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Flexitallic FRG wins NACE Corrosion Innovation of the Year award

The ground-breaking Flexitallic FRG (Flange Rescue Gasket) has won an award at The 2013 MP Readers’ Choice Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards at CORROSION 2013, NACE International’s annual corrosion conference and exposition in Orlando, Florida.

The award, for Integrity Assessment in the Corrosion Control Category, was presented to FRG inventor and Head of Engineering at Flexitallic, Russ Currie, by NACE International President Kevin Garrity at the award ceremony on Monday, 18th March 2013.

The Materials Performance Readers’ Choice Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards invited nominations from companies, individuals and governments resulting in 47 nominations from 12 countries for consideration.

NACE International Executive Director, Bob Chalker said, “The winners represent the best of the industry.”

Russ Currie, inventor of the award-winning FRG, commented, “It is a privilege to receive the award for the FRG.  It is great recognition for an innovation which truly addresses a major corrosion issue for the industry and vastly reduces the lengthy  and costly processes involved, which are carried out in extreme environments.”

The unique FRG revolutionised the industry as the first-ever solution to sealing damaged flanges without the need for replacement or machining. Created in direct response to an industry-wide customer issue, the FRG reduces the lengthy and costly process of flange maintenance in corrosive offshore environments.

The gasket is fabricated of highly compressible Sigma® polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to ensure the FRG conforms to damaged flange surfaces to seal and prevent further deterioration.

The bright, easily identifiable FRG has a Fluoropolymer coated body which is corrosion resistant and features integral bolt holes for ease of installation and ensures correct location.  Superior mechanical integrity allows the use of the full range of torque reducing the risk of operator error to meet stringent HSE standards.

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