Burst from the Past - Four Steps to Choosing a Swagelok Hose
by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/3/15 8:00 AM
Take another look at last year's When Will It Burst? video on hose selection
Last year, we created a series of videos and burst contests called When Will It Burst? Here is a burst from the past from our When Will It Burst? video, Four Steps to Choosing a Hose. In the video, you will learn about the four main components to consider when choosing a hose. After you watch the video, you can download the hose selection resources that inspired the video here »
Quick-turn hose assembly
Over ten years ago, we installed a hose fabrication cell at our original Sunnyvale location, so we could locally and quickly make several of our hoses for our customers. Since that first hose assembly 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 get Swagelok certified, 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. Here are two examples, one in the pharmaceutical industry and the other in the semiconductor industry.
The right hose
So while we were having fun bursting things in 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, so prevention through proper hose selection is essential.
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. Have fun watching, and don't forget, we can help you choose the right hose and quickly build it for you to your exact specifications.
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