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From the FSA President, Rob Coffee

Do end users and specifying engineers know about the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) and its respective divisions? Do they know where to find technical information on fluid sealing products for piping and ducting systems?

Sealing piping and ducting systems has been a concern for end users and specifying engineers who, up until this point, might not think there is one spot to get technical data on Mechanical Seals, Packings, Gaskets, Rubber Piping and Fabric Expansion Joints. While the FSA has been around since 1933, end users and specifying engineers may not know that the FSA is the leading association in the USA for fluid sealing technical handbooks and guidelines for sealing fluid and ducting systems.

End users and specifying engineers should look at a “systems approach” to sealing instead of a “piece by piece” design. Sealing is important. From the end user’s perspective, are they losing energy in a system due to leaking piping or ducting joints, leaking mechanical seals in a pump or packings in a valve, leaking between flanges with no gaskets or the wrong gasket? Losing energy means cost of production rises. Conversely, if you have a leaking system, what does that mean for the environment? Consider also the cost to the end user in money spent on penalties and fines.

The FSA, with its member companies and many experts in sealing, is a reliable resource for end users and specifying engineers to use and a great group with whom to confer. So where do I go to find information on sealing products for my piping or ducting system? Take advantage of the FSA KnowledgeBase, a repository of information related to fluid sealing. (fsaknowledgebase.org) Here end users and specifying engineers can research this vast database on subject matter that pertains to their piping or ducting system.

The goal of the FSA is to ensure proper sealing of piping systems for the end user. End users and specifying engineers have one place to find information on fluid sealing. Choosing to do business with FSA’s members will ensure that the piping & ducting systems in operation or being designed use the technical knowledge presented to industry by the experts in fluid sealing.

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Technical Knowledge Leads to Productivity, Reduced Emissions

Industrial equipment is subject to harsh conditions and even some abuse, but it is nevertheless expected to operate around the clock for extended periods of time. Typically, a measure of success is if no one can remember the last time maintenance was performed on specific process machinery.

The process must be uninterrupted to meet production goals, but it also must be contained to meet emission regulations. Containing the process not only controls emissions but also increases productivity, as the amount of product lost to the environment is minimized. When problems arise, the equipment design or manufacturing is usually the first line of inquiry to find solutions to the failure. However, that is not necessarily the right place to look for improvements.

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FSA Responds to “Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds”

Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector,) Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol 151, No 21; May 27th publication

 Fluid Sealing Association Response:

On behalf of The Fluid Sealing Association, an organization comprised of sealing device technology manufacturers who make devices used to contain fluids and air emissions to prevent harmful, toxic, or otherwise dangerous products escaping into the environment. FSA’s technologies are used in every aspect of oil and gas production, gathering, boosting, processing, transmission and storage, and generally in all industrial activity around the world. These devices are often overlooked and their function is not generally well known or understood, yet they fulfill an essential role in support of our customers in the oil & gas sector to maintain a clean environment, insure safety, and prevent product waste, while allowing industrial growth and profitability.

FSA members manufacture the following products that we believe will be helpful in achieving the goals to significantly reduce methane emission from the oil and gas industry.

  • Mechanical Seals which are used to seal rotating shafts as they enter the housing of a centrifugal compressor. The seals prevent gases from escaping in the space where there is relative motion between the shaft and the housing. Various mechanical seal technologies are used, dry gas seals or wet oil seals with significantly different emission characteristics.
  • Gaskets are used to provide a static seal between two stationary components. They are used on flanges that connect piping, valves, compressors, pneumatic driven pumps, instrumentation, and many other types of equipment. Due to the high number of flanges and equipment connections subject to the thermal and mechanical stresses associated with centrifugal and reciprocating compressors, the proper use of high performance gaskets can significantly contribute to reduced fugitive emission levels.
  • Compression Packing is most commonly made of braided fibers, and is used to seal valve stems and shafts of reciprocating compressors. Valves have been identified as a major contributor to emissions, primarily due to their extremely high usage. Modern fibers and construction methods allow sealing at extremely low emission levels.
  • Expansion Joints for Piping are used to provide a flexible connection between pipes and their joining to other equipment. The expansion joints are typically bolted to flanges of piping or other process equipment. The use of expansion joints can reduce the number of piping connections, eliminate stress on a pipe that can create leaks in bolted joints, and reduce stress on rotating equipment that could affect seal or bearing wear, thereby significantly contributing to the reduction of emissions in piping systems.

To read more, click here FSA Comments_Canada Gazette Part I 72617.

Hydraulic Institute to Co-Locate 2017 Fall Conference with Fluid Sealing Association Fall Meeting

For the first time, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) will co-locate its 2017 Fall Conference with the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Fall Meeting. The event will take place at the Renaissance Worthington in Fort Worth, Texas, October 23-26, 2017.

The co-location was designed in part to help HI celebrate its centennial. “We were looking at ways of bringing the community together to recognize this milestone”, stated Michael Michaud Executive Director of the Hydraulic Institute. “By co-locating these two events, we are able to and add considerable value to each organization’s meetings through the shared general sessions and expanded networking and social program.”

Peter Lance, Executive Director of the Fluid Sealing Association, noted, “We are always looking for ways to collaborate with other organizations to bring more value to members, and this will provide an excellent opportunity for members to be exposed to enhanced content, while connecting with a broader group of industry peers.”

HI Fall Conference highlights include:

  • Nearly 30 HI technical, education, and marketing committee meetings
  • Half day of general sessions
  • Joint HI/FSA CEO Forum
  • Expanded tabletop display program
  • Two Pump Knowledge Workshops:
    o How to Design Stuffing Boxes and Seal Chambers
    o Expansion Joint Technology
  • Pump Industry Leaders of  Tomorrow (PILOT) Program
  • Women in Pumps dinner
  • Technical tour

For more information about the 2017 HI Fall Conference and the co-location with FSA, please visit www.pumps.org/17Fall or contact Gabrielle Bernardo at gbernardo@pumps.org or 973.267.9700 x125.

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The Hydraulic Institute: Advancing the pump manufacturing industry by becoming the world’s resource for pumping solutions by: Addressing Pump Systems, Developing Standards, Expanding Knowledge and Resources, Educating the Marketplace and Advocating for the Industry. For more information on the Hydraulic Institute, visit www.pumps.org.

About the Fluid Sealing Association
Founded in 1933, the FLUID SEALING ASSOCIATION® (FSA) is an international trade association. Member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of fluid sealing devices primarily targeted to the industrial market. FSA membership includes a number of companies in Europe and Central and South America, but is most heavily concentrated in North America. FSA members account for a majority of the manufacturing capacity for fluid sealing and containment devices in the Americas market.

FSA Enlightening Industry About Fluid Sealing

People don’t realize how often fluid seals are used in their everyday lives. For many of us, the first thing we do in the morning is brush our teeth. Water flows out of the faucet, which is controlled by a fluid seal. Today, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) acts as the international trade association responsible for informing and educating the fluid sealing industry and its users.

Founded in 1933, FSA’s member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of fluid sealing devices primarily targeted to the industrial market. The association’s members account for a majority of the manufacturing capacity when it comes to fluid sealing devices in the Americas market.

Henri Azibert has been serving as FSA’s technical director for three years. With more than 30 years of sealing engineering experience, Azibert is focused on maintaining an association that is productive and vibrant, conducts numerous activities and involves all its members.

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The Fluid Sealing Association Launches Mechanical Seals KnowledgeBase

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has announced the launch of their new website feature, KnowledgeBase. The content is developed and maintained by the members of the FSA Mechanical Seals Division as a service to manufacturers and users of mechanical seals. It can be accessed at www.fsaknowledgebase.org or through the FSA’s website at www.fluidsealing.com, and currently offers over 35 files of content and videos, each covering and explaining specific topics.

Safe, reliable and cost effective operation of mechanical seals and their support systems depend not only on the product design and materials of construction but also on the proper specification, application, and maintenance of the products. The FSA has created a digital knowledge base that provides easy navigation to key information to educate and inform users on these topics.

“The FSA KnowledgeBase is intended to be a vital source of highly reliable technical information regarding mechanical seals and support systems. Anyone who has an interest in improving their seal knowledge and remaining abreast of the latest mechanical seal industry best practices is encouraged to reference this as their primary source of information,” said Jason Ferris, Chair of the Mechanical Seals Division. “As the FSA seeks to continue to enhance the value provided by this tool to the mechanical seal user community, we encourage users to provide feedback on how the FSA KnowledgeBase can be improved by submitting input through the available link on the KnowledgeBase homepage.”

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FSA to Hold Short Courses at Valve World Americas

Valve World Americas will be held June 20-21, 2017, in Houston, Texas. In conjunction with this event, the FSA will be conducting two training courses on Monday, June 19th.

For more information on the courses and to register, click here.

VALVE INSTALLATION: Best Practices for Fugitive Emissions Service
10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

This training will focus on identifying best practices in regards to valve packing installation as outlined by the FSA. The best valve packing installed incorrectly will not ensure compliance to LDAR requirements. It is imperative that a plant have a serious, focused, approach to this important subject. One way to improve this is by creating a continuous improvement process regarding valve packing that is fact based and focusing on identifying and classifying root causes of packing performance.

FLANGE SEALING INSTALLATION: Best Practices
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Flange leakage in emissions service can result in lost production and money. If a plant is going to reduce emissions at a plant, one important step that is often overlooked is procedures of flange sealing. This training will focus on the FSA’s best practices for successful flange sealing, including gasket seating stresses, torque calculations, and gasket selection.

The Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2017 will once again serve as the meeting point for the flow control industry, showcasing the growth in interest by exhibitors and attendees who will experience the technologically in-depth conference program, product showcases on the expo floor, and incredible networking opportunities.

For more info on the Expo & Conference, click here.

FSA Releases Updated Expansion Joints – Piping Technical Handbook

The FSA has just released a complete update of their Expansion Joints – Piping Technical Handbook. Edition 8.0 is based on the latest experience in research, design, and application of piping expansion joints by engineers associated with the Expansion Joint – Piping Division member companies in the FSA.

This publication is available for free download at: http://www.fluidsealing.com/expansion-joints/expansion-joints-publications/

The Expansion Joints – Piping Technical Handbook, edition 8.0, includes:

  • updated renderings of expansion joints and expansion joint layouts.
  • a new section on specialized expansion joints, such as hinged rubber expansion joints, gimbaled rubber joints and pressure balanced expansion joints.
  • a comprehensive list of definitions as they are viewed within the industry.
  • an expansion joint specification sheet for end users to gather information for customer inquiries to FSA member companies.

The publication is intended to be a reference source of information and data for engineers who design and install piping systems. It provides guidance on design and selection of material and proper installation.

“The collaboration on the revised handbook was fantastic. All Expansion Joint – Piping Division members put a lot of effort into the redesign of this handbook,” said Rob Coffee, FSA Vice President. “Special recognition goes to Mr. Gary Eiseman of Dinatecnica for taking the lead on organization of the project.”

 Piping Technical Handbook 8.0 Cover FINAL

FSA to Hold Fall Meeting in Nashville – October 18-20, 2016

The Fluid Sealing Association will be holding their Fall Meeting on October 18-20, 2016, at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to see the meeting announcement with all the details. Come join us to learn about the FSA, keep up to date with the latest news in the fluid sealing and containment industry, and network with leaders in the industry! The deadline for hotel reservations and registration is September 17, 2016.

Fugitive Emissions Update

The Fugitive Emission Summit Americas ends today in Houston, Texas. Another summit will be held in Shanghai on September 20-21, 2016, again to provide a platform for community debate and bring together end users, EPCs, distributors, manufacturers and suppliers to discuss the challenges ahead. Click here to read a range of views and opinions from experts from the conference.