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Protect Your Team and Plant 

You want your team to be safe and productive, but there are so many concerns to look out for. Concerns like insufficient training and knowledge, which are among the most commonly cited safety issues in plants. That’s pressure, but Swagelok can help with essential training in tube fitting assembly, hose, and tube bending, as well as assistance with proper product selection, and evaluation of your systems.

See how customers like INEOS trust their safety to their local sales and service center.

5 Best Practices for Safer Fluid Systems

Product Selection and Guidance

1. Follow the manufacturer's direction. 

When written instructions get lost, people improvise and problems occur, such as insufficiently tightened tube fittings and check valves installed backwards. To be safe, operators should always be trained in proper installation practices.

2. Design for safety. 

A safe fluid system should have built-in provisions for managing leakage across the seat in all components; for managing pressure build-up in the line; and for isolating any segment for maintenance. Proper placement of gauges and rotameters is also important.
Product Selection and Guidance

3. Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

SOPs should identify steps for maintenance, including how to properly de-energize and energize the line. Another good procedure is to have a qualified inspector review the line after service or an installation.

4. Update specifications as processes run hotter and at higher pressures.

Many times, even though the fluid system has changed, components get replaced without an upgrade. Also, know what the manufacturer’s ratings mean. Do they correlate with actual product performance? 
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5. Audit your fluid system for points of disrepair, wear, and damage.

Little by little tubing gets dented, gauges get broken or clamps fail. It is important to recognize that these seemingly minor points can significantly compromise safety and should be addressed as soon as possible.  

For help with any of these best practices or related training, contact your nearest sales and service center.

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