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.
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 subject.
The second course on “Flange Sealing Installation” will focus on the FSA’s best practices for successful flange sealing, including gasket sealing stresses, torque calculations, and gasket selection.
For more information, click here.
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 made sealing device technologies are a proven solution to limiting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The sealing industry looks forward to working with the oil and gas industry to address this issue.
The FSA and its members are committed to being a technical resource in addressing these issues. FSA members welcome the opportunity to work with industry to drive emissions reductions in a positive way.
Click here to read the announcement from the White House.
Founded in 1933, the FLUID SEALING ASSOCIATION® (FSA) is an international trade association focused on promoting a safe, clean environment for society and safe workplaces for employees. Member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of fluid and air sealing devices primarily targeted at the energy and industrial process markets. They support the development of related standards and provide education in the fluid sealing area.
On March 10, 2016, FSA Gasket Division Member, Mike Shorts, will be making a presentation at the 2016 VMA Technical Seminar being held at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans, LA. The presentation is titled: Gasket Performance Standards and Application Towards Fugitive Emissions Reductions. The abstract of the presentation is as follows:
With the advent of new gasketing technologies in the market over the past decade, standards have had to evolve in order to satisfy some of the performance specific parameters being addressed by these new technologies. Though basic gasket data can often suffice in standard application design requirements, advanced gasket data parameters and behavioral knowledge are required in order to meet modern and future fugitive emissions reduction standards. This presentation will provide an overview of the updates in gasket performance standards and how manufacturers apply those towards applications requiring significantly lower emissions. Participants will learn the concepts that gasket manufacturer applications engineers use to decode an application and make relevant recommendations to the end-user and/or installer. This level of understanding is also applied to gasketing applications in the valve OEM market as valve manufacturers are constantly developing their valves to meet tighter emissions requirements. As a collaborative partner with the EPA, DOE, and WTO, the Fluid Sealing Association is committed to understanding the leading regulatory issues facing valve manufacturers and industrial facilities in relation to emission reduction strategies and requirements.
Click here for more information on this VMA event.
Users at some point in their gasketing careers will have to consider alternative gaskets (styles and/or manufacturers) to replace those currently approved and installed at their facilities.
Before they can evaluate the gaskets, they must ask, “Why do I need or want to change my gaskets?” The answers will vary depending on the person, department, facility and corporate environment.
One individual’s specific “why” may be different from another’s within the same company, even if they have access to the same information. But only once the “why” has been established can the “what” to change be considered.
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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 and the challenges industry is facing to curb methane and fugitive emissions including an insight into the new EPA methane rules.
The FSA is proud to offer this 1.5 hour webinar that will give solid information about the coming wave of changes to meet regulatory requirements for valve sealing. Valves are recognized as one of the primary sources of emissions leakage and this webinar will focus on the relationship between valve and valve packing and the adoption of best available technologies and correct installation practices.
The speakers will be Phil Mahoney, Vice President of the Fluid Sealing Association, and Ron Frisard, Vice Chair of the Compression Packing Division of the Fluid Sealing Association.
To register, click here.
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 the representative for the company at the FSA. Then, I started to work at the different levels, on the different committees, and held various positions.
I’ve also been involved in several other organizations and committees, including American Petroleum Institute (API), where I was on a task force on mechanical seals for the API 682 standard. I’ve also been involved with the Hydraulic Institute (HI), I’ve been on the advisory committee for the Pump Symposium and then, of course, the FSA. And because the FSA is closely tied with the European Sealing Association (ESA), I’ve been involved in a number of joint projects there as well.
Click here to read the entire interview.
This week in Geneva, global industry released a letter urging negotiators to make substantial progress towards an ambitious Environmental Goods Agreement outcome by the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Nairobi.
December 1, 2015
An open letter to WTO negotiators:
On behalf of associations representing business from around the world, we urge governments to
conclude an ambitious Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) that will eliminate tariffs on a
broad range of environmental goods and technologies under the umbrella of the World Trade
Industries across the globe strongly endorse efforts to negotiate an EGA that is commercially
significant, negotiated in a timely fashion, implementable and adequately flexible to accommodate
and adjust to innovation.
To this end, we call on negotiators
Click here to read the entire letter.
Representatives of the Fluid Sealing Association and the European Sealing Association are leading efforts to create a new market access platform for sealing device technology with the World Trade Organization’s “Environmental Goods” Trade Agreement.
Seventeen trade negotiating teams from the World Trade Organization (WTO) are crafting a deal that will make selling “environmental goods” tariff-free for each participating country. The negotiations, which have been taking place in Geneva, Switzerland for the past year are looking to support or oppose as many as 650 products for the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). With only three rounds of negotiations remaining, participating countries are hoping to reach an agreement in December, 2015.
Solar panels, wind turbines, soot removers, desalination equipment, composting systems and water quality monitors are pretty much a given for the EGA. Representatives of the sealing device industry are working to ensure mechanical seals, gaskets, packing and expansion joints are also included in the final package.
“Among others, we have taken the sealing device technology story to China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Taipei, the European Union and its 28 member states. We were afforded the opportunity to present to all participating trade delegations in Geneva in March” said Chris Swonger, Chair of the Fluid Sealing Association Government Affairs Working Group and Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations for Smiths/John Crane.
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by Mike Shorts, FSA President
It has become clear in our industrial world that the outsourcing of many traditionally internal tasks is common practice. Facility maintenance and management professionals have been at the leading edge of this activity in order to conform to budget cuts and staffing freezes, and to improve upon overall productivity and effectiveness within their organization. It would be fair to say that there are a plethora of stories and case studies that exist regarding the effectiveness of such practices but this information is typically vague and almost definitely not focused on the sealing and containment devices category of maintenance products.
There are enormous benefits from outsourcing maintenance activity. Outsourcing in general allows for more flexibility with the overall maintenance budget as activities and services can be pieced out based on the value to the organization and the available internal expertise. Outsourcing also provides significant benefits for highly engineered products like controls valves, pumps, and heat exchangers where an OEM service contractor can step in and provide the detailed knowledge directly from the OEM and from other familiar applications.
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