Over the last 100 years, there have been some technological advancements in pump packing—new fibers, lubrication, construction and more. But, even the best designed packing can have poor performance if not properly installed. One of the most important steps that is often overlooked in pump packing installation is inserting the rings into the stuffing box. Poor maintenance practices are sometimes used, and these can be really costly with more maintenance time to adjust, more leakage and loss of product, and shorter packing life. This article is going to focus on four key areas during the inserting rings process.
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