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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hydraulic Institute, Pump Systems Matter Finalize Mechanical Seals Webinar Series

The Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter, in collaboration with the Fluid Sealing Association, have announced a second Mechanical Seals webinar series. The series will begin on Thursday, Sept. 5. A complimentary webinar entitled Sealing Systems Energy Efficiency will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Hydraulic Institute logoThe webinars will be led by industry-leading experts in a non-commercial training forum. Participants also receive 4 professional development hour (PDH) credits upon completion of the series.

The following is a schedule for the upcoming Mechanical Seals Webinar Series:

Session 1: Sept. 5, 1 – 2 pm EDT - Types & Operating Principles
Michael Huebner, Flowserve

Credit: Flowserve

Credit: Flowserve

Session 1 covers how mechanical seals work and gives an overview of the most common seal types. The objectives are to give participants a good understanding of how leakage, friction, and wear of the materials interact and why many different seal types are used in pumps, agitators, and compressors.

Session 2: Sept. 12, 1 – 2 pm EDT - Construction and Design
Presenter: Michael Huebner, Flowserve

Different design features used in common seals are discussed in session 2. This session will explain the strengths and weaknesses of various design options and the impact of design features on seal performance. Scheduled for discussion will be seal faces, springs, seal glands, and more.

Session 3: Sept. 19, 1 – 2 pm EDT - Installation, Connections, & Commissioning
Presenter: Eric Vanhie, EagleBurgmann Mechanical Seals

Session 3 covers mechanical seals used in rotary equipment, basic preparation and standards, as well as support system piping plans that result in longer seal life.

Session 4: Sept. 26, 1 – 2 pm EDT - Seal Environment and Failure Analysis
Presenter: Henri Azibert, A.W. Chesterton Company

This session covers how to improve material selection, environmental controls, and installation and operating procedures.

To register for the series, visit the mechanical seals webinar section at the HI eStore. Registration is available for the series or for individual sessions. The series fee is $295. Individual sessions are $100 each. HI members receive a 25 percent discount on the regular registration fee.

Registration for the complimentary Aug. 15 webinar on sealing systems energy efficiency is also available.

For more information about the webinar series or to register, contact Kathy Doran at or Lori Siegfried at

The Hydraulic Institute, at, aims to be a value-adding resource to member companies, engineering consulting firms, and pump users worldwide by developing and delivering comprehensive industry standards, expanding knowledge by providing education and tools for the effective application, testing, installation, operation, maintenance, and performance optimization of pumps and pumping systems, and by serving as a forum for the exchange of industry information.

Pump Systems Matter is a nonprofit educational organization established by the Hydraulic Institute, and leading utilities and energy efficiency organizations, to educate the industry on the benefits to pump systems optimization and energy efficiency to improve bottom-line savings of end-user companies. For information and registration details on upcoming educational offerings, visit

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