Category Archives: Inside the FSA

Update from the FSA’s Mechanical Seals Division

The FSA’s Mechanical Seals Division has prepped and loaded about 90% of their Sealing Sense articles into the KnowledgeBase ( In response to user requests, 12 documents in the KnowledgeBase have been identified to be translated into Spanish and the translation work is about 60% complete. Additional requests have been received from Brazil for Portuguese translations but these have not yet been started. The Life Cycle Costing Calculator (LCC) has been updated to adjust the formulas associated with compression packing performance. The Mechanical Seals Division presented a short course at the Turbomachinery show in Houston in September 2018. The API 682 committee has been reconvened to prepare a new edition of this document but there has been little activity to date. The Hydraulic Institute has also begun efforts to update their Mechanical Seal Handbook.

FSA’s Gasket Division Works on Industry Standards

The FSA’s Gasket Division has been focused on leakage testing methods for the spiral wound gasket test standard. It was reported that standards FSA-MG-502-05 and FSA-MG-503-06 have both been absorbed by ASME and are now shown on the FSA’s website but identified as “retired”. Standard FSA-NMG-204-02 on steam testing is referenced by other standards and therefore remains available on the website. A spreadsheet of content chapters to be populated and uploaded to the FSA’s KnowledgeBase ( has been developed as a first step in preparing content for the Gasket Division’s repository.

FSA’s Compression Packing Division Updates Technical Manual

The FSA’s Compression Packing Division was working to complete an update of their technical manual which was approved during the division meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, in Montreal, Quebec. This manual will be published as a joint FSA and ESA document and is available on the FSA website for free viewing. Prepping and uploading of the Compression Packing Sealing Sense articles to FSA’s KnowledgeBase ( is about 75% complete. The Compression Packing Division will seek to reach an agreement on launching the Compression Packing repository in the KnowledgeBase soon.

New from the FSA’s Piping Technical Committee

The FSA’s Piping Technical Committee has been following a similar path as the Ducting Technical Committee and content from the Piping Technical Handbook has been loaded onto the SharePoint staging page and is ready to be uploaded to the FSA’s KnowledgeBase. The goal is to go live with this content in the KnowledgeBase by the end of Q1 2019. All of the published Piping Sealing Sense articles have also been prepped and loaded into the Sealing Sense section of the KnowledgeBase (

FSA Ducting Technical Committee Update

The FSA’s Ducting Technical Committee is working on taking the content from the Ducting Technical Manual and repackaging it into appropriate modules for inclusion in the FSA’s KnowledgeBase ( The content has been loaded into the SharePoint staging page and will be uploaded to the KnowledgeBase pending a decision to take the Expansion Joint Division repository live in the system. The one published Ducting Sealing Sense article has had keywords added to it and has been loaded into the Sealing Sense section of the KnowledgeBase. Work on this will continue and be discussed at their next meeting in Chicago in spring 2019.

FSA Government Affairs Committee Update

FSA’s Government Affairs Committee met in October 2018 to discuss plans to continue to dialogue with Canadian environmental officials on Methane Emissions throughout the implementation and equivalency process. Work with the US government and API will continue, to promote the FSA as a resource for customers. The committee will continue to build the FSA’s profile in DC with other associations and agencies, while engaging in advocacy platforms with broader industry representatives to promote sealing and containment device solutions. The committee will hold quarterly conference calls for FSA members only to report on their latest activities.

FSA Announces Spring 2019 Technical Meetings

The FSA’s five technical committees will be meeting at the Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on April 30 – May 3, 2019. The Compression Packing, Ducting, Gasket, Mechanical Seals, and Piping technical committees will be discussing their divisions’ technical handbooks, industry standards, industry testing, updates to the FSA’s KnowledgeBase (, and more. If you are interested in attending, email for more information.

FSA Announces their 2019 Annual Meeting

The Fluid Sealing Association has announced that their 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on October 21-25, 2019, at the Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This meeting will be co-located once again with the Hydraulic Institute. If you are interested in attending, please email to receive information when it is available early next summer.

FSA Divisions to Meet in Montreal on October 24, 2018

The Fluid Sealing Association’s Divisions will be meeting at the Hotel William Gray in Montreal on October 24, 2018. Here are some of their discussion topics.

The Compression Packing Division will discuss upcoming educational opportunities and the division’s strategic plan. The division’s technical committee will also review their activities.

The Gasket Division will hear an update on the SWG testing standard and will review trainings and webinars.

The Expansion Joint Division will hear updates from the Ducting technical committee and the Piping technical committee.

The Mechanical Seals Division will discuss KnowledgeBase content and functionality and industry standards, as well as progress on the Pump LCC.

FSA’s Technical Director will give a review of the highlights of his activities at the general session being held on Tuesday, October 23.

FSA Committees to Meet in Montreal on October 23, 2018

The FSA committees will meet at the Hotel William Gray in Montreal on October 23, 2018. Here’s what they will be talking about.

The Government Affairs Committee will keep FSA members informed on the latest information on Methane Rule in Canada and Mexico, as well as tariffs and the mechanical seal pipeline standard from API 682.

The Marketing Committee will discuss promotion of the FSA’s KnowledgeBase and the FSA’s participation in trade shows, social media activities, and partnering with the FSA’s media partners.

The Membership Committee will review the list of member prospects and the possibility of a new social meeting registration fee.

The Program and Locations Committee will discuss the schedule for 2019′s annual meeting, being held on October 21-25, 2019, at the Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This meeting will be co-located with the Hydraulic Institute.

The Technical Coordinating Committee will review all of the division’s technical activities and the possibilities for cross-divisional activities in the coming year.