The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the outline of their plan to address methane emissions. As the leading trade association that represents North American sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing the challenges posed by climate change. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas and contributor to climate change.
Given the important role sealing devices play in preventing leaks and emissions, the FSA and its members are committed to doing its part to address climate change. The FSA is well equipped to work with our partners in the oil and gas sector, the EPA and the Obama Administration in finding solutions and being a technical resource to curtail methane emissions.
Member companies of the FSA offer American-made, cost-effective and proven solutions and we develop sealing technologies that drive emission reductions across the U.S. oil and gas and process industries.
The Fluid Sealing Association is a trade association focused on promoting a safe, clean environment for society and a 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 energy and industrial process markets. We support the development of related standards and provide education in the fluid sealing area.
Click here to see the New York Times’ article from January 13, 2015.
The criteria for expansion joint selection for fluid piping applications focuses on the expansion joint’s quality, durability and capabilities. To ensure that the rubber expansion joint’s installation provides optimal service life, operators and maintenance personnel must consider specific conditions and take a systematic approach. Piping systems require some degree of flexibility. Inadequate flexibility can lead to a catastrophic, potentially life-threatening system failure, making flexibility an important consideration when selecting an expansion joint.
Many associations, societies and regulatory agencies have rewritten and redeveloped emissions and leakage standards and controls year after year. When the process rules are changed, manufacturers of seals, packing and gaskets are forced to implement changes as well. The manufacturers either produce seals that are better suited to handle the new regulations or they drop out of the market. These changes affect the way end users must look at the quality of flexible graphite and its ability to seal. Click here to read more.
The purpose of surface finish is to allow a gasket to conform to and seal the flange face. Ensuring that the choice of gasket and surface finish work together to maintain the appropriate level of sealing stress on the gasket is important. Click here to read an article that identifies some of the typical damage that occurs to a flange face, what the effect is, and discusses a way to identify the practical limits for them.
Valve and pump packing performance improvement is usually approached from a procedure or specification process. Engineering and purchasing determine the parameters for the plant and create a procedure for selecting the packing type and how it is used. At many plants, this document is not often referenced or updated. Also, this process does not involve many stakeholders and is often one direction (top down).
As a result, this process can make the procedure thin and leave out important packing fundamentals details. This can lead to plants that rely on misleading and potentially incorrect information or world-of-mouth information. This affects the success of packing performance. A better method is to use the continuous improvement process to target improved packing performance.