CIP Composites for Industrial Applications

Industrial applications can be found in many industries and range from hydraulic cylinders to heavy duty equipment. Many industrial applications are in harsh environments including dirt and mud, chemicals, a range of temperatures, and hard to reach locations, making maintenance a challenge. Equipment down time for maintenance and repairs can be detrimental to the industry.

CIP Composites offers solutions for rigorous industrial applications by extending wear life while reducing or eliminating external lubricants and undesired maintenance. As a general guide, CIP Composite bushing materials can replace your current bronze or nylon based wear and bearing materials. Sold in tubes or sheets for easy machining onsite, or custom manufactured with short lead times.

Hydraulic & Pneumatic

CIP Composites - Wear Rings
CIP Wear Rings

Hydraulic cylinders are the ideal choice for a host of mobile and industrial applications where power and reliability, along with low operating costs are required. Hydraulic (and even pneumatic and electrical actuator) cylinders are handling more demanding applications than in previous years, such as the use of smaller cylinders which force higher and higher operating pressures. Manufacturers and servicers alike depend on quality components to ensure that their finished product meet or exceeds the customer requirements including long service life, affordability, and availability.

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Proper Elastomer Seals Storage & Cleaning

Article re-posted with permission from Parker Hannifin Sealing & Shielding Team.
Original content can be found on Parker’s Blog.


A Guide to Proper Storage and Cleaning of Elastomer Seals

Elastomer Seals from Parker Prädifa

Elastomer seals from Parker Prädifa meet the most exacting demands in a wide range of applications. Aside from the appropriate seal designs, the material properties of the seal compounds are crucial to ensuring that seals deliver the desired performance.

A key criterion for the storage period of elastomers is the time at which the product was vulcanized. Parker indicates the date of manufacture on the packaging bags: “1Qxx” stands for parts produced in the first quarter of the year 20xx. The recommended maximum storage period depends on the type of elastomer.

Elastomer Seals - Storage Periods
Elastomer seals should preferably be used within the statutory liability period of 24 months.

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Lunch-and-Learn Employee Training

Lunch-and-LearnAre you having trouble finding the time to get a training session up and running?  Need an insightful presenter to engage your employees?  Contact your Gallagher Fluid Seals Account Manager, or fill out our Lunch-and-Learn online form to discuss if a Lunch-and-Learn makes sense for your organization.

What Exactly is a Lunch-and-Learn Program?

A lunch-and-learn program is a training or presentation session facilitated and provided by Gallagher Fluid Seals and one of our key vendors.  They usually last approximately 30-45 minutes (i.e. an employee’s lunch hour).  It’s usually held in an employee cafeteria, auditorium, or conference room.  This concept provides easy access to participants, and is typically less formal than most standard training sessions.  As an incentive to your company and the training participants, Gallagher Fluid Seals will provide lunch!

Lunch-and-Learn programs are an easy way to develop and motivate employees, while creating an environment of communication, collaboration, and learning.

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[VIDEO] Features & Benefits of GYLON EPIX™

GYLON EPIX™We recently added the GYLON EPIX™ – The Next Generation in PTFE Gasketing webinar to our website.  The webinar discusses Garlock’s revolutionary new gasketing material, with its patented hexagonal surface, which concentrates gasket stress, providing improved compressibility and bolt load retention, improving sealability and blowout resistance.

Below is the second section of the webinar, which discusses the features and benefits of the GYLON EPIX™ material, and what differentiates it from any other gasketing material on the market today.

Vesconite Bushings for Earthmoving Equipment

EarthmovingThe dirt, abrasion and loads associated with earthmoving equipment create notoriously harsh operating conditions for moving parts. Despite these conditions – more often than not combining dirt and water – Vesconite performs well, and is the ideal material for bushings operating under slow speeds or oscillating movements under high load. With its lubrication-free qualities, Vesconite can save machine operators considerable lubrication downtime, not to mention reduced wear on costly counter moving parts.

UK Dump Truck Manufacturer Continues to Fit Vesconite Bushings

Earthmoving - Dump TruckUnited Kingdom – An original equipment dump truck manufacturer first tested the company’s Vesconite Hilube material in its articulation bushes in 2014, and established that they performed well in harsh operating conditions including large-scale construction projects, quarries and mine sites. The 355.95mm-outside-diameter Vesconite Hilube bushings were found to be cost-effective with prolonged durability in the long-run. The dump-truck manufacturer continues to order Vesconite bearings for its 38 ton dump trucks, which have a heaped capacity of 23.3m3 and an engine power of 331kW.

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Elastomer Seals for Instrumentation: Laboratory Equipment

Elastomer Seals for Instrumentation: Laboratory EquipmentGallagher recently released our High Performance Elastomer Seals for the Instrumentation Industry White Paper.  This was written by Russ Schnell, an Elastomer Consultant contracted by Gallagher Fluid Seals, and a former Senior Application Engineer with the Kalrez® perfluoroelastomer parts business at DuPont.  This white paper is now available for download on our Resources page.

Below is the second section of the white paper, diving into applications where the measurement is made in analytical laboratories which employ numerous solvents in a wide range of analyses and test equipment.


Laboratory Equipment

The final set of instrumentation is laboratory test equipment. As opposed to the laboratories in chemical plants, which often perform the same routine analyses on plant process streams, general analytical labs employ numerous solvents in a wide range of analyses and test equipment. As such, the ability of seals to resist a breadth of chemicals without degradation or leaching contaminants into a sample is of great importance. Although instrument seals are easily replaced in a laboratory environment, this operation still takes a technician time. It is always easier if the system can be flushed with a cleaning solvent and then be ready to run the next sample versus having to change out an elastomer seal due to incompatibility with a solvent.

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S.T.A.M.P. Gasket Selection Criteria

GasketWe recently updated our Gasketing webpages to provide our customers with much more robust product information, to help you along your journey of finding the right gasket for your application.  Visit our Non-Asbestos, Metal, Elastomeric, or ePTFE Gasket Tape pages to learn more.


S.T.A.M.P.

When you’re specifying a gasket for even the simplest application, it is important that the gasket supplier know all the operating parameters.

There are five major pieces of information needed to select the appropriate gasket, known by the acronym S.T.A.M.P.:

Gasket - Raised Face FlangeSize:

While gaskets are most often used in standard ANSI flange connections, non-standard flanges can also be found throughout a plant.  In dealing with non-standard flanges, it is VERY important to obtain as much detail as possible about the contact dimensions (the portion of the gasket actually being compressed) and the fasteners or bolts being used (size, grade, quantity). This information is used to calculate the contact area and available assembly stress – a key factor in the selection process, as an improperly loaded gasket could result in premature equipment failure.

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FFKMs Protect Components in Enhanced Oil Recovery

FFKMs, also known as perfluoroelastomers, were first developed in the 1960s for applications involving high temperatures and/or aggressive chemicals.  Perfluoroelastomers exhibit many properties similar to PTFE (polytetrafluoroethlyene, or Teflon®), and are considered inert in almost all solvents.  However, PTFE is a plastic, and when compressed, it will not recover to its original shape.  On the other hand, elastomers contain crosslinks, which act as springs to give the material resiliency and the ability to recover after a part has been compressed – this resistance to permanent compression gives the material the ability to maintain a seal over time. (To learn more about perfluoroelastomers, download our Introduction to Perfluoroelastomers White Paper).

The article below was recently published on FlowControlNetwork.com, and discusses how FFKMs are being used in oil & gas exploration, as production companies are increasingly operating in high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) downhole conditions.


HOW FFKMS PROTECT COMPONENTS IN ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY OPERATIONS

Companies are increasingly operating in high-pressure, high-temperature downhole conditions.
Enhanced oil recovery uses gas, steam or chemical injection to improve flow rate. All graphics courtesy of AGC

Improving technologies and methods to increase the recovery of oil from existing reservoirs is a global challenge. In the U.S., oil production at reservoirs can include three phases: primary, secondary and tertiary (or enhanced) recovery. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that primary recovery methods — which rely on the natural pressure of the reservoir or gravity to drive oil into the wellbore, combined with pumps to bring the oil to the surface — typically tap only 10 percent of a reservoir’s oil. Furthermore, secondary efforts to extend a field’s productive life — generally by injecting water or gas to displace oil and drive it to a production wellbore — still only push recovery totals to between 20 and 40 percent of the original oil in place. Clearly, much untapped oil and gas remains in existing wells.

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PTFE Liner for Corrugated Metal Hose

Gallagher Fluid Seals is a distributor of Hose Master corrugated metal hose and expansion joints.  With the largest in-house fabrication footprint in the U.S. of any metal hose manufacturer (350,000 square feet of manufacturing space) and 80+ ASME IX Certified welders on staff,  Hose Master delivers the highest quality products for the most demanding applications.

The following article can be found on Hose Master’s Insights Blog.


Should I Install a PTFE Liner Inside a Corrugated Metal Hose?

by Frank Caprio, Dean of Hose Master University
Corrugated Metal Hose
See the hose peeking out between the collars? Me neither.

We get various requests from our customers for non-traditional hose assembly constructions that they believe will help them solve tough application problems. Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of these, and some are pretty inventive, even if they’re not the best solution. Some other proposed solutions…not so good!

One especially challenging application that can drive people to consider specialized solutions is when the hose is exposed to corrosive media or environments. Typically, corrosion can be avoided simply by selecting an alloy that is resistant to chemical attack. However, certain refinery applications (such as those found in Cokers or FCCUs) entail operating conditions where some manufacturers recommend a special corrugated metal hose assembly which has been fitted with a liner made from smooth PTFE tubing. While this special construction sounds good in theory, it can create more problems than it solves. Let’s take a closer look at PTFE-lined corrugated hoses.

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[VIDEO] Introduction to GYLON EPIX™

GYLON EPIX™ WebinarWe recently added the GYLON EPIX™ – The Next Generation in PTFE Gasketing webinar to our website.  The webinar discusses Garlock’s revolutionary new gasketing material. With its patented hexagonal surface, GYLON EPIX™ concentrates gasket stress, providing improved compressibility and bolt load retention, improving sealability and blowout resistance.

Below is the first section of the webinar, diving into what drove Garlock to create this new material, and how GYLON EPIX™ provides the benefits of both a 1/16″ and 1/18″ thick gasket in one, universal, 3/32″ thickness.