Understanding Valve Packing
Insights from A.R. Thomson Group Inc.

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Valve packing is a critical component in many industrial applications, ensuring that valves operate efficiently and safely. Proper valve packing can prevent leaks, enhance performance, and extend the lifespan of equipment. A.R. Thomson Group Inc., a leader in fluid containment and control products, provides top-notch solutions and expertise in valve packing. In this article, we will delve into the importance of valve packing, types of materials used, and the innovative solutions offered by A.R. Thomson Group Inc.

The Importance of Valve Packing

Valve packing serves as a seal between the valve stem and the bonnet, preventing the leakage of fluids or gases. This is crucial in industries where safety, efficiency, and reliability are paramount. Properly installed and maintained valve packing can:

  1. Prevent Leaks: Reduces the risk of hazardous leaks that can cause environmental damage or pose safety risks to personnel.
  2. Enhance Performance: Ensures smooth operation of the valve, reducing wear and tear on the equipment.
  3. Extend Lifespan: Protects the valve components from corrosion and damage, prolonging the service life of the valve.

Types of Valve Packing Materials

The choice of valve packing material depends on the application, operating conditions, and the type of fluids or gases being handled. Common materials include:

  1. Graphite: Known for its excellent heat resistance and chemical inertness, graphite packing is ideal for high-temperature and high-pressure applications.
  2. PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene): Offers outstanding chemical resistance and low friction, making it suitable for a wide range of applications, including those involving aggressive chemicals.
  3. Carbon Fiber: Combines high strength and excellent thermal conductivity, suitable for high-pressure applications.
  4. Aramid Fiber: Known for its high strength and abrasion resistance, aramid fiber packing is often used in applications involving high-speed rotating equipment.
  5. GFO® Packing: GFO® (a trademark of the W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.) is a braided packing made from expanded PTFE with graphite fillers. It provides excellent chemical resistance and is often used in valves handling aggressive chemicals. 

A.R. Thomson Group Inc.'s Valve Packing Solutions

A.R. Thomson Group Inc. has been at the forefront of providing high-quality valve packing solutions. Their extensive range of products and materials ensures that clients can find the perfect fit for their specific needs. Here are some highlights of what they offer:

  1. Custom Solutions: A.R. Thomson Group Inc. understands that each application is unique. They offer custom-designed packing solutions tailored to specific requirements, ensuring optimal performance and reliability.
  2. Advanced Materials: They provide a variety of advanced packing materials, including graphite, PTFE, carbon fiber, and more, catering to diverse industrial needs.
  3. Expertise and Support: With decades of experience, A.R. Thomson Group Inc. offers unparalleled expertise and support. Their team of experts can assist with selection, installation, and maintenance of valve packing, ensuring clients get the most out of their investment.
  4. Quality Assurance: Quality is a top priority for A.R. Thomson Group Inc. Their valve packing products undergo rigorous testing and quality control processes to ensure they meet the highest standards of performance and reliability.

Installation and Maintenance Tips

Proper installation and maintenance are crucial for the effective performance of valve packing. Here are some tips from A.R. Thomson Group Inc.:

  1. Clean the Valve Components: Ensure all surfaces are clean and free from debris before installing the packing.
  2. Use the Right Tools: Utilize the appropriate tools for cutting and installing the packing to avoid damage and ensure a proper fit.
  3. Follow Manufacturer Guidelines: Adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance to ensure optimal performance.
  4. Regular Inspections: Conduct regular inspections to detect signs of wear or damage early and replace packing as necessary to prevent leaks.


Valve packing plays a crucial role in the safe and efficient operation of industrial valves. A.R. Thomson Group Inc. offers a comprehensive range of high-quality valve packing solutions designed to meet the diverse needs of various industries. By choosing the right materials and ensuring proper installation and maintenance, companies can enhance the performance and longevity of their valves, ultimately saving time and resources.

For more information on valve packing solutions, visit A.R. Thomson Group Inc. and explore their extensive range of products and services tailored to meet your industrial needs.

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