Durlon Newsletter Launch!

Many exciting new projects coming your way! We have a series of Industry Application literature that will accompany NEW 3D interactive videos, and our technical team is working on training videos that will be rolled out as webinars throughout this year.

We’ve just released a 3-Part video on Semi-Metallic gaskets as an addition to our SEALutions series – now available on our Durlon Youtube Channel. To enhance your viewing experience, all our case study videos have been refreshed using a new template. Be sure to check them out: Chemical Processing, Pulp & Paper, Oil & Gas, Food Processing and more.

More to come in 2023!

Austin Boyd, Marketing Coordinator

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Featured Product – Durlon® 9400

Durlon 8300
Carbon Filler with Pure PTFE Resins
Filled PTFE Gasket Material
ASTM F104: F452111-A9B5E11K6M6
Download the Data Sheet.Durlon® 9400 is a high performance filled PTFE gasket material designed for use in piping and equipment, chemical, and other general industrial applications where resistance to highly aggressive chemicals (including hydrofluoric acid) is required. Durlon® 9400 can also be used as the gasket of choice for anhydrous hydrogen fluoride (AHF) in railroad tank cars and a good alternative for use in plants where barium sulfate filled PTFE may not be suitable.
Industry Applications:
• Chemical Processing
• Food and Beverage
• Marine
• Mining
• OEM Services
• Oil and Gas
• Petrochemical
• Pharmaceutical
• Power Generation
• Pulp and Paper
• Rail Tank Car
• Refining
• Water and Wastewater
• General/Heavy Industry
Durlon 9400 Physical Properties


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Featured Industry – Crude Oil Refining

Crude Oil Refining

Crude oil refining is the process of converting raw crude oil into useful products such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, just to name a few. Crude Oil refining can be broken down into 5 major stages: Distillation, Cracking, Reforming, Treating and Blending. The refining process begins with the separation of crude oil into different components or fractions based on their boiling points, this process is known as fractional distillation and takes place inside a distillation column.

During distillation liquid is heated to a vapour inside the column and lifted upward to be distilled again into separate substances. Distillation exploits the characteristic of the chemicals in crude oil to boil at different temperatures. Unlike a typical still, a distilling column contains a set of trays that allow heated vapours to rise and collect at different levels, separating the various liquids derived from crude oil. The top of the column is cooler than the bottom, allowing the vapours to condense again as they rise, resulting in them being collected in their respective trays

Because there is more demand for some distilled products like gasoline, refiners have an incentive to convert heavy liquids into lighter liquids. The term cracking comes from the process of breaking up long hydrocarbon molecules into smaller, more useful molecules. The cracking process converts heavy straight run liquids into gasoline. In essence, cracking is the process of breaking down hydrocarbons, so they can be reformed in the next stage.

Reforming was developed to raise both the quality and volume of gasoline produced by the refining process. After a series of reforming processes, substances are converted into aromatics and isomers, which have much higher-octane numbers than the paraffins and naphthene’s produced by other refinery processes. Simply put, reforming rearranges the naphthenic hydrocarbons to create gasoline molecules.

Crude oil naturally contains contaminants such as sulfur, nitrogen, and heavy metals, which are undesirable in motor fuels. The treating process, primarily hydrotreating, removes these chemicals by binding them with hydrogen, absorbing them in separate columns, or adding acids to remove them. The recovered molecules are then sold to other industries.

The last major step of the refining process is blending various streams into finished petroleum products. The various grades of motor fuels are blends of different streams or “fractions” such as reformate, alkylate, catalytically cracked gasoline, etc. Refineries blend compounds obtained either from their internal refining process operations as noted above, or externally, to make gasoline that meets specifications for acceptable motor vehicle performance.

In conclusion, crude oil refining is a complex process that involves separating crude oil into fractions and then further refining and purifying those fractions. The refining process plays a crucial role in producing the products that we rely on every day. However, it also poses some challenges such as dealing with impurities and addressing environmental impacts. To mitigate these environmental impacts, many refineries have implemented various measures such as capturing and storing carbon dioxide and investing in renewable energy sources with intension of minimizing negative impacts on the environment.


Industry Trade Shows

PowerGen International – Feb 21-23, 2023
Power producers, and large-scale energy users gather to discover new solutions in cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL, USA

IFPE (International Fluid Power Exposition) – Mar 14-18, 2023
Highlights the people, technologies, and applications that are leading the mobile equipment and industrial manufacturing industries.

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Canada Gas and LNG Exhibition and Conference – May 9 – 11, 2023
Highlighting Canada’s leadership and expertise to the global gas industry.

Vancouver Convention Center
Vancouver, BC, Canada



Next issue highlights: Industry and product focus. We’ll share a new video, news, and upcoming events you may want to look into. And of course, we will put those genius brains to the work again and tickle your funny bone with another adventure from our gasket guru. See you in May 2023!