1. High Temp Application? These Gaskets Could be Right for You

    High temperature gasketing excels in the harshest conditions—intense heat and high pressure. These high performance gasket materials have been laboratory tested for fire safety. They maintain an effective seal during pressure and temperature fluctuations, and their excellent torque retention lowers leakage rates and reduces maintenance time. 

    This blog post will examine the five types of high temp gasket material that GFS carries from Garlock and Thermoseal Klinger.

    • Garlock Style 9800
    • Garlock Style 9850
    • Garlock Style 9900
    • Garlock Therma-Pur 4122-FC Ring Gasket
    • Klinger PSS High Temp
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  2. ASME vs AWWA Flanges and Gaskets

    This blog will discuss the differences between ASME flanges and AWWA flanges and the gaskets associated with each.

    ASME flanges are the most widely used and specified flanges throughout industry in North America. Flange sizes ½” through 24” fall under ASME B16.5 and flange sizes 26” through 60” fall under ASME B16.47. Within ASME B16.47 there are series A and series B flanges, with the noticeable differences in most cases being the bolt size and/or bolt quantity.

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  3. Helping to Reduce Costs Through Gasket Standardization

    It's a known fact that many facilities' sealing costs are higher than they need to be due to the plethora of materials and products used. One way to reduce costs is through standardizing the gasket material used in a facility. By simplifying the processes related to the procurement, maintenance, and inventorying of gaskets and seals, this can aid in the reduction of overall cost.

    Saving the Sealing Spend

    Mechanical seals, gaskets, O-rings, and packing can constitute a significant portion of a facility’s spend on sealing products. With respect to gaskets, the proliferation of different materials, different suppliers, and the applications they serve has led to complexity in the gasket selection and procurement process. So what do these costs involve? Gasket testing, evaluation and selection, procurement, inventory carrying and management, and installation are part of the overhead.

    This blog post will discuss ways to consolidate and save through standardization.

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  4. KLINGER®'s Graphite Laminate PSM Gasket

    KLINGER® Graphite Laminate PSM

    The pure graphite gasket material with a stainless steel tang insert

    KLINGER® Graphite Laminate PSM has a 0.1 mm thick perforated stainless steel insert. The insert aids material handling properties and also increases the blow-out resistance. The insert is mechanically bonded to pure exfoliated graphite and therefore does not rely on adhesive.

    Stable physical properties over the whole temperature range. KLINGER® Graphite Laminates PSM is suitable for hot water and steam at high temperatures up to 842°F (450°C).

    In order to prevent the gasket material from sticking to the flange surface (even at high temperatures), the graphite surface can be given a non-stick coating at the customer's request. With this process, the gasket material's surface is coated and not impregnated.

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  5. Gasket Types and Their Applications

    Understanding the Difference Between Gasket Types

    As our friends at Dichtomatik like to say, "where there are pumps and valves, there are also gaskets."  Gaskets are critical components in fluid conveyance systems. There is a wide variety of types and materials that they can be made from.  Many of the most commonly-asked questions revolve around which gaskets are right for which situations for a variety of industries including but not exclusive to: food & beverage, oil & gas, construction, agriculture, energy & power generation, and chemical processing.

    While far from an inclusive list, GFS wanted to quickly touch on some of the most common gasket types and materials often asked about.

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  6. GORE Universal Pipe Gaskets Have Great Success in Aggressive Media Applications

    Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) pipes and flanges are increasingly used in the oil and gas industry where metal is simply too heavy and expensive. In addition to cost pressure, the need for lightweight chemically resistant materials are also driving the use of fiberglass pipes  and flanges. Innovations in FRP flange design coupled with improvements in manufacturing technology have allowed FRP piping to be used in even more demanding applications. However, these demanding applications have added challenges for sealing the bolted flange connections.

    More aggressive media and higher internal pressures have pushed the limits of the commonly used rubber gasketing materials, such as Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR), Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM), or neoprene. Obtaining a reliable seal in FRP flanges using conventional gasketing materials has become more difficult.

    Fiberglass pipes are generally known to have strength limits and a lower pressure resistance, making sealing fiberglass flanges difficult. Gore solved this problem with its patented expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) gasket, specifically designed to seal flanges at low stresses. This solution was successfully demonstrated in a multistage testing procedure conducted in cooperation with a globally leading manufacturer of anti-corrosive fiberglass pipe systems.

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  7. Tips for Gasket Storage and Maximizing Life

    So you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year on sealing solutions, like gaskets. But did you know that the way you store your gaskets could affect the effectiveness or life span of your gaskets? In this blog, we offer some tips for gasket storage and shelf life which, if followed, can help ensure that your gaskets are always ready for service.

    Gasket Storage and Shelf Life: General Storage Principles

    Rubber gaskets should always be stored in a cool location which is free from excessive humidity, direct sunlight, and the presence of chemical vapours or fumes. The storage location should ideally be indoors and free from exposure to the elements or inclement weather. If the storage guidelines given below are followed, rubber gaskets or gasketed components have the following expected shelf life:

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    Tips for Gasket Storage and Shelf Life

    Tip #1: Limit exposure to light

    Sunlight and strong artificial light can degrade some gasket materials. For this reason, rubber gaskets should be stored in cartons or opaque bags which prevent direct exposure to light.

    Tip #2: Maintain relative humidity levels

    Very moist or excessively dry conditions in a storage location should be avoided. Relative humidity levels below 75% are recommended for most rubber gaskets. Similarly, very low humidity levels which can cause some materials to dry out and become brittle should also be avoided.

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  8. Gaskets Designed to Take the Heat

    Under pressure? Absolutely. The increasingly high temperatures and harsh conditions to which gaskets are exposed makes selecting the right gasket all the more important.

    In industries such as chemical processing, hydrocarbon refining, and power generation, leakage from extreme temperature process  streams can result in loss of efficiency and production as well as adverse environmental impacts and compromised employee safety. One of the most commonly used sealing products in systems subject to high pressures and temperatures is a spiral-wound gasket. These gaskets typically consist of filler and winding materials selected on the basis of application requirements and end-user preference. Proper selection of these materials is critical to achieving the desired performance in all applications.

    Material Selection

    Sealing at temperatures above 850 ºF (454 ºC) is particularly challenging because of the limited number of filler materials that can resist thermal degradation at extreme temperatures – these temperatures affect both the sealing material and metal components. For instance, the yield strength of fasteners decreases as the temperature is increased. In addition certain chemicals can become more volatile and aggressive in high-temperature reaction processes.

    The two most common filler materials in spiral-wound gaskets are graphite (can withstand temperatures up to 850 ºF) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE; tolerance up to 500 ºF). Other filler materials are used mainly for their thermal insulating properties, not for sealability; these include mica, exfoliated mica, and ceramics. While graphite and PTFE perform satisfactorily in terms of temperature and chemical resistance, they have limitations. Graphite is not compatible with heavily oxidizing media at any temperature, nor can it withstand continuous operating temperatures above 850 ºF. Beyond 850 ºF, volume loss through oxidation becomes excessive and sealing effectiveness is compromised.

    Many high-temperature systems, such as exhaust manifolds and flanged piping connections in exhaust systems, are oxidizing. Other services are oxidizing because of the operating temperature and media involved.

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  9. Garlock's New Isolation Gasket: The Future of Flange Isolation

    The Garlock Family of Companies has launched a new fully-coated isolation gasket known as EVOLUTION.

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    EVOLUTION® Isolation Gaskets

    The next generation of isolation gaskets, EVOLUTION®, features easier installation, tight sealing, high-temperature operation, no permeation, hydrotesting isolation, fire-safety and chemical-resistance.

    Featuring a thinner, 1/8-inch design, EVOLUTION minimizes the difficulties encountered when attempting to install thicker isolating gaskets. The full-coating encapsulation allows the gasket to be hydrotested and left in the pipeline with the same isolation properties as before it was tested.

    EVOLUTION's coating is highly resistant to abrasion and impact while providing chemical resistance to hydrogen sulphide (H2S), steam, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and other chemicals often found in oil and gas pipelines. This fully encapsulated coating also prevents the need for expensive exotic cores, as it eliminates contact to exposed metal.

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  10. THE KLINGER-SAVER - Eliminating Hand Injuries During Installation

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    In addition to KLINGER's complete Sheet Gasketing Product Line which now includes the new major change in construction of their PTFE Products TC 1003, TC 1005, and TC1006, they have added a great new product to cover additional applications during day-to-day operation.


    A new product we are featuring on our blog is THE KLINGER-SAVER - a tool to eliminate hand injuries.

    Bolt tightening or loosening activities, or using slug wrenches and hammers can often the cause of serious finger or hand injuries.

     The KLINGER-SAVER is a safety device that allows an assembly technician to remove his hand from the potential danger of being struck by the hammer.

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