Spring has Sprung!
The first day of spring came on March 20th this year but you wouldn’t know it based on what Mother Nature has been showering us with. But June is upon us and will hopefully bring plenty of sunshine to get us all up and active and enjoying the great outdoors.
It’s also “Graduation” season and with the recent launch of TFCU, we proudly congratulate our 15 new graduates and look forward to doing it again in Western Canada in just a few weeks.
Try solving the new quiz, check out what Gus is up to but most importantly, enjoy your summer!
Until next time,
Sylvia Flegg, Marketing Manager
What are Fugitive Emissions?
“Fugitive emissions are emissions of gases or vapors from pressurized equipment due to leaks and other unintended or irregular releases of gases, mostly from industrial activities. As well as the economic cost of lost commodities, fugitive emissions contribute to air pollution and climate change.” – Wikipedia
Fugitive emissions can occur due to normal wear and tear, improper or incomplete assembly, inadequate material specification, manufacturing defects, damage during installation or use, corrosion, fouling and environmental effects (e.g., vibrations and thermal cycling). The potential for such emissions depends on a variety of factors including the type, style and quality of equipment component, type of service (gas/vapour, light liquid or heavy liquid), age of component, frequency of use, maintenance history, process demands, whether the process fluid is odourized and operating practices.
Maximum Sealability to Meet Fugitive Emissions Requirements
Triangle Fluid Controls recognizes that today more emphasis is being placed on fugitive emissions via the Clean Air Act in the U.S. that is designed to control air pollution on a national level and the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) laying out commitments to limit greenhouse-gas emissions and contain the impact of global warming. See a List of International Environmental Agreements. One of our prime design objectives is to maximize the sealability of our gasket materials to meet fugitive emissions requirements.
The Durlon® Sealing Advantage
We offer two specific product categories that have been tested and proven to offer exceptional sealability in challenging conditions. Our filled-PTFE products – notably the most versatile product, Durlon® 9000 glass-filled PTFE, offers exceptionally tight sealing characteristics. Secondly, our premium grade corrugated metal insert gasket, Durlon® Durtec® is ideally suited to fluctuating pressure and temperature conditions while being fire-safe and offering unparalleled sealability. When it comes to the hazardous and challenging conditions present in the oil & gas, chemical and mining industries, to name a few, these product specifications ensure safety, reliability and the assurance of a significant reduction in overall fugitive emissions.
Meeting Environmental Standards
With the goal of providing fluid sealing solutions that make sense, both financially and strategically, our company is committed to helping to maintain a safe and sustainable planet, and play a role in the reduction of fugitive emissions within the applications where Triangle Fluid Control Ltd. and Durlon® products are used.
As a manufacturer of fluid sealing products designed to seal tighter than current regulations require, we are ideally qualified to resolve troublesome and costly leaks once detected through a leak detection and repair (LDAR) program. Closely monitoring regulatory requirements for methane emissions reductions in the USA, Canada and around the world, Triangle Fluid Controls is prepared with several products with certification status to NSF61, TA-Luft (VDI Guideline 2440), USP Class VI and API607. We also have several products that conform to various FDA regulations and we are prepared to offer help to our customers so they can meet their compliance requirements in the future.
Durlon® 9002 Inorganic/PTFE is an adaptation of the original glass-filled formula to better meet extreme cryogenic system demands and has passed both gaseous, [up to 260°C (500°F) and 52 bar (754 psi)] and liquid oxygen tests performed by BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. Durlon 9002 has also been tested for LOX Mechanical Impact Sensitivity, passing with zero reactions out of twenty tests (0/20) at a test reaction frequency of 0%.
Durlon 9002 is readily available through the standard manufacturing process and requires no secondary heat or cleansing treatments prior to gasket cutting. Once gaskets are cut, traditional oxygen cleaning standards must be applied for safety. Durlon 9002 comes available as oxygen cleaned gaskets, bagged, labelled, and sealed according to the European Industrial Gases Association standard for Cleaning of Equipment for Oxygen Service.
Download the Durlon 9002 Inorganic/PTFE Tech Sheet.
The Fluid Sealing Association presents:
Valve Installation Best Practices for Fugitive Emissions Service
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 1pm – 4pm
Instructor: Ron Frisard, Chair of the Packing Division of the FSA
This training will focus on identifying best practices in regards to valve packing installation in downstream emissions service. 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 subject. One way to improve this is by creating a continuous improvement process regarding valve packing that is fact based and focusing on identifying and classifying root causes of packing performance.
The Global Petroleum Show – North America’s Leading Energy Event, June 11-13, 2019, Stampede Park – Calgary, Canada
Valve World Americas Expo & Conference, June 19-20, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
Atlantic Canadian Petroleum Show, June 18 – 19, 2019, Mile One Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Next issue highlights: Industry and product focus. We’ll share a new video, news and upcoming trade shows that you may 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 August!