Monday 20th April 2015

Mechanical Seals Division news

During the recent months one of the most interesting topics in the mechanical seal industry was surely the introduction of API 682 4th Edition and the decision of API to stop the co-branding with ISO. In May 2015 API 682 4th Edition will have its first anniversary, while the content of the formerly co-branded ISO 21049 standard is still based on the content of API 682 3rd edition. The seal industry and its customers have to discuss and decide if this is an acceptable situation or - if not - how it can be resolved.

The same is true for the interpretation and application of the Framework Regulation EC 1935/2004 regarding the requirements of materials in contact with food. There is still much discussion about the testing and approval requirements of materials, for which specific measures haven’t been defined so far. This especially refers to elastomer, resin and ceramic materials, which are used in mechanical seals.

The ESA Mechanical Seal Division will therefore of course also address and discuss these topics at their next meeting in Mira.

Thomas Boehm
Chairman of the Mechanical Seals Division

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