These seals and their piping plans offer a simpler alternative to wet containment systems.
End users should be aware of the latest standards revisions to employ the most up-to-date valve sealing practices.
With today's mandate for reduced fugitive emissions and improved air quality in industrial valves, proper installation of stem packing has become critical. But the importance of effective sealing by...
Diamond technology can also promote safety and provide exceptionally low emission sealing of critical equipment.
Waiting to replace packing in centrifugal pump service can lead to downtime and safety issues.
The practice of insulating over metallic expansion joints to minimize heat loss in a piping system may be common, but it is not a good idea to follow this same practice with rubber expansion joints. ...
Methane (CH4) is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S. In 2013, CH4 accounted for about 10 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Methane's...
In today's world, facilities face the daunting challenge of minimizing the environmental impact of industrial processes. A primary motivation for industrial plants to control their environmental...
Compression packings have suffered from a reputation of being an old-fashioned technology unsuited to modern industrial processes. In the case of rotating equipment, they are largely superseded by...
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...
The Gasket Division of the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) and the Flange Gasket Division of the European Sealing Association (ESA) have been jointly working on a complete revision to existing gasket...
Pete Petrunich retires as technical director after 17 years but leaves a legacy of education and high quality standards.
This component can compensate for misalignments up to 1/8 of an inch.
As environmental requirements become more stringent, FSA drives education and advocacy for sealing devices in the public policy arena.
Performing maintenance tasks correctly the first time has become increasingly important to end users. Today’s end users are tasked with doing more work with less time, fewer resources and smaller...
Different material and design combinations offer application-specific advantages.
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....
The construction, seals and protective monitoring contribute to the motor’s ability to operate in and under water.
How do you determine the primary cause(s) of mechanical seal failure?
Do I really need to use a torque wrench?
What are pressure seals, and how do they work?
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?
Pressurized Seal System
What are the best practices for ensuring the reliability of API Piping Plan 53B?
Sealing Large Swing Check Valves
How can packing solve my difficult sealing problem?
Injectable Sealants
How can injectable sealants solve my sealing problems?
Gaskets for Rigorous Applications
What are grooved metal gaskets, and where are they applied?
FSA Sealing Sense- May 2012
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