Category Archives: Inside the FSA

FSA Government Affairs Committee Keeping Members Updated

The FSA Government Affairs Committee is busy staying informed on activities in the White House and keeping FSA members informed. The latest update included the Joint US-EU Statement following President Juncker’s visit to the White House, released on July 25, 2018:

We met today in Washington, D.C. to launch a new phase in the relationship between the United States and the European Union – a phase of close friendship, of strong trade relations in which both of us will win, of working better together for global security and prosperity, and of fighting jointly against terrorism.

The United States and the European Union together count more than 830 million citizens and more than 50 percent of global GDP. If we team up, we can make our planet a better, more secure, and more prosperous place.

Already today, the United States and the European Union have a $1 trillion bilateral trade relationship – the largest economic relationship in the world. We want to further strengthen this trade relationship to the benefit of all American and European citizens.

This is why we agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods. We will also work to reduce barriers and increase trade in services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical products, as well as soybeans.

This will open markets for farmers and workers, increase investment, and lead to greater prosperity in both the United States and the European Union. It will also make trade fairer and more reciprocal.

Secondly, we agreed today to strengthen our strategic cooperation with respect to energy. The European Union wants to import more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to diversify its energy supply.

Thirdly, we agreed today to launch a close dialogue on standards in order to ease trade, reduce bureaucratic obstacles, and slash costs.

Fourthly, we agreed today to join forces to protect American and European companies better from unfair global trade practices. We will therefore work closely together with like-minded partners to reform the WTO and to address unfair trading practices, including intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, industrial subsidies, distortions created by state owned enterprises, and overcapacity.

We decided to set up immediately an Executive Working Group of our closest advisors to carry this joint agenda forward. In addition, it will identify short-term measures to facilitate commercial exchanges and assess existing tariff measures. While we are working on this, we will not go against the spirit of this agreement, unless either party terminates the negotiations.

We also want to resolve the steel and aluminum tariff issues and retaliatory tariffs.

FSA to Hold Annual Meeting in Montreal

The FSA will hold their Annual Meeting at the Hotel William Gray in Montreal, Quebec, on October 23-25, 2018. All committees and divisions will meet, and a general session with speakers will be held on Tuesday, October 23. If you are interested in FSA membership and would like to attend the meeting, please email info@fluidsealing.com.

The next Annual Meeting will be held in October 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA. This meeting will be co-located with the Hydraulic Institute. The exact dates are still TBD.

Expansion Joint Division – FSA Annual Meeting 2017

On October 26, in Fort Worth, Texas, the Expansion Joint Division will be discussing the activities of the Ducting Technical Committee, which includes reviewing of material properties and specifications and guideline for application and selection. The Piping Technical Committee will discuss the updated technical handbook and educational activities and opportunities. The Division overall will continue their discussion on combining the Ducting and Piping Divisions and goals moving forward, including a membership drive and promotion of the FSA.

Compression Packing Division – FSA Annual Meeting 2017

The Compression Packing Division will meet in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 26 to discuss an update of their technical handbook, joint projects with the ESA, and studies being done by CETIM. The division is developing a three-part webinar series that will include information on compression packing installation. They will review updates on external standards and regulations and outreach projects with other industry organizations and trade shows.

Mechanical Seals Division – FSA Annual Meeting 2017

The Mechanical Seals Division will be meeting on October 26 in Fort Worth, Texas. Discussion topics include upgrades to the Life Cycle Cost tool, including a new pump version. Updates will be given on the new KnowledgeBase and development of new content. This division is involved in activities in the STLE, BHRG, KCI Pump Summit, and the Turbomachinery Technical Conference. The FSA’s Technical Director, Henri Azibert, will lead a discussion on FSA and Hydraulic Institute joint webinars, Pump Summit presentations, Texas A&M Pump Symposium short courses, and opportunities to partner with API. Mr. Azibert will also present updates on other industry standards related to this division.

Gasket Division – FSA Annual Meeting 2017

The Gasket Division of the FSA will be meeting on October 26. They will discuss the development of educational webinars for end users and higher level training on subjects such as bolting and safety. The division recently released their Gasket Handbook, 1st edition. There will be updated on the SWG performance standard and ASME 16.20 and ASME B16.21. New projects for the division include a Gasket Life Cycle Cost Calculator, training seminars, and contributing to the FSA’s Sealing Sense articles.

Technical Coordinating Committee – FSA Annual Meeting 2017

The meeting of this committee held in Fort Worth, Texas, in October will include updates from division chairs on their division’s technical activities. Cross divisional initiatives will be explored, including the FSA KnowledgeBase and establishing a hierarchy for content from each of the divisions and identifying gaps in content. The initiative to create train-the-trainer webinars will be explored and updates on the activities on key standards will be reviewed. The FSA’s Technical Director, Henri Azibert, will report on his activities and efforts to coordinate joint activities with the ESA.

Marketing Committee – FSA Annual Meeting 2017

The Marketing Committee will be meeting in October to discuss some key campaigns that they are working on. These include promotion of the KnowledgeBase, promotion of the FSA at industry trade shows, educational trainings, and activities with strategic partners. Activity on social media will continue, along with expansion of the FSA website. The committee will review guidelines for promoting members’ news and the suggestion of creating a “Why Work with the FSA” slide presentation.

Program & Locations Committee – FSA Annual Meeting 2017

The FSA Annual Meeting 2017 will be a co-located meeting with the Hydraulic Institute in Fort Worth, Texas, October 24-26. The FSA is excited to explore new opportunities to partner with HI at this meeting. FSA technical committee meetings will take place in spring 2018 with the dates and locations determined by the divisions. FSA’s Annual Meeting 2018 will be held at the Hotel William Gray in Montreal, Quebec.

Government Affairs Committee – FSA Annual Meeting 2017

At their meeting on October 24 in Fort Worth, the Government Affairs Committee will be discussion their efforts to reach out to USTR Representative Lighthizer regarding a possibly study for the Trump Administration on the GA and addressing the trade debt, with which FSA could be of some assistance. The Environment Canada Methane Rule will be reviewed. The FSA submitted comments for this last summer and a final rule is scheduled for spring/summer 2018. The API 682 and Mechanical Seal Standard for Pipelines meeting is scheduled for November. The committee will consider a meeting with the EPA as an opportunity to showcase FSA technology. The committee will consider adding a focus on water conservation.