For many applications, tubing should not be looked at as a commodity item. Companies use Swagelok tube fittings because they have confidence against leaks, but if a sub-standard tube bursts, the fitting can't do its job. High quality fittings deserve high quality tubing.
Through rigorous supplier selection and the processes required by the Swagelok Quality System, specifications and processes are in place to provide tubing that meets tough standards. General industrial tubing does not often have the same level of standards when it comes to criteria like:
- Outside diameter (OD) variation
- OD Finish polish requirements
- Wall thickness variation
Swagelok's strict tubing standards are outlined on the Tubing Data Sheet. However, overall supplier management is important as well.
- We perform quality audits to confirm that Swagelok-level standards are being achieved, and
- Performance monitoring of all shipments helps to mitigate risk and promote continuous improvement.
By managing our tubing suppliers to this extent, you can feel confident that the tubing you receive is worthy of the Swagelok Limited Lifetime Warranty it carries. In addition, you will save time and effort with a single source, a single call to make, for the tubing and fittings needed for your company's fluid systems.
Whether you are looking for regular 316 stainless steel or a special alloy, either in regular sticks or SC-11 cleaned, you can rest assured that it is worthy of having a Swagelok tube fitting at the end of it.