November 2001

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HP Reliability: Strategic mechanical seal partnerships

Not all mechanical seal supplier agreements benefit both parties equally. We have recently seen some rather one-sided ones. At a recent users conference, the suggestion that the "partner" should discl..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Not all mechanical seal supplier agreements benefit both parties equally. We have recently seen some rather one-sided ones. At a recent users conference, the suggestion that the "partner" should disclose pumping services where another manufacturer's seal would outperform the partner's product was met with derision by one, and silence by a second, among the few world-scale mechanical seal manufacturers. Fortunately for our HP readership, at least one well-known major manufacturer has experience offering us what we really need: sealing products that represent best life-cycle cost value. And, of course, applying sealing products that represent best long-term value is the only approach that ma

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