Belleville, Ontario – September 29, 2016

9000N_single_above_DSC8621Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. (TFC) the manufacturer of Durlon® sealing products, is proud to announce that the sanitary “white” version of its flagship product, Durlon® 9000N, has been successfully tested and certified to USP Class VI standards for use in the in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. USP (short for United States Pharmacopeia) Class VI is a series of biological tests, requiring a product to show minimal to zero levels of toxicity, making it a suitable gasket material for use in medical devices and other applications where a ‘hygienic’ material is required.

Like the rest of Durlon’s PTFE material, Durlon® 9000N is FDA compliant, making it suitable for use in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and beverage, and biotechnology industries. Offering USP certification among the Durlon® line of products, allows TFC to better meet the unique needs of its customers who span across a wide range of industries. For more information about Durlon® 9000N, please contact Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd.® at 1-866-537-1133, or info@trianglefluid.com.

Technical Documentation: Durlon® 9000N

 

 

 



Congratulations to Damon Wright, who has been promoted as TFC’s newly established Manufacturing Manager, announced August 17th, 2016.  The former Warehouse Technician joined the company in 2013, and quickly proved himself an asset to the global gasket manufacturer. “Damon has accepted any and all challenges thrown his way and has excelled at completing them. He’s a key contributor to TFC’s team and is greatly respected among our staff,” says Mike Boyd, TFC Plant Manager, who will in October transition to General Manager of TFC. Damon’s new responsibilities will include overseeing and controlling all aspects of plant production operations including costs, efficiencies, hiring, and improving on processes and procedures in order to meet organizational goals and consumer demand.

The restructuring of TFC’s management comes as a result of a number of internal managerial promotions within TFC and across its’ privately held sister companies. TFC is currently recruiting for a Warehouse Technician at its Belleville, Ontario plant. A full listing for the position can be found here, or by e-mailing dan@trianglefluid.com.

 

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Belleville, Ontario – July 28, 2016

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Triangle Fluid Controls (TFC) is pleased to award the 2016 Randy McKay Sales Award of Merit to Ryan Kelly, in recognition for his outstanding sales performance with TFC. The award was given to TFC’s Regional Sales Manager (RSM) whose territory had the largest year-over-year sales increase from 2015 – 2016 and was presented July 28 at TFC’s headquarters in Belleville, Ontario. “We are extremely pleased to award Ryan Kelly with the first ever Randy McKay Award of Merit,” said TFC’s President, Mike Shorts. “Over his short time with us, Ryan has showed immense passion and dedication to our team that has not only seen revenue growth in new markets for TFC but would make the award’s namesake proud.”

The award, created in memory of the late Randy McKay, TFC’s Central Canada RSM, was created by Shorts as a means of paying homage to his former employee. “Randy did a lot for TFC, was a stand-up individual, and somebody that I personally, learned a lot about sales from. After Randy’s passing in 2015, I knew I wanted to create an award in his memory and present it to his family.”

Also in attendance at the award ceremony, was Randy’s son Brock, representing the McKay family. Brock was also awarded a glass sculpture on behalf of TFC, for his father’s dedication to the company. “This place [TFC] meant a lot to him. It was inspiring to see someone who had such a passion for what they did,” remembered Brock.

The award included two pieces: an engraved glass plaque and hand blown glass sculpture made similar in shape, style, and colouring to TFC’s company logo. A second plaque will hang in TFC’s lobby with each year’s winner added to it. The making of the pieces, commissioned by a local glass blower in Prince Edward County, was completely documented and can be found posted online on TFC’s social media channels or by clicking here.

 

July 19, 2016

By: Chett Norton, C.E.T

 

Fugitive emissions are a red hot topic right now – and for good reason. With ever-increasing environmental awareness, leakage and how to prevent and reduce leaks should be on everyone’s mind. As a gasket manufacturer, it is Triangle Fluid Controls job to design, develop and educate end users on products that can help them meet upcoming low emission regulations.

Common class 150# flanges are well known as a stubborn culprit when trying to seal flanged connections – particularly 3” and 8” lines sizes.  In the case of 150# flange design, an installer cannot apply enough load to the gasket due to either bolting, flange or material constraints. Another consideration is that with full face (FF) gaskets, you are trying to seal about 2-3 times the area of a ring gasket for raised-face (RF) flanges. You might ask,

 

“If I can’t apply more load to the gasket, how can I increase gasket load stress?”

 

Although it is case-by-case scenario, you have two options:


1) Reduce gasket sealing area

2) Use a controlled swell gasket material to intensify gasket stress after installation

Continue reading to determine the best option for your application.

 

 

Option 1: Reducing Gasket Area

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Reducing the gasket area is extremely effective and usually one of the easiest ways to increase gasket load, when not enough load can be applied to the gasket. Remember that Pressure= Force/Area, so if we can decrease the area, the pressure (in this case the seating stress) will increase. Specifically, the Durlon RCA (Reduced Contact Area) gaskets and Durlon PTFE Step Ring gaskets are designed based on this concept. Both types of gasket are fairly unique, even though they reduce gasket area so that the gasket stress is increased. Durlon RCA type gaskets are ideal for full face (FF) flanges and FRP piping that require a tight seal, however, they cannot handle high bolt loads generally required for fugitive emissions or critical sealing applications. The skeleton of the RCA gasket resembles that of a full face (FF) one, except a large portion of the non-critical gasket area is removed for optimal sealing performance.

Front View - FF vs RCADurlon 9000 Step Ring gaskets are like a ring gasket, except a portion of the sealing area is reduced by machining it on a CNC lathe from one piece of material. Traditionally, these type of gaskets are manufactured by laminating two gaskets of a thinner gauge and various size together with an adhesive. Aggressive chemicals, such as sulfuric acid, can quickly eat away at the adhesive after installation, which can lead to a premature leak path. PTFE Step gaskets are commonly found in sulfuric acid plants, and applications for PTFE Step Rings include 150# raised face (RF) (Floating) Lap Joint flanges, as well as MondiTM ductile iron sulfuric acid piping.

Step Gasket

 

Option 2: Controlled Swell Gasket Material

 

In cases where the gasket area is already minimal and cannot be changed by design, or if reducing the gasket area simply isn’t enough, selecting a controlled swell material is a great option. These types of material really shine in low load applications that involve oil and water. Once the gasket is installed, the material swells when it makes contact with oils, fuel or water, which increases gasket thickness. As the material begins to “swell”, the gasket starts to expand, exerting force in both directions, against the flanges. Imagine a Belleville washer being compressed: by design, it applies force in the opposite direction, over the entire gasket-media contact zone and not just the fastener point-load zone. In theory, this is what a controlled swell material is doing. Durlon DuraSwellTM 7760 is a prime example of how choosing a high performance sealing material can negate less than ideal gasket sealing loads and still achieve a tight low to zero emissions seal.

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Conclusion

 

So, can low stress sealing applications meet fugitive emissions requirements? My answer is absolutely. As always, I recommend contacting your gasket manufacturer and providing all of the necessary application details. This will allow a specialist to recommend the proper material and installation methods to ensure the best performing sealing device for your specific needs.

 

Until next time, stay safe out there, and keep the fluid between the pipes!

– TFC GasketGuru

 

 

Additional Resources

Durlon Duraswell 7760 Tech Sheet

TFC Ready to Help Canadian Energy Sector Reach New Emission Reduction Targets

What does gasket Installation Really Cost?

How long will a bolted flange connection last?

High temperature gaskets 101

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Durlon® introduces fresh products with tighter sealing capabilities at low pressures that can actually help to protect your industrial system.

 

Durlon® Sealing Solutions, a leading name in premium PTFE and semi-metallic gaskets, introduced its newest line of sealing technology, dubbed “Durlon® iGuard™” Flange Isolation and Sealing Kits. Conveniently packaged to contain all necessary components to tightly seal, electrically isolate, and effectively control corrosion of mating metallic parts, the end result is a greatly reduced risk of leakage or system failure in severe services such as gas, acids and other aggressive chemicals or media, ranging from cryogenic to high temperatures.

 

Each kit consists of a gasket, isolating and backing washers, as well as isolating bolt/stud sleeves. Gasket selection can be made from a wide variety of materials to best suit the sealing and performance needs of each application. In gaskets with phenolic or glass carrier rings, a “double-ogee” sealing element provides a reliably concentrated unit load on the flanges using the lowest torqueing conditions possible. Gaskets are available in four different flange facing types and are able to meet all international piping sizes and dimensional standards.

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      Pictured: Durlon® iGuard™ 9000.

Particularly useful for industry professionals in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Water/Wastewater and other process industries, the user simply lays the sealing element on the flange face. As the sealing element is compressed against the flange, any tiny gaps between the mating flange and sealing element become filled. This movement provides the end user with a tighter seal, despite potentially lower pressures, with the added ability to isolate parts. The tri-directional movement of the sealing element provides better elastic recovery over time, as bolt loads relax and pressure/temperature cycles occur.

 

For more information on Durlon® gasket materials available for the iGuard™ flange isolation and sealing kits, technical documentation, product availability and kit specifications, contact Triangle Fluid Controls Applications Engineering department at tech@trianglefluid.com or visit www.trianglefluid.com.

 

 

 



Gas problems? No need to raise a stink!

May 31, 2016
By: Bruce Ellis

 

If you work in natural gas processing and refrigeration, chances are you know the demands of storing and transporting gas. Compared to fluid sealing and discharge, the media flow isn’t steady, instead, gas “pulses” (through a pipeline) from a reciprocating compressor. This pulsating flow created by the compressor causes the discharge valves to chatter, and while the sound may not be high on your daily list of concerns, the resulting wear or damage to your check valve and downstream components can eventually lead to costly headaches. With the ever increasing global demand for natural gas, issues with check valves and piping systems after installation of a reciprocating compressor is something we see occurring more frequently.

 

The problem: an ineffective check valve for gas applications.

 

With natural gas production set to double by 2017 (U.S Energy Information Administration), producers must ensure that their systems are designed with quality parts. While sourcing quality equipment can be time consuming and result in large up-front costs, having the right parts installed in your system will ensure less time spent on maintenance, downtime, and fewer future costs. Ineffective discharge valves are more likely to create issues and suffer undue wear than using a check valve built with a damped design to control the valve’s moving parts. It’s not unheard of to learn of parts that have broken off of valves, damaging downstream components which may cause system failure.

 

 

Built specifically for gas applications, DFT’s PDC check valve is a world-class solution found in oil refineries, gas pipelines, as well as storage and pump stations. Its pulse dampening chamber keeps the disc stable and in place (see below video). The PDC is also self-sizing, meaning it can handle different pressures and flow rates, without creating an issue or suffering undue wear. This flexibility extends the life of the valve. As an added benefit, the PDC can protect downstream equipment from damage that could be attributed to other types of valves if they fail.

 

The PDC check valve is manufactured to meet industry standards and can be built and tested to meet your company’s specifications. Available in various sizes and pressure classes, it can be manufactured using various metals, and is available with flanged, butt weld, or RTJ ends. If you would like to discuss your design needs, call us toll-free at 1-866-537-1133 or email bruce@trianglefluid.com.

 

Dimensions:

PDC dimensions

Additional Resources:
DFT Catalogue
Valve Data Sheet


Do you have an interesting idea for an industrial blog topic you would like to see covered? E-mail stephanie@trianglefluid.com.

 

 

 



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Expanding Belleville-based gasket manufacturer names new General Manager

Belleville, Ontario, Canada – July 13, 2016

Mike Boyd smTriangle Fluid Controls Ltd. (TFC), Canada’s leading gasket manufacturer of premium PTFE and semi-metallic sealing solutions announced Mike Boyd as its’ new General Manager. Boyd was selected through careful consideration by recently named President of TFC, Mike Shorts and TFC Chairman, David Moser, effective October 3, 2016.

“Since Mike started with us as Operations Manager in 2009, he has continuously demonstrated abilities to grow, adapt, and stay well ahead of our operational and business needs,” commented Mike Shorts. “He has regularly taken on additional projects which fall outside of his regular responsibilities in order to grow his knowledge of our global business. He exhibits all of the necessary qualities to move his career to the next level as General Manager, and has become a trusted leader within our company.”

At TFC, the title of Plant Manager will cease to exist once Mike Boyd has transitioned to his new leadership role, though it may be reinstated in future. Opening immediately, is the entry level management role of Manufacturing Manager, at the Belleville, Ontario manufacturing facility. Interested applicants can find the complete job listing on TFC’s official website at trianglefluid.com/manufacturing_manager/ or by e-mailing mikeb@trianglefluid.com for more information. The deadline for submissions is July 22nd, 2016.

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About Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd.

Triangle Fluid Controls is a market-driven and technology-based company serving customers throughout the world with innovative fluid sealing products and services. Durlon® sealing products provide reliability, cost savings and process safety improvements in a wide range of demanding applications. TFC serves a wide range of end-user customers whose success depends on the reliable performance of their equipment and piping systems.

PDF: Triangle Fluid Controls Announces New General Manager, Job Opportunity

 

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Durlon® Sealing Solutions Manufacturer Announces New President as Mike Shorts.

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Belleville, Ontario, Canada – May 5th, 2016

Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. (TFC), Canada’s premier manufacturer of industrial PTFE and semi-metallic gasketing products, named its new President as Mike Shorts, effective May 4, 2016. Through his dedication and overall performance to the company since its beginnings in 2008, Shorts transitions from company Vice-President and General Manager on to President. Upon TFC’s inception, Shorts has created and executed a detailed strategic plan which has continued to significantly exceed expectations on domestic and global sales as well as profitability. Under Short’s leadership, TFC announced expansion of its global headquarters a few months ago.

Transitioning from TFC President to company Chairman, David W. Moser, states, “As Triangle Fluid Control’s business continues to become more dynamic and complex, we identified an immediate need for additional senior management and leadership capacity to keep pace with the industries we serve. Mike’s contribution to the company over the years has been outstanding and we look forward to his continued leadership.”

Armed with a BSc. in Geological Environmental Engineering as well as a MBA in Business from Queen’s University, Shorts will oversee the global development of long and short term strategy, direct all internal operations, as well as financially manage the company. He currently serves as President of the Fluid Sealing Association, acts a spokesperson on the role sealing devices play in the mitigation of fugitive emissions as well as actively lobbies to have trade tariffs removed from sealing technology. He is frequently published in various trade magazines printed and distributed around the world.

To learn more about Durlon® Sealing Solutions, Triangle Fluid Controls or the Fluid Sealing Association, contact Mike Shorts at 1.613.968.1100 or email, mike@trianglefluid.com, or visit the website at www.TriangleFluid.com.

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About Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd.
Triangle Fluid Controls is a market-driven and technology-based company serving customers throughout the world with innovative fluid sealing products and services. Durlon® sealing products provide reliability, cost savings and process safety improvements in a wide range of demanding applications. Triangle Fluid serves a wide range of end-user customers whose success depends on the reliable performance of their equipment and piping systems.

PDF: Mike Shorts Named President of TFC

On March 30th, 2016, Belleville ON gasket manufacturer, Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. (TFC) offered a facility tour in coordination with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), through the SMART Program – a collaboration with Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency focusing on Ontario manufacturing. The insightful manufacturing tour welcomed members of the local community, industry peers, local policy makers, media and members of the CME to visit TFC, to learn about internal processes, manufacturing procedures, understand TFC’s business model and gain knowledge about reaching and exporting to markets around the globe.

The tour provided a free platform for TFC to openly share knowledge, information and expertise amongst business leaders, community partners as well as how to increase productivity, discuss TFC’s information & communication technologies and better monitor energy management and environmental performance. As Tom Gunsinger, C.E.T and President of Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd. put it, “I know [the visitors] appreciate the sharing of information amongst peers – it helps everyone to strengthen and support each other instead of being adversarial – it’s great.”

“This [CME tour] allows Bel-Con to open up the doors through TFC to other manufacturers and others in the industry to see exactly what goes on at TFC and in the city of Belleville. TFC is one of Belleville’s hidden gems!” said Alan D. Langabeer, Business Development at Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd.

Also in attendance was Todd Smith, MPP of Prince Edward-Hastings. “A lot of times you drive through the industrial park and see the buildings, yet have no idea what goes on inside – what the products are; how many people work there; the level of technology that’s involved – this was a good education.”

“It’s always interesting to see how complex every little project is,” he adds. “Knowing that a Belleville company is involved in massive projects around the world is pretty neat and that this type of technology, expertise and manufacturing capabilities are happening right in our own backyard.”

When asked about his thoughts on the facility, Bill Saunders, CEO of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce replied, “I think this is the classic example of a phenomenal success story that’s flown under the radar.  I don’t think the community and policy makers truly understand what happens here, the contribution to the community, the challenges they face and the opportunity to leverage this success with other businesses.”

If you are interested in a tour of Triangle Fluid Controls contact Mike Shorts at mike@trianglefluid.com or call our global headquarters at 1-866-537-1133.

 

 

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Triangle Fluid Controls VP & GM Mike Shorts welcomes visitors of the CME SMART Program tour to TFC.

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Laura Pixley from CME & Alan D. Langabeer from Bel-Con Design-Builders pose together before things get underway. Photo: snap’d Quinte.

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MPP of Prince Edward-Hastings, Todd Smith poses with TFC VP & GM, Mike Shorts, during the facility tour. Photo: snap’d Quinte.

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March 22, 2016

By: Chett Norton, C.E.T

 

When the conversation turns to gasket selection for high temperatures, things can get a little heated. The truth of the matter is that one person’s idea of a high temperature application is not the same as the next person’s.

 

Gasket temperature limits can be classified into (but are not limited to) the following temperature ranges:

 

 

Durlon high temp gasket materials

 

 

Personally, I define high temperature applications as anything that exceeds the limitations of graphite alone. What I mean is that there are high temperature gasketing products such as the Durlon ETG (Extreme Temperature Gasket) series, that use a combination of super inhibited graphite with phyllosilicate materials to design a gasket that performs when exposed to heat and still has excellent sealability. Now don’t get me wrong, there are numerous critical applications that are below the 454°C/850°F threshold that still require high sealing performance at elevated temperatures. Using a gasket that has passed the API 607 Fire Test (with Exxon Modifications), should be taken into consideration when selecting a gasket for elevated temperatures and/or critical applications.

 


Moderate Temperature Gasketing

Compressed Fibre Gaskets (Max Temp: 400°C/750°F)

Generally these gaskets are found in Class 150# and 300# applications. They perform quite well in low to moderate temperature applications, however, once introduced to elevated temperatures or steam they can become brittle due to their elastomer based binder. This can become problematic as when a gasket becomes brittle, it loses its ability to recover and if used in cyclic conditions, this can cause leaks. If a gasket is retightened after being introduced to temperature it can fracture causing a leak or gasket blowout. New advancements in filler material have allowed materials like Durlon 8900 to be developed that allow an increase in product temperature limitations, without the common brittleness found in other sheet materials. Durlon 8500 & Durlon 8900 have both passed the API 607 Fire Test.

 

Moderate – High Temperature Gasketing

Flexible Graphite (Max Temp: 450°C/850°F)

Flexible graphite has been essential in industrial sealing applications and have been used in sheet gaskets and semi-metallic gaskets (Spiral Wound Gaskets, Kammprofiles and Corrugated Gaskets) for many years. In higher temperatures, graphite begins to oxidize which lessens the amount of material in the gasket (imagine looking at a piece of Swiss cheese). There are many factors that influence graphite oxidation such as graphite purity, density and surface area exposed to the oxidizing environment. Newer developments and additives such as oxidation inhibitors, slow down the rate of oxidation of graphite and can actually extend the temperature range of the material to 537°C/1,000°F. Such grades of graphite are classified as inhibited or super inhibited graphite (which is also known as Shell spec graphite). All Durlon semi-metallic gaskets have been manufactured using Shell Spec. graphite since late 2015.

 

 

High Temperature Gasketing

Phyllosilicate (Max Temp: 1,000°C/1,832°F)


When I think of high temperature applications, I think of gas turbines and burners, heat exchangers, exhaust manifolds and others commonly found in the refinery, power generation and chemical industries.

Phyllosilicate is a good choice when selecting a gasket for high temperature applications, for the following reasons:

  • It’s flexible
  • It’s elastic
  • It has a high tensile strength
  • It can withstand substantial mechanical pressure perpendicular to the lamellar plane
  • It’s chemically resistant
  • It’s fireproof
  • It’s infusible
  • It’s incombustible
  • It’s non-flammable
  • It’s a reliable alternative to asbestos

 

Durlon HT1000 consists of phlogopite mica “paper” impregnated with an inorganic binder at less than half the binder, amount found in vermiculite filled products. This lower binder content allows for superior weight retention, less than 4% weight loss at 800°C (1,472°F) and results in ultimate extreme temperature sealing performance up to 1,000°C (1,800°F).

 

Durlon HT1000 during ANSI/API 607 Fire Test.

So what does that mean?

 

In basic terms, it means that there will be more material present at higher temperatures, thus the leakage will be less than with other materials.

 

Final Thoughts

Hopefully this is a good jumping off point to aid in your search for high temperature gasket material. Just know, that this only begins to scratch the surface when trying to select a material for your critical application. As always, I would suggest contacting the gasket manufacturer to make sure you are using the best gasket material for your application. If you would like my help selecting a high temp gasket for your critical application, then complete and submit a Gasket Application Data Form. If you have any questions or comments, reach out to me as I am always up for discussing gaskets. You can find me on Twitter @TFGGasketguru or email me at tech@trianglefluid.com and bring the question heat!

 

Until next month, stay safe and keep the fluid between the pipes!

 

Additional Resources:
Gasket Material Selection Tool
Gasket Installation Video
Gasket Fundamentals