December 2003

Special Report: Plant Design and Engineering

Consider tubing solutions to enhance plant efficiency

It is more economical and less prone to leaks in many applications

Holt, R., Swagelok Company

Plant engineers and maintenance personnel are facing tougher demands in the construction, maintenance and upgrade of processing systems. Performance expectations for these systems are much higher than they were just 10 years ago, in part because of stricter industry standards and stronger competitive forces. These are prompting companies to examine how they can enhance cost-effectiveness while achieving peak operating efficiencies. System leaks that were once considered merely nuisances now can be classified as fugitive emissions and hazardous spills; the end result can be costly shutdowns and repairs. In addition, technological advancements are pushing pressures, flows and

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