Between the Pipes Q1 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome to our first issue for 2019!

We have an exciting year ahead of us and will be sharing all our new content as it all rolls out – New FAQ’s, Informative Blogs, Introduction of our new Global site for Durlon, New Corporate Video and we’re bringing back our series of helpful videos – SEALutions and so much more!

The “Gus, the Gasket Guru” fan club have asked for more content, so coming soon, you will have the opportunity to win some Gasket Guru swag…We’ll share more details with you in the next issue.

So put your feet up, have a good read and maybe a chuckle or two while you enjoy the first issue for 2019!

Sylvia Flegg, Marketing Manager

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Oil & Gas

I read an interesting article from the site Facts about Canada’s Oil and Natural Gas Industry about all the products we use in our every-day lives that are made from oil and natural gas and thought I would share.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about something made from petroleum? Gasoline, probably. Or maybe plastic bags. But there are actually thousands of products made from crude oil and natural gas!

Even if you don’t drive a car or carry your groceries home in plastic bags, you still use dozens – or even hundreds – of petroleum-based products every day.

There’s more than gasoline in your vehicle! From the tires, mud flaps and windshield wipers outside, to the carpets, seat covers and steering wheel inside, to the oil filter, battery case and fan belt under the hood, your car is an oil and gas machine. Plus we drive on asphalt, steer clear of safety cones and slow down for temporary speed bumps, all made with oil and natural gas.

Can you imagine smearing oil and natural gas on your face? Or in your hair? How about on your lips or under your arms? Or into your eyes? Well, you do – every time you use moisturizer, shampoo, lip balm, deodorant or contact lenses!

From your head to your toes, in rain, snow or sunshine, you could be wearing oil and gas. Fabrics and materials created from petroleum can keep you dry and warm, or when we’re talking sunglasses, very cool!

Restless? Pop in your ear buds and go for a run. Lost? Check your GPS. On a deadline? Fire up your tablet or laptop. Lazy? Flip through the TV channels. Adventurous? Capture your experiences on camera. Chatty? Text or call your BFF.

Even if you don’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides in your yard, you probably still use oil and natural gas products. When you water your garden with a hose, set out your recycling bin or pop on a pair of safety goggles to trim the hedge, you’re using petroleum products.

Here are some more of the many products made from petroleum:


Flexible Graphite is unaffected by heat over a wide range of temperatures. It exhibits low electrical resistivity and high thermal conductivity and is suitable for cryogenic temperatures. Durlon® Flexible Graphite is suitable for applications in automotive, refining and petrochemical plant processes.

Durlon® Flexible Graphite is available in several styles. These include homogeneous sheet and laminated styles with various types of core materials. Durlon® Flexible Graphite can also be special ordered with various inhibitors, grades of graphite and core materials to suit specific critical applications. Sheet sizes are available in 1000mm x 1000mm (39.4” x 39.4”) and 1500mm x 1500mm (59.1” x 59.1”) in most thicknesses. Contact your representative for more information.



Standard industrial grade sheet containing no binders or resins. This product is used in industrial applications such as oil refineries, power plants and chemical process plants.


Standard industrial grade sheet laminated with an adhesive bond on both sides of a 0.002” thick 316 stainless steel foil core. This product is used where high performance and handling are important.


Standard industrial grade sheet mechanically bonded on both sides of a 0.004” thick 316 stainless steel tang core. This product is used where stresses and pressures are high and improved handling is important.


Inhibited grade sheet laminated with multiple layers of 0.004” thick 316 stainless steel foil core. This product is used in applications with high mechanical stress or pressure, above average burst resistance, exceptional rigidity, fire safe and suitable to cut gaskets with narrow strips.


Correct answer: 48

News from The FSA

Inside the FSA
The FSA’s Gasket Division has been focused on leakage testing methods for the spiral wound gasket test standard. It was reported that standards FSA-MG-502-05 and FSA-MG-503-06 have both been absorbed by ASME and are now shown on the FSA’s website but identified as “retired”. Standard FSA-NMG-204-02 on steam testing is referenced by other standards and therefore remains available on the website. A spreadsheet of content chapters to be populated and uploaded to the FSA’s KnowledgeBase has been developed as a first step in preparing content for the Gasket Division’s repository.

Click here to read all of the latest updates from the many divisions inside the FSA.

Industry Tradeshows

The WWETT Show – Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport, Feb 20-23, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

CIAC Good Chemistry Conference, May 1-2, Hilton Lac Leamy, Ottawa

Canada (LNG) Liquid Natural Gas Conference and Expo, May 21-23, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC




Next issue highlights: Industry focus – Low Leakage (Fugitive Emissions Containment) and product focus – Durlon® 9002 Inorganic/PTFE. We’ll share a new video, news and upcoming trade shows that you many want to look into. And of course, we will put those genius brains to the work again and tickle your funny bone with another adventure from our gasket guru. See you in May!