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Your Top Five Questions of 2022

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Your Top Five Questions of 2022

At Swagelok Reference Point, we’re focused on providing you with tips and strategies to stay ahead, even in the most challenging conditions. And no matter what industry you work in, one way to optimize your operations is to enhance the performance and reliability of your fluid systems.

Around the world, our teams work with fluid system professionals like you to maintain optimal operational flows and pressures, reduce leaks, properly install and maintain components like valves and tube fittings, and much more. We get a lot of questions over the course of the year—especially when our specialists share their knowledge during industry webinars. This year, we’ve made it our mission to identify the most frequently asked questions during these presentations and compile answers for you all in one place. Read on to see what our audiences wanted to know.

“How do you select the right regulator for different applications?”How do you select the right regulator for different applications?

Pressure regulators are important components of any industrial or analytical fluid system, helping to maintain safe and optimal operating pressures. But regulators come in many varieties—how to choose the best one? We provide some assistance in the following post:

Read: How to Choose a Regulator

What is the average life of an industrial hose?“What is the average life of an industrial hose?”

The short answer: It depends. Following proper installation and maintenance best practices will help maximize the life of your industrial hoses. Learn why in this popular post:

Read: Maximizing Component Life in Industrial Fluid Systems

What is droop and how do you calculate it?“What is droop and how do you calculate it?”

Droop is a decrease in outlet pressure as downstream flow increases. A flow curve is can help to establish the range of outlet pressures a regulator will maintain based on various system flow rates. Maintaining a flat flow curve with minimal droop is key—we explain why in this post:

Read: How to Flatten a Regulator Flow Curve to Reduce Droop

“Should I use cone and thread fittings in hydrogen applications?”Should I use cone and thread fittings in hydrogen applications?

The industry focused on the development of clean energy and fuels is evolving rapidly, with hydrogen representing a viable pathway to sustainable, green mobility solutions. But handling hydrogen gas—from the point of production through end use in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle or other application—can be challenging. Traditional fitting technology may not be up to the task. We explain why in this popular post:

Read: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Safety & Reliability

What should I consider when sampling high-viscosity liquids?“What should I consider when sampling high-viscosity liquids?”

Nearly every refinery generates tar, asphalt, or other highly viscous fluids as a result of the refining process. Sampling these fluids is a necessity to monitor product quality. But because these fluids must be kept hot to keep from solidifying, your top consideration should be safe sample capture. Choosing the right sampling system design that takes key safety risks into account is important. Keep an eye out for an upcoming Swagelok Reference Point blog coming early 2023 to learn more about high viscosity sampling.

We hope you found Swagelok Reference Point to be a helpful resource in 2022 and that you’ll continue reading in 2023 and beyond. In the meantime, you can find dozens of posts in our archives addressing other critical questions. We hope the answers can help you achieve continued success.

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