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Swagelok in Action: Avoid Fugitive Emissions with a Leak-Free Assembly

by Jeff Hopkins, on 8/24/16 9:00 AM

Whether your focus is saving time and money, reducing waste, or solving an operational problem for peace of mind, Swagelok Northern California offers a solution. Since 1963, we’ve worked hard to make it easy for you to do business, no matter the assembly challenge you may face. With successful case studies across a wide range of industries, we’re proud to provide innovative assemblies every day.



Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) gas has long been a popular dielectric and insulating material in the electric power industry. Nontoxic, nonflammable, and noncorrosive, the material offers high chemical stability, excellent thermal conductivity, and a long list of additional benefits, including ease of installation, handling, and maintenance.

Unfortunately, SF6 is also a greenhouse gas, thus requiring extremely careful management and attention to possible emissions.



The Challenge: A public utility company’s high voltage transformers, insulated with SF6 gas, required routine monitoring for moisture levels and removal of moisture when detected. The technicians were struggling to make the connections between their equipment and the installed transformers across many varied sites — they needed a standardized adapter solution.

The SolutionDeveloped to connect quickly and simply with minimal spilling and air inclusion, Swagelok Quick Connects were the answer. Utilizing these high performance adapters and custom engineering, the Swagelok Northern California team worked with the customer’s mechanical engineers to devise a solution. They also crafted supporting CAD drawings for an efficient, standardized, safe, and leak-free assembly to help maintain and protect the transformers’ insulating systems.

In order to deeply understand both the problem and solution, the team visited the unique sites and provided technical support to ensure maximum efficiency and zero leaks. The greenhouse gas was effectively contained, and the technicians could now perform essential maintenance with confidence and ease.

Swagelok Assembly Solutions 

From a vast catalog of parts to drafting supporting CAD drawings, the Swagelok Northern California team offers top performance for even the most complex assemblies. We believe in uncompromising integrity and customer focus — with truly dedicated service, from site visits to engineering. Reach out to our team today to discuss possible solutions for your next assembly.

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