Swagelok Northern California Blog

Do It Right: Proper Tube Preparation

A leak-tight connection starts with clean tubing cut to the right size

"Deciding which tubing to use depends on many factors. The key ones are the outside diameter of the tubing, the wall thickness of the tubing, and the material of the tubing and tube fittings."

- From FAQ: Which tubing should I use with Swagelok tube fittings?

Topics: Tubing Tips

Swagelok Hose Advisory Service Can Save You A Lot Of Grief

Our specialists are trained to understand why hoses fail, and to suggest the best hose for a job

"When a hose fails, and they didn't plan on that hose failing, it'll bring down their whole entire system. In some cases, their whole entire production line."

- From Hose Advisory Services Video (below)

Topics: Hoses Tips Services Video

Better By Design: Swagelok Mechanical Support Systems

Our designs start with all the best practices of API 682, but we take them further

"A lot of sites have specifications for particular things that they want to use, and we adapt to that"

- From Swagelok mechanical seal support systems for API 682 are better by design (Video below)

Topics: Tips Video Application Support

Mechanical Seal Support Systems Save Time And Money

If a seal goes down, an entire process can go down

"Innovative design features make maintenance easier."

- From Mechanical seal support systems help reduce costs (Video Below)

Topics: Tips Video Seal Support Systems

Corrosion: Pervasive, Problematic, Preventable

It takes the right materials and the right training to keep corrosion at bay

Topics: Tips Best Practices

Tech Clip Videos: Rubber & PTFE Hose

Our bite size videos highlight two kinds of hose in only three minutes

"The right hose and end connections maximize safety and performance. The wrong ones can mean costly maintenance issues, safety risks, and slow-downs."

- From Swagelok Hose & Flexible Tubing

Topics: Hoses Tips Training Best Practices Video

Cleaning, Corrosion Resistance, And Fluid System Integrity

How pure do you really need your components? We have a process for every level

"In vacuum work, cleanliness is absolutely essential. All tubing used
should be degreased and then dried thoroughly. If this is not done, oils and moisture may vaporize as pressure is reduced and the system will appear to leak even though it is tight."

- From Swagelok Tube Fitter's Manual

Topics: Catalog Tips

It All Comes Down To Good Training From Experts

You may know that you should do something, but have you been taught how?

"Industry has relied on Swagelok for advanced solutions in fluid handling components for more than 70 years. Today, with the global presence of Swagelok, our support and training complement the premium quality of our products."

- From Swagelok Training Choices

Topics: Tips Training Best Practices

Be Flexible: Hose Is Great For Many Applications

It's fast, it's flexible, and can come with a wide variety of end connections

"When you go to vacuum in the airlock and you take the hose off the front of your space suit, there's a little bit of water in there, and you can see that sublimate and ice crystals form and fly away. My thought at that moment was, 'Oh, we are not kidding at vacuum here; we are really in space"

- From Kathleen Hallisey Rubins, a NASA astronautet

Topics: Hoses Tips

Nice Threads! Make Sure You Keep Them That Way

What to look for in pipe threads, and how to make sure you get a good seal

Topics: Tips Fittings