Swagelok in Action: Thermocouple Assembly for Chemical Manufacturer
by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/8/17 8:30 AM
The latest case study in the Swagelok in Action series features our collaboration with a chemical and specialty component manufacturer in the semiconductor industry.
Since our founding in 1947, Swagelok has been manufacturing high-quality filters, fittings, connectors, valves, assemblies, and other related products. Beginning in 2005, we also began offering our unique Assembly Solutions services.
Working directly with clients, our dedicated team of designers and engineers will help you design a custom assembly solution suited to your specific application. Over the years, we’ve assisted clients design assemblies of all shapes, sizes, and complexities in a range of industries.
Assembling a Thermocouple
One of our clients — a manufacturer of chemicals and specialty components for use in the fast-moving semiconductor industry — required a special mount for a thermocouple.
Thermocouples are an integral component in many different devices, from household thermostats to highly advanced industrial monitoring technologies. A thermocouple is made of two wires, each made of a different metal, that use the thermoelectric effect to generate a temperature-dependent voltage, which can then be translated into a temperature reading.
Our client required the thermocouple for several steps of the semiconductor production process; it also needed to be able to handle cold trap applications. To monitor temperatures during these processes, the customer required a specific type of thermocouple mounting assembly — which didn’t yet exist.
When the client approached our Swagelok Assembly Solutions team, they had little information to provide and only a rough pencil sketch of the required mounting assembly, which needed to be designed and manufactured in only two weeks.
After transferring the pencil sketch to a CAD plan, our Swagelok Assembly Solutions team refined and perfected the assembly design. Our team was able to manufacture and deliver not one but four of the fully customized assemblies.
Working with Swagelok Assembly Solutions
When working with Swagelok Northern California’s Assembly Solutions team, you’ll get the assembly you need, but you’ll also get a true partnership. At Swagelok, we’re dedicated to providing timely, efficient solutions for our all clients, no matter how complex their needs.
To learn more about our Assembly Solutions capabilities and how we’ve helped other companies with their unique projects, download our free eBook, “10 Assembly Solutions Case Studies.”