Performing maintenance tasks correctly the first time has become increasingly important to end users. Today’s end users are tasked with doing more work with less time, fewer resources and smaller staffs while responding to the increase in environmental and other equipment-related pressures. The ability to correct a mistake, such as a flange leak resulting from improper gasket selection or installation, is a luxury of the past. Gasket selection and installation are two concerns that can be improved if the gasket material manufacturers are consulted from the beginning. However, using a gasket manufacturer’s published torque data has pros and cons.
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