Stem packing is a familiar product. The most common type is braided compression packing. Braided packing is used in a wide range of applications. Depending on the service, construction materials can be as diverse as plants or animal derivatives, mineral fibers or synthetic plastics and even metal. The process of cutting rings from rope packing, inserting them into a stuffing box and torquing them to the right density is common, but it is not always the best choice. Another widely used manufacturing method is die-molding. It is the process of wrapping a material around a mandrel, placing it in a die and preforming it to make a seal. Using these and other manufacturing technologies, packing is found to work in applications as different as aerospace, heavy trucking and power generation. A review of some unusual applications demonstrates the versatility of compression packing as a selaing solution.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Marketing Committee discussed the Membership Value Campaign, which included letters written by FSA members with their personal reasons for their membership in the FSA and what they find is the value of that membership. The letters can be found on the FSA website under “FSA in Action”. The committee has also been overseeing promotion of the KnowledgeBase and the Fall Meeting being held in October in Fort Worth. The FSA has partnered with four trade shows being held later this year. Social media will continue to be used to promote all of the FSA’s activities.
The Program & Locations Committee met on June 6, 2017, to discuss the details for their meeting being held on October 24-26, 2017, at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. This meeting will be co-located with the Hydraulic Institute. They also asked that staff pursue a contract with the Hotel William Gray in Montreal, Quebec, on October 23-25, 2018 for their annual meeting.