Buffer & Barrier Fluids
What are the differences between using water or oil as a buffer or barrier fluid?
Extend Braided Pump Packing Life
How do I get maximum performance from my packing?
Editor's Note: The editors of Pumps & Systems were happy to spend some time with new FSA President Ed Marchese and FSA Technical Director Pete Petrunich to discuss FSA's role in standards...
WAYNE, Pa. (Oct. 21, 2014) – The Fluid Sealing Association has appointed Michael Shorts as president, Phil Mahoney as vice president and Robert S. Coffee as member of its board of directors. Shorts...
WAYNE, PA., (July 7, 2014) – The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has announced the appointment of Phil Mahoney and Robert Rutherford to its board of directors. Mahoney is currently the design...
WAYNE, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2015) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced draft rules to reduce methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas industry. As a leading trade association...
How do you determine the primary cause(s) of mechanical seal failure?
FSA Sealing Sense June 2012
Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing feature series. For more "Sealing Sense" articles, click here.How do variable speed drives impact mechanical seals? This month’s “Sealing...
FSA Sealing Sense- April 2012
Why are mechanical seals still the preferred choice in the process industries?This month’s “Sealing Sense” was prepared by FSA members Phil Peck & Andy Martin.The challenges facing process...
FSA Sealing Sense- May 2012
 Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing feature series. For more "Sealing Sense" articles, click here.What are the current emission standards for valve packing? This month's...
 Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing feature series. For more "Sealing Sense" articles, click here.What are the current industry best practices for the assembly of bolted flange...
Pumps & Systems, April 2013Editor’s note: The editors of Pumps & Systems were happy to receive insight from the Fluid Sealing Association’s (FSA) President Greg Raty, Vice President Henri...
In 1933, 36 American and Canadian companies attended the inaugural meeting of the Mechanical Packing Association in New York. After changing its name to the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) in 1970,...
What are pressure seals, and how do they work?
How Do I Prevent Gasket Blow Out?
The term blow out refers to the catastrophic failure of a gasketed joint. It occurs when load has been reduced to where the hydrostatic end force approaches that of the bolt load. At that point gasket...
Waiting to replace packing in centrifugal pump service can lead to downtime and safety issues.
Improved Torque Tension
How does lubrication affect fastener torque and resultant tension?
Injectable Sealants
How can injectable sealants solve my sealing problems?
Manage & Understand Flange Face Damage
What should I do about flange face damage: accept, repair or replace?
One of the oldest sealing devices, compression packing is still very common in modern industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical, agriculture, pulp and paper, power generation, and mining....
Pressurized Seal System
What are the best practices for ensuring the reliability of API Piping Plan 53B?
Do I really need to use a torque wrench?
Boiler and Pressure Vessel code contains rules for the design and construction of unfired pressure vessels. The design of bolted flanges requires that gasket constants referred to as m and y be used...
What are the challenges with sealing water applications?
 Water is the most abundant liquid on the Earth's surface and is vital to many aspects of our daily lives. For these reasons, a wide variety of fluid handling applications involve transporting...
What Are the Most Energy Efficient Pump Packing Environmental Control Systems?
Compression packing has continuously been used to seal pump shafts in many applications. For most applications, the packing relies on the product itself for lubrication and cooling. In some...
What Fasteners Should I Use for My Bolted Flange Connection?
The purpose of this article is to show the importance in selecting the appropriate fastener standard and specification.The bolted flange joint assembly is a complex mechanical device that...
What should be considered for the selection of expansion joints for pumps?
What should be considered for the selection of expansion joints for pumps? This month’s “Sealing Sense” was prepared by FSA member Bud Baltzer. Some past “Sealing Sense” articles...
The addition of five new styles of rubber expansion joints (REJs) within the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) technical handbook has increased the opportunities for the selection and application of...