Gasket Material Selection Tools

By: Chett Norton, C.E.T. When it comes to finding the appropriate gasket material for your system, gasket selection can be one of two things: confusing or intimidating. Some are not sure where to begin, while others find the thought of dangerous leaks or costly shutdowns put them on edge. To help ease the selection process… Read more »

6 Common Tools Used in Gasket Installation

May 4, 2017 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T Gasket installation seems like a simple concept: You take a gasket, put it between two pipes, tighten the bolts and voilà…..it’s done. Although this seems like a straightforward process, even to a seasoned veteran pipefitter, it can be tedious or downright scary if proper care is not taken… Read more »

Gasket Selection Chart

  1. Critical service can be any factor essential to plant operation or personnel/plant safety, and can include environmental compliance. Failure or disruption of any critical service could result in serious impacts such as fines, time loss and/or   injuries. 2. Extreme Temperature Gasket Series *See product descriptions for more information NOTE: This selection chart is… Read more »

How to Diagnose & Seal Damaged Flange Faces

January 26, 2017 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T and Stephanie Jouppien   Figure 1: Pitted flange with steam cuts. Photo courtesy of Slade Inc. Imperfections on flange faces happen. With regular maintenance and removing old, stuck-on gasket\debris, flanges with scratches, pits, dents and dings are a common site in many a plant. With more and more… Read more »

High Temp Gaskets 101

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… Read more »

What Does Gasket Installation Really Cost Your Plant?

February 11, 2016 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T Contemplating what to write about this month, I was looking out the window of my office staring at the other plants in the business park with steam spewing from their towers and stacks. Like that, the topic came to me: this is the time of year that I… Read more »

How Long Will A Bolted Flange Gasket Last?

December 16, 2015 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T Have you ever received the dreaded 2 a.m. call from plant staff saying that things are at a standstill – production is down? You arrive at the plant, walk through the parking lot, coffee in hand, and head to the locker room. When you come out on to… Read more »

Spiral Wound Gaskets – The Durlon Difference!

Spiral Wound Gaskets – The Durlon Difference! By: Chett Norton, C.E.T November 3, 2015 Spiral wounds gaskets ( SWGs) are a great multi-purpose gasket used in piping systems throughout the world. They are somewhat inexpensive, durable and in most cases readily available (pending metallurgical and filler requirements). The good thing about SWGs is that they… Read more »