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Praxair Stays On the Safe Side with Swagelok Products and Assembly Services

by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/12/18 8:45 AM

In any country and in any language, Swagelok still means safety, reliability and innovation


“Since we work with gases under high pressure and with reactive and toxic gases, we cannot work with equipment that allows any failure or leakage.

- Guilherme Maia De Oliveria, Chemist, Praxair

"Swagelok is basically an industry standard. It’s rated by most customers as the best solution we can provide."

Marcos Porto, Specialty Gases Manager, Praxair


Praxair Inc. has 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries producing industrial gases. Each site has unique characteristics. Take its Brazilian subsidiary, White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda, for example. White Martins found itself in a market that wasn't growing, yet was highly competitive.

Operations needed to be more efficient. And that meant turning to Swagelok for products, training and assembly services.

Swagelok customer White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda., a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., values the ultimate safety it achieves with the help of Swagelok’s people, products, training and assembly services. 

As the video shows, White Martins has acetylene plants, compressed natural gas plants, a nitrous oxide plant, and one for other specialty gases. With reactive and toxic gasses under high pressure, the company doesn't dare have any failure or leakage in their equipment.

"Since we work with gases under high pressure and with reactive and toxic gases, we cannot work with equipment that allows any failure or leakage." says Guilherme Maia De Oliveria, Chemist, Praxair.

Swagelok fittings give that reliability. Swagelok is regarded as an industry standard. Praxair feels comfortable, and its customers feel comfortable.

"Swagelok is basically an industry standard. It’s rated by most customers as the best solution we can provide them and they feel comfortable with that," says Marcos Porto, Specialty Gases Manager, Praxair. "At the same time, we feel comfortable with that because we have a long story of success dealing with Swagelok products."

The video includes a Praxair associate talking about 21 years of operation without a failure of Swagelok equipment. Another Praxair associate describes planning a project with Swagelok, a panel to control the bottling of gas mixtures. This particular project required materials that wouldn't corrode under field conditions. Swagelok had the expertise to help in materials selection. 

Swagelok also passes along its expertise through training classes. "In our relationship with Swagelok, one of the strong points we get is the quality of the training they provide our sales people and our operations people," says Marcos Porto, Specialty Gases Manager, Praxair.

Swagelok also gets high marks in the video for meeting "nearly impossible" delivery times for customers in a jam.

It's a different country, a different language, and a different economy. But you'll recognize the same Swagelok commitment to customers. Would you like some of that same peace of mind?

What's next: You can leverage our fluid system expertise and assembly capabilities the way Praxair did. Get started at our Assembly Services ("Build It for Me") page! And while you're here, download our "7 Ways to Reduce Assembly Risks and Costs" eBook for valuable tips.

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