Fluid Sealing Industry News
FSA Appoints Amy Hammarstrom to Board of Directors
The Fluid Sealing Association® is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Hammarstrom to its Board of Directors. Ms. Hammarstrom is the Vice President of General Rubber Corporation, located in Tucson, Arizona.
Ms. Hammarstrom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. She has been employed by General Rubber since 1999, where she oversees Accounting/Finance, Purchasing, Human Resources, Legal & Compliance and Distribution Sales. Her prior experience includes five years as Business Manager [...][ Read More → ]
From the FSA President, Rob Coffee
Do end users and specifying engineers know about the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) and its respective divisions? Do they know where to find technical information on fluid sealing products for piping and ducting systems?
Sealing piping and ducting systems has been a concern for end users and specifying engineers who, up until this point, might not think there is one spot to get technical data on Mechanical Seals, Packings, Gaskets, Rubber Piping and Fabric Expansion Joints. While the FSA has [...][ Read More → ]
Technical Knowledge Leads to Productivity, Reduced Emissions
Industrial equipment is subject to harsh conditions and even some abuse, but it is nevertheless expected to operate around the clock for extended periods of time. Typically, a measure of success is if no one can remember the last time maintenance was performed on specific process machinery.
The process must be uninterrupted to meet production goals, but it also must be contained to meet emission regulations. Containing the process not only controls emissions but also increases productivity, as the amount of [...][ Read More → ]
FSA Responds to “Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds”
Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector,) Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol 151, No 21; May 27th publication
Fluid Sealing Association Response:
On behalf of The Fluid Sealing Association, an organization comprised of sealing device technology manufacturers who make devices used to contain fluids and air emissions 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, [...][ Read More → ]
Hydraulic Institute to Co-Locate 2017 Fall Conference with Fluid Sealing Association Fall Meeting
For the first time, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) will co-locate its 2017 Fall Conference with the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Fall Meeting. The event will take place at the Renaissance Worthington in Fort Worth, Texas, October 23-26, 2017.
The co-location was designed in part to help HI celebrate its centennial. “We were looking at ways of bringing the community together to recognize this milestone”, stated Michael Michaud Executive Director of the Hydraulic Institute. “By co-locating these two events, we are able [...][ Read More → ]
FSA Enlightening Industry About Fluid Sealing
People don’t realize how often fluid seals are used in their everyday lives. For many of us, the first thing we do in the morning is brush our teeth. Water flows out of the faucet, which is controlled by a fluid seal. Today, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) acts as the international trade association responsible for informing and educating the fluid sealing industry and its users.
Founded in 1933, FSA’s member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a [...][ Read More → ]
The Fluid Sealing Association Launches Mechanical Seals KnowledgeBase
The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has announced the launch of their new website feature, KnowledgeBase. The content is developed and maintained by the members of the FSA Mechanical Seals Division as a service to manufacturers and users of mechanical seals. It can be accessed at www.fsaknowledgebase.org or through the FSA’s website at www.fluidsealing.com, and currently offers over 35 files of content and videos, each covering and explaining specific topics.
Safe, reliable and cost effective operation of mechanical seals and [...][ Read More → ]
FSA to Hold Short Courses at Valve World Americas
Valve World Americas will be held June 20-21, 2017, in Houston, Texas. In conjunction with this event, the FSA will be conducting two training courses on Monday, June 19th.
For more information on the courses and to register, click here.
VALVE INSTALLATION: Best Practices for Fugitive Emissions Service
10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
This training 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 [...][ Read More → ]
FSA Releases Updated Expansion Joints – Piping Technical Handbook
The FSA has just released a complete update of their Expansion Joints – Piping Technical Handbook. Edition 8.0 is based on the latest experience in research, design, and application of piping expansion joints by engineers associated with the Expansion Joint – Piping Division member companies in the FSA.
This publication is available for free download at: http://www.fluidsealing.com/expansion-joints/expansion-joints-publications/
The Expansion Joints – Piping Technical Handbook, edition 8.0, includes:
updated renderings of expansion joints and expansion joint layouts.
a new section on specialized expansion joints, [...][ Read More → ]
FSA to Hold Fall Meeting in Nashville – October 18-20, 2016
The Fluid Sealing Association will be holding their Fall Meeting on October 18-20, 2016, at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to see the meeting announcement with all the details. Come join us to learn about the FSA, keep up to date with the latest news in the fluid sealing and containment industry, and network with leaders in the industry! The deadline for hotel reservations and registration is September 17, 2016.[ Read More → ]
Fugitive Emissions Update
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.[ Read More → ]
FSA Responds to EPA’s Methane Ruling
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published the rule for reducing 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 its unique role as a technical resource for the oil and gas industry in the reduction of methane emissions.
“The Fluid Sealing Association welcomes the opportunity to work with the EPA and our customers to ensure sealing device technology continues to play its [...][ Read More → ]
FSA to Offer Short Courses at the Fugitive Emissions Summit
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 [...][ Read More → ]
White House to Host Water Summit on Building a Sustainable Water Future in the United States
A message from Mike Shorts, President of the FSA:
The White House today announced that it will host a water summit on building a sustainable water future in the United States. Their goal is to raise awareness of the national importance of water, and the highlight new commitments and announcements that the Administration and non-federal institutions are making to build a sustainable water future.
Given the important role sealing devices play in preventing leaks and improving the efficient use of water in [...]
The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Responds to the White House Announcement on Reducing Emissions
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 [...][ Read More → ]