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Top 10 Swagelok Northern California Technical Resources from 2014

  
  
  

Check out the resources that our customers found most valuable last year

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Choosing Swagelok valves: Valve Sizing Technical Bulletin and the article, "Matching Valve Type to Function" 

Choosing the right valve is an essential part of a quality fluid system.  These two resources will put you on the path to successful selection.

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Selection and Sizing of Pressure Reducing Regulators: A Guide to Finding the Right Fit 

Download a guide that demystifies flow curves and explains how to size a pressure reducing regulator using its flow curve. 

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Plan Your Steam Systems Success eBook

Our free eBook helps you understand steam and condensate leakage and how it impacts your plant's bottom line.

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Swagelok Pressure Gauges Available from Swagelok Northern California

Swagelok Northern California has pressure gauges for a variety general industrial, process, and sanitary applications: general purpose, miniature, low pressure, safety, reinforced, positionable, panel mount, sanitary.

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Training Classes Available From Swagelok Northern California 

Improve safety, increase productivity, and keep abreast of the latest fluid system technologies with our comprehensive customer training and education programs.

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Swagelok Tube Fitter's Manual

Get access to the definitive book on tube fittings and tube fitting installation by the company that invented the tube fitting

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See Swagelok Hose and Flexible Tubing Available from Swagelok Northern California 

Hoses for a wide range of applications are custom assemble right here at our Fremont facility.  From stainless steel braided PTFE hose to flexible metal to rubber hose, we have 20 different series of hose and flexible tubing each with options and accessories. 

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Swagelok Ball Valve Catalogs 

Get access to 17 Swagelok Ball Valve Catalogs including One-Piece Instrumentation, General Purpose and Special Application, Trunnion, Alternative Fuel Service, Medium-Pressure, Multipurpose, and more.  

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The Swagelok® Stainless Steel Tubing Catalog and Tubing Data Sheet

Swagelok offers general industrial and high purity stainless steel tubing. The Swagelok Tubing Data Sheet provides suggested allowable working pressure for tubing when used with Swagelok® Tube Fittings.

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Download Details on Swagelok Tube Fittings Available from Swagelok Northern California 

Both of these are essential resources for anyone working with or designing tubing systems.

Bursting with Swagelok Pride: Our Video Series Wraps It Up

  
  
  

When Will It Burst? ends with a look at some of the fun we had behind the scenes

Last spring we started a video series that took an entertaining look at a very important subject: how to properly install Swagelok® tube fittings to get optimum performance under pressure. As you may already know, we called it "When Will It Burst?" In our most recent installment, we subjected a length of ordinary garden hose to more pressure than it could handle. (Congratulations to the winner, for entering the best guess - watch the video below to see who won!)

Let's recap

There was a wide variety of materials used in the videos, including copper, rubber, and stainless steel, but there has been one consistent theme: When properly installed, Swagelok tube fittings can handle higher pressure than the hose or tubing itself. As you can see from these videos, the Swagelok fitting doesn't leak, even as the wall of the hose or tubing swells and bursts. We also got to view the difference in strength when fiber braid reinforcing or a stainless steel overbraid were added to hose. And we covered the key factors to consider when deciding on which hose is right for a particular job.

The derating factors

The video series gave us a chance to bring up important considerations when using hose and tubing in the field. For example, we talked about derating, which is recognizing that some factors, such as heat or weld integrity, change the amount of pressure that tubing can handle.

When Will It Burst? in the classroom

The garden hose was the final burst contest video in the series, but there's still a chance to take part in ‘When Will It Burst?’ in real life. Join us at one of our tube fitting safety seminars, where the tube burst demonstration is one of the seminar highlights.  Check out our upcoming training classes here »

We don't want to “burst” your bubble with no more ‘When Will It Burst?’ videos, so we are concluding with a fun behind the scenes video as we tried to burst a few unusual items (and some of the more desperate measures we had to take when our selected objects refused to cooperate). Also included is a musical montage of all the items that did make the final cut. You can watch it here »

Thanks for watching!

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Top 10 Swagelok Northern California Blogs from 2014

  
  
  

Here are last year's most read articles 

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Taking Our Swagelok Tube Bending Training On The Road

Your facility or ours: Tap into our Swagelok tube bending training 

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Gaining the Swagelok® Tube Fitting Advantage 

Reliable fittings are crucial. Some designs are inherently better than others.

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Seven Reasons to Use Swagelok Tube Adapter Fittings 

Swagelok tube adapters can help you simplify installation, eliminate difficult alignment problems, and much more.

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FAQ - What Is the Temperature Rating of a Swagelok Tube Fitting?

Swagelok tube fittings can handle the heat (and cold, too).

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What Is the Pressure Rating of a Swagelok Tube Fitting?

The answer depends on the other components in your system.

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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.

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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.

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Flow Control: Don't let pressure regulators throw you a curve

Get an overview of flow curves and how they work plus links to key downloads.

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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.

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Skill: Applying PTFE tape to tapered pipe threads

Applying PTFE tape is an important procedure to do right. This article and video show how. Then download information on Snoop®, Goop®, SWAK®, and more.

When Will It Burst? The SWAGELOK Method of Hose Selection

  
  
  

We take a trip to the backyard and ask how much pressure can an ordinary garden hose take before it bursts?


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Watch the video to learn about the SWAGELOK method of hose selection and then enter a guess for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card Watch, guess, win! »

You've come to rely on the Swagelok name to give you the best in valves, fittings, regulators, tubing and other products. Now you can use the letters in our name to help you pick out the right hose for any given job. That's because when you choose a hose you will want to consider:

Size
Working Pressure
Application
Guarantee
End Connections
Local Custom Fabrication
Operating Temperature
Kink Resistance

Yes, local custom fabrication means that we build the hose right in the Bay Area. We have a team of full time assemblers who build hose in our dedicated hose assembly cell. We can handle orders from one piece to hundreds of pieces, and we test every one of them before we send them out.

And the winner is...

In our most recent "When Will It Burst" video, we asked you to guess how much pressure it would take to burst a section of our X Series PTFE hose. We had some good guesses, but the best of all was from ?????? (Watch the video to see who won and the actual burst pressure)

You can watch it at http://Swagelok.com/whenwillitburst

For everyone else, we'll give you one more chance to win. We wind up our video series with a piece of ordinary garden hose, the kind you might find in your own back yard. Watch the video to find out the garden hose's working and estimated burst pressures, and then enter a guess for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. You might win a late Christmas present. Even if you don't, it's a chance for a little extra holiday fun.

As you watch this week's video, you'll also learn the details of how to put the S.W.A.G.E.L.O.K. acronym into practice. That should get you off to a good start for 2015.

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Need a Hose? Swagelok Can Help You Choose the Right One

  
  
  

Our latest video highlights four steps to choosing a hose


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When Will It Burst? Watch Guess Win! And learn about hose selection Watch and Guess Now »

If you haven't weighed in with a guess for our latest "When Will It Burst?" video, no better time than the present.  This time around, we are bursting a length of X Series PTFE hose, one of 20 different series of hose in our hose catalog.  While you are watching the video, you will learn about the four main components to consider when choosing a hose. 

Ten years ago, we installed a hose cell at our original Sunnyvale location, so we could locally make several of our hoses quickly for our customers. Since that first hose cell, Swagelok has doubled the number of hoses in our product offering, and we have expanded our local hose fabrication capabilities as well. We have a dedicated team of full-time technicians certified by Swagelok manufacturing engineers. To pass, they have to produce three samples of every kind of hose we build, and each one is put through destructive testing.

We have also increased our knowledge of hose and helped develop custom hose solutions for customers here in Northern California, in the pharmaceutical industry and semiconductor industry. 

The right hose

So while we may be having a little fun with our When Will It Burst? video contest, we also know that the right hose keeps your process performing safely and cost effectively. The wrong hose could undermine your operations, put personnel at risk and compromise your bottom-line — sometimes without you being aware of it.  For example, an improperly chosen hose may kink. This permanent buckling disrupts system media flow and creates a rupture threat. However, kinked hoses aren't easily detected and so afflict many plants.

So, we hold seminars from time to time about the proper selection and use of hose. We also blog about hose and hose selection regularly, and we have even been known to do free lunch and learns about hose at customer sites.  

Which brings us right back to "When Will It Burst?" In this edition, we talk about the four components to consider when choosing a hose, and then we burst some hose. All you have to do is watch and then guess how much pressure it took to burst the hose. Remember, if there's a tie, the prize goes to whoever made their entry first.

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When Will It Burst? Four Steps to Choosing a Hose

  
  
  

This week's video highlights four parts of a hose to consider when selecting a hose


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Watch the video to learn four key steps to choosing a hose, and then enter the burst contest for a chance to win Watch it here »

In our last When Will It Burst? video we burst a piece of Swagelok F Series PTFE hose. (And congratulations to ???? for the guess that came closest to the actual burst pressure - Watch the video to see who won and the actual burst pressure)

This week we up the ante by bursting a length of Swagelok X Series PTFE hose. The difference between X Series PTFE hose and the F Series PTFE hose in the last video is that we add a stainless steel over-braid on top of the F Series' unique fiber braid reinforcement. Each of those elements adds strength and flexibility, and together they add a lot of it.

Watch the video at http://Swagelok.com/whenwillitburst to find out the working and burst pressure ratings for Swagelok X Series PTFE hose, and then enter your guess.

The differences between the hoses also make this week's video an excellent time to discuss four parts of a hose to consider when selecting the right kind of hose for your job. The four are: core tube material, hose reinforcement, hose cover, and end connections.

Given the combination that makes up Swagelok X Series PTFE hose, at what pressure do you think it will burst?

Enter your guess at http://Swagelok.com/whenwillitburst. The contest ends Monday, December 15th at 12pm.

 

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When Will It Burst? Putting the Pressure On Swagelok PTFE Hose

  
  
  

Our video series takes a closer look at our flexible hose with fiber braiding


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Watch the next video to learn how Swagelok's unique fiber braiding technology increases hose flexibility and kink resistance and enter a guess for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card and bragging rights too here »

We resumed our "When Will It Burst" video series earlier this month by seeing how much pressure it takes to burst rubber hose. We had some good guesses, but one person came closest to the burst pressure. Want to find who won and the actual burst pressure? The winner and burst pressure are revealed in this week's video.  

You can watch the video here »

We're also upping the ante this week by putting the pressure on a piece of Swagelok PTFE hose. The video includes a few tips on how to get the best performance from hose without it collapsing or kinking on the job. 

Swagelok has four series of PTFE hoses manufactured with non-metallic fiber braiding reinforcement bonded to the PTFE core.  This unique braiding technology creates a more flexible hose with greater resistance to collapsing and kinking when being bent. But how does that reinforcement help the hose perform? Specifically, in this video, we ask you to guess at what pressure a half-inch Swagelok F Series PTFE hose will burst?  Watch the video to find out the working pressure and minimum burst pressure and enter your guess at http://Swagelok.com/whenwillitburst. You have until Sunday, Nov. 30 if you want your entry to count toward winning the prize.  

That's the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so this year in between all those football games on TV gather your family and friends around the video for some fun and guesswork. (Then again, you might want the prize and bragging rights to yourself.)

 

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Learn About Hose From Our Blog, Videos, And Swagelok Hose Catalog

  
  
  

With Swagelok hose, the only guesswork is in our "When Will It Burst?" contest


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When Will It Burst? Watch Guess Win! Watch and Guess Now »

If you haven't weighed in with a guess for our latest "When Will It Burst?" video, you have only until Friday, Nov. 14, to watch and make a prediction. This time around, we are bursting a length of PB Series rubber hose, one of 20 different series of hose in our hose catalog.

We blog about hose with some regularity, because it's a very versatile product. There are even jobs where hose can be more appropriate than tubing. When you need tubing to change direction, you have to bend it or put an adapter elbow on it. That can affect flow rates, increase pressure drop and add to the overall cost.

The right hose

To make sure you are choosing the right hose for the job, remember the acronym S.T.A.M.P.E.D. The letters stand for the Size, Temperature, Application, Material, Pressure, End connection, and Delivery. Once you've determined those details, selection becomes much simpler.

If you are looking for flexibility, our PTFE core hose ties other hoses into knots with our unique Coreflex fiber braid technology.

A hose has to do a lot more than deliver a fluid from one place to another. It also has to stay cool, be flexible and stand up to whatever fluid is flowing through it. Swagelok hose for dielectric media meets these challenges.

We also hold seminars from time to time about the proper selection and use of hose. Some of the most interesting conversations come during the Question-and-Answer sessions at the end.

Local assembly

One of the great things about Swagelok hose is that we can build your order right here in Northern California. We have a dedicated team of full-time technicians certified by Swagelok manufacturing engineers. To pass, they have to produce three samples of every kind of hose we build, and each one is put through destructive testing.

Which brings us right back to "When Will It Burst?". All you have to do is guess how much pressure it took to burst the hose. Remember, if there's a tie, the prize goes to whoever made their entry first.

When Will It Burst? Where The Rubber Hose Meets The Load

  
  
  

How much pressure can Swagelok PB series rubber hose take? 


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Watch the video and enter a guess for a chance to win here »

We've been bursting to get back to our video series, "When Will It Burst?" Just as in the first batch of videos earlier this year, in each video we take an item and see how much pressure it can take before it bursts. It's a lot of fun, and a memorable demonstration showing that if Swagelok fittings are properly installed, they will stand up to pressure without leaking.

Rubber hose

We kick off the new installments by bursting Swagelok PB Series rubber hose. This is our ozone-resistant, general-purpose rubber hose. This kind of hose often is a good lower-cost solution in lower-pressure applications such as compressed air, water cooling and oil transfer. Swagelok PB series rubber hose has a smooth-bore Buna N core, an internal fiber reinforcement that enhances its pressure rating and ensures connection retention, and a flame resistant cover.  The hose is available in 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 inch nominal hose sizes. For the video, we chose 3/8 inch hose installed with Swagelok PB Series hose end connections. It's rated for a working pressure of 300 psig at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Watch the video to find out its rated burst pressure.

Watch, guess, win!

What happens in real life or at least real life as simulated in our burst chamber? How much pressure can the hose take before it bursts? Watch the video and enter your best guess on our When Will It Burst? video page. The contest ends Friday, Nov. 14th. The person whose guess comes closest to the actual burst pressure, wins a prize, a mention in our next video, and unlimited bragging rights.

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"When Will It Burst?" Returns With More High Pressure Fun!

  
  
  

Our video series is back with more chances to guess burst pressures and win


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Watch the intro video here to get more info »

After taking a break for a few months, our video series "When Will It Burst?" will return on Wednesday, November 5th. It's our way of bringing a little bit of fun to a very serious subject. Normally, we don't take it lightly when something bursts. It halts production and might seriously injure someone. Our burst demonstrations are designed to show the safety that is built into every Swagelok product. They perform under pressure.

These videos had their origins in the training classes we provide. One of the highlights of our tube fitting safety seminar is the tube burst demonstration. We do it to show that, when properly installed, Swagelok fittings can handle higher pressure than the tubing itself. We put an assembly in a clear protective chamber, then pump up the pressure beyond what the tubing is rated to hold. The Swagelok fitting doesn't leak, even as the wall of the tubing swells and bursts. To make it a bit more fun and interesting, we ask attendees to guess how much pressure it will take to burst the tube.

Good and bad

In our initial series of "When Will It Burst" videos, we were impressed at how accurate the winners were with their guesses. In fact, the winner in our first video was only a few PSIG from the actual burst pressure.

But we also were surprised at how far off some of the guesses were. In each video, we pointed out that the manufacturer's minimum estimated burst pressure also comes with a built-in safety factor. Most of the safety factors are 4 to 1, so if the maximum suggested working pressure is 1000 psig, the safety factor would put the minimum burst pressure at 4000 psig. Even with that information to help them, some people guessed below the manufacturer's burst pressure ratings, and some guessed much higher. 



That underscores the importance of understanding how the parts are designed to perform if you want to get the most use from them.

A quick preview

If you didn't get a chance to see our first run of videos, here's a short introduction of where we're about to take you. As you can see in the introductory video, most of the time we play it completely straight with tubing or hoses of different materials. But once in a while we toss in something unusual. Viewers of the first series have offered some suggestions that we hope to use in the future, including bent tubing and sample cylinders. 

Ready to test your knowledge (or at least your intuition)? Look for the start of our new series Wednesday, November 5th, enter your best guess at www.swagelok.com/whenwillitburst, and see how you stack up against the competition.

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