Garlock Flange Free Gasket Coating Wins IMPOvation Award

Palmyra, N.Y., September 30, 2009 - The readers of Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) magazine have selected Garlock Sealing Technologies' Flange Free(TM) anti-stick gasket coating for the publication's first annual "Top 15 IMPOvation" product technology award. Featured in the September issue, winners of the award were chosen from a field of 100 nominees.

Placing 10th in the voting, Flange Free dramatically reduces the time and effort required to remove treated gaskets. Unlike most anti-stick agents, it is fused to the surface of the gaskets, and does not contain chemicals that can cause them to crack or otherwise degrade. In addition, gaskets treated with Flange Free reduce the potential for residual particles to adversely affect the performance of replacement gaskets or to break loose, contaminate piping systems and impair the operation of downstream equipment such as pumps and valves.

IMPO's coverage of the awards cited a maintenance engineer with a major chemical processor who said of Flange Free, "My guys hate scraping gaskets. A little piece of something always gets stuck on the surface under the new gasket. This new technology allows us to save manpower and create a stronger seal."

Based in Madison, Wisc., and with a circulation of more than 75,000, IMPO serves personnel responsible for plant maintenance, repair and operation
(MRO) in the manufacturing process and service industries. Regular features include news products and other technology breakthroughs, industry news, literature and in-plant advancements.

About Garlock Sealing Technologies

Garlock Sealing Technologies, an EnPro Industries company, is the acknowledged global leader in high-performance fluid sealing products. These include compression packing, gasketing, hydraulic components, dynamic seals, metal gaskets, high-performance metal seals and critical-service flange gaskets, as well as expansion joints. The company has 15 global operations employing more than 1,800 people and a distributor network that covers 75 countries. Its 12 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America collectively produce the broadest range of fluid sealing products designed specifically for industrial applications. In addition, it operates the most extensive testing facilities in the industry. For more information about the company and its products, visit

Henry Raab
P: 610-866-0611

For more information,
Jim Drago,
Garlock Sealing Technologies,
666 Division Street,
Palmyra, NY 14522,
ph: 1-800-448-6688,

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