Braided and Mechanical Packings: The Downsides

In industrial settings, sealing solutions are crucial for maintaining the integrity and efficiency of equipment and processes. Mechanical and braided packings have long been used as traditional sealing options for valves, pumps, and other equipment. While these packings offer certain advantages, they are not without their flaws. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the major drawbacks of mechanical and braided packings in industrial settings and explore alternative sealing options that can provide improved performance and reliability.

Leakage and Emissions

One of the main flaws of mechanical and braided packings is their susceptibility to leakage. Due to their design and construction, these packings require continuous maintenance and adjustment to maintain an effective seal. Even with regular maintenance, some level of leakage is often inevitable. In industrial settings, this can lead to increased emissions, environmental concerns, and potential safety hazards.

High Maintenance and Labor Costs

Mechanical and braided packings require regular maintenance, including periodic tightening and replacement. This maintenance can be labor-intensive and costly, particularly in large-scale industrial operations with numerous valves and pumps. Additionally, the frequent replacement of packings can result in increased downtime and disruption to production processes.

Limited Temperature and Pressure Ranges

Mechanical and braided packings have limited temperature and pressure resistance, which can restrict their use in certain applications. For instance, extreme temperatures or pressures can cause the packings to degrade, resulting in a loss of sealing effectiveness and potential equipment damage.

Compatibility Issues with Aggressive Media

Mechanical and braided packings may not be suitable for use with certain aggressive chemicals or media, as they can degrade or fail under corrosive conditions. This limitation can be problematic in industries that require sealing solutions for harsh environments or aggressive chemicals.

So What’s The Alternative?

RainsFlo provides the perfect solution to the issues of, and makes for the perfect alternative to braided and mechanical packings. Where braided and mechanical packings leak and drip, RainsFlo PREVENTS leakage. Where braided and mechanical packings damage the shaft and stuffing box over time, RainsFlo’s “flowable” design means it contours to any imperfections present in your pump, adapting to those imperfections instead of exacerbating them. RainsFlo has been the nation’s most trusted industrial packing solution for decades for a reason. Get in touch today to find out how RainsFlo can help keep your operation efficient and help eliminate downtime.