Thursday 13th April 2017

Message from FSA

It’s spring time and that means a time of renewal. Over the past few months, the FSA has been reviewing their Strategic Plan and making an action plan. The Association is focused on educating the industry on sealing device technology and its ability to cost effectively minimize leakage, increase service life, and reducing product lost which ultimately saves companies time and money.

As Phil mentioned in his last post, the FSA will be conducting 2 on-site training sessions at Valve World Americas. One will be given by the Compression Packing division on Proper Valve Packing Installation and the other one by the Gaskets Divisions on Flange Sealing Installations. Please share this valuable course with your network.

Additionally, to the #VWAM2017 course the FSA has several courses on-demand. The most recent are: Energy Efficiency of Compression Packing in Pump Applications and The Fundamentals of Bolting for Gasketed Joints.

The FSA’s fall meeting will be co-located with the Hydraulic Institute’s October meeting. Registration will be opening soon. We have been invited to join the Hydraulic Institute’s EMSC (Education Marketing Steering Committee) and work on developing additional training materials for the industry. Please let me know if you have any topics you would like to see on the agenda!

As part of the focus on being a resource for the industry, we are in the process of updating our handbooks across all divisions.  To start, FSA just released a complete update of their Expansion Joints – Piping Technical Handbook. Edition 8.0 is based on the latest experience in research, design, and application of piping expansion joints by engineers associated with the Expansion Joint - Piping Division. This publication is available for free download.

In our next update, look for more information on Gasket Division’s handbook, Courses at the TPS, and the FSA Knowledge Base. Until then, please follow the #FluidSealing industry on Twitter via @fluidsealing #FSAinAction.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

For FSA, Charli K Matthews,
Founder & President Empowering Pumps, LLC

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