What is Ideal Gasket Stress?

What is Ideal Gasket Stress?

March 26, 2020 By: Samantha Harrison, Lab Testing Technician/QA Assistant Gasket stress is a very important parameter that describes the unit load of a bolted joint surface because each type of gasket material responds differently to gasket stress. Soft and conformable gaskets may seal at low gasket stress where hard metal gasket may require much… Read More »

What is m and y gasket design constants, and how are they used?

December 3, 2019 By: Samantha Harrison, Lab Testing Technician/QA Assistant   m & y explained Gaskets are designed to maintain a static seal between two stationary, imperfect surfaces of a mechanical system and must be able to maintain that seal under different operating conditions, such as temperature and pressure. The design of bolted flanges requires… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Featured Article published in “Environmental Science & Engineering” Magazine

SELECTING PROPER GASKETS FOR WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES INVOLVES MANY CONSIDERATIONS By Chett Norton, C.E.T The importance of plant operators and operations in water treatment facilities selecting the right gaskets cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, they are often the last thing that anyone thinks about, and are in most cases considered a commodity item. However, most operators… Read More »

How to Diagnose & Seal Damaged Flange Faces

January 26, 2017 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T and Stephanie Jouppien   Figure 1: Pitted flange with steam cuts. Photo courtesy of Slade Inc. Imperfections on flange faces happen. With regular maintenance and removing old, stuck-on gasket\debris, flanges with scratches, pits, dents and dings are a common site in many a plant. With more and more… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

How Long Will A Bolted Flange Gasket Last?

December 16, 2015 By: Chett Norton, C.E.T Have you ever received the dreaded 2 a.m. call from plant staff saying that things are at a standstill – production is down? You arrive at the plant, walk through the parking lot, coffee in hand, and head to the locker room. When you come out on to… Read More »

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