Leak-free start up, every time
Plant Operability and Reliability has evolved and currently sets goals of 100% leak free operation. Strict low emission compliance is in the immediate future if not already present. As a potential source for leaks and emissions, bolted joints are a target area for improvement. Improved gasket technology and correct installation of gaskets are a cost effective way to produce immediate leak-free results.
Bolted flange joint leaks often cause problems, especially when the material or media contained escapes around the gasket and the flange face. All gaskets come with their own advantages and disadvantages, you must evaluate which gasket(s) best suits the application based on flange type and condition, temperature, pressure, chemical, criticality of service, desired service life, etc.
If you are unsure of the correct gasket to use contact the Flexitallic Applications Team for more information on + (0)1274 851273.
Joint integrity and Gasket Installation training is also critical to the safe and efficient operation of a process plant. Ensuring maintenance teams are following best practice will improve efficiency of maintenance activities, ensure leak-free start ups are the norm by getting things right first time, and improve safety through better awareness and knowing how to handle bolted joints correctly.
THE SOLUTION: GASKET INSTALLATION/JOINT INTEGRITY TRAINING
- Training - The Academy of Joint Integrity provides a range of accredited courses for anyone working with bolted joints to ensure best practices are followed with measurable benefit such as leak-free start ups.