Custom Expansion Joints – Rubber

A flexible choice can adapt to permanent misalignment, preventing future damage. Keeping aging facilities and equipment maintained is an ever-changing task that can jeopardize the goal of maximizing uptime. Years of thermal cycling, vibration or foundation settling can disorient piping or pumps. Piping engineers will use rubber expansion joints to account for these types of … Continue reading Custom Expansion Joints – Rubber

Rubber vs. Metal Expansion Joints

An expansion joint can relieve stress in piping systems and prevent flange gaskets from being crushed.  But which expansion joint is best for your specific application?  Let us first describe the two types of expansion joints: Rubber — a flexible connector fabricated of natural and/or synthetic elastomers and fabric and, if necessary, internal metallic reinforcements … Continue reading Rubber vs. Metal Expansion Joints

Case Study: Style 204 Expansion Joint w/ GUARDIAN® FEP Liner – Paper Mill

Garlock Style 204 Rubber Expansion Joint The Style 204 family of spool-type expansion joints are manufactured with the industry standard narrow arch design. This style is intended to be used in dynamic conditions where both pressure and vacuum concerns are present. Features and Benefits Fully laboratory and field tested for long life and exceptional reliability … Continue reading Case Study: Style 204 Expansion Joint w/ GUARDIAN® FEP Liner – Paper Mill

Incorrect Uses for a Rubber Expansion Joint

Pay careful attention to these possible rubber expansion joint issues A rubber expansion joint is likely the least understood and most abused component in a piping system. They are flexible, stretchy, and easily forced into lots of places despite what the installation instructions say. Most of the time, rubber expansion joints are merely an afterthought … Continue reading Incorrect Uses for a Rubber Expansion Joint

A User’s Guide to Expansion Joint Control Units

Expansion Joint Control Units Elongation settings are a vital factor to assembly effectiveness. It is no secret that one of the greatest demands for an expansion joint is the expectation to serve a long, leak-free life with little-to-no maintenance. Once installed, these flexible rubber connectors should require little attention. The preservation of this investment (and one’s … Continue reading A User’s Guide to Expansion Joint Control Units

Expansion Joint Failure Analysis

Gallagher Fluid Seals recently added the Rubber Expansion Joint Surveys & Failure Analysis white paper to our Resources page. This white paper discusses the importance of inspecting your plant’s expansion joints.  Proper design and maintenance of rubber expansion joints plays a major role in the overall preservation and lifespan of a piping system. It will also discuss failure analysis … Continue reading Expansion Joint Failure Analysis

NEW Expansion Joint Material – ABRA-SHIELD™

Garlock is excited to announce the launch of ABRA-SHIELD™, a new expansion joint material designed for abrasion resistance and sustainability in demanding high temperature operating conditions. As the newest addition to Garlock’s family of abrasion resistant expansion joint materials, ABRA-SHIELD™ will join ABRA-LINE® and Natural Rubber to provide a variety of liners that cater to increased … Continue reading NEW Expansion Joint Material – ABRA-SHIELD™

How Important are Expansion Joint Surveys?

Gallagher Fluid Seals recently added the Rubber Expansion Joint Surveys & Failure Analysis white paper to our Resources page. This white paper discusses the importance of inspecting your plant’s expansion joints.  Proper design and maintenance of rubber expansion joints plays a major role in the overall preservation and lifespan of a piping system. It will also discuss failure analysis … Continue reading How Important are Expansion Joint Surveys?

NEW! Expansion Joint Surveys & Failure Analysis White Paper

Gallagher Fluid Seals recently added the Rubber Expansion Joint Surveys & Failure Analysis white paper to our Resources page. This white paper discusses the importance of inspecting your plant’s expansion joints.  Proper design and maintenance of rubber expansion joints plays a major role in the overall preservation and lifespan of a piping system. It will … Continue reading NEW! Expansion Joint Surveys & Failure Analysis White Paper

When to Use Flue Duct Expansion Joints

In July, Gallagher released its Expansion Joint Design Guide, now available for download on our site.  This design guide takes an in-depth look at elastomeric, metal, and flue duct expansion joints.  The excerpt below is a section of our Expansion Joint Design Guide focusing on types of flue duct expansion joints.  To download the entire … Continue reading When to Use Flue Duct Expansion Joints