Garlock Sealing Technologies Wins IMPOvation Award
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
of Industrial Maintenance & Plant
Operation (IMPO) magazine have selected Garlock Sealing Technologies' Flange
FreeTM anti-stick gasket coating for the publication's first annual "Top15
IMPOvation" product technology award. Featured in the September issue,
winners of the award were chosen from a field of 100 nominees.
in the voting, Flange Free dramatically reduces the time and effort required to
remove treated gaskets. Unlike most anti-stick agents, it is fused to the
surface of the gaskets, and does not contain chemicals that can cause them to
crack or otherwise degrade. In addition, gaskets treated with Flange Free
reduce the potential for residual particles to adversely affect the performance
of replacement gaskets or to break loose, contaminate piping systems and impair
the operation of downstream equipment such as pumps and valves.
of the awards cited a maintenance engineer with a major chemical processor who
said of Flange Free, "My guys hate scraping gaskets. A little piece of
something always gets stuck on the surface under the new gasket. This new
technology allows us to save manpower and create a stronger seal."