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Pulp and Paper

Pulp and paper mills that prioritize process excellence, personal safety, and sustainable benefits will find a solutions provider in Swagelok that shares their goals for fluid system effectiveness and efficiency.


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Pulp and Paper 

Start Every Day With a Clean Sheet 

Effective pulp and paper operations—batch and continuous processing, fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, mixing, separation, utilities, and more—depend on high-integrity fluid system components. Swagelok brings paper product manufacturers the solutions, training, and services needed to benefit equipment, people, and the environment.

  • The reliability of our valves and fittings can help pulp and paper mills reduce emissions, maintain compliance with environmental regulations, and earn government rebates
  • Our fluid control components used in steam systems and for condensate return contribute significantly to leak-tight performance and energy savings
  • We also provide consultation, engineering assistance, as well as training, all to equip your team with the skills to work safely and efficiently
  • Site evaluations and advisory services can further reduce the potential for costly leak detection and repair (LDAR) procedures

We know the challenges that steam, chemicals, temperature, and vibration place on machines and instrumentation. Our solutions-first approach helps you stay in step with changing Technical Association for the Pulp, Paper and Converting Industry (TAPPI) standards for ISO quality management, manufacturing standardization, and workplace health and safety.

Pulp and paper manufacturers worldwide trust Swagelok to perform under pressure and help them responsibly meet production goals without sacrificing speed or quality.

 

Pulp and Paper Applications

Our expertise extends to virtually all equipment and process support systems found in pulp and paper mills, plants, and facilities including:

  • Agitators
  • Cleaning machines
  • Coaters
  • Compressed air systems
  • Deflakers
  • De-inkers
  • Dispersion systems
  • Dryers
  • Forming (Fourdrinier) machines
  • Finishing equipment
  • Headbox units
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Lubricating systems
  • Paper-making machines
  • Presses
  • Pulpers
  • Reject handlers
  • Steam systems
  • Stock preparation machines
  • Suction rolls
  • Thickeners
  • Wastewater filtration systems

Products for Pulp and Paper 

To meet stringent demands in a variety of pulp and paper industry applications, we offer a complete line of fluid system components, including reliable fittings, valves, and hose products that are backed by the Swagelok® Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Fittings

Fittings

Swagelok® tube fittings deliver a leak-tight, gas-tight seal that is highly resistant to vibration fatigue. Medium- and high-pressure fittings, PFA fittings, pipe fittings, weld fittings, and many other fittings can be used on a variety of thick- or thin-walled, hard or soft tubing while resisting the effects of pressure and thermal cycling. Also find 316/316L stainless steel fittings among other alloy options for corrosive environments.

valves

Valves

Meet stringent regulatory standards with valves with low-emission certification. We provide many options to protect your people, processes, and profitability with 40- and 60 series manual and automated ball valves, check valves, relief valvesneedle and metering valves, and ball and quarter-turn plug valves. Also find test valve assemblies designed to be used with a universally mounted steam trap.

Regulator

Regulators

Reliable pressure control helps you achieve a safe work environment and the process accuracy that keeps your facility operating at optimum efficiency. Standard and custom pressure-reducing (spring-loaded or dome-loaded), back-pressure (spring-loaded and dome-loaded), and specialty regulators are available for nearly all pulp and paper plant conditions and needs.

Hoses and Flexible Tubing

PTFE and PFA core hoses provide flexibility and chemical compatibility for safe transport of fluids. We also offer thermoplastic and nylon hose for hydraulic needs. Swagelok® hoses and flexible tubing are trusted to perform where liquids and gases are crucial to operations.

ANSI Pump Flush Plans

Leverage our extensive knowledge to design and construct safe-to-operate, easy-to-maintain mechanical seal support systems including ANSI pump flush plans. We can help you keep pulp and paper machines and rotating equipment online and operating efficiently with mechanical seal support kits and assemblies.

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Tubing and Accessories

Find reliable metal tubing, including support systems, swaging tools, tube benders, and tube cutting and preparation tools. Our catalogs are loaded with detailed product information including materials of construction, pressure and temperature ratings, and many different tubing options so you can build systems that last.

Leak Detectors, Lubricants, and Sealants

Liquid leak detectors can show you which fluid system connections are leaking, and our pipe thread sealantsPTFE tape, and thread lubricants can help prevent leaks from forming during installation. We can help you reduce your operating costs while making the health and wellness of every worker a top priority.

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Measurement Devices

Swagelok pressure gauges and pressure transducers provide accurate and dependable measurement for pulp and paper processing and manufacturing requirements. Many range, dial size, connection, and mounting options are available. Other measurement devices include variable area flow meters, flow sensors, and thermometers.

Sample Cylinders

A wide selection of sample cylinders that are compliant with various transportation industry standards helps you simplify the challenges related to chemical transfer. These durable, pressure-rated metal cylinders also prevent samples from escaping during grab sample system operation and are easy to clean.

Engineering Services for Pulp and Paper 

Whether you want to improve fluid system health, reduce emissions, get new workers up to speed quickly, or simply need assistance when your team is shorthanded, we can help with customized services and a plan to achieve your goals.

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Full Support

No matter how big your pulp and paper enterprise, Swagelok® engineering services can scale up to your ambitions. Tap into a powerful portfolio of technical amenities including onsite troubleshooting and advisory services, training and education, design and assembly assistance, field engineering, and global construction coordination. We apply our technical knowledge and collaborative approach to give you a holistic view of your fluid system operations.

Swagelok steam system audit services

Steam Audits

Steam and condensate specialists can help you conduct a detailed assessment of your plant’s systems and components, document and tag areas needing attention, and share best practices for repair and maintenance. Optimal steam system performance in line with design specifications can create bottom-line increases in productivity.

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Essentials Training

Expand your foundational knowledge with fluid systems programs focused on overcoming common challenges. Courses taught by experienced instructors help both new team members and industry veterans sharpen their skills when it comes to developing, building, and maintaining dependable, leak-tight systems.

Swagelok hose management services

Hose Management

Get guidance on hose selection, installation, inspection, and maintenance procedures to improve hose life and performance, as well as minimize the chances of expensive or dangerous failures. Our hose advisory services are engineered to take the pressure off you and reduce wasteful spending on damaged or failed hose.

Materials Science

Materials Science

Choosing the right corrosion-resistant materials helps keep fluid systems leak-tight. Learn which alloys resist corrosion and how industry standards impact your choices. Swagelok® materials science training is for engineers, supervisors, purchasing agents, technical associates, and anyone involved in the material selection process.

How We Support Pulp and Paper 

Industrial Maintenance Solutions 

You need proven products, a skilled workforce, and knowledgeable engineering support because there is no time for downtime. And you need a reliable supply of critical items to reduce negative impacts to your schedule and budget. We connect pulp and paper manufacturers to more fluid system solutions that help to create ideal operational outcomes, from the products you make to the equipment you maintain.

  • Our fittings, valves, and related components are designed for dirty, demanding conditions. Customers find our products to be robust and resilient in industrial environments, providing reliable performance. 
  • Our product portfolio is extensive, helping you easily find the dependable options you need. Simplify your sourcing, purchasing, and inventory with one supplier for all your fluid system needs. 
  • We can help you control carbon emissions. Our field engineers know how to reduce your environmental footprint with leak audits, emissions tests, and leak-tight, low-E solutions that can help you earn government rebates.  
  • Whether preventing machine breakdown due to lubrication issues or combatting water hammer in steam and condensate processes, Swagelok fluid system specialists learn your objectives to identify and resolve problems quickly. 
  • Customer managed inventory programs can optimize your supply chain. Ask us about local stocking of items and onsite inventory options that fit your needs, available from over 200 authorized sales and service center locations

Panel and Enclosure Fabrication 

We can build instrument panels and enclosures to your exact specifications. Our design optimization and layout services remove the pressure of tackling highly involved projects. We will deliver to you a professionally designed, fully tested, leak-tight, ready-for-installation assembly. Fabrication services can save customers time, cost, and concern compared to building solutions in-house using teams that must balance other priorities simultaneously. 

  • We can create the technical drawings, source all of the components, and provide a complete plug-and-play panel or enclosure 
  • Reduce your procurement costs with a supplier who has spent decades building strong vendor relationships and supply chains 
  • Trust us to thoroughly test your assembly before it is installed so you can have the peace of mind that comes with a leak-tight operation 
  • Improve safety, reliability, and ease of field maintenance with panels and enclosures assembled by true fluid system specialists 
  • Inquire about other project management, CAD, and custom panel and instrumentation enclosure services

Engineering Safety 

Healthy fluid systems perform best and better protect people from harm. We can evaluate the health of your systems and recommend even small improvements that have a big impact on day-to-day operations. All suppliers can talk about products and services—trust Swagelok to move the conversation to what makes your plant safer.

  • We can identify, classify, and help you remedy fluid, air, and gas leakage that presents serious risks on the plant floor 
  • Swagelok products stand up to vibration, pressure, temperature, and corrosion so leaks do not become a problem 
  • Select from many lockout/tagout valve options that help keep your pulp or paper mill compliant 
  • Our specialists can also explain chemical compatibility “do’s” and “don’ts” for products like hose on the wet end of paper machines 
  • We will help you avoid the dangers of intermixing fluid system components from different manufacturers 
  • Our comprehensive training programs and courses equip your team with practical skills to work safer every day  

 

Resource Center

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Blog: Low-E Valves Minimize Emissions Costs

Fugitive emissions can negatively impact your company’s profitability if left unchecked, and emissions compliance may require changes to your supply chain. As the EPA and other governing bodies work to curtail emissions, there has never been a better time to bolster your knowledge in this area.

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Blog: How to Detect and Prevent Leaks

It is helpful to understand why fluid system leaks occur, how to locate them, and how to develop a strategy to reduce leaks plantwide. We find it helpful to train—and retrain—engineers and technicians to enhance their skills in identifying and addressing different types of leaks.

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Blog: The Right Tools for Plant Equipment

Fluid systems range from simple to complex, and many considerations go into their safe, profitable operation. For each, proper assembly and ongoing maintenance require some common, critical tools and equipment with which operators and technicians should be familiar.

Pressure gauges in an industrial steam system

Blog: Best Practices for Steam Heat Exchangers

Designing a proper steam heat exchanger or steam heat tracing system first requires a full understanding of the operational characteristics where the system will function. Inadequate performance is commonly due to a failure to consider all steam system characteristics.

Video: The Swagelok® Tube Fitting Advantage

In this video, we detail the big three factors you need to consider when evaluating tube fitting performance: tube grip, gas seal, and vibration protection, and how Swagelok achieves high performance in all areas, providing you with productivity and efficiency in your applications.

Video: Fluid System Onsite Services

Onsite visits are crucial to understanding your unique challenges, environments, and objectives. See how specialists can help you discover issues with hoses, corrosion, faulty connections, leakage, and more. They’ll also document issues and the steps to savings.

Video: Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Options for Valves

We offer multiple ways to lockout/tagout our manually actuated valves. In this video, we demonstrate some of the most common LOTO options, from the OSHA-compliant clamshell style to the latch-lock design for a quarter-turn handle.

Proper tube preparation video

Video: How to Prepare Tube Ends

Learn how to prepare tube ends, a necessary step for creating leak-tight tube fitting connections. The steps covered in this video include selection, cutting, deburring, cleaning, assembly, and inspection of tube ends.