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Fluid Connections Firm Opens Design Center


Fluid Connections Firm Opens Design Center

Shana Leonard

A provider of tubing fittings and connectors has unveiled a design center. Value Plastics Inc. (Fort Collins, CO) established the center in order to assist customers with designing fluid management components suited to their specifications.

"It's an expansion of a resource we've been providing to our customers on an informal basis over the years," says Value Plastics technical and design services manager Riley Phipps. "With this new effort, we've dedicated engineering and application development effort to address our customers' increasing needs for application-specific components."

As Phipps points out, customers can't be experts in every area; sometimes they just need a little help from someone in the tubing connector field. "You can't expect every engineer to have a background in plastics or fluid management devices," Phipps states. "So what we do is offer a more specialized service."

The center acts a consultant of sorts, guiding clients through the design process. Unlike most consultants, however, Value Plastics offers its design assistance for free. Drawing on its experience, the firm is able to streamline the design phase for customers, saving them valuable time, according to Phipps. An additional source of pride for the company is its ability to provide accessible custom products.

Among the services provided are free and timely design assistance with technical support, both before and after the sale, in-house testing facilities to validate and qualify design alternatives, and in-house mold fabrication.

In addition to a helping hand, the fluid connections firm also supplies the most up-to-date technologies, materials, and plastics, according to Phipps. Both custom and off-the-shelf products are available.

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