Material Spotlight – PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene)

Material Spotlight – PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene)

Feb 14, 2019 By: Michael Pawlowski From interplanetary deep space missions to sealing the fittings between the faucets and pipes in your kitchen sink, Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) can be found being used in almost every aspect of our daily lives. It was discovered accidentally April 6, 1938 by Dr. Roy J. Plunkett while running experiments utilizing… Read More »

It’s not me…it’s you!

Jan 31, 2019 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T. I have had many conversations over the years with end users and installers, and the majority of the time, we realize that it wasn’t the gaskets fault for blowing. I often chuckle to myself wondering how the conversation would go if a gasket could talk to its end… Read More »

Sealing for Extreme Cold: Best Practices for Static Seals

As published in Pumps & Systems Magazine, July 2018 Co-written By: Chett Norton, C.E.T.   Flexible graphite and PTFE are commonly used in cryogenic sealing. Natural gas popularity is growing exponentially because of its low cost, low risk to transport and store, and its status as one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels. With increasing… Read More »

Check Valves: Back to the Basics

As published in Pumps & Systems Magazine, July 2018 By: Bruce Ellis   Check valves, or one-way valves, are designed to stop back-flow and, ultimately, to protect pumps and compressors. They are available in several styles and sizes, from 1/8 inch to as large as may be required. Check valves are found in many industries… Read More »

Sanitary Valves – keeping it clean!

April 26, 2018 By: Bruce Ellis and Sylvia Flegg   There is an ever-increasing demand for dependability, efficiency and energy savings when selecting valves – as it needs to be the correct one! And a function that is often overlooked is the valve’s ability to minimize energy consumption.   Principles of Operation An essential element… Read More »

8 Gasket Myths – Debunked

March 13, 2018 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T.   As a gasket application’s engineer, I spend a lot of time speaking with people on the phone or in person on site discussing gaskets. Whether it is material selection, installation or trouble-shooting gasket failures, there are many common things I hear people talk or ask about. So,… Read More »

How Gaskets are Measured

February 23, 2018 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T. and Sylvia Flegg Gaskets come in all shapes and sizes: round, oval, rectangular etc. Accurate measurement size is important because it ensures that the gasket will fit properly and will not get in the way of the installation. Additionally, measurement is managed by QC, assuring that the gasket will comply… Read More »

Common Gasket Cutting Processes – 3 Technologies To Consider

January 25, 2018 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T. and Sylvia Flegg As a manufacturer of gasket material, a common question we are often asked is, “How can you cut this”? It’s a great question that can yield several options based on the knowledge of our experienced gasket engineers to help meet your needs quickly and economically. When it comes… Read More »

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 »

Check Valve Cost of Ownership

Why are in-line check valves so expensive? June 8, 2017 By: Bruce Ellis and Stephanie Jouppien   As Canada’s national DFT Check Valve channel partner, we speak with many different people across many different industries in need of an in-line check valve. Once we’ve priced out a valve that fits someone’s needs with custom sizing,… Read More »