It’s a Wrap!
Welcome to our latest newsletter, the fourth this year, all of which we hope has helped to keep you updated on our latest news and provided you with some fun content.
We have added new information and pages to our website – FAQ’s, Testimonials and our on-line Inventory system which allows you to see what is available in stock in “real time”. We always like to hear from you but if we can get you the information you need 24/7, we strive to do that, better and faster!
There’s been lots of buzz about something really big coming soon, something that will change how we better serve you…We’ll share more details with you in February 2019!
So put your feet up, have a good read and maybe a chuckle or two and enjoy the upcoming Holiday season!
Sylvia Flegg, Marketing & Media Coordinator
Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical
With increasing standards in food-contact materials, sealing environments are some of the most challenging of all when contamination or line stoppage is the result of a failed seal. Investment in research and development has brought Triangle Fluid Controls to the forefront in successfully meeting these challenges by delivering unsurpassed product integrity, traceability and safety with a high-quality focus designed to minimize leakage and reduce costly repairs.
Standards and regulations are vital to ensuring products are safe for human consumption. At TFC we are committed to understanding these from a sealing point of view and make sure that our products used in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries are compliant and conform to FDA requirements and that they also withstand extreme temperatures, aggressive materials and vigorous cleaning methods.
Sealing solutions for the Food and Beverage industry
Hygiene is a top priority in manufacturing of food and beverage. In breweries, seals have to withstand wort, essential oils and hops while in dairies; they have to withstand fatty and protein-containing products long-term. In the production of chocolate, fatty ingredients are sometimes heated to a very high temperature. Seals used in ice cream production cope with extreme temperature fluctuations.
Selecting the right sealing solutions in the food and beverage industry has become increasingly complex and challenging because of consumer demands for variety, regional standards and regulations that apply to the industry.
Today’s global industry means engineering for multiple markets and for multiple regulatory compliance standards. Specific considerations regarding physical, mechanical and chemical compatibility are necessary — and not simply with the food or beverage to be contained or the environmental elements to be kept out, but cleaning and sanitation are also important factors.
Sealing solutions are critical to meeting today’s demands in the food and beverage industry. With the industry focusing on longer and more variable operating cycles, custom designs, and a shift to smaller volumes and specialized products to meet consumer demands, sealing materials will continually become more critical.
Sealing challenges in the Pharmaceutical Industry
When looking at sealing applications and considering material suitability for the pharmaceutical industry, size, temperature, application, media and pressure are a good starting point.
Size – a limiting factor that may exclude certain materials.
Temperature – critically important to select the most appropriate material for the application.
Application – always an essential part of any sealing material selection – includes information relating to the duty cycle, outlining relative movement of interfacing parts, heating times, running times, cooling times and any known variables such as the thermal expansion of components during the process.
Media – what is the sealing material coming into contact with (solid, powder, granules, flakes, slurry, liquid, gas)?
Pressure – important for understanding the duty cycle as many applications switch between pressure and vacuum, which in turn impacts the dynamic forces acting on the seals.
Other factors to consider include material compliance and material finish. The FDA is responsible for ensuring that any food or drug product available in the U.S. is safe, wholesome and sanitary. And the surface finish of any material used in a sealing solution should be sufficiently smooth to prevent or restrict product adhesion.
Durlon® 9600 is an expanded PTFE gasket material designed for use in process piping and equipment in chemical, pulp and paper, food and beverage and other general industrial applications where resistance to highly aggressive chemicals is required. Durlon 9600 is suitable for use in steel flanges and flanges with irregular surfaces. Durlon 9600 (including branding) conforms to FDA requirements.
Durlon 9600 is made with only pure PTFE resins. It is suitable for use in steel flanges and as well as flanges where a highly compressible gasket is required. Durlon 9600 is also suitable for sealing flanges with irregular surfaces. It will not exhibit the cold flow problems associated with virgin PTFE or the hardness problems of some other filled PTFE products. It has excellent sealability, cuts easily and separates cleanly from flanges after use.
As a leading industry source for educational information on sealing products, the FSA supports all of the 4 main product divisions that make up our vast membership: Compression Packing, Expansion Joint, Gasket and Mechanical Seal. Click here to read some of the most informative articles written by experts in these fields.
When: December 4-6, 2018
Where: Orange County convention Center, Orlando, Florida
A 30-year-strong power generation event with diverse content for all forms of energy – with a multi-track summit and knowledge hubs, a huge exhibition with 900+ companies and comprehensive networking and matchmaking. The topics and trends focus on technology, innovation and policy and will present unmatched insight on the future of electricity generation, including the balance between traditional and renewable sources.
Next issue highlights: Industry focus – Oil & Gas. Product focus – Durlon® Flexible Graphite. 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 test again and tickle your funny bone with another adventure from our gasket guru. See you in February!