Synthetic Packing Developed By Garlock —Literature Available

Garlock has developed a synthetic fiber for the manufacture of general service packings, according to an announcement by E.S. Kuhnen, vice president and general manager, Compression Packing Division, Garlock Inc. A synthetic organic polymer, the new fiber will provide a pure, non- asbestos alternative for manufacturers and processors weighing the desirability of asbestos-free materials.

Trademarked "Synthepak", the new fiber, when converted to yarn, can be woven and braided similar to asbestos. Initial test results show its performance characteristics to be equal to or better than asbestos packings in a wide range of industrial environments. The new synthetic fiber is said to withstand a broader pH range, retain lubricants better, and improve overall resistance to common solvents.

Synthepak f i b e r doesn't swell, and exhibits less sensitivity to adjustment. It contains no asbestos, therefore poses no health hazards.

The packings are recommended as direct replacements for asbestos low- to high-pressure applications for most rotary, reciprocating, and helical motion, and for many standard valve applications where asbestos packings are used. Temperature ranges to 350 F (177°C).

For further information and free literature, write to E.S. Kuhnen, Dept. MR, Garlock Inc., Mechanical Packing Division, 1666 Division Street, Palmyra, N.Y.


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