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CASE STUDY

Panels for Semi Firm

A major semi company turned to Swagelok Northern California for quick design optimization, high quality parts, and rapid expert assembly

By tapping into our Assembly Services and big local inventory, our customer got panels just in time

At a major semiconductor manufacturer, the Research and Development Department was thriving. An expansion project was well underway, but they hit an obstacle: they needed panel assemblies created, fast. If they couldn’t find a solution in time to meet the deadline, the department’s expansion would be halted.

Executives at the client company knew of Swagelok and Swagelok Northern California. From source to exhaust, Swagelok services and components are used throughout the semiconductor manufacturing process.

A customer under pressure

With their deadline looming, the client reached out to Swagelok Northern California with some urgent needs. For example:

  • How quickly could our engineers start helping on design?
  • Did we have the inventory to supply them right away?
  • Could we deliver ready to use panels, or just parts for them?
  • Would designing and building custom panels be expensive?

Quick response by dedicated team

Swagelok Northern California has a dedicated Swagelok Assembly Solutions Team in Fremont, California. They responded immediately, traveling to meet onsite with the client and learn more about the application.

Our engineers also reached out to additional contacts at the semiconductor manufacturer to listen carefully to needs, gather technical requirements information, and introduce the client’s research team to a new family of Swagelok components. They received:

  • As much time as they needed to discuss the solution
  • CAD drawing with piping and instrumentation diagram
  • Component selection and Bill of Materials
  • Bending, welding, and assembly by certified technicians
  • Testing and warranty of the assembly
  • Professional packaging and delivery

Big local inventory cuts turnaround time

The panel assembly in question required managing pressure coming out of a cylinder and traveling into a regulator. The line carried oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen at an ambient temperature. The gases started under a significant pressure of several thousand PSI from the cylinder, and needed to come from the regulator at roughly 40 PSI.

In Fremont, California, we keep about $12M worth of Swagelok components on hand, and can deliver on any of 600,000 individual part numbers for fittings, hoses, leak detectors, measurement devices, regulators, tubing, valves, welding systems, and more. 

Our specialists helped pick the best components for this project, including pressure regulators, PTFE-lined, stainless steel hoses, pressure gauges, and needle valves.

Delivering tested, warrantied assemblies

Even if this customer had only needed us to put an adapter on a valve or an end connection on a hose, we would have been proud to design, build, and warranty it.

In this case:

  • Our engineers helped the customer streamline system design
  • Our procurement experts found ways to accelerate production
  • Our technicians leak-tested every single assembly to meet the highest quality standards
  • Swagelok warrantied every panel provided—just like with our individual parts

The team also helped this customer think ahead to future projects. For example:

  • Each panel design was assigned a single SKU, to make reordering easy
  • Each came with comprehensive documentation, to make proving compliance easy

Delivering return on investment

By choosing our assembly services, this customer lowered their risk in several areas, minimized up-front costs, and lowered cost of ownership.

  • Avoided costs related to procuring products through middle-man suppliers, inaccurate budgeting, scrap, and incompatible components. They also minimized their up-front costs by ensuring their panels were optimized to use the fewest possible parts.
  • Minimized longer term maintenance and replacement costs by ensuring their panels were designed to have the fewest potential leak points and were built using the highest quality components
  • Maximized reliability and performance by having Swagelok-Certified Technicians put the panels together and subject them to all needed testing before delivery.
  • Minimized their risk by opting for assemblies backed with the industry-leading Swagelok Limited Lifetime Warranty and extensive documentation.
  • Used human resources wisely and likely saved a lot of time by outsourcing the project to our fluid system experts.
  • Established a relationship they can draw on in the future. Swagelok Northern California's team, locations, and inventory continue to grow. So expert support is available 24x7x365.

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       HIGHLIGHTS
Design Engineering
Optimized design for safety, simplicity of assembly, and near and long term costs
Assembly Services
Onsite bending, welding, assembly, and testing per strict guidelines by certified technicians monitored by certified engineer
Quick Turn
The Swagelok Quality System (SQS) helped us deliver under extreme time pressure with no quality compromise
Training
Our in-house experts lead hands-on seminars in best practices
Extensive Inventory
No waiting for parts to come in; we pull immediately from $20M in local inventory
Strong Warranty
Every Swagelok component, assembly, and solution is backed by Swagelok's industry-leading warranty