The Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter, in collaboration with the Fluid Sealing Association, have announced the first Introduction to Mechanical Seals webinar series of 2014.  The series will begin on Thursday, March 27 and will continue April 1, April 3 and April 8.

Participants will be led by and have access to industry-leading experts in a non-commercial educational forum. Webinar participants also receive four professional development hour (PDH) credits upon completion of the series.


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


Session 1: Types & Operating Principles

March 27, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm EDT
Presenter:Frank Huntington, John Crane, Inc.

The opening session will cover 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: Construction and Design

April 1, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm EDT 
Presenter:Mike Huebner, Flowserve Corp.

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.  Mike will discuss seal faces, springs, seal glands, and more.


Session 3: Installation, Connections, & Commissioning

April 3, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm EDT
Presenter:Kevin McArthur, A.W. Chesterton Co.

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: Seal Environment and Failure Analysis

April 8, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm EDT
Presenter:Kevin McArthur, A.W. Chesterton Co.

The final session will cover how to improve material selection, environmental controls, and installation and operating procedures.


Register here for the series or for individual sessions. The series feeis $299. Individual sessions are $100.00 each. As always, HI members receive 25% off the regular registration fee.

For more information about the webinar series or to register contact Mark Sullivan, director, education & marketing, Hydraulic Institute, at or Lori Siegfried, marketing & events coordinator, Hydraulic Institute, at