Swagelok Northern California Blog

Which Grab Sample Panel Options Work Best For You?

Swagelok offers 15 standard designs, that can be configured to your specific needs

Topics: Assembly Solutions Assembly Services Grab Sample Systems

Researchers 3D Print Aerogels Cathodes for Supercapacitors

A team of engineers has 3D-printed porous graphene aerogel structures that can support extremely high levels of manganese oxide. The result is a supercapacitor electrode that not only recharges extremely quickly, but, unusually, has a storage capacity approaching traditional batteries.

Topics: Mission Critical

Carbon Nanotubes for NASA

NASA scientists are developing an ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon. This new material could have multiple spaceflight applications, including a mini electron probe, and a coating to absorb the extra light that ricochets off sensitive instruments and throws off their readings.

Topics: Mission Critical

Exhaust Pipe for Nuclear Fusion’s Excess Heat

A new design for a fusion reactor overcomes one of the thorniest obstacles in making fusion power plants a reality—getting rid of excess heat. It accomplishes this using something like an exhaust pipe.

Topics: Mission Critical

7 Tips for Building Safer Industrial Fluid Systems

In an industrial plant or refinery, potential safety risks lurk around every corner. One critical area of focus is your plant’s industrial fluid systems. Such systems often transport high-pressure and high-temperature fluids and gases that can increase health, safety, and environmental concerns if something goes awry. Your engineers and technicians can implement a variety of strategies to preserve the safety of your fluid systems, particularly during design.

Topics: Mission Critical

Thanks to Swagelok and API, Seals Can Stay Healthier

With our mechanical seal support systems you'll extend useful life and keep costs down

Topics: Assembly Services Seal Support Systems

Microscopic Robots for Environmental, Industrial, or Medical Monitoring

Imagine a swarm of microscopic robots deployed inside your oil or gas pipeline. You inject them at one end, retrieve them at the other, and read the data they’ve collected. This is much closer to reality thanks to a new, one-step process of manufacturing the 10-μm units from 2D graphene sheets and polymers.

Topics: Mission Critical

Graphene Enables Clock Rates in the Terahertz Range

Scientists have now demonstrated that graphene—a single layer of linked carbon atoms—can convert electronic signals from the gigahertz range (the range of today’s silicon-based components) into signals in the terahertz range. This has implications for ultrafast nanoelectronics of the future.

Topics: Mission Critical

Faster Broadband with “Twisted” Light

A new fiber optic technology will dramatically increase the speed and carrying capacity of fiber optic cables. It not only makes use of invisible light, but twists the light to compact it into a spiral that carries more data.

Topics: Mission Critical

Sampling Systems: 8 Common Process Analyzer Accuracy Challenges

Sampling systems are among the most complex systems in a plant. They feature numerous components and processes that must work together to produce an analytical reading of process stream conditions. That reading must be both accurate and timely, as it will be used to achieve a plant’s control objectives. Swagelok field engineers have identified eight common challenges impacting a system’s accuracy.

Topics: Mission Critical

Better, Cheaper, Water Cooling

A new material that can be put on rooftops to cool buildings with extremely low use of power can now be produced at low cost and at scale. Developed in 2017, it can now be made in large, filmlike sheets that can be applied to buildings or to build large-scale water cooling systems.

Topics: Mission Critical

Scalable Quantum Light Sources

Scientists have now figured out a way to place numerous hack-proof, quantum light sources on a chip. It’s the first step in a completely unhackable technology, as well as a quantum computer that would perform calculations that would take today’s computers years to complete.

Topics: Mission Critical

The 2D Materials Race

Since graphene was isolated in 2004, scientists around the world have been in a race to synthesize 2D materials due to their unique properties. The latest development, made from iron ore, acts as a photocatalyst to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for hydrogen-powered fuel cells.

Topics: Mission Critical

Water Cooling vs. Air Cooling For Orbital Weld Heads

Air-cooled weld heads offer many advantages, especially with the Swagelok Welding System M200 Power Supply

Topics: Tubing Tips Orbital Welding