The Flange Gasket Division of the ESA has a membership of over thirty influential organisations involved in the industrial gasket industry, including raw material suppliers, research organisations and all of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of gaskets in Europe.
This body of experts has the express aim of advancing the science of flange sealing through joint research and relevant education to assist gasket users.
The current activities of the Division are focussed on the following areas:
Influencing Standards – working with national and international standards bodies such as CEN, ASME and API to ensure standards which affect gaskets, such as EN 13555 and EN 1591 are realistic and relevant.
Gasket Database – the ESA Flange Gasket Division cooperates closely with the Department of Sealing Technologies in the Unversity of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany in creating a database of gasket parameters in accordance with EN 13555 for gaskets available in the European market.
Enhancing the status of Bolting Technicians – by promoting training, skills assessment and approval of personnel responsible for flange assembly throughout Europe and in collaboration with our sister organisation in the USA, the Fluid Sealing Association, producing supporting literature such as the pocket sized Gasket Installation Procedures guide.
Technical Articles – preparing technical articles on all aspects of gasket technology for publication in relevant industrial and scientific journals.
Sealing Technology BAT Guidance Note
Sealing technology is involved in virtually all of the sectors covered by the EU IPPC Directive. Yet, only limited information and guidance on sealing options is available in most of the BREF notes which have been published to date. For this reason, the ESA has produced a Sealing Technology BAT guidance note, with sections covering the best available techniques for sealing solutions required to meet the IPPC legislation.