1. CNC Machining Seals with a Haas Automation Machine

    CNC Machining Seals with a Haas Automation Machine

    CNC machining, which stands for Computer Numerical Control, is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of tools and machinery.

    The process can be used to control a range of complex machinery, from grinders and lathes to mills and CNC routers.

    But in our case, Gallagher is utilizing this process to cut both custom and standard seal profiles for our customers.

    CNC machining seals can be great for rapid prototyping or small production runs.

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  2. Addressing sealing challenges in rotating equipment for the food and pharmaceutical industries

    Material certifications, seal geometry and even seal color must also be factored in to allow for maximized seal life, minimized risk and reduced total cost of ownership for both the seal and the rotating equipment.

    The most challenging operational environments for sealing mixers, agitators and pumps are often found in the food and pharmaceutical industries. When designing, selecting, or implementing a dynamic seal into operation in the food and pharma space, it is crucial to consider all the physical challenges the seal may face to ensure sealing success. Further, material certifications, seal geometry, and even seal color must also be factored in to allow for maximized seal life, minimized risk and reduced total cost of ownership for both the seal and the rotating equipment.

    In this article, we will highlight some of the common environments found within these industries, discuss how the operating conditions affect seal design and selection, and finally, share some

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  3. Silicone Material and Processing Options: Designing for Manufacturability

    Gallagher Fluid Seals is a Parker Distributor is proud to be proud to be one of the few premier distributors to qualify as a “Parker Seal Technology Center (STC)”.

    Silicone Material and Processing for Life Sciences

    This is the last of a three-part article series about silicone processing operations for life science applications. In the first article, we shared the versatility and unique qualities of silicone as the medical device material of choice. In part two, we covered the different methods of manufacture for medical silicone components and devices. This article discusses how design for manufacturability (DFM) aids in selecting the right manufacturing process for your medical device application.

    As a full-service solutions provider, Parker CSS Division’s Life Science Business Unit provides design for manufacturability services and offers highly responsive assembly and testing of medical instrumentation — from simple electromechanical devices t

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  4. Solar Energy Seals - Innovation for the Solar Industry

    Sealing Expertise for Solar Energy

    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies announced they developed special, innovative seals that are in high demand for solar energy facilities.

    Optimal Seals for the Optimal Price

    The groove profile in the customer‘s plastic application proved to be a challenge for the seal’s design. Available tolerances and specific installation spaces had to be taken into account. “We were looking for the right material as we proceeded with calculations and simulations,” recalled Ralf Schmid, Senior Vice President, Special Sealing Division at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. In the end, the company’s expertise in engineering and materials won the day – all the more because the sealing rings were designed for an operating life of 30 years. “We developed the optimal product at the optimal cost, eliminating the customer’s concerns relating to a c

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  5. Preventing Seal Failure

    Seals are small components that have a big function. At their most essential purpose, they keep fluid in and debris out. Failure to do this can lead to costly machine destruction, and even endanger the lives of people working around these machines. Preventing seal failure is very important on many different levels.

    What Seals Are Up Against

    Many factors can cause a seal failure. Being aware of these factors will help you in preventing an avoidable failure. Seals are under constant pressure because of the liquid or gas being contained. Typically, the seals in pipes or machinery have some type of matter within transferred at high velocities. This is a huge part of what they were designed to do, but too much or too little pressure could wear down the seals.

    In addition, extreme temperatures can cause the seal to become brittle. A mixture of extreme temperatures and pressure is a recipe for cracking and leaking. Also, debris can contaminate the integrity of the seal. Even

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  6. Lantern Rings Made from Vesconite Solve Corrosion Issues at Hoover Dam

    Four-foot diameter lantern rings solve corrosion issues at Hoover Dam hydro plant

    When engineers at Hoover Dam determined that the original cast iron lantern rings built into some of its turbines needed to be replaced, they were looking for a solution to help them overcome the corrosion issues they experienced with the cast iron.

    The maintenance team also faced another challenge. The Colorado River serves as a water source for the Hoover Dam hydropower station, and the water in this area is commonly referred to as “hard water” due to its high mineral content, specifically high levels of calcium and magnesium ions. Aluminium lantern rings that were first tried as a replacement, were corroded by chemical reactions with the minerals in the water. 

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  7. KLINGER® QUANTUM Gasketing Material


    Unique gasket material with the highest flexibility at high temperatures

    KLINGER® Quantum is the first fiber reinforced gasket material in the world that is exclusively HNBR-bound. Together with a unique production process developed specifically for the purpose, this material can be used at higher temperatures and with a much wider range of media than any other fiber reinforced gasket material that is currently available.

    This material is suitable for use in oils, water, steam, gases, salt solutions, fuels, alcohols, weak organic and inorganic acids, hydrocarbons, lubricants and refrigerants. KLINGER Quantum is manufactured with a high-quality fiber and filler compound reinforced with a high temperature resistant HNBR matrix.

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  8. Sealing at Extreme Low Temperatures

    Gallagher Fluid Seals is a Parker Distributor is proud to be proud to be one of the few premier distributors to qualify as a “Parker Seal Technology Center (STC)”.

    Article re-posted with permission from Parker Hannifin Sealing & Shielding Team.

    Original content can be found on Parker’s Website and was written by Nathan Wells, application engineer, Engineered Polymer Systems Division.

    Heavy duty equipment moves industry forward in all climates, from the sunny Caribbean to icy Greenland. Effective, reliable sealing is what allows hydraulic systems in heavy duty equipment to do work, no matter the temperature. Reliable sealing solutions allow cylinders on dump tr

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  9. Polyurethane Seals to Improve Drinking Water

    In appliances used for water purification and carbonated water, the valve of a carbon dioxide cartridge and the pressure-reducing valve on the device itself must be joined with a secure seal. Now, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a patented, high-performance polyurethane seal for a customer that has a specific geometry that not only accommodates different valve dimensions on the various gas cartridges, but also offers high impermeability under long-lasting pressure.

    Drinking water is heavily contaminated in many countries around the world: Pollutants such as microplastics, bacteria,

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  10. Gallagher Case Study: Garlock MILL-RIGHT® ES Seals for Chemical Manufacturer

    Customer Overview

    Global leader and manufacturer of specialty chemicals and natural materials. Their product line includes a variety of additives and chemicals such as: monomers and polymers, surfactant blends, polyglucosides, and oils.

    Customer Problem

    Customer experienced an issue on their RV-7 dryer in a chemical application; their food grade compression packing was flaking, causing white specs, fibers, and flakes in the end product, which caused equipment maintenance and unplanned downtime.

    Gallagher’s Solution

    Through testing and evaluation with a site visit a

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