SOURCE: Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company

July 10, 2012 10:05 ET

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control's EST Group Launches New GripTight® Isolation Plug

Revolutionizes Isolation and Testing of Pipe Connections With Its Unique Safety Features

FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - Jul 10, 2012) - Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company announced today that its business unit, EST Group, is introducing its new GripTight® Isolation Plug, the latest addition to its pipe plugs and pressure testing tools. It offers advances in performance and safety to improve pressure testing of pipe, pipelines and pressure vessels.

The GripTight® Isolation Plug integrates double block and bleed sealing technology with EST Group's reliable GripTight® Gripping design. The GripTight® grippers enhance operational safety, minimizing the risk of accidental plug blowout or expulsion due to improper use or unexpected upstream pressure in the line. The isolation plug is capable of withstanding upstream pressures up to 1,440 psig (100 Barg). As the upstream pressure increases, the GripTight® grippers actually use the pressure to grip more securely against the pipe's inner diameter.

"For over 40 years, EST Group has developed and provided industry-leading products and solutions," said David Linton, President, Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "The introduction of the GripTight® Isolation Plug is more than just the launch of a new product; it's an extension of CWFC's commitment to innovation and unyielding drive to provide our customers unique solutions to their most critical challenges."

"We are pleased to offer continued value with our latest product offering," commented Jim Berneski, General Manager, EST Group. "The GripTight® Isolation Plug strongly complements our existing line of pipe plugs and pressure testing tools, which are utilized worldwide in the refining, chemical, shipbuilding, industrial manufacturing, fossil and nuclear power, and new plant construction and expansion projects."

About Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control (CWFC) specializes in the design and manufacture of highly engineered valves, pumps, motors, generators, electronics and related products for the commercial nuclear power industry, oil and gas processing facilities, a range of critical national defense programs and the industrial controls market. CWFC's innovative, high-performance products are installed on submarines and aircraft carriers owned by the U.S. Navy and play an integral role in the safe, efficient operation of power plants and other industrial sites worldwide. Based in Falls Church, VA, the company has more than 3,400 employees worldwide and is the Flow Control operating segment of Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE: CW) headquartered in Parsippany, NJ. For more information, visit

About EST Group

Headquartered in Hatfield, PA with offices in the Netherlands and Singapore, EST Group specializes in the development, manufacturing and marketing of highly engineered products and repair services for shell and tube heat exchangers, condensers, coolers and chillers. Additionally, EST Group engineers and manufactures pipe plugs and pressure testing tools to simplify and speed-up pressure testing of piping, tubing, pipe and tube systems, pressure vessels and a multitude of special applications. EST Group Services provides a comprehensive range of onsite services for heat exchanger troubleshooting and repair as well as turnkey pressure testing services. For more information, visit:

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    Sharon L. Dey
    Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company
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