Any partnership, company or corporation which manufactures and, either directly or through a parent or subsidiary, sells sealing devices, is eligible to be elected to Regular Members in the association provided, however, that any applicant must provide a notarized certification to the effect that the applicant has an annual sales volume of sealing devices of its own manufacture of $500,000 (U.S.) or more, in the product(s) that qualify it for membership.
Each Regular Member shall designate a voting representative who shall have the authority to vote on association matters properly placed before membership for a vote.
Sealing device – a device which prevents or controls the escape of a fluid or entry of a foreign material, the nature of which is considered by the Board of Directors of the association to be common and/or related to the industry, and which is commonly used:
a. around shafts, rods, plungers and valve stems which are elements of cylinders, pumps and valves;
b. between flanged surfaces to join pipes and seal equipment such as boilers, mixers, etc.; or
c. to control vibration and motion.
Manufacture – the process of machining, forming, shaping, molding, pressing, braiding, weaving, mixing, calendaring, coating, extruding or curing from raw or semi-finished materials. The process of cutting or forming finished or semi-finished materials, without more, shall not constitute manufacturing.
Any partnership, company or corporation which is engaged in the business of manufacturing and/or supplying to manufacturers of sealing devices, raw materials, equipment or supplies of any form or description used in the manufacture of sealing devices is eligible to be elected to Associate Membership in the association.
Any partnership, company or corporation which is engaged in the business of testing raw materials, equipment or supplies of any form or description, which are used in the manufacture of sealing devices, or which is engaged in the testing of products manufactured by Regular Members, is eligible to be elected to Associate Membership in the association.
Each Associate Member shall designate a voting representative who shall have the authority to vote on association matters properly placed before membership for a vote.
They shall be admitted to meetings of any committee or division of the association of which they are members or to which they have been invited. Associate Members shall also have the right to serve as Chair or Vice Chair of a division or committee.
A sole proprietorship, partnership, company, corporation or business entity having no legal relationship or affiliation with any current regular member of the FSA and which takes title to stocks/inventories sealing devices for resale.
A Distributor/Channel Partner must have minimum annual sales of sealing devices of $100,000.
Distributor/Channel Partner members shall be admitted to meetings of any committee or division of the association of which they are members or to which they have been invited.
Distributor/Channel Partner members shall have the right to serve as Chair or Vice Chair of a division or committee and to vote on matters properly placed before the association, division or committee membership for a vote.
Any partnership, company or corporation that is engaged in the business of publishing periodicals containing articles, stories, etc. that focus on the fluid sealing industry and fluid sealing products is eligible to be elected to Affiliate Membership in the association.
Affiliate members shall have no vote in association or division matters, nor shall their representatives to the association be entitled to serve as members of the Board of Directors or hold any office in the association.
Affiliate members shall only be admitted to meetings of any committee or division of the association to which they have been invited.
Any partnership, company, corporation, sole proprietorship or government agency that is an engineering firm providing engineering services to sealing device manufacturers, distributors, channel partners or end users, or which is an end-user of sealing devices.
Standards Partner members must provide one or more of the following services:
1. sealing device systems engineering services;
2. process or facility design services;
3. procurement, project management, or construction services;
4. hydraulic or mechanical modeling services;
5. analytical methods services;
6. laboratory testing services; or
7. field-testing services to a facility owner, government, or vendor.
Standards Partners members shall have no vote on association, division or committee matters, nor shall their representatives to the association be entitled to serve as members of the Board of Directors or hold any office in the association.
Standards Partners members shall only be admitted to meetings of any committee or division of the Association to which they have been invited by the committee or division Chair and are not eligible to serve as a Chair or Vice Chair of a division or committee.
Why should YOUR company join FSA?
1. 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.
2. 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 devices in the Americas market.
3. The semi-annual newsletter affords each member a chance to announce new products and to submit a profile on their company.
4. Our four product Divisions enable members to keep current on industry trends.
5. Periodic updates are issued on regulations that affect the industry.
6. Each member has a chance to contribute to the Technical Manuals and standards developed by each of the Divisions.
7. Participation in joint marketing programs such as videos, trade shows and position papers.
8. Technical symposia, sponsored by the Divisions, give you an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the industry.
9. The semi-annual meetings are a place to meet with your peers and develop relationships that otherwise are difficult to cultivate.
Our mission is to be recognized as the primary source of technical information; to influence and support the development of related standards and to provide education in the fluid sealing area. To promote a safe, clean environment for society and a safe work place for our employees. To monitor the economic, environmental and social changes which may impact our membership’s business and to maintain a forum for the exchange of this information.
Fluid Sealing News
Fluid Sealing News Vol 1, 2016
Fluid Sealing News Vol 4, 2015
Fluid Sealing News Vol 3, 2015
Fluid Sealing News Vol 2, 2015
The FSA Advisor
FSA Highlights of 2016
What's Happening in the FSA?
* The Mechanical Seals Division is working to advance the KnowledgeBase with additional materials such as past Sealing Sense articles and content in different languages.
* The Gasket Division continues to work on its Spiral Wound Gasket Testing Standard.
* The Compression Packing Division has finished its handbook and has started creating KnowledegBase content.
* The Expansion Joint Division is uploading content into KnowledgeBase.
* The Government Affairs Committee has weighed in on proposed rules regarding methane emissions, not only in the USA, but in Canada and Mexico as well.
* Each Division is creating instructional videos along with having discussions with end users on the benefits to a system wide approach to fluid sealing.
Member Spotlight --
Mercer Rubber Co
PO Box 410 Smithtown, NY 11787-0410 USA
Mercer Rubber Company, established in 1866, manufactures rubber and Teflon® Expansion Joints, Flexible Duct connectors and Industrial Hose. These products are specially engineered and manufactured to protect piping and ducting systems from damaging stresses generated by thermal movements and vibration. Mercer's engineers are required to pay strict attention to system conditions such as size, arrangement, temperature, pressure and amount of fluctuating movements, as well as the fluid's chemical and abrasive characteristics. Their series 500 expansion joints, for example, are routinely designed to perform under system temperatures up to 400 degrees F, pressures exceeding 350 psi, and extreme all directional movements. Mercer also commonly custom fabricates these connectors for special arrangements such as permanent offsets. Mercer's modern facility is equipped to manufacture these products in sizes ranging from 1/2 inch to 16 feet in diameter. Their average inventory is over $1.5 million of finished products, however, more than 70% of Mercer's work is customized to meet specific customer and system requirements. Mercer's registered civil and mechanical engineers are available to help with any special application problem that may arise world-wide.