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SEMI Americas President Karen Savala Previews SEMICON West 2015


Exploring what's new and examining the impact on Semiconductor Manufacturing

Find out more about SEMICON West and register to attend the show free courtesy of Swagelok here » 

When you come to SEMICON West to keep up with the news of the industry, we hope you'll stop by the Swagelok Company SEMI booth (#1329) in the South Hall. We'll be there through the entire event, July 14-16 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Catching Up with Industry Progress: Priceless

By Karen Savala, president, SEMI Americas

Each year, we implement improvements at SEMICON West to ensure that it best serves the needs of the industry. Our goal is to continuously improve the exposition and bring fresh, relevant content to our exhibitors and visitors.

One of the transitions we’ve initiated is to focus more on our conference programs. We’ve increased the level of technical and business content to enable attendees to leverage their SEMICON West experience as an opportunity for learning. The focus of our programs is to explore what is new and to assess the impact on semiconductor manufacturing. We invite you to join us to converge with industry leaders and discuss strategic issues.

As our industry matures, our vision is that SEMICON West continues to serve as a forum where customers and suppliers meet together to explore new solutions. We’ll be taking a leading role in providing information to enable industry leaders to assess the business, identify new opportunities and to develop strategic plans. Our increased emphasis on programs reflects this transition.

We are pleased to feature several new programs this year that serve to inform our attendees.


We’re partnering with IEEE Electron Devices Society and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) to bring you a program on interconnect challenges. Our session speakers will describe the nature of challenges in materials and processing of advanced interconnects. They will also assess the impact on circuit and system requirements and provide a glimpse of potential new approaches.

Dr. Mehul Naik of Applied Materials and Dr. James Clarke of Intel will present “Interconnect Performance and Yield Challenges for 7nm and Beyond”. This will be followed by a presentation on interconnect reliability challenges by Dr. Larry Zhao of Lam Research. The session will also cover “CMOS Circuit Impact of Interconnects – CU and Beyond” by Dr. Azan Naeemi of the Georgia Institute of Technology and “3DIC Technology Past, Present and Future by Dr. Ramakanth Alapati of Global Foundries.

The afternoon session will include presentations on “Silicon Photonic Interconnection Networks for Energy Efficient Scalable Data Movement in High-Performance Computing”, “Interconnects for Emerging Beyond CMOS Devices and Circuits” and “Interconnects for Flexible/Stretchable Circuits”.

To close the program, we’ll be exploring revolutionary new approaches to interconnects in a session titled “Interconnect Lessons from the Brain” by Dr. John Rabaey of UC Berkeley.

We’re looking forward to bringing this exciting program on interconnects to SEMICON West.

Photolithography and Transistor Scaling

Another great program will focus on photolithography and device scaling issues. Each year, our industry makes progress on EUV. Join us as we examine what has changed, and what new approaches have been developed to extend the lifetime of existing technologies. Our photolithography session features industry thought leaders from Nikon, ASML, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Canon Nanotechnologies, Photronics, SEMATECH and CEA Leti.

The afternoon session will explore transistor scaling. Industry leaders will discuss high volume manufacturing solutions. Speakers include An Steegen of imec, Christophe Maleville of Soitec, Raj Jammy of Intermolecular, Harmeet Singh of Lam Research, Ofer Adan of Applied Materials and Juan Rey of Mentor Graphics.

Supply Chain Strategy

Our programs will also examine strategic business issues. One of our most popular programs with show registrants to date focuses on “Semiconductor Manufacturing: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities for the Semiconductor Supply Chain” and “Adjacent Spaces: Strategies for Executing Expansion into Adjacent Markets from the Semiconductor Supply Chain.

Co-sponsored by SEMATECH, this program will address the technological and financial challenges in semiconductor process technology and manufacturing, and explore strategies used by semiconductor OEMs to grow their businesses.


We’re pleased to offer several outstanding Back End programs. In our Tuesday, July 14, program on Packaging, we’ll start the morning looking at Packaging from a big picture standpoint. After an introduction by Sesh Ramaswami of Applied Materials, we’ll start with an ITRS 2.0 update from Bill Bottoms of 3MTS. This will be followed by presentations on “Development at the Chip Level” by Bryan Black of AMD, “Development at the System Level” by Sridhar Vajapey of Oracle, a presentation on “Big Picture Systems Managing Big Data, and a panel discussion on “Value vs. Cost”

The afternoon session on packaging will cover “Digital Health and Semiconductor Technology.” Topics will include semiconductor and packaging technologies for medical health devices and systems, technologies for wearable devices, technologies for sensors and actuators, and applications in drug delivery. Speakers will include Dr. Jonathan Tong of Medicustek, Dr. Shawn Shi of Medtronic, Jonathan Short of GE and Dr. Ilyas Mohammed of Jawbone.


Our Test sessions will run Wednesday and Thursday, July 15 and 16. The keynote speaker, Kaivan Karimi, Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Solutions at Atmel, will present “How the Era of IoT will Impact the Semiconductor and Cloud Markets”

Other speakers will include Brad Shaffer of IHS Technology, who will present “The LTE Era: Innovation Through Evolution – The Wireless Transformation from Smart to Genius and Beyond, and Thomas Burger of AMS, who will present “Sensor Test Challenges and Outlook”.

The Test program will cover three sessions: Wireless Test in the IoT Era, Unique Test Flows for New Cost Challenges and Advanced Packaging, Advanced Test Challenges.

The program also brings industry thought leaders together for two panel sessions. The first panel will focus wireless test in the IoT Era, and will feature Paul Berndt of Cypress, Gerard John of Amkor, John Luke of LitePoint and John Shelley of Xcerra.

The second panel will discuss “How Secure is YOUR Test Data, Really?” This panel will feature Gerard John of Amkor, Gil Levy of Optimal+, Mark Roos of Roos Instruments and other industry leaders.

SEMICON West - Enabling Industry Success

Our vision is that SEMICON West continues to serve as an enabler, helping our industry stakeholders to be successful. The transition to stronger programming, with less emphasis on large, on site display of capital equipment, reflects the changing needs of the industry.

We’re quite pleased to offer such an exciting set of technical and business programs and hope that you can join us in exploring strategic issues, discovering new technologies and discussing new solutions at SEMICON West 2015.


Meet Our Swagelok® Custom Solutions Product Manager, Neil Ide


When customers have an idea for custom equipment, Ide helps make it a reality

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Learn what Neil Ide and our Custom Solutions team can do for you in our Custom Solutions Handbook here » 

Visitors to our Will-Call desk have the opportunity to see displays that are the work of one of our team members: Neil Ide. As our product manager, Custom Solutions, he's designed and built a showcase for our products and how they work. It's not the biggest part of his job, but will be one of the most visible to visitors.

"It has been an interesting challenge because up to now most of my engineering focus has been on process piping systems, electricity distribution and controls, and pneumatics," he says.

Though he joined us only a little over a year ago, we've known Ide for years as a Swagelok customer. He had been equipment manager for Bloom Energy, a startup that makes power generation systems based on fuel cells. It was Ide's job to work with the R&D science teams to develop and build test equipment.

"I really liked the high quality products that Swagelok made, and I liked the caliber of the people I worked with in the organization," Ide says.

Tony De Luca, our director of sales and marketing, had very similar thoughts. When we decided to add the role of product manager, Custom Solutions to take our custom solutions program to a higher level, he gave Ide a call.

Ide liked working for Bloom, but was looking for new opportunities. Here was a chance to work for an organization that was small enough that he could make an impact, yet backed by the global resources of Swagelok.

"I really wanted to get involved in growing a department," Ide says.

Early inclinations

Ide has always been fascinated by the technical side of things. Yes, he was one of those kids who always took things apart to see what made them go. Fortunately, his family made sure he was well supplied with items that had already outlived their usefulness. From there he went on to build things in the garage with his father, and with his Boy Scout troop. When he grew up, Ide went into the Navy, where he served on submarines as a nuclear plant operator.

Having that kind of experience behind him, Ide felt no intimidation coming to Swagelok Northern California. He's building up our custom solutions program to handle more complex assemblies. As for the display in the Will-Call area, it's more than just decoration.

"When customers come into Will-Call, they may not always be aware of the wide range of products and services that Swagelok Northern California can offer," Ide says. "Nothing helps show the product like a nice display."

But there will be a functional element as well. The display will help educate the customers on the different types of fittings available to them and how they are deployed in the industry. Ide intends to include a touchscreen interface so that customers can get specific information on various Swagelok products.

Another one of Ide's projects has been our new Customer Briefing Center, an entire room full of process piping equipment, all to serve an imitation nuclear reactor. (Don't worry, ours runs on compressed air and water.) For each step in the process, Swagelok has a line of products that support the operation: gas panels, water distribution, utility supply and more. The CBC really gets to the heart of our custom solutions capabilities.

Ideas become reality

"The biggest long-range goal I have is to help us aggressively expand our custom solutions business," Ide says. "Being a former customer, part of the perspective I bring is that I didn't even realize Swagelok was getting into this business, to build more integrated assemblies that use Swagelok components. My account manager said, 'We can build a distribution panel for you,' and I was amazed at the pricing that was quoted to me. It was one of the best prices I had ever been given for a panel."

When a customer has an idea of what they want a piece of equipment to do, Ide leads the team that will turn that idea into reality. Sometimes that basic idea can be as simple as a drawing on a napkin. But Ide has a "yes we can" attitude. He will not only figure out how to make it work, he'll do it the most cost-effective way possible using the best components for the job. And he'll constantly think of ways to improve it.

"Engineering is an iterative process. Anybody who thinks they are going to get it right on the first try hasn't been at it for very long," Ide says. "You start with Good and take it to Great.”

Learn what Neil and our Custom Solutions team can do for you in our Custom Solutions Handbook here » 


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Steam Systems Best Practice: Flash Steam Recovery, Part 1


Vent condensers save steam - and money - on modulating applications

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Depending on the installation costs, plants will typically recover the cost of a flash steam vent condenser within ten operational months. Download this best practice to learn more »  

In our last Steam Systems Best Practice blog, we discussed how anytime flash steam is venting to the atmosphere, money is escaping right along with it. It's not much different than turning up the furnace and opening a window. Even if a company is willing to waste resources in this way, tighter emissions regulations still add pressure to fix the problem. 

In a modulating steam system, a control valve modulates steam flow to the process. The steam control valve always maintains a steam pressure to the process above the pressure in the condensate recovery system. Thus, the design requires recovery of condensate by a gravity system (0 psig). The venting of the flash steam ensures that the condensate receiver is never pressurized. To prevent the flash steam loss to the atmosphere, plants install devices such as “flash steam vent condensers” in the flash steam vent line.

It's an added cost, of course, but it results in even greater added savings as the boilers aren't using energy to heat replacement fluid. For most plants the payback time is only about 10 months.

Step by step

As with any other part of a steam system, there are best practices surrounding the addition of vent condensers. The basic road map is: 

1. Find and document the different flash steam vent lines that are discharging into the atmosphere. 

2. Determine the flash steam loss to the atmosphere. 

3. Calculate the projected energy loss and emissions reduction. 

4. Determine what types of cooling fluids are available. 

5. Install a condensate tank with a vent condenser. 

Within that general outline, however, there are a lot of details to consider. Let's take just one area: the fluid for the condenser. As a general consideration, it must have a temperature of less than 160°F (71°C). The fluid may be a liquid or vapor, depending on the application. If there isn't enough cooling fluid for the flash steam in a liquid cooling system, then the plant should consider using a flash steam bypass or some other method to prevent the cooling liquid from absorbing too much energy and changing from a liquid to a vapor and causing water hammer. 

Then there is the pressure in the condensate tank to consider, plus the flow rates of the condensate, flash steam and cooling fluid. 

In other words, there are many parts to fit together. Fortunately, the consultants at Swagelok Energy Advisors are experts in steam systems and are glad to come to your site to help you navigate the best route to a more efficient and economical steam system.

Click here to read the complete steam system best practice: Vent Condensers for Flash Steam on Modulating Steam Systems and download a free, illustrated, three-page PDF of best practices related to flash steam recovery in modulating applications.


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Watch an Entertaining Introduction to Swagelok® Custom Solutions


Our new animated video illustrates some advantages of letting us put it all together

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This 20 page PDF shows the best ways to use our custom solutions team to quickly and economically solve problems, and helps get you started. Get our Custom Solutions Handbook here » 

For an entertaining and enlightening introduction to our Custom Solutions team, we've created a new animated video explaining how it all works. It stars a mustachioed fellow named William who runs a commercial operation here in Northern California, and who relies on a smooth-running fluid system.

Our video looks at how William used to experiment with in-house assembly solutions, and some of the problems he ran into. That includes getting stuck with wrong parts that got ordered, and scrap when the components weren't assembled right the first time.

Then you'll see how much better life gets for William once he decides to have Swagelok Northern California assemble his components from A to Z. They arrive at his door completed, tested, and put together in a high-quality fashion.

Tools, expertise and inventory

Swagelok has always made it easy to assemble fittings, replace parts and perform regular maintenance on fluid systems. Putting together an assembly or even a sub-assembly is a different job entirely. If your employees aren't doing that job regularly, they may lack the right tools and the expertise to use those tools properly.

Fortunately, our Custom Solutions team has everything needed to pre-assemble the product and deliver it to you. The job can be as simple as putting an adapter on a valve or putting a single bend in a piece of tubing. But it can also be as involved as putting together entire sampling systems with complex configurations of tubing. We make hoses too in any custom length, and with almost any type of end connection you want.

We have one more advantage in addition to the tools and factory-trained installers. We have a warehouse with $12 million worth of Swagelok inventory to draw from and integrate into custom solutions for customers.

We can do the job quickly and at a higher level of quality than you may be able to achieve in-house. You save time and money, and can have full confidence in the work. Meanwhile, your own employees aren't distracted from their regular jobs.

Less stress

So, when William needs an assembly for his sampling system, he simply sketches out his idea and asks Swagelok Northern California to help optimize his design, create a CAD drawing, build it, test it, and warranty it. He doesn’t get boxes of valves, fittings, tubing, pressure gauges, pressure regulators, and flow meters, along with numerous quotes, part numbers, purchase orders, packing lists, and invoices that go along with them. Instead he gets a fully tested assembly, complete with all the components already connected and ready to be put to use immediately.

When you are done watching William, click on this link and learn more about what our Custom Solutions team can do for you.


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Swagelok Summer School: Tube Bending And Tube Fitting Safety


Take our two seminars in June for $99 each, one-third off the normal price

Watch the latest Swagelok Tech Clip, then sign up for one or both of the seminars here »

As we swing into summer, it's an ideal time to brush up your skills with tubing and fittings. This month we are discounting our two popular seminars on Tube Bending and Tube Fitting Safety. You can take them for $99 apiece, a savings of $50 per class.

A fitting start

As you can see from our latest Swagelok® Tech Clip, it's not hard to correctly assemble a Swagelok tube fitting:

Step 1: Fully insert the tube into the fitting and against the shoulder, rotate the nut to make sure it is finger tight.

Step 2: Mark the nut at the 6 o'clock position.

Step 3: While holding the fitting body steady, tighten the nut one and one-quarter turns to the 9 o'clock position, and the job is done. That's all there is to it.

Even so, at our Tube Fitting Safety seminars, people with years of experience regularly discover that they've not been doing it right. Maybe they were never taught the right procedure in the first place. Maybe they have been using the procedure for another brand of fitting. One of the most common installation errors is not fully inserting the tube into the fitting. Another is trying to rely on "feel" instead of giving it one and one-quarter turns.

Tightening by "feel" often results in a connection that is under-tight and prone to leakage. What's worse, the leak may not develop until the connection is subjected to the vibrations and temperature cycling of normal operation. Small leaks in a gas system may go undetected for years, resulting in higher operating costs and the potential for environmental impact.

At our Tube Fitting Safety seminar, you'll learn how to do the job right with hands–on demonstrations. But that's only the start. You'll also learn about tube fitting design and function, a comparison of a tube system and a pipe system, thread sealants and lubricants, and how to select and handle tubing.

Tubing tutorial

Most people learn how to bend tubing by working with someone with more experience. It's tough to learn by trial and error, and it requires a lot of faith that the older craftsman really knows all the best practices.

A better approach is our Tube Bending seminar. Again, this class covers a lot more than how to bend tubing. One of the most important lessons involves determining the exact length of tubing needed for a job. Some companies have had to scrap thousands of dollars worth of tubing because it wasn't cut to the right length the first time.

We'll also discuss the impact workmanship has on total system performance. A well-fabricated system looks good too, which can enhance the esthetics and reflect on the quality of the product. 

Watch the latest Swagelok Tech Clip, then sign up for one or both of the seminars here »


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As the Saying Goes, Don’t Judge a Swagelok Hose By Its Cover


Understanding how a hose is built from the inside out can make it easier to choose the right hose for your application

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There's a lot more to a hose than what you can see from the outside. For instance, when we talk about types of hose, we're talking about the core of the hose. You may see a braided steel cover on a particular hose, but if the core is PTFE, then it's a PTFE hose.

Different core materials give the hose different qualities. Here are the basic types of Swagelok hoses you can order from Swagelok Northern California, and the qualities associated with each.

Metal hose

Metal hose is the best option for applications that produce very high or very low temperatures, up to 454C and down to -200C. They also handle pressures from 3100 psi to vacuum. On top of that, they aren't gas permeable. That's important if, say, you need to connect a bottle of gas to an analyzer and you don't want the gas to bleed off. Our FM and FL metal hoses exhibit strong performance in dynamic cycling applications, and our metal hoses with a 316L braid provide greater corrosion resistance.

Metal hose isn't perfect for everything, however. It's not recommended for high vibration applications, because vibration can cause fatigue failure. They also shouldn't be subject to pressure surges or shock where the pressure is greater than 50 percent of working pressure.

PTFE hose

PTFE hose offers great flexibility, and can handle pressures up to 3500 psi. We also can supply this hose with a variety of end connections, because we make them right here in Fremont. PTFE is a great choice because it is compatible with almost all media. There is only a short list of materials that do not work well with PTFE. If there's any concern about static electricity generation, we can supply a static dissipative carbon-filled PTFE core.


Traditional hydraulic hose has a metal braid inside for reinforcement. It's strong, but the wires can break and puncture the core. That also makes the hose swell. Instead of wire, we use an internal fiber braid reinforcement to enhance the hose’s pressure rating. Our thermoplastic hydraulic hose has a smooth bore nylon core that can handle pressure up to 5000 psig, and it is available as a SAE general-purpose or SAE nonconductive nylon core. We also put on a polyurethane cover to resist abrasion, and the cover is perforated to prevent blistering.


Rubber hose is a nice choice for low-pressure applications, up to 350 psi. You push on the end connection up to the shoulder of the fitting, and it's ready to go. A nice benefit is that the internal fiber reinforcement enhances the hose’s pressure rating and ensures connection retention. We offer it with a Buna N core in sizes from a quarter-inch to a full inch.

Special tagging for hoses

We also can tag your hose with a lot of information such as the date of purchase, purchase order number, part number and more.

Now when you tackle Swagelok's 88-page hose catalog, you'll be able to navigate with a bit more skill. To make it easier, we have created a hose quick look and hose solutions poster to help you find the hose you need faster.

Download the hose catalog, quick look, and poster here »


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Hose vs Tubing: Which one is best for an application?


Hose can be easier to install and flex on the job

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In a previous post, we looked at the advantages of tubing over pipe. Sometimes a third option makes the most sense: hose, specifically Swagleok PTFE hose. 

Look around, and you'll see hose in a wide variety of applications where flexibility and longevity are needed. You'll find them in steam sterilization equipment, injection systems, steam platen presses, anywhere that the machinery goes through a repeated movement while delivering gases or liquids. On motorcycles, PTFE brake lines and cable covers prevents any moisture or road debris from getting in. For drag racers, all the nitrous oxide systems are PTFE.

Flex time

The big advantage with hose is its flexibility.  When you need tubing to change direction, you have to bend it or put an adapter elbow on it. That can affect flow rates and increase pressure drop. The added components add to the overall cost. A PTFE tube with a similar pressure capability may eliminate the need for joints and elbows. In a jet airliner, PTFE is likely to be the major fuel line. In the event of an accident, the fuel line won't crack and cause a fire hazard. The flexibility of hose means that you can easily deal with an offset between any two elements of your system. As caulk is to a carpenter, hoses are to designers and installers of fluid systems.

PTFE is also tough. It's corrosion resistant and easily cleaned. If you don't physically abuse it, it can last for decades. It also doesn't conduct heat as readily as stainless steel tubing, giving you an extra measure of insulation.

End connections

When we talk about Swagelok hoses, it's also important to talk about end connections. Swagelok can put almost any type of connection on the end of our flagship PTFE hose. We use a crimping process rather than swaging, which used to be the standard. We use a circumference compression die with eight segments. The die compresses the ferrule to the end connection, preventing pull-off and allowing the hose to maintain its pressure rating. It results in much less deformation of the hose compared to swaging.

At Swagelok, each hose has its own crimp specification. We test them, making sure that we maintain the proper inside diameter.

Check out our hose page and see which ones may be right for your system. And tell us what else you'd like to know about hose. We are preparing a pocket guide to hoses, and we'd like to make sure it answers your most important questions.


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Introducing The Swagelok Tech Clips Video Series


Got a minute or two? That's all it takes to learn fluid systems best practices

We have another new tool for improving the performance of your fluid systems: a video series we call Swagelok Tech Clips. Each short presentation is a way to get bite-size training that you can put to use right away.   

For instance, can you name all the components in the installation of a Swagelok tube fitting? Watch our first clip and see if you had the right answer.  

Swagelok seminars

Of course there is a lot more to learn about tube fittings, and we can teach you those details too. We hold monthly tube fitting safety seminars and tube bending seminars. It's hard to believe, but a majority of technicians responsible for installing and maintaining tubing systems have never had an opportunity to learn the correct assembly procedure from the company that invented tube fitting. We cover the basics with hands-on demonstrations, plus comparison of tubing and pipe systems, the proper application of thread sealants and lubricants, troubleshooting, and the pressure-holding capacity of tubing. Next week we are offering the Swagelok Tube Fitting Safety Seminar for 1/2 price. Only $75 for two hours of training by Swagelok Certified trainers and lunch is included.  Register now »

Just the beginning

The format for upcoming Tech Clips is similar to our first one. We'll give you a quick look at some element of fluid systems, then let you know how you can learn more. The clips are also great for those moments when you suddenly aren't quite sure about something and would like to get a professional demonstration or illustration.

Starting with the first Tech Clip, the series will cover:

1. Components of a Swagelok Tube Fitting
2. Swagelok Tube Fitting Installation
3. Tubing Selection
4. Tubing De-Rating Factors
5. Using Swagelok inserts with soft plastic tubing
6. Rubber Hose
7. PTFE Hose
8. Four Steps to Choosing a Hose
9. More to come...

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Find the Hose You Need Faster with the Swagelok Hose Quick Look


With over 20 series of hose and even more end connections to choose from, this overview will help you find the right Swagelok hose quicker

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The right hose keeps your process performing safely and cost effectively. The wrong hose could undermine your process, put people at risk, and compromise your bottom line – sometimes
without you being aware of it. These are the opening sentences from one of our most popular downloads, "Choose the Right Hose: A Practical Guide to Hose Selection". We have blogged many times previously about hose and hose selection, hosted the technical webinar "5 Steps to Selecting the Right Hose for your Fluid System", and created several short videos about hose and hose selection. We know the importance of having the correct hose in your application, so we are always thinking of ways to help you do just that. After all, Swagelok has over 20 series of hose and flexible tubing, including metal, PTFE, PFA, rubber, nylon, polyethylene, and vinyl, conductive and nonconductive hose, static dissipative hose, almost 40 different hose end connections, and multiple hose cover and tag options. A typical hose part number has at least 13 digits. There are nearly endless combinations of hose, end connections, and options to choose from.

Quick Look

With this in mind, we have created a two page hose and flexible tubing Quick Look to give you an overview of Swagelok hose and to help you quickly find the hose you are looking for. After looking at the Quick Look, you can dive into our 88 page hose catalog and find the hose you need quicker because you will know which hoses you need to look at more closely. Download the Swagelok Hose Quick Look and Swagelok Hose Catalog here »

Assembled to order

After you find the hose you are looking for, have us put it together for you. We have a team of full-time technicians along with support staff managing the front end of the operation who focus on building hose in a facility dedicated for just that job. Together, these Swagelok Northern California associates help customers by supplying thousands of custom hose assemblies each year. Within our assembly process we maintain tight tolerances and certified testing. We can do hydrostatic tests, helium leak tests, and pressure decay testing. Some hoses require that we provide a test certificate, and some don't. But we can provide testing and documentation with any hose if requested. If the need ever arises, we can trace each individual hose back to the original technician and manufacturing process run. You can learn more about our hose assembly capabilities here »

Hose selection help

In addition to hose selection self-help resources and hose assembly services, we also have a dedicated staff of customer support specialists and account managers ready to help you choose the right hose. For example, this case study describes how we helped a Biopharm customer save money, get better performance, and increase efficiency with Swagelok U Series hose. Let us know how we can help you here »


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Swagelok Northern California Invites You to Swagelok Spring Training


Like pro ball players, we all need good coaching to help sharpen our skills

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Thursday, May 7th, a recognized world authority on steam systems, Kelly Paffel, will be at Swagelok Northern California conducting steam system training  get more info »

This spring, Swagelok Northern California is offering several opportunities for you and your team to brush up on your skills and learn something new. In May, we are offering our Tube Fitting Safety Seminar, Tube Bending Seminar, and a full day of training on Steam System reliability, safety and optimization.

We have written previously about our training, and how it is known for being as good as the components we manufacture. Our trainers are Swagelok certified with industry experience ranging from 15 to 40+ years. Past attendees have commented on how knowledgeable our trainers are, how they weave real world examples into the training, and how the hands on nature of the training helps them apply it immediately to their jobs.

Steam system training

Our May 7th Steam System Training is geared towards the Pharmaceutical and Biopharm industries. If you are in those industries, you do not want to miss this opportunity to be trained by Kelly Paffel, Technical Manager, Swagelok Energy Advisors, Inc. Paffel is a recognized worldwide authority in industrial steam systems with 41 years of experience in steam, compressed air systems and power operations. He is an experienced lecturer who has published many technical papers on the topics of steam and compressed air system design and operation. He is known throughout the world for writing “Steam System Best Practices” that are used by plants and engineers to insure proper operation of steam and condensate systems. The course is coming soon and filling up quick. 

You can learn more about the upcoming steam system training course here »

If you are not in one of those industries, you can check out our other steam system training courses here »  If we get enough inquiries, we can bring Paffel back for another steam system training course.

Tube fitting safety

Why do offer our tube fitting safety seminar? Because people seldom think much about tube fittings until there is a failure in the system. For most customers a failure is normally defined as a leak. In some cases a leak may be only a minor inconvenience, but there are times when a leak can be a safety problem. We know from experience that by employing the techniques provided in the Tube Fitting Safety Seminar most of this leakage can be prevented. In May, we are offering the Tube Fitting Safety Seminar for 1/2 price.  You can learn more here » 

Bend it like Swagelok

Tube bending is a skill that is normally passed from a craftsman to an apprentice. As a supplier of high quality tube benders and tube preparation tools, we offer this class to provide a training resource that demystifies one aspect of fluid system fabrication. Knowledgeable, skilled technicians help increase productivity and reduce waste and scrap. Some customers have reported throwing away tens of thousands of dollars in tubing scrap which can be avoided by learning calculating bends in advance.

Mike Carrier, who attended a Tube Bending seminar, said he came because "I wanted to learn the proper techniques of bending and measuring so I can apply what I learned directly to my job." He said he appreciated learning the math to determine where to mark the tubing for bends, eliminate guesswork, and reduce the amount of tubing scrap. You can learn more here » 

Get the right tools

They say a craftsman is only as good as his tools. If you are going to invest in the right tools for the job, it only makes sense to take care of your investment. Yet far too many people simply toss their tools into a big box on the back of their truck. The tools rattle around and get lost under other tools or even worse damaged. So, we’re offering a nice incentive to take care of your tools. Buy the Swagelok Tube Fitter's Toolbox for $1,699 and get free admittance to two Swagelok training seminars (up to a $258 value). Learn how the Swagelok Tube Fitter's Toolbox is engineered to get the job done here » 

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