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Garlock Sealing Technologies Wins IMPOvation Award

Wednesday, September 30, 2009  
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The readers 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.

Placing 10th 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.

IMPO's coverage 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."

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