th year of the conference and exhibition, and what issues the industry is facing.

New this year at SEMICON West is the Semiconductor Technology Symposium, which is a new comprehensive technology and business conference addressing the key issues driving the future of semiconductor manufacturing and markets. Aligned with the latest inputs from the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), sessions at the STS will focus on the critical trends shaping near-term semiconductor technology and market developments in areas including 450mm, advanced processes and materials, lithography, metrology, yield, design packaging, and test. For 2014, the Test Vision 2020 workshop will join the STS session agenda to address the key trends in ATE. STS is a paid conference with premium content, reserved seating and networking lunches. SEMICON West still has over 50 hours of technical and business programs and events and 20+ hours of free TechXPOT sessions. More than 600 exhibitors will be at the show.

"As far as topics, it's all about R&D," Savala says. "Front-end wafer processing, advanced materials, packaging, testing, and a new focus on components and subsystems." The hot topics include: vertical transistors, FinFETs; graphene; next-gen memory architecture; advanced materials; More than Moore technologies; manufacturing challenges for mobile/IoT; 450mm; EUV; and 3D-IC. This year, SEMICON West features three special displays— nascar, 3D Printing and a Fuel Cell car.

Savala added that “Process innovations for semiconductors are expanding across adjacent and emerging microelectronics technologies and new and emerging markets require collaboration across the supply chain. SEMICON West serves as a platform for collaboration and exploration of new business and technology opportunities.

Supporting startups

The barrier to entry for startup companies is high these days, partly because many private venture capital firms have lost interest in semiconductors, she says. That's why SEMI introduced the Silicon Innovation Forum last year, and will repeat it this year.

"Silicon Innovation Forum connects early-stage technology companies and prospective investors from industry and the investment and venture capital community. The Forum gives exposure to innovative start-ups and entrepreneurial companies while also providing exhibitors, attendees, and investors the opportunity to identify new prospective partners and business opportunities. The program this year will provide a unique platform for 25 or 30 startup- to mid-stage companies. SIF is sponsored by the corporate venture arms of Applied Ventures, Intel Capital, Micron Ventures, Dow Chemical, Tokyo Electron, Samsung Venture Investments and BASF," Savala says. "These companies have their own corporate venture arms to go out and look for new technology."

Executive sessions

The keynote addresses this year at SEMICON West include Mark Adams, COO of Micron, . "What's interesting about them is that they have been on an acquisition spree. So they are now a major player in memory manufacturing," Savala says. "I'm sure they will be talking about their new view of the world from this vantage point.”

The SEMI behind SEMICON West

SEMICON West has always been a popular event, but not everyone who attends has a deep understanding of the organization behind the event.

SEMI supports its members by helping them get together to discuss new developments and solve challenges. Savala says, “While SEMI is focused on semiconductors, it's much more than that. We are also the association for Printed Electronics, MEMS, photovoltaics, flat panel displays and other related technologies.

Savala has a rare perspective on the semiconductor industry, having watched it grow and change as she rose through the ranks during her 30 years with SEMI. When she started, fresh out of college, a considerable amount of chip manufacturing was done right here in California. Then offshoring became the trend. Today, it looks like local manufacturing is making a comeback.

"I believe that companies have found that the allure of offshoring hasn't really paid the dividends that they hoped it would," Savala says. "We see wages in China growing. Over time, that labor cost advantage that you thought you were getting is not there."

450mm transition

SEMI standards such as safety standards, purity standards of chemicals, equipment uptime and other benchmarks provide important consensus and documentation for coordinating efficient advancement of technology.  Similarly, SEMI plays a crucial role in the coordination necessary to proceed with the early stages of planning for the transition to the manufacturing on 450mm wafers. 
This transformation is not just about 450mm wafers and 450mm wafer tools, but about the facilities and supply chains that support it.  "SEMI, as a neutral party, brings the relevant and interested players together to talk about common issues in a pre-competitive way," Savala says.
Swagelok is part of the Facilities 450mm Consortium, known as F450C. Along with other industry consortia, F450C is working hard to hold down operational costs, improve tool and equipment uptime, and otherwise provide long-term benefits as the industry builds high-volume 450mm facilities. Swagelok's role within the F450C will focus on tool installation efficiencies, cleaning specifications, training requirements, safe working environment standards, and other facility requirements.
While the urgency of volume-manufacturing implementation has abated pending synchronization among the IC makers that may eventually build a 450mm fab, continued supply chain coordination and planning remains relevant.  Savala says, “Of course, SEMICON West will keep attendees up to date. We will be featuring a day-long program on Thursday, starting with our traditional 450mm panel discussion.  There also will be a panel discussion about how wafer transition timing will affect current manufacturers.”

One of the questions is whether some of the development work done for 450 can be retrofitted or applied to 300mm to optimize technology for another three to five years. "A long tail of supply chain participants, who may not be as close to the tool development programs, will benefit from better understanding of the overall transition planning," Savala says. "Collaboration is an overused word. Everyone throws it around like it is easy to do. We would like to see that these conversations provide material guidance to help companies’ better plan and allocate resources through a dynamic and uncertain transition.”  

When you come to SEMICON West to keep up with the news of the industry, we hope you'll stop by the SEMI booth (#1329) in the South Hall. We'll be there through the entire event, July 8-10 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Get free registration to SEMICON West 2014 courtesy of Swagelok Company here »


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Swagelok Training Classes – Not Just For Newbies


Periodic refresher courses help everyone perform better on the job 

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Leak tight fluid systems don't happen on accident. It takes quality components and installation know-how.  At Swagelok Northern California, we provide the quality components and the training you need to select and install them correctly get more info »

Most of us probably have worked with a guy we’ll call the Old Hand. He’ll often say that he’s been doing the job longer than you’ve been alive, and he’s forgotten more about valves and fittings than you’ve ever learned. The trouble is, he may be right about the forgetting part.

Sure, there’s no substitute for years of experience. We rely on Old Hands to spot problems before they become obvious to the rest of us, and to recall various tips and tweaks that can only be learned by doing the job over and over.

Where the Old Hand can get into trouble, however, is in gradually drifting away from the right way to do simple jobs. Take the task of attaching a fitting to a piece of tubing. Swagelok makes it easy. But there’s still a right way and a wrong way to install a Swagelok® tube fitting. The right way is to firmly seat the tube in the bottom of the fitting, mark the nut at the six o'clock position, and then give the nut one and a quarter turns (3/4 turn for 1/16"-3/16"). Anyone can tell at a glance if the mark on the nut has ended up in the right place. Try to do it by feel or some other way, and you’ll get leaks or other problems. In fact, the No. 1 cause of leaks in our surveys is under-tightening, and installer error is the primary cause of under-tightened fittings.

Revealing errors

How do we know the Old Hand isn’t always sticking with best practices? We’ve had him in our training classes. Here’s how it usually plays out: The boss sends a group of Old Hands to us for a refresher class. We can tell they don’t think they need more than five minutes of reminders on how to do the job right.

The first thing we do is pass out some tubing and fittings and have them install them any way they like. Then we check the results. Usually we discover that 25 percent to 75 percent of them have done it wrong.

“Some of them are really under-tightened,” says Mike Valentine, our training manager. “If you pressurized them, there is a good chance they would leak.”

Regardless of why it’s done poorly, once the Old Hands see the results of their work, they quickly realize they need to pay attention.

“All of a sudden you see heads nodding and eyes blinking,” Valentine says. “And if there is a supervisor in the group, he is usually frantically writing notes at that point. I had 16 people in one class at an integrator – guys who use our stuff regularly -- and half of them didn't install them correctly. The manager was shocked.  He left and got his manager and pulled him into the class.”

Understanding details

Once we have their attention, we then spend the next 30 or 40 minutes looking at slides that show exactly what is going on inside a tube fitting. We spend time explaining the materials and the design.

“This isn't like the plumbing that you have under your sink. This is highly engineered and manufactured with precision,” Valentine says.

If you have some Old Hands at your company and want to make sure they are still at the top of their game, arrange for one of our trainers to come in. We can cover fitting installation, tube bending, welding and other important topics. And if you have some Young Hands, send them too. They deserve to get off on the right foot.  You can learn more about our training here » 

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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

Swagelok Tube Fitting Safety Seminar
Get tube fitting safety and installation training from the company that invented the tube fitting get more info »

Our When Will It Burst? video series provides samples of the training we provide in our in person training classes like the six components of a Swagelok® tube fitting, Swagelok tube fitting installation, tubing selection, tubing derating factors, and Swagelok inserts for use with soft plastic tubing and Swagelok tube fittings. The When Will It Burst? video series will be taking a summer break, however, we will be offering other training opportunities this summer. We invite you to join us at Swagelok Summer School.  Before I tell you about our summer training opportunities, I would like to congratulate the winner of When Will It Burst? #4. Guesses ranged from 88 psi to 850 psi, and Gerry C. of Santa Clara, CA had the closest guess, only 1.5926535 psi away from the actual burst pressure. Congratulations Gerry, your $100 Visa gift card will be sent to you soon.

When Will It Burst?You can watch the video to get the details on Swagelok inserts for use with soft plastic tubing and Swagelok tube fittings, as well as the tubing we burst and its pressure ratings here » 


Tube fitting safety seminar

Too often tube fittings are assembled by “feel” -- resulting in a connection that may be susceptible to leakage. You can provide yourself and your personnel with training in safe tube fitting selection and installation by holding a Tube Fitting Safety Seminar (1 1/2-2 hours) at your facility. This class is designed for new hires who need to learn the basics and old hands who need to brush up on best practices.  Anyone responsible for specifying, installing, and maintaining leak-tight tubing systems could benefit from this class including fabricators, contractors, technicians, engineers, draftsmen, quality control personnel, safety engineers, and procurement personnel. You can learn more about this course and our other training courses like VCR® face seal fitting installation, tube bending, and valve installation and maintenance here » 

Process Analyzer Sampling System Training     

This summer (August 25-29) we are offering Swagelok's P.A.S.S. training.  This five-day course is taught by analyzer expert Tony Waters.  Tony wrote the book on industrial sampling systems. That is not hyperbole, you can learn more about his book here » The five-day course specially developed for technicians, chemists, engineers or anyone involved in the design, building, operation or maintenance of process analyzer sampling systems. More often than not, inaccurate results from an analyzer indicate a problem with the sampling system itself, not the analyzer. Our goal is to teach you how to tell the difference. This course will show you how to recognize and diagnose common sampling system design flaws. You will learn how to employ formulas, calculations, and engineering principles rather than rely on guesswork or approximations. In the end, in this hands on and interactive course, you will design, build, and present your own sampling system.  Learn more here »


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


Our burst contest video series continues, watch it and enter a guess before the contest ends tomorrow

When Will It Burst?

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.  In When Will It Burst? The Introduction, we kick off the video series by describing the six components of a Swagelok® tube fitting installation and highlighting the importance of "you" the installer and how we provide Swagelok training courses to ensure you are up to speed on fluid system component selection and installation best practices.  We also explain that one of the highlights of our Swagelok Tube Fitting Safety Seminar is the tube burst demonstration. We thought we would bring the fun out of the training room and onto your computer through a video burst contest. 

A little fun while you learn about fluid systems

Each video in the series gives a sample of the training we provide in our in person training courses followed by a burst contest.  The person who enters the closest guess to the actual burst pressure wins a $100 Visa gift card.  In each video, we provide the working pressure and minimum estimated burst pressure for the tubing or hose, and the winner is revealed in the next video.  Not only does the winner get $100 Visa gift card, but he or she also gets bragging rights!

Quick Recap

In When Will It Burst? #1, we give you a quick tutorial on how to install Swagelok tube fitting, and then we burst 3/8" copper tubing and ask you to guess when it will burst.

In When Will It Burst? #2, we show you how to use the Swagelok Tubing Data sheet to assist in the selection of tubing to be used with Swagelok tube fittings, and then we burst 1/2" seamless stainless steel tubing and ask you to guess at what pressure it will burst. 

In When Will It Burst? #3we discuss two factors that require you to derate the working pressure of tubing, and show you how to use the Swagelok Tubing Data sheet to help in the derating. Then, we install welded stainless steel tubing into our burst chamber and ask you to guess When Will It Burst?

Our current burst contest video is When Will It Burst? #4.  In it, we detail how to determine when to use Swagelok inserts with soft plastic tubing and Swagelok tube fittings and how to select and install them. Then, we install Swagelok LT Series Vinyl Tubing using Swagelok inserts and Swagelok tube fittings in our burst chamber, give you the pressure ratings, and ask you to guess "When Will It Burst?" The best guess will win a $100 Visa gift card! Contest ends Tuesday, June 3rd at 6pm.  Watch it now and enter a guess here » 

A look ahead

The video series is in full swing, and we have many more tech tips and burst contests in store for you.  When Will It Burst? #5 will feature a fluid system staple, rubber hose.  When Will It Burst? #6 will highlight PTFE hose.  When Will It Burst? #7 will walk you through four steps to choosing a hose.  Then, there will be When Will It Burst? #8, #9, and more...who knew fluid systems could be so much fun!

Additional Resources

TUbe Fitting Catalog  Swagelok hose catalog  
Swagelok Tube Fitting Catalog Swagelok Hose and Flexible Tubing Catalog   

When Will It Burst? Putting the Pressure on Soft Vinyl Tubing


Our burst contest video series continues with a look at Swagelok inserts for soft plastic tubing

When Will It Burst?

Watch When Will It Burst? #4 to find out at what pressure welded stainless steel tubing burst and who entered the closest guess. While you are there, you'll learn about when to use Swagelok inserts with soft plastic tubing and Swagelok® tube fittings. That's also the star of our burst segment, as we crank up the pressure on Swagelok LT Series Vinyl Tubing with a 3/8" outside diameter and a 1/4" inside diameter.

In the video, we supply the working pressure and estimated minimum burst pressure for the Swagelok LT Series Vinyl Tubing, and then we ask you to guess When Will It Burst? Watch the video and enter a guess for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card here» 

Additional Resources

TUbe Fitting Catalog  Swagelok hose catalog  
Swagelok Tube Fitting Catalog Swagelok Hose and Flexible Tubing Catalog   
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