Lewis-Goetz an ERIKS Company Blog

Selecting the Right Lubricant Product to Insure Proper Gasket Seating Stress

Posted by Katie Oswald on Mar 17, 2016 5:12:31 PM

Spring turnaround season is right around the corner and to prepare you will need plenty of lubricants and to know the benefits of selecting the optimal product. Your gasket supplier should be able to help you select the right one.

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Lewis-Goetz (Industrial Company) Turns 80

Posted by Katie Oswald on Dec 11, 2015 1:30:00 PM

The year was 1935. The world was recovering from the Great Depression. World War II was just beyond the horizon. That May, Babe Ruth collected the final three home runs of his career at Forbes Field in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.

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How Gasket Suppliers Can Help Customers Manage Parts

Posted by Dave Antoline on Nov 9, 2015 11:20:45 AM

Flange leaks due to improper installation that are based on product selection and/or fastening techniques can be expensive and unsafe. 75% of gasket failures are due to improper installation. With thousands of standard flanges in your plant, any time reduced to bolt up a flange is an efficiency gain back to you, which means a costs savings to your bottom line.

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Refining Hazards Your Gasket Supplier Should Make You Aware Of

Posted by David Clover on Oct 30, 2015 11:53:33 AM

Hazardous Nature of Hydrogen Fluoride       

Anhydrous Hydrogen Fluoride (AHF) is used as a catalyst in the reaction that combines C3 and C4 olefins and isobutane to produce alkylates, an important component of gasoline. AHF readily reacts with any available moisture to create the corrosive and toxic Hydrofluoric Acid.
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Selecting the Right Conveyor Belt Supplier Checklist

Posted by Katie Oswald on Oct 21, 2015 7:38:48 PM

Your conveyor system is one of the most important elements of your operation so it’s critical that you work with a partner that understands just that. The simple truth is that you need a supplier that understands your operation, needs and knows conveyor systems like the back of their hand so that you don’t have to.

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Does Your Industrial Hose Supplier Know the Hazards of Steam Hose?

Posted by Laura Bishop on Oct 14, 2015 4:07:05 PM

As steam hose season approaches and you inspect or replace the products that you have in place, your industrial hose supplier should be aware that tube erosion (typically called the popcorning) in steam hose is most pronounced in hoses on the market which have an inner liner of EPDM rubber. Tube erosion will destroy a steam hose and can damage the steam network. It’s also what injures dozens of workers each year when a hose product fails.

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Does Your Gasket Supplier Know the Importance of Gasket Stress?

Posted by David Clover on Oct 9, 2015 2:33:40 PM

For a great marksman, hitting the center of a target is not a problem. You set up a target, and he can hit it. In fact, he can hit it all day long; because this is what he does. However, all his skill and confidence won’t help him a bit if he’s presented with two targets and not told which one he is to hit. Which one should he focus on and which one should he ignore?

Such is the problem with many flange torqueing standards, especially in regard to heat exchangers. In the majority of cases, existing assembly procedures for heat exchangers call out a specific stud stress that should be targeted. That stress level may be 40%, 50%, or 60% of yield, and that same value is applied – almost without exception – to all heat exchangers in the plant, regardless of pressure ratings, the number and size of the studs, the gasket size, or a host of other factors. Success – in so far as tightening the exchanger is concerned – is defined by how much a stud is stretched. It’s an easy target to hit. But is it the right target?

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