Monday 2nd November 2015

Flange Gasket Divisional Meeting

The Flange gasket division met over two days at the W.L. Gore and Associates offices in Putzbrunn, Germany on the 28th/29th September. Stephan Piringer from Klinger chaired the general Flange Gasket meeting and the new Technical Director, Derek Davidson and the Standardisation Task Force Chairman, Rainer Zeuss were also present along with other member companies as well as Frank Herket from Amtec. The following day Rainer chaired the Standardisation Task Force meeting, which focuses on indepth technical issues only.

Most of the discussion over the two days centered around the Friction Factor project. The vote to take the Friction Factor project to the next stage was circulated to all FGD members came back positive with the vast majority of members voting. The meeting defined the phases, timetable and samples which are going to be required. The four companies that have now kindly agreed to supply the samples are Frenzilit (Fibre), SGL (graphite), W.L. Gore (ePTFE) and Eriks (Kammprofiles). Amtec will start Phase 1 shortly, the first results for each material being made early next year.

Other points of interest are that the Valve World articles database is now healthy and we have some good reserves. The Gasket Handbook has reached a stage nearer completion and we are awaiting the last few chapters from the FSA in order to complete the project. The future projects list was discussed but until the Friction Factor project is rolling it was felt that taking on too much would be counterproductive. There was general agreement that through the Standards and Legislation Director we should look to raise the profile of the EN1591-1 standard.

The date and venue of the next meeting will be the 10th March 2016 at W.L. Gore & Associates.

Thank you to W.L. Gore, the companies providing the samples and Amtec for their continued support and help.

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