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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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.

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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.

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FSA Responds to EPA’s Methane Ruling

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published the rule for reducing methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas industry. As the leading trade association that represents U.S. focused sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes its unique role as a technical resource for the oil and gas industry in the reduction of methane emissions.

“The Fluid Sealing Association welcomes the opportunity to work with the EPA and our customers to ensure sealing device technology continues to play its [...]

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FSA to Offer Short Courses at the Fugitive Emissions Summit

The Fluid Sealing Association will be offering two short courses at the Fugitive Emissions Summit on June 13, 2016, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

The first course on “Valve Installation” 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 [...]

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White House to Host Water Summit on Building a Sustainable Water Future in the United States

A message from Mike Shorts, President of the FSA:

The White House today announced that it will host a water summit on building a sustainable water future in the United States. Their goal is to raise awareness of the national importance of water, and the highlight new commitments and announcements that the Administration and non-federal institutions are making to build a sustainable water future.
Given the important role sealing devices play in preventing leaks and improving the efficient use of water in [...]

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The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Responds to the White House Announcement on Reducing Emissions

The White House today announced that it will seek to limit methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas industry through forging a relationship with Canada to implement the historic Paris Agreement by developing mutual environmental control regulations. As the leading trade association for American and Canadian sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing these challenges and believes sealing and containment device technologies can play an important role. Cost-effective, American and Canadian [...]

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FSA Offers Webinar on Low E Valve Sealing Regulations

The Fluid Sealing Association® (FSA) will be presenting a webinar on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST on “Low E Valve Sealing: How will the new regulations affect your plant?” The cost of this webinar is $50 and the course will be eligible for PDH credits (2 hours).

Right now in North America, major regulatory changes are happening in regard to sealing valves in Low Emissions service. This webinar will be discussing the regulations [...]

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Pump Engineer Interviews Henri Azibert, FSA Technical Director

The October 2015 issue of Pump Engineer features an interview with Henri Azibert, the Technical Director for the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA).

Pump Engineer:  What is your background and how did you first become involved in the FSA?

Henri Azibert: I worked for one company for many years. I worked for Chesterton where I was involved with their mechanical seal product lines and then their mechanical packing product lines in the engineering group for three decades. While there, I ended up being [...]

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