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Article: How to Avoid Compression Packing Failure?

Packing for Industrial Applications

Compression packing has been around since the beginning of the industrial revolution and is still used extensively in types of equipment in which a stuffing box seal is required to prevent loss of process fluids to the environment. While advanced sealing solutions for rotary applications, such as mechanical seals, emerged over time, compression remains an important industrial tool. 

Technical article published in CPF June-July 2016

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Sealants overview brochure

Gaskets for Industrial Applications

For more than 40 years, the Sealant Technologies Group of W. L. Gore & Associates has fostered a solid knowledge of factors that influence the sealing of piping systems, vessels, pumps and valves. Our singular focus has resulted in the development of innovative and top-performing gaskets and packings. We’ve also established a comprehensive technical services program, specially designed to help customers determine the best solutions for their toughest sealing applications.

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GFO Fiber

Packing for Industrial Applications

Datasheet: GORE® GFO® Fiber

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Proven High Performance: Packings containing 100% GORE® GFO® fiber give maintenance engineers consistently high-performing general service packing for wide application and use. Unlike other PTFE/graphite packings, only those made with GFO® fiber, with its 30-year history of trouble-free performance, deliver unmatched level of assurance and confidence.

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How To Avoid Compression Packing Failure

Packing for Industrial Applications

Development of a straightforward test procedure for compression packings used in rotary applications.

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Where to Buy GORE GFO Fiber

Packing for Industrial Applications

The following table lists the approved Seal of Assurance braiders and their respective GFO styles. Click on the company name to obtain contact information.

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GORE GFO Fiber Overview

Packing for Industrial Applications

GORE® GFO® Fiber Overview

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Compression packing has been around since the beginning of the industrial revolution. It is still used extensively today in equipment where plant operators understand the advantages of managing the warning signs of a degrading pump packing versus sudden failure mode of mechanical seals. Experienced operators know to watch out for tell-tale signs of packing degradation, such as an increase in flush water use, the need for gland follower adjustments, a hot running or even a smoking pump.

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Safety Information for GORE GFO Fiber

Packing for Industrial Applications

GORE® GFO® Fiber Safety Information

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GORE® GFO® Fiber products meet the definition of an article; therefore, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is not required. However, for your convenience, a Product Safety Sheet, which details the intended use and proper handling of our articles, is provided.

 

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GORE GFO Packing Video

Packing for Industrial Applications

GORE GFO Packing – Pack and Forget It!

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How To Avoid Compression Packing Failure

Packing for Industrial Applications

Waiting to replace packing in centrifugal pump service can lead to downtime and safety issues.

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Packing for Industrial Applications

We're a creative technology company employing more than 10,000 associates, in more than 30 countries around the world. Working in a distinctive company culture that encourages innovation, commitment and communication, Gore engineers have created thousands of patented and proprietary inventions. Each product is designed to be the best-performing, highest-quality product solution in its class.

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