New Durlon® Flange Isolation and Sealing Kits

Durlon® introduces fresh products with tighter sealing capabilities at low pressures that can actually help to protect your industrial system.

 

Durlon® Sealing Solutions, a leading name in premium PTFE and semi-metallic gaskets, introduced its newest line of sealing technology, dubbed “Durlon® iGuard™” Flange Isolation and Sealing Kits. Conveniently packaged to contain all necessary components to tightly seal, electrically isolate, and effectively control corrosion of mating metallic parts, the end result is a greatly reduced risk of leakage or system failure in severe services such as gas, acids and other aggressive chemicals or media, ranging from cryogenic to high temperatures.

 

Each kit consists of a gasket, isolating and backing washers, as well as isolating bolt/stud sleeves. Gasket selection can be made from a wide variety of materials to best suit the sealing and performance needs of each application. In gaskets with phenolic or glass carrier rings, a “double-ogee” sealing element provides a reliably concentrated unit load on the flanges using the lowest torqueing conditions possible. Gaskets are available in four different flange facing types and are able to meet all international piping sizes and dimensional standards.

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      Pictured: Durlon® iGuard™ 9000.

Particularly useful for industry professionals in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Water/Wastewater and other process industries, the user simply lays the sealing element on the flange face. As the sealing element is compressed against the flange, any tiny gaps between the mating flange and sealing element become filled. This movement provides the end user with a tighter seal, despite potentially lower pressures, with the added ability to isolate parts. The tri-directional movement of the sealing element provides better elastic recovery over time, as bolt loads relax and pressure/temperature cycles occur.

 

For more information on Durlon® gasket materials available for the iGuard™ flange isolation and sealing kits, technical documentation, product availability and kit specifications, contact Triangle Fluid Controls Applications Engineering department at [email protected] or visit www.trianglefluid.com.

 

 

 



Check Valves for Reciprocating Compressors

Gas problems? No need to raise a stink!

May 31, 2016
By: Bruce Ellis

 

If you work in natural gas processing and refrigeration, chances are you know the demands of storing and transporting gas. Compared to fluid sealing and discharge, the media flow isn’t steady, instead, gas “pulses” (through a pipeline) from a reciprocating compressor. This pulsating flow created by the compressor causes the discharge valves to chatter, and while the sound may not be high on your daily list of concerns, the resulting wear or damage to your check valve and downstream components can eventually lead to costly headaches. With the ever increasing global demand for natural gas, issues with check valves and piping systems after installation of a reciprocating compressor is something we see occurring more frequently.

 

The problem: an ineffective check valve for gas applications.

 

With natural gas production set to double by 2017 (U.S Energy Information Administration), producers must ensure that their systems are designed with quality parts. While sourcing quality equipment can be time consuming and result in large up-front costs, having the right parts installed in your system will ensure less time spent on maintenance, downtime, and fewer future costs. Ineffective discharge valves are more likely to create issues and suffer undue wear than using a check valve built with a damped design to control the valve’s moving parts. It’s not unheard of to learn of parts that have broken off of valves, damaging downstream components which may cause system failure.

 

 

Built specifically for gas applications, DFT’s PDC check valve is a world-class solution found in oil refineries, gas pipelines, as well as storage and pump stations. Its pulse dampening chamber keeps the disc stable and in place (see below video). The PDC is also self-sizing, meaning it can handle different pressures and flow rates, without creating an issue or suffering undue wear. This flexibility extends the life of the valve. As an added benefit, the PDC can protect downstream equipment from damage that could be attributed to other types of valves if they fail.

 

The PDC check valve is manufactured to meet industry standards and can be built and tested to meet your company’s specifications. Available in various sizes and pressure classes, it can be manufactured using various metals, and is available with flanged, butt weld, or RTJ ends. If you would like to discuss your design needs, call us toll-free at 1-866-537-1133 or email [email protected].

 

Dimensions:

PDC dimensions

Additional Resources:
DFT Catalogue
Valve Data Sheet


Do you have an interesting idea for an industrial blog topic you would like to see covered? E-mail [email protected].

 

 

 



Mike Shorts Named President of Canadian-Based Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd.

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Belleville, Ontario, Canada – May 5th, 2016

Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. (TFC), Canada’s premier manufacturer of industrial PTFE and semi-metallic gasketing products, named its new President as Mike Shorts, effective May 4, 2016. Through his dedication and overall performance to the company since its beginnings in 2008, Shorts transitions from company Vice-President and General Manager on to President. Upon TFC’s inception, Shorts has created and executed a detailed strategic plan which has continued to significantly exceed expectations on domestic and global sales as well as profitability. Under Short’s leadership, TFC announced expansion of its global headquarters a few months ago.

Transitioning from TFC President to company Chairman, David W. Moser, states, “As Triangle Fluid Control’s business continues to become more dynamic and complex, we identified an immediate need for additional senior management and leadership capacity to keep pace with the industries we serve. Mike’s contribution to the company over the years has been outstanding and we look forward to his continued leadership.”

Armed with a BSc. in Geological Environmental Engineering as well as a MBA in Business from Queen’s University, Shorts will oversee the global development of long and short term strategy, direct all internal operations, as well as financially manage the company. He currently serves as President of the Fluid Sealing Association, acts a spokesperson on the role sealing devices play in the mitigation of fugitive emissions as well as actively lobbies to have trade tariffs removed from sealing technology. He is frequently published in various trade magazines printed and distributed around the world.

To learn more about Durlon® Sealing Solutions, Triangle Fluid Controls or the Fluid Sealing Association, contact Mike Shorts at 1.613.968.1100 or email, [email protected], or visit the website at www.TriangleFluid.com.

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About Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd.
Triangle Fluid Controls is a market-driven and technology-based company serving customers throughout the world with innovative fluid sealing products and services. Durlon® sealing products provide reliability, cost savings and process safety improvements in a wide range of demanding applications. Triangle Fluid serves a wide range of end-user customers whose success depends on the reliable performance of their equipment and piping systems.

PDF: Mike Shorts Named President of TFC

TFC Opens Its Doors!

On March 30th, 2016, Belleville ON gasket manufacturer, Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. (TFC) offered a facility tour in coordination with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), through the SMART Program – a collaboration with Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency focusing on Ontario manufacturing. The insightful manufacturing tour welcomed members of the local community, industry peers, local policy makers, media and members of the CME to visit TFC, to learn about internal processes, manufacturing procedures, understand TFC’s business model and gain knowledge about reaching and exporting to markets around the globe.

The tour provided a free platform for TFC to openly share knowledge, information and expertise amongst business leaders, community partners as well as how to increase productivity, discuss TFC’s information & communication technologies and better monitor energy management and environmental performance. As Tom Gunsinger, C.E.T and President of Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd. put it, “I know [the visitors] appreciate the sharing of information amongst peers – it helps everyone to strengthen and support each other instead of being adversarial – it’s great.”

“This [CME tour] allows Bel-Con to open up the doors through TFC to other manufacturers and others in the industry to see exactly what goes on at TFC and in the city of Belleville. TFC is one of Belleville’s hidden gems!” said Alan D. Langabeer, Business Development at Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd.

Also in attendance was Todd Smith, MPP of Prince Edward-Hastings. “A lot of times you drive through the industrial park and see the buildings, yet have no idea what goes on inside – what the products are; how many people work there; the level of technology that’s involved – this was a good education.”

“It’s always interesting to see how complex every little project is,” he adds. “Knowing that a Belleville company is involved in massive projects around the world is pretty neat and that this type of technology, expertise and manufacturing capabilities are happening right in our own backyard.”

When asked about his thoughts on the facility, Bill Saunders, CEO of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce replied, “I think this is the classic example of a phenomenal success story that’s flown under the radar.  I don’t think the community and policy makers truly understand what happens here, the contribution to the community, the challenges they face and the opportunity to leverage this success with other businesses.”

If you are interested in a tour of Triangle Fluid Controls contact Mike Shorts at [email protected] or call our global headquarters at 1-866-537-1133.

 

 

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Triangle Fluid Controls VP & GM Mike Shorts welcomes visitors of the CME SMART Program tour to TFC.

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Laura Pixley from CME & Alan D. Langabeer from Bel-Con Design-Builders pose together before things get underway. Photo: snap’d Quinte.

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MPP of Prince Edward-Hastings, Todd Smith poses with TFC VP & GM, Mike Shorts, during the facility tour. Photo: snap’d Quinte.

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High Temp Gaskets 101

March 22, 2016

By: Chett Norton, C.E.T

 

When the conversation turns to gasket selection for high temperatures, things can get a little heated. The truth of the matter is that one person’s idea of a high temperature application is not the same as the next person’s.

 

Gasket temperature limits can be classified into (but are not limited to) the following temperature ranges:

 

 

Durlon high temp gasket materials

 

 

Personally, I define high temperature applications as anything that exceeds the limitations of graphite alone. What I mean is that there are high temperature gasketing products such as the Durlon ETG (Extreme Temperature Gasket) series, that use a combination of super inhibited graphite with phyllosilicate materials to design a gasket that performs when exposed to heat and still has excellent sealability. Now don’t get me wrong, there are numerous critical applications that are below the 454°C/850°F threshold that still require high sealing performance at elevated temperatures. Using a gasket that has passed the API 607 Fire Test (with Exxon Modifications), should be taken into consideration when selecting a gasket for elevated temperatures and/or critical applications.

 


Moderate Temperature Gasketing

Compressed Fibre Gaskets (Max Temp: 400°C/750°F)

Generally these gaskets are found in Class 150# and 300# applications. They perform quite well in low to moderate temperature applications, however, once introduced to elevated temperatures or steam they can become brittle due to their elastomer based binder. This can become problematic as when a gasket becomes brittle, it loses its ability to recover and if used in cyclic conditions, this can cause leaks. If a gasket is retightened after being introduced to temperature it can fracture causing a leak or gasket blowout. New advancements in filler material have allowed materials like Durlon 8900 to be developed that allow an increase in product temperature limitations, without the common brittleness found in other sheet materials. Durlon 8500 & Durlon 8900 have both passed the API 607 Fire Test.

 

Moderate – High Temperature Gasketing

Flexible Graphite (Max Temp: 450°C/850°F)

Flexible graphite has been essential in industrial sealing applications and have been used in sheet gaskets and semi-metallic gaskets (Spiral Wound Gaskets, Kammprofiles and Corrugated Gaskets) for many years. In higher temperatures, graphite begins to oxidize which lessens the amount of material in the gasket (imagine looking at a piece of Swiss cheese). There are many factors that influence graphite oxidation such as graphite purity, density and surface area exposed to the oxidizing environment. Newer developments and additives such as oxidation inhibitors, slow down the rate of oxidation of graphite and can actually extend the temperature range of the material to 537°C/1,000°F. Such grades of graphite are classified as inhibited or super inhibited graphite (which is also known as Shell spec graphite). All Durlon semi-metallic gaskets have been manufactured using Shell Spec. graphite since late 2015.

 

 

High Temperature Gasketing

Phyllosilicate (Max Temp: 1,000°C/1,832°F)


When I think of high temperature applications, I think of gas turbines and burners, heat exchangers, exhaust manifolds and others commonly found in the refinery, power generation and chemical industries.

Phyllosilicate is a good choice when selecting a gasket for high temperature applications, for the following reasons:

  • It’s flexible
  • It’s elastic
  • It has a high tensile strength
  • It can withstand substantial mechanical pressure perpendicular to the lamellar plane
  • It’s chemically resistant
  • It’s fireproof
  • It’s infusible
  • It’s incombustible
  • It’s non-flammable
  • It’s a reliable alternative to asbestos

 

Durlon HT1000 consists of phlogopite mica “paper” impregnated with an inorganic binder at less than half the binder, amount found in vermiculite filled products. This lower binder content allows for superior weight retention, less than 4% weight loss at 800°C (1,472°F) and results in ultimate extreme temperature sealing performance up to 1,000°C (1,800°F).

 

Durlon HT1000 during ANSI/API 607 Fire Test.

So what does that mean?

 

In basic terms, it means that there will be more material present at higher temperatures, thus the leakage will be less than with other materials.

 

Final Thoughts

Hopefully this is a good jumping off point to aid in your search for high temperature gasket material. Just know, that this only begins to scratch the surface when trying to select a material for your critical application. As always, I would suggest contacting the gasket manufacturer to make sure you are using the best gasket material for your application. If you would like my help selecting a high temp gasket for your critical application, then complete and submit a Gasket Application Data Form. If you have any questions or comments, reach out to me as I am always up for discussing gaskets. You can find me on Twitter @TFGGasketguru or email me at [email protected] and bring the question heat!

 

Until next month, stay safe and keep the fluid between the pipes!

 

Additional Resources:
Gasket Material Selection Tool
Gasket Installation Video
Gasket Fundamentals



TFC Vice President Discusses Reducing Methane Emissions on SiriusXM Canada Talks

Mike Shorts, Vice President and General Manager of Triangle Fluid Controls and President of the Fluid Sealing Association was invited to discuss Canadian solutions for reducing methane emissions with SiriusXM Canada Talks host, Matt Gurney. In light of the recent agreements between Canada and the United States to act upon the historic Paris Agreement through joint efforts in reducing methane emissions, Mike discusses existing and cost effective solutions for reducing methane emissions within the Oil and Gas sector.

Listen to the interview below:

TFC Vice President talks methane reduction

What Does Gasket Installation Really Cost Your Plant?

February 11, 2016

By: Chett Norton, C.E.T

Contemplating what to write about this month, I was looking out the window of my office staring at the other plants in the business park with steam spewing from their towers and stacks. Like that, the topic came to me: this is the time of year that I like to refer to as “boiler season”. Many plants use steam for heating in addition to their standard processes, and with both fuel and water costs rising on an annual basis, just a small leak should not be taken lightly. In your hands-on role, have you ever truly thought about the actual cost of a correct gasket installation? To me (and not to complicate things) the short definition of a correct gasket installation is:

 

1. Choosing the correct gasket material for the application (refer to Gasket Material Selection Tool).

2. Obtaining the recommended torque values from the material manufacturer.

3. Using a properly accredited bolt tightening procedure (refer to ASME PCC-1).

4. Wear the proper PPE.

 

What Will a Steam Leak Cost?

To help paint a picture, I would like to use a familiar scenario. For this scenario, we have two pipe fitters: Bob and Joe. Both employees work at similar companies in town with the exact same amount of experience and training. Bob places a high degree of importance on the installation of gaskets in his plant, whereas Joe prides himself on how fast he can install the gasket and move on to the next task. Below is a side by side comparison of Bob and Joe’s installation of each gasket in the same application in a single bolted flange connection and the associated costs over a short, 12-day period.

 

The Cost of a Correct Gasket Installation

  • 3” 150# ring gasket (1/8”)
  • Cost of intermediate pipefitter: $30.00/hr
  • Steam cost of $11.38/1000 lbs (150 psig) of steam
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Proper installation Time
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Improper installation Time
(10 min.)
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A leak is visually detected within 12 hrs of installation (needs tightening).
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A leak is detected again but this time it is more severe than the last
(needs tightening).

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12
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Gasket has ruptured due to overtightening, steam is pouring out (replace gasket).
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12 Dayss
1 Gasket:$ 8.65
Labour:   $12.50
Lost Steam:$ 0.00
Total Cost: $21.15

Actual cost per day: $1.76 and declining with each day that passes.
2 Gaskets: $17.30
Labour:     $26.15
Lost Steam: $12.10
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Actual cost per day: $4.63 and increasing with each day that passes if the installer continues to use the same gasket installation methods.
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Based on this scenario, here are a few things to consider: Proper gasket installation is initially more time consuming but it improves your return on investment (ROI) – increasing operating profit by reducing overall downtime and gasket inventory requirements. This analysis is based on one 3” 150# bolted flange joint. Just think about how many bolted joints are in an average industrial facility, and just how many of these bolted joints leak on average.

 

Small Steam Leak = Big Cost

To help illustrate the costs associated with steam leaks, I have put together a bar graph using a steam loss calculator from American Plaint Maintenance, found at www.apmnortheast.com. The graph shows the average cost of a steam leak based on the diameter of the leak.

 

Cost of Steam Leak Chart by Diameter of Leak.

 

Now just imagine the above costs associated with 5, 10 or even 25 leaking bolted joint assemblies in your plant. Pretty scary thought, isn’t it?

 

Negative Impacts of Gasket Leaks

Finally, the most important part of installing a gasket correctly is the safety factor. I mean, what if the final failure occurred during the last retightening sequence? Joe could have been seriously burned which could have resulted in a loss time incident, heavy fines or even a lawsuit. Let’s not forget that there are also environmental considerations which failing to comply with could introduce hefty fines, negative media attention or even remediation. So regardless of how quickly you can get the gasket installed, for the small amount of time saved, is it truly worth the probable outcome of a gasket failure in the end?

Remember to check back in near future for upcoming discussions on gasket installation procedures. ‘Till then, remember to be smart, be like Bob, and keep the fluid between the pipes!

— TFC Gasket Guru
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Additional Resources:
Durlon Bolt Tightening Worksheet
Gasket Installation Video
Gasket Material Selection Tool
Triangle Fluid Controls Gasket Fundamentals

 

 



 

TFC Proud to Sponsor Floorball World Championship, Team Canada Captain

The world is coming to Belleville, Ontario May 4-8, 2016 for the Under 19 Women’s World Floorball Championships!

 

Canadian Floorball Sponsors 2016

 

Triangle Fluid Controls (TFC) is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring this world-class event happening in our hometown as well as sponsoring the Team Canada Captain, Hannah Wilson.

Floorball is a fast-paced version of floor hockey played five-on-five with a goal keeper on each team. Players pass a plastic ball speckled with holes to one another with large sticks. The coach can swap the goal keeper out with one of the field players at any time, adding another player to the field but leaving the goal unprotected. The dynamic sport, developed in Sweden in the 1960’s and 1970’s, has seen massive success throughout Europe and is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Team Canada will be one of 16 countries competing for the prestigious 2016 world title.

You can learn more about the event, purchase tickets and more on the official website http://floorball2016.ca/

Graphite-Filled Sheet Withstands Higher Temperature and Pressure

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Demand for high performance gaskets causes Canadian industrial sealing solutions manufacturer to extend product line.

Belleville, Ontario Canada – February 1, 2016

Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd., Canada’s leading manufacturer of industrial PTFE and semi-metallic gasketing products announced the launch of their premium grade compressed non-asbestos gasket material, able to withstand higher temperature and pressure ratings – Durlon® 8900. Durlon® 8900 can withstand the harshest conditions, up to 496°C (925°F), a pressure of 138 bar (2000 psi), and has been thoroughly tested passing the API 607, 6th Edition Fire Test with zero leakage.

“This product is extending the Durlon family of compressed rubber-fiber material’s upper temperature range beyond where traditional carbon fibre products cannot effectively reach”, says Mike Shorts, Vice President & General Manager. “This will fill the niche segment for moderately-high temperature applications in industries such as Power Generation, Petrochemical Refining, and Chemical Processing that require premium sealability and performance characteristics.”

This premium grade gasket material contains high strength fibres and graphite fillers bonded with high performance nitrile (NBR) synthetic rubber. The rubber level in the Durlon® 8900 was optimized to obtain a flexible sheet with good cutting properties without compromising physical properties in extreme heat and harsh conditions.

“We have received many requests for this type of product to be developed based on the performance customers have experienced using the Durlon brand. By bringing this new product to market, we are fulfilling these requests while enhancing our global competitiveness.”

Durlon® 8900 will be globally available March 2016 with common thicknesses in stock. To learn more about Durlon Sealing Solutions or Triangle Fluid Controls, contact Mike Shorts at 1.613.968.1100, email [email protected], or visit www.trianglefluid.com.

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Durlon 8900, high temperature compressed sheet material

 

About Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd.
Triangle Fluid Controls is a market-driven and technology-based company serving customers throughout the world with innovative fluid sealing products and services. Durlon® sealing products provide reliability, cost savings and process safety improvements in a wide range of demanding applications. Triangle Fluid serves a wide range of end-user customers whose success depends on the reliable performance of their equipment and piping systems.

 

MEDIA RELEASE: Graphite-Filled Sheet Withstands Higher Temperature and Pressure
 

 



Slumping Oil Market Doesn’t Deter Canadian Industrial Sealing Solutions Manufacturer

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Canadian industrial gasket manufacturer readies for immediate expansion to enhance global services.

Belleville, Ontario Canada – January 25, 2016

Triangle Fluid Controls building

Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd., Canada’s leading manufacturer of industrial PTFE and semi-metallic gasketing products announced it would be expanding manufacturing operations at their global headquarters. The company, which provides industrial sealing solutions under its Durlon® brand name to all major industries, has awarded the design-build contract to Belleville-based Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd.

“We are proud to be expanding again after our original new-build in 2012”, says Vice President & General Manager, Mike Shorts. “We have realized completion of an eight year research and development project which allows us to better compete on a global scale, on price and quality, and expand our existing presence in Asia and other major international markets. Additional manufacturing and testing equipment, along with new factory space to house them, is immediately necessary to allow us to serve our client base more effectively while providing them with an improved ROI. This project will also add new permanent employment positions within the company.”

Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. has been producing premium grade industrial gaskets and providing complete sealing solutions to its global customer base since inception in 2007. The company worked with Bel-Con Design-Builders in 2012 on a new construction project of their 21,000 square foot global headquarters in Belleville, Ontario. Significant domestic and global growth forced Triangle Fluid to move from their original 9,000 square foot facility to their new building and the same growth has forced another 60% footprint expansion.

Tom Gunsinger, Partner with Bel-Con Design-Builders had this to say, “We are delighted with our relationship with Triangle Fluid Controls and look forward to helping them achieve their global growth targets. We appreciate their confidence in our capabilities and in the building construction brands we represent. This project will be coordinated with several local contractors which is great for our community.”

To learn more about Durlon® Sealing Solutions or Triangle Fluid Controls, contact Mike Shorts at 1.613.968.1100 or email, [email protected], or visit the website at www.TriangleFluid.com.

 

About Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd.
Triangle Fluid Controls is a market-driven and technology-based company serving customers throughout the world with innovative fluid sealing products and services. Durlon® sealing products provide reliability, cost savings and process safety improvements in a wide range of demanding applications. Triangle Fluid serves a wide range of end-user customers whose success depends on the reliable performance of their equipment and piping systems.