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NSF-Certified Gaskets for Potable Water Projects

Posted by Jim Lingenfelder on April 3, 2017

The majority of governmental agencies regulating drinking water supplies require that any product made or used in North America for the manufacture, distribution, or treatment of drinking water or drinking-water-related products must comply with the standards set forth in NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects. These regulations apply to every component at every stage of the production process, from cement and paint to meters, valves, and gaskets.

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Topics: Durlon® Gaskets, Chemical Compatibility

Spiral Wound Gaskets in the Power Generation Industry

Posted by Jim Lingenfelder on March 8, 2017

In today’s changing landscape, there are more options than ever in the power generation industry; from natural gas, fossil fuels, coal, and nuclear to renewable methods such as hydroelectric, wind, solar, and biomass, energy can be produced in a variety of ways.

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Topics: Spiral Wound Gaskets, Power Generation

Carbon-Filled PTFE & Teflon Gaskets

Posted by Jim Lingenfelder on February 6, 2017

Hydrogen fluoride is a dangerous but critical component for various applications in the chemical processing industry, including gasoline production, specialty metal manufacturing, glass etching and polishing, stainless steel pickling, and semiconductor preparation. When mixed with water, hydrogen fluoride forms hydrofluoric acid, a corrosive fluid capable of causing severe burns and irritation if processes are not properly managed.

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Topics: Chemical Compatibility, Chemical Processing

Avoiding Leaks in Multiple Effect Evaporators and Steam Systems

Posted by Jim Lingenfelder on January 26, 2017

The Problem: Sealing Evaporator Dome Lids

Frequently used in the pulp and paper industry, multiple effect evaporators boil water through a sequence of vessels held at increasingly lower pressures. Because a reduction in pressure lowers the boiling temperature of water, only the first vessel in the series requires a heating source.

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Topics: Pulp & Paper, Steam Gaskets

Elastomeric vs. Hard Gaskets on Hinged & Bolted Manways

Posted by Jim Lingenfelder on February 1, 2016

We are often asked about the differences between elastomeric (or soft) and hard gaskets, and which style is better suited on hinged and bolted manways. 

From a technical standpoint GRI feels the “hard” style gaskets are better suited for several reasons.  This is important because hinged and bolt manways are the number one cause of non-accident releases (NARs) in the industry.

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Topics: NARs, SecureTrack

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