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    • Abstract: RETROFIT!PUTTING ORIFICES AND FILTERS WHERE YOU NEED THEMSometimes today in the mad rush to bring anew design into production quickly, thedesign engineer will sacrifice ergonomicsand uniformity of design to install orifices

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Sometimes today in the mad rush to bring a
new design into production quickly, the
design engineer will sacrifice ergonomics
and uniformity of design to install orifices
and filtration media into their design. In
effect, the design is changed to meet what
is perceived as the only available
components instead of a design dictating
the components.
Today some fitting companies offer filters or
orifices in their particular brand of fittings.
But in the myriad of choices for fittings and
connectors, the chances of finding a match to your particular design are not probable.
The permutations are enormous. Take for instance SMC, Parker or Swagelock
products. There may be 1,000's of possible choices in each company's product, any of
which might be the item that would best suit the design needs for a filter or an orifice.
Many engineers have solved this quandary by specifying a custom retrofit. It's a small
leap to think outside the box and it pays huge dividends. Choose your optimum
connector and have a filter orifice installed precisely where the design dictates. The
design now is more compact, aesthetically pleasing, as all fittings match and certainly is
ergonomic, as space has not been sacrificed to squeeze in the odd array of special
orifices and filters.
The reputation of BIRD PRECISION for such custom retrofits has continued to
grow as the recognized leader for these services. The company over the years has
built up an impressive array of components to facilitate a wide latitude of commercially
available fittings and connectors. Choose just about any item from your favorite fitting
and connector house and it can be reconfigured with the appropriate filtration or
orifice by BIRD. Choose Swagelock, Cajon, Parker, SMC, Value Plastic or any
number of suppliers or perhaps a custom component and chances are it can qualify
for a retrofit. Stainless steel tube fittings, brass tube fittings, plastic tube fittings,
threaded connectors, luer, push to connect, the choices are endless.
Filter choices are stainless wire mesh, plastic mesh, sintered metal and porous plastic,
with micron ratings of 5, 25, 43, 75 and 150.
Orifices can range in size from .0004" thru .081" depending on fitting choice. Orifices
are typically ruby and sapphire although custom metal orifices are also possible.

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