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The Effects of Outsourcing Maintenance

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.

Benefits

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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Know Which Mechanical Sealing Options Meet Emissions Requirements

In today’s world, facilities face the  daunting challenge of minimizing the environmental impact of industrial processes. A primary motivation for industrial plants to control their environmental impact is government regulation. In the US, these regulations are issued at the national level by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and similar agencies at the state and local levels.

Before the US government passed the first Clean Air Act in 1963, no federal regulations on gaseous emissions existed. The Clean Air Act initiated research to investigate techniques to monitor and control air pollution. During the 1970s and 1980s, the government passed legislation that established a limit on emission of 10,000 parts per million (ppm) for gases defined as volatile hazardous air pollutants (VHAPs).

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Emissions Valve Packing Technology Evolves to Reduce Methane Leaks

Methane (CH4) is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emitted in the US. In 2013, CH4 accounted for about 10 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Methane’s half-life in the atmosphere is much shorter than that of carbon dioxide (CO2); however, it is significantly more efficient at trapping radiation. Pound for pound, the comparative impact of CH4 on climate change is 25 times greater than that of CO2 during a 100-year period.

One area responsible for contributing to the increase in CH4 is leaking equipment in the oil and gas sector.  A major contributor to this leakage is valves that leak CH4 and sub-derivatives called volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the gland.

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2015 Chem Show Celebrates 100 Years of Success

The FSA is an Endorsing Association of the 2015 Chem Show (November 17-19, 2015).  

In 1915, International Exposition Company’s inaugural Chem Show in New York City aimed to stimulate pharmaceutical, dye and organic chemical manufacturing in the United States.

Over the last 100 years, the exposition’s focus has shifted toward showcasing the industry’s best practices and latest technological advances, while providing a valuable learning experience for all participants. Next month, show attendees will have another unique opportunity to visit hundreds of exhibits and attend seminars that will highlight the newest trends, products and methods of production in the chemical processing industry (CPI).

Providing a comprehensive offering, the majority of this year’s exhibitors (approximately 75 percent) are those responsible for manufacturing the equipment and developing the technology that make today’s CPI methods a reality.  According to show management, exhibitions well-align with the Chem Show’s aim to provide key insight into how to accomplish more in less time and with fewer resources, while immersing attendees in hands-on exposure to the latest trends and technological advancements.

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2015 Chem Show Celebrates 100 Years of Success

The FSA is an Endorsing Association of the 2015 Chem Show (November 17-19, 2015).  

In 1915, International Exposition Company’s inaugural Chem Show in New York City aimed to stimulate pharmaceutical, dye and organic chemical manufacturing in the United States.

Over the last 100 years, the exposition’s focus has shifted toward showcasing the industry’s best practices and latest technological advances, while providing a valuable learning experience for all participants. Next month, show attendees will have another unique opportunity to visit hundreds of exhibits and attend seminars that will highlight the newest trends, products and methods of production in the chemical processing industry (CPI).

Providing a comprehensive offering, the majority of this year’s exhibitors (approximately 75 percent) are those responsible for manufacturing the equipment and developing the technology that make today’s CPI methods a reality.  According to show management, exhibitions well-align with the Chem Show’s aim to provide key insight into how to accomplish more in less time and with fewer resources, while immersing attendees in hands-on exposure to the latest trends and technological advancements.

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FSA Appoints New Members to Board of Directors

(October 15, 2015) – The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Bernthisel, General Sales Manager at EGC Enterprises, Inc., Chardon, OH, and Carl Jones, Packing Market Specialist at  W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Coraopolis, PA, to its Board of Directors.

“We are excited to be able to add Jeff and Carl as members to our board,” said Mike Shorts, FSA President. “Their extensive industry knowledge and great leadership capabilities will add to our existing bench strength and I am very much looking forward to seeing their positive impact on the association.”

Both Jeff and Carl are long standing members of the FSA and currently take leadership roles in many of the association’s technical committees and divisions.

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. FSA membership includes 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.

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EGC Enterprises, Inc. is a recognized world leader in the engineering and manufacturing of graphite and graphite composites for high temperature applications in fluid sealing or thermal systems management.

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W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world.

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Charli K. Matthews Appointed as Public Relations Manager for the FSA

(October 13, 2015) – The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charli K. Matthews, Founder and President of Empowering Pumps, LLC, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to their newly created Public Relations Manager position.

This position was created to help craft the public voice of the FSA as it continues to take a position as the leading trade association that is recognized and accepted as a Subject matter expert and technical leader that advocates and influences environmental compliance to create and raise standards in technology, safety, quality, and best practices for sealing devices and associated products. And one that Educates in the correct adoption of technology and practices and is a key collaborator with organizations that influence and direct the development of key standards that directly impact the users of sealing devices.

“Public Relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between an organization, its partners, and the public. So it is my role as Public Relations Manager to help craft our public voice and spread information between the FSA, its targeted audiences, as well as into the public area,” said Charli K. Matthews.

“This new role is key to the continued growth and recognition of the FSA in the public arena and we are excited that Charli agreed to take on the responsibility. This is especially important in light of the support and advocacy being provided by the FSA and its member companies with regards to the significant amount of activity that is occurring in the regulatory space at this time. Ensuring our public message is clear and concise is extremely important for the FSA,” said Mike Shorts, FSA President.

In addition to this new role, Charli has been responsible for developing the FSA’s social media presence, and was the driving force behind the development and redesign of the FSA’s new website.  She was responsible for the expansion of the website’s content and making it a more valuable resource for the industry, as well as improving the ease of use for the FSA’s members’ customers. In 2015, Charli was recognized by the FSA with the awarding of their prestigious Award of Merit.

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. FSA membership includes 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.

Follow us at www.fluidsealing.com | @fluidsealing

Founded in 2011, Empowering Pumps is the information and connection hub for the global pump industry. Their vision is to build a digital community through websites, eNewsletters, and social media channels that allows pump industry professionals to exchange ideas, news stories, product information, case studies, videos, event information and more.

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FSA Responds to ICF Report

(October 5, 2015) – A new report by leading energy industry consultancy ICF International (ICF) released today found that emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from the Canadian oil and gas sector can be reduced by 45% below projected 2020 levels, all while using existing, proven and cost-effective technologies. As the leading trade association that represents sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing this issue. Emissions of methane represent the waste of a valuable Canadian energy resource, with additional negative implications for the environment and local community air quality.

“The Fluid Sealing Association values the contribution this report makes in increasing understanding, both of Canadian oil and gas methane emissions and of the tremendous opportunities today for Canadian firms to tighten operations. We stand ready to help companies better control methane emissions, using the latest sealing device technology to reduce leaks,” said Mike Shorts, President of the Fluid Sealing Association and Vice President and General Manager of Triangle Fluid Controls, a Canada-based manufacturer of sealing products.

“As one of many service companies that work to capture methane emissions, this is an issue we can fix. Let’s keep methane where it belongs – in the pipe instead of the air.”

The FSA is well equipped to work with industry on emissions control solutions and is a technical resource for best available technologies for curtailing fugitive emissions. Member companies of the FSA represent an array of sealing technology solutions that can enable emission reductions across the Canadian oil and gas and process industry sectors.

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FSA Technical Director Testifies at Public Oil and Gas Hearings

(September 29, 2015) – FSA Technical Director, Henri Azibert, offered testimony today in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Public Oil and Gas Hearings on Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources.

“The Fluid Sealing Association is an organization comprised of sealing device technology manufacturers who make devices used  to contain fluids and 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 and refining, and generally in all industrial activity around the world. These devices are often overlooked and their function is not well known or understood, yet they fulfill an essential role in support of our customers in the oil & gas sector to maintain a clean environment while allowing industrial growth and profitability.

FSA members manufacture the following products that we believe will be helpful in achieving the goals to significantly reduce methane emission.”

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The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Responds to EPA Announcement on Methane Emissions

August 18, 2015:  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced draft rules to reduce 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 the importance of addressing this issue. Emissions of methane, the primary component of natural gas, represent the waste of a valuable national energy resource, with additional negative implications for the environment and local community air quality.
“The Fluid Sealing Association welcomes the opportunity to work with the EPA and our
customers to ensure sealing device technology continues to play its role in reducing methane
emissions. The rules recognize that there are proven, cost-effective solutions to this problem
that are ready to be deployed,” said Mike Shorts, President of the Fluid Sealing Association.
“The sealing industry is ready to get to work to fix this issue. Our technology can be part of the
solution and we know this is doable.”
Given the important role sealing devices play in preventing fugitive emissions in the oil and gas
and general industrial process markets, the FSA and its members are committed to doing its
part to address environmental issues. The FSA is well equipped to work in finding solutions and
being a technical resource in the development of future industry standards focused on
curtailing fugitive emissions. Member companies of the FSA offer cost effective and proven
sealing technology solutions that drive emission reductions across the U.S. oil and gas and
process industry sectors.
The Fluid Sealing Association is a trade association focused on promoting a safe, clean environment for society, and safe work places 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 U.S. oil and gas and industrial process markets. We support the development of related standards and provide education in the fluid sealing area.