A great innovation in compression packing was the development of a new material class by Ritchie Snyder of W.L. Gore & Associates in 1981. He envisioned a single material that would allow for broad...
Pump industry associations anticipate a year of new initiatives and educational programs for end users.
WAYNE, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2015) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced draft rules to reduce methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas industry. As a leading trade association...
The addition of five new styles of rubber expansion joints (REJs) within the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) technical handbook has increased the opportunities for the selection and application of...
Waiting to replace packing in centrifugal pump service can lead to downtime and safety issues.
WAYNE, Pa. (Oct. 21, 2014) – The Fluid Sealing Association has appointed Michael Shorts as president, Phil Mahoney as vice president and Robert S. Coffee as member of its board of directors. Shorts...
One of the oldest sealing devices, compression packing is still very common in modern industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical, agriculture, pulp and paper, power generation, and mining....
WAYNE, PA., (July 7, 2014) – The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has announced the appointment of Phil Mahoney and Robert Rutherford to its board of directors. Mahoney is currently the design...
Do I really need to use a torque wrench?
What are pressure seals, and how do they work?
Buffer & Barrier Fluids
What are the differences between using water or oil as a buffer or barrier fluid?
Extend Braided Pump Packing Life
How do I get maximum performance from my packing?
Manage & Understand Flange Face Damage
What should I do about flange face damage: accept, repair or replace?
Improved Torque Tension
How does lubrication affect fastener torque and resultant tension?
Pumps & Systems, April 2013Editor’s note: The editors of Pumps & Systems were happy to receive insight from the Fluid Sealing Association’s (FSA) President Greg Raty, Vice President Henri...
Injectable Sealants
How can injectable sealants solve my sealing problems?
Pressurized Seal System
What are the best practices for ensuring the reliability of API Piping Plan 53B?
 Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing feature series. For more "Sealing Sense" articles, click here.What are the current industry best practices for the assembly of bolted flange...
FSA Sealing Sense June 2012
Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing feature series. For more "Sealing Sense" articles, click here.How do variable speed drives impact mechanical seals? This month’s “Sealing...
FSA Sealing Sense- May 2012
 Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing feature series. For more "Sealing Sense" articles, click here.What are the current emission standards for valve packing? This month's...
FSA Sealing Sense- April 2012
Why are mechanical seals still the preferred choice in the process industries?This month’s “Sealing Sense” was prepared by FSA members Phil Peck & Andy Martin.The challenges facing process...
What should be considered for the selection of expansion joints for pumps?
What should be considered for the selection of expansion joints for pumps? This month’s “Sealing Sense” was prepared by FSA member Bud Baltzer. Some past “Sealing Sense” articles...
Editor's Note: The editors of Pumps & Systems were happy to spend some time with new FSA President Ed Marchese and FSA Technical Director Pete Petrunich to discuss FSA's role in standards...
In 1933, 36 American and Canadian companies attended the inaugural meeting of the Mechanical Packing Association in New York. After changing its name to the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) in 1970,...
How Do I Prevent Gasket Blow Out?
The term blow out refers to the catastrophic failure of a gasketed joint. It occurs when load has been reduced to where the hydrostatic end force approaches that of the bolt load. At that point gasket...
As plants continue to consolidate and streamline operations in the search for greater efficiency, one unintended consequence is that installation and troubleshooting knowledge can be lost as...
The October 2008 Sealing Sense discussed new optical infrared technology authorized by the EPA for finding leaks. This month we will review in more detail the background, basis and future of this new...
Boiler and Pressure Vessel code contains rules for the design and construction of unfired pressure vessels. The design of bolted flanges requires that gasket constants referred to as m and y be used...
What are the challenges with sealing water applications?
 Water is the most abundant liquid on the Earth's surface and is vital to many aspects of our daily lives. For these reasons, a wide variety of fluid handling applications involve transporting...