Latest Articlesby Division

Mechanical Seals
April 2024
Best Practices for Selecting & Operating an API Plan 53B
Pump & Valve Packings
July 2024
The Modern Alchemy of pH & Its Importance in the Sealing Industry
November 2023
Flange Sealing of Vacuum & the Magdeburg Hemispheres
Expansion Joints
May 2024
Maintaining Safety & Water Quality


December 2023: Reducing Seal Water Consumption in Pulp & Paper Processes
July 2023: Sealing Strategies to Reduce Water Consumption in the Pulp & Paper Industry
March 2023: The Benefits of Switching to a Pump Gas Seal
December 2022: Cost Considerations When Selecting Sealing Solutions for Boiler Feed Pumps
August 2022: Eliminating External Flush Plans in Hot Applications
April 2022: Support Systems for Dual Pressurized Pump Gas Seals
December 2021: Pump vs. Mixer Mechanical Seals
August 2021: The Benefits of Split Seals
April 2021: Seal Face Materials for Abrasive Services
December 2020: Best Practices for Sealing High Pressure Boiler Circulating Pumps
August 2020: Hot Pumps & Thermal Expansion
April 2020: Carbon/Graphite for Dry Running Mechanical Seal Faces
December 2019: Updates to FSA’s KnowledgeBase
June 2019: Sealing High-Speed Shafts in Turbomachinery
March 2019: Methods for Pressurized Seal Systems
January 2019: Unusual Mechanical Seal Applications
November 2018: Using IoT to Improve Mechanical Seal Reliability
October 2018: A Guide to Elastomer Technology in Mechanical Seals
June 2018: Sealing in Extreme Cold
January 2018: Determine the Best Piping Plan for Supporting Mechanical Seals in Vertical Pumps
June 2024: Recognizing When to Replace Compression Packing in a Pump
March 2024: Lessons From the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, Part 2
February 2024: Lessons From the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, Part I
October 2023: Navigating Frayed Ends in Mechanical Packings
June 2023: Condition Monitoring for Braided Packed Rotating Equipment
February 2023: Water Conservation for Packed Pumps
October 2022: Food-Compliant Materials & Regulations Within the Food & Beverage Industry
June 2022: Can Braided Packing Extend Pump Bearing Life?
February 2022: PFAS Regulations Report from the Fluid Sealing Association
October 2021: Identifying Proper Packing Selection
June 2021: Ensure Safe Operation of Valves in High Pressure Applications
June 2020: Compression Packing Installation
February 2020: Current Standards for Fire Testing of Flange Gaskets & Stem Packing
September 2018: How to Investigate Compression Packing Failure Modes
May 2017: FSA Introduces the KnowledgeBase Technical Reference
October 2016: Back to Basics: Compression Packing
November 2013: History, Advantages & Applications of Pressure Seals
August 2023: The Importance of Properly Designed & Constructed Bolted Flange Joint Assemblies
April 2023: OODA Loop & Flange Sealing Reliability
November 2022: Why Legislators Should Narrow the List of Dangerous PFAS
July 2022: Increasing System Elasticity to Reduce Self-Loosening of Fasteners
March 2022: The Dangers of Avoiding Proper Training
November 2016: Back to Basics: Soft Gaskets
June 2017: Gasket Installation Best Practices
November 2020: Bolting Considerations for Bolted Flange Joints, Part 2
April 2018: Troubleshooting Gasket Failure
July 2020: Bolting Considerations for Bolted Flange Joints, Part 1
November 2021: How to Achieve an Optimal Gasket Seal
July 2021: Fugitive Emission Testing of Flange Gaskets
March 2021: Gasket Characteristics at Sub-Ambient Temperatures
January 2024: The Capabilities of Expansion Joints
September 2023: Incorporating Elastomeric Joints in Pipe Stress Analysis
May 2023: Where to Find Technical Information About Rubber Expansion Joints
January 2023: Expansion Joints in Food & Beverage or Food Processing Applications
September 2022: Rubber Expansion Joints for Pump & Piping Systems
May 2022: Your Guide to Expansion Joints in Pulp & Paper
January 2017: Back to Basics: Expansion Joints
December 2018: A User’s Guide to Expansion Joint Control Units
May 2020: Assessing Alternative Pump Piping Solutions
January 2020: How Not to Use a Rubber Expansion Joint
September 2020: What to Know to Select the Style of Rubber Expansion Joints You Need
January 2022: Power Industry & Elastomeric Expansion Joints
September 2021: Expansion Joint Surveys Equal Plant Reliability
May 2021: The pros and cons of concentric and eccentric tapered reducers
August 2006: When and how do I use API Flush Plan 54?
January 2006: What is the best silicon carbide wear face material for my mechanical seal?
December 2005: What is the best wear face material for my mechanical seal?
September 2005: Is failure analysis the best approach to trouble shooting seal failures?
July 2005: Can I seal vertical shafts with standard mechanical seals?
June 2005: When and how do I use API Flush Plan 53?