BRAIDED MECHANICAL PACKING
FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, braided packing has been one of the primary ways employed to seal the stem of valves. Braided packing is one of the oldest, as the materials are strong, flexible, and made from readily-available components.
While it may seem odd to use technology from the steam age, this is one technology whose design has held up over the years, achieving a strong seal while keeping friction as low as possible.
Braided mechanical packing is made up of fibers that are braided tightly together and coated with a lubricant or a corrosion inhibitor. It is soft and pliant and similar to rope. It is configured to fit into a stuffing box on a pump or valve, or another rotary, static, or reciprocating device. As an industry leader, ChemStar’s braided mechanical packing materials are a top-quality fluid sealing solution.
Braided packing is distinct from mechanical seals, which do a similar job, but the mechanical seal is often more costly and may not fit every application.