Vesconite for Transportation/Automotive Industries

Transportation / Automotive bushings require regular maintenance and greasing, and are prone to wear especially in wet or dirty conditions. Self-lubricating Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube eliminate the need for continual greasing and at the same time increases bushing life. Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube are tough and durable and perform well under the mechanical stress that occurs on vehicle suspension systems.

Rail container trailers fitted with Vesconite

Vesconite Pivot BushingsSouth Africa – Vesconite flanged pivot bushings have been successfully installed and used on container trailers at the national rail utility. The Vesconite bushes, with a flange of 205 mm diameter and a bore of 165 mm, were fitted to the walking beam center pivot bearing that equalizes component parts of the rear axle bogies. This heavy duty application required a material which had high load carrying capacity, low friction, high wear resistance and good dimensional stability. Vesconite, with all these characteristics, was used on the trailers that are used to transport 12-m-long general purpose containers.

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Case Study: Eliminating Epoxy Use on Flanges

GYLON EPIX™ is a family of gaskets that effectively seals a broader range of applications and is more forgiving during the installation process.  It allows the end user to save valuable turn-around time, reduce re-work, and lower costs, helping them to finish ahead of schedule and under budget.

GYLON EPIX™ features a hexagonal surface profile that provides the torque retention and blowout resistance of a thin gasket and the conformability of a thicker gasket.  GYLON EPIX™ Style 3504 EPX is a high performance, aluminosilicate microsphere filled PTFE sheet material designed for use in moderate concentrations of acids, and caustics, as well as hydrocarbons, refrigerants, and more.

EPIX™ - Phosphate Plant

INDUSTRY

Chemical

CUSTOMER

Phosphate Processor

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FluoroXprene Reduces Emissions

One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is the conversion to a resource-conserving, sustainable economy. With this in mind, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is offering customers its FluoroXprene® family of materials to help contribute to this transformation. Originally developed for use in fuel lines, these materials have the potential for use in new, challenging applications thanks to their outstanding characteristics.FST FluoroXprene Automotive

FluoroXprene was developed to reduce the permeation of fuel vapors through the walls of fuel lines. This permeation makes a notable contribution to a vehicle’s hazardous emissions. But it is often overlooked when considering total emissions. FluoroXprene reduces the escape of fuel vapors through the walls of fuel hoses into the atmosphere, slashing them to a fraction of their usual amounts. And this is not just the case for standard fuels – alternative plant-based fuels such as E10 and E85 are also securely contained by FluoroXprene materials.

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NEW! Process Seals Webinar

Process Seals - DOWNLOAD NOW!Gallagher Fluid Seals recently made our Process Seals Webinar available on the website.

Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, and Chemical Processing industries have different requirements than typical seals. Process seals need to have multiple media resistance.

Unlike a traditional seal that only needs to be concerned with the media running through it, process seals also have to be designed to withstand the cleaning media being used.

This webinar will discuss:

  • Material specification and development
  • The importance of hygienic design
  • Material compatibility and flavor transfer

We will be posting portions of the webinar on our blog, so keep an eye out!  To download the webinar in its entirety, simply visit our Resources page, or click on the image at the beginning of the article.


This webinar was produced in conjunction with Dichtomatik Americas,  a Freudenberg Brand.  With a broad array of products and materials, but more importantly comprehensive knowledge and technical expertise, Dichtomatik has earned its title as market leader for sealing solutions in food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and chemical processing industries.

Poppet Seals Control Fluid or Gas Flow

Poppet Seals for Demand Flow Regulators

Avoid Leakage and Support a More Accurate System
Poppet SealsThere are many applications in industrial settings where fluid must be sealed and released in calibrated quantities. Some examples include pressure regulators, relief values, fuel nozzles, or gas metering. Specifically a demand flow regulator is designed for use with various industrial instruments and uses a pump to draw the calibration of gas. It is crucial that there is no leakage of the fluid for the system to operate properly.

Parker Composite Sealing Systems Division designs different poppets to help control leakage in flow control applications. Our poppet is used to help keep the demand flow regulators in the “closed” position. And when the user “demands” gas flow, a diaphragm pushes down on the seat stem of the Poppet to help monitor the flow of gas.

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GYLON EPIX™ Distributes Load Evenly

GYLON EPIX™ is a newly developed family of PTFE gaskets. It is manufactured using a patented, profiled surface based on our proven Fawn, Off-White, and Blue GYLON® to create highly conformable materials for optimum sealing performance.

THE EPIX™ DIFFERENCE

GYLON EPIX™ and a traditional full face gasket were installed in a 3”-150# flat face flange at 120 ft.lbs. with pressure sensitive film.  The film revealed that the traditional material saw heavier loading-near and around the bolts, and lighter loading at the points furthest from the bolts. The GYLON EPIX™ was able to distribute the load more evenly and prevent the low loading phenomenon.

GYLON EPIX™ with Pressure Sensitive Film

The pressure sensitive film was then analyzed with special software that translate the various shades of red into a full color spectrum that provides a better visualization of the stresses that were developed on each of the gaskets. Again, while the traditional gasket saw areas of lower stress (green and blue areas), the hexagonal pattern in the GYLON EPIX™ concentrated and distributed the stress more evenly across the entire gasket.

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Custom-Built GUARDIAN® Desiccant Breathers

Air Sentry GUARDIAN®Air Sentry® set the standard for contamination control breather technology in 1997, creating new state-of-the-art features that reduced particulate and moisture contamination.  This innovative breather line was the first to integrate check valve technology and the first to offer replacement desiccant/filter cartridges, significantly reducing maintenance costs.

Air Sentry’s GUARDIAN® is the industry-leading breather series.  It’s casing is constructed from Tritan®, a patented material highly resistant to impact and chemicals, with a broad range of operating temperatures.  Some models also incorporate an isolation check valve, which keeps exhaust air from depleting the desiccant and also protects employees from volatile fumes and splashing fluids.  These unique features equate to a longer life for your breather and your equipment.

GUARDIAN® Modular Add-ons

GUARDIAN’s modular construction and optional add-on features allow you to customize each GUARDIAN model to your specific application requirements.   Because of these options we’re going to discuss, your GUARDIAN will last longer and reduce downtime, giving you the flexibility you need to protect your industrial assets.GUARDIAN® - High Capacity Air Filter

HIGH-CAPACITY AIR FILTER
Can be used with a desiccant cartridge or as a standalone particle filter. The filter’s 0.3-micron HEPA filter is 99.97% efficient, making it ideal for extremely dirty/dusty environments.

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[VIDEO] Fluoroelastomer Materials

Gallagher Fluid Seals recently posted our new Fluoroelastomer Basics webinar on gallagherseals.com.  This is the second section of our webinar, focusing on Fluoroelastomer Materials. The full video is now available on our Resources page.

This section of the video discusses different fluoroelastomer materials, along with their mechanical and physical properties, and in which applications they’re normally found.

CIP Composites for Hydro Applications

Hydropower has been used for thousands of years and represents the largest, most efficient and proven renewable energy source on the planet. The rehabilitation and repowering of existing generation stations, as well as developing generation at non powered dams, and introducing pump storage strategies provide a multitude of opportunities for continued growth within the industry. Water management in much of the world is faced with changing regulations to support the balancing act between power generation, ecological sustainability, and agriculture irrigation. New technologies, equipment, and modern controls systems to optimize production are aiding the industry in this balance while continuing to increase power generation.

CIP Composites - Hydro BearingsSuppliers, like Columbia Industrial Products, must be equipped to provide quality assurance, formal documentation, and products that will perform for decades in mixed use environments. CIP has built a solid reputation while working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Utilities, and Contractors fulfilling these requirements while providing a high quality bearing product.

CIP Composites is the leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly, self-lubricating bearings and wear pads designed to replace greased bronze components inside a variety of turbine designs, gates and valves, and auxiliary equipment. CIP composite products provide the perfect balance of performance, availability, and cost to satisfy the most rigorous demands of your hydro generation project, no matter the schedule or scale.

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Innovative Solutions Improving Seal Retention

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


Seal Retention - Pre-applied PSA

We receive many requests from customers asking for recommendations on how to retain seals in an application. One of the most popular “quick fixes” is to apply liberal amounts of adhesive to a standard O-ring type product without respect to groove shape or sealing function. However, Parker OES provides a wide array of sealing technologies, offering innovative solutions to accommodate the challenging and vast sealing needs of our customers.

Replacing RTV with Pre-Applied PSA

A customer had been using a standard O-ring product on an outdoor electronic device. This part was sealing the external edge of the enclosure and meant to keep out water and dust. The enclosure was plastic injection molded so this extreme edge had irregular geometry to accommodate the molding process. The original proposal was to shove O-ring cord in place and adhere it down with RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanization) so that it did not fall out during assembly. This left a rust colored stripe exposed on a  consumer device due to fitment issues. Parker’s proposal was to replace the O-ring cord with a custom hollow extrusion that fit the available space and allowed complete closure, thus not exposing the seal to be visible. The RTV process was replaced with PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) that was preassembled to the seal and allowed for quick and clean placement during assembly and retention for any maintenance needed.

Innovative Solutions Improving Seal Retention, Hollow Teardrop Profile Seals, O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division

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