Benefits of Flexible Graphite

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Benefits of Flexible Graphite

August 21, 2019 By: Michael Pawlowski, Laboratory Technologist   Because of its versatility and sealing capabilities, Flexible graphite is becoming a favourable material for extreme service applications. From pulp and paper, and mining to chemical, petrochemical, and automotive applications, the high thermal conductivity, chemical resistance, and self-lubrication of flexible graphite lends itself well in these… Read More »

How to Manage and Understand Flange Face Damage

July 31, 2019 By Chett Norton, C.E.T. Many of the aging plants we service are run beyond their expected life cycle and over time, metal piping, including flanges can corrode and become worn due to various reasons, making flange conditions a very important part of creating an effective gasket seal. One of the main reasons… Read More »

Benefits of Replacing a Swing Check with a Non-Slam Check Valve

July 3, 2019 By: John Anderson Recently, while calling on an oil and gas customer, I was illustrating the perils of using a swing check on liquid pump discharge where reverse flow and water hammer can be an issue. Part way through our conversation, the customer’s eyes lit up, and he said, “oh, that’s why… Read More »

Gasket Joint Safety

June 24, 2019 By: Samantha Harrison, Lab Testing Technician/QA Assistant Safety First Being safe on the job includes maintaining and correctly installing gaskets. The number one safety procedure when installing a gasket into a bolted flange joint is to have an assembler who has been qualified in reference to ASME PCC-1. When installing a gasket,… Read More »

Low Temperature Gaskets – How Low Can You Go?

June 6, 2019 By: Michael Pawlowski and Sylvia Flegg Modern technology often requires rare or ultra-pure materials that can only be handled or obtained within extreme environmental conditions. These same conditions present unique and hazardous difficulties when transporting or utilizing these resources. Resources such as liquid oxygen, nitrogen, or argon; all of which are classified as… Read More »

8 Steps to Properly Installing a Gasket

April 11, 2019 By Chett Norton, C.E.T. and Sylvia Flegg         Visually examine and clean flanges, bolts, nuts and washers and make sure to replace any defective components, if necessary.         Lubricate bolt threads, nut threads & facing, and washers.         Install new gasket (Do not… Read More »

Understanding Gasket Temperature and Pressure Limits

May 14, 2019 By Chett Norton, C.E.T. When choosing the correct gasket material for a specific application, there are 3 minimum fields that you must understand in order to properly select the correct gasket: Pressure Temperature Media All 3 of these items are straight forward on their own, however, most gasket applications are not based… Read More »

Blaming the Valve

March 4, 2019 By: Bruce Ellis In many situations where a system starts to suddenly fail, the valve is the first suspect. This may or may not be true, depending on the issue. If a swing check valve is being used it is important to remember they are inherently noisy, so a quiet swing check… Read More »

Material Spotlight – PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene)

Feb 14, 2019 By: Michael Pawlowski, Laboratory Technologist 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… 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 »

2017 Randy McKay Sales Award goes to…..

Triangle Fluid Controls (TFC) is pleased to award the 2017 Randy McKay Sales Award of Merit to Ryan Kelly in recognition for his outstanding sales performance with TFC. The award is given to TFC’s Regional Sales Manager (RSM) whose territory had the largest year-over-year sales increase from 2016 – 2017 and was presented August 23rd,… 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 »

Congratulations Triangle Fluid Controls on a successful audit!

Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. Official Listing for Standard:  ISO 9001:2015 We have official confirmation of our company’s management systems Certificate of Registration and we are now listed under NSF’s certified products and services. This certification accomplishment positions us among the best in our industry for fulfilling the ISO requirements and represents a major investment for… 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 »