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Lower Friction, Weight, and Emissions – The Freudenberg BlueSeal

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has begun supplying innovative, lightweight radial shaft seals to a major Detroit-based vehicle manufacturer for installation on the V6 and V8 engines powering its newest pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).  Enter the Freudenberg BlueSeal.

The BlueSeal, part of Freudenberg’s award-winning Low Emission Sealing Solution (LESS) portfolio of engine, transmission and E-Mobility product solutions, provides significant weight, friction and installation advantages over traditional radial shaft seals. Under the contract, Freudenberg-NOK will produce more than 2 million BlueSeals annually. Production is expected to increase further to more than 4 million units annually with orders from additional customers.

40 percent lighter and 50 percent less space to install

From turbocharged engines and 10-speed transmissions topicture of blueseal electrified and electric vehicle systems, the propulsion technologies on display at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) offer evidence that fuel economy, emissions and performance are still top of mind with manufacturers and consumers alike. Freudenberg’s BlueSeal offers customers a way to help achieve better fuel economy and lower emissions in large displacement internal combustion and turbocharged engines. The BlueSeal is 40 percent lighter than conventional radial shaft seals and requires 50 percent less space to install.

“Vehicle manufacturers are looking at every possible way to increase fuel efficiency and reduce weight, especially in trucks, SUVs and turbo-charged performance vehicles,” said Jeff Nelson, vice president, Automotive Sales, Freudenberg-NOK. “Even the smallest components can have a dramatic impact on the function and efficiency of vehicle powertrains.”

The BlueSeal is made of a single material – a steel-reinforced Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) – designed to withstand harsh engine fluids while providing an axial space reduction, which allows manufacturers to downsize the engine. The seal has a low-friction Power Optimized Polytetrafluoroethylene (POP®) lip design that insures smaller dissipation loss, reduces the temperature in the contact area between the seal and shaft and performs flawlessly under different engine conditions.

Dual product development strategy for the automotive industry

The BlueSeal increases durability through its perfect sealing behavior and has a higher resistance to pressure than traditional seal designs. Its R-Tight® technology results in near-zero air leaks during assembly tests, allowing manufacturers to isolate other potential leak paths in the system.

Freudenberg is pursuing a dual product development strategy that supports continued development of advanced materials and components for internal combustion powertrain applications while pursuing new technologies that address emerging challenges associated with alternate mobility options like lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells. The BlueSeal, like many of Freudenberg’s LESS products, offers system benefits in both arenas.

“The automotive industry is undergoing profound transmission and driveline changes,” Nelson said. “It is our job to provide customers with exceptional component solutions that address the needs of all mobility platforms regardless of the fuel they use. The need to harness energy effectively and efficiently is a common denominator across our development efforts.”


The original article can be found on Freudenberg’s website.

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EagleBurgmann’s Patented SeccoLip

A patented lip design and the patented combination of PTFE sealing lip and sliding bearing in the lip seal element provide the new dry running seal “SeccoLip” from EagleBurgmann with particularly high flexibility. These technical features help the lip seal compensate directly and safely radial deflections of the shafts in agitators, mixers and reactors.

The sliding bearing tracks the complete lip seal element to the shaft movements. Since the lip and bearing are in one element, the sealing gap between the rotating shaft and the sealing lip remains virtually constant and the seal remains tight over the long term. Compensating elements such as O-ring, expansion washer or metal bellows are not required for reliable operation.

The modular seal was specifically designed for the operating conditions in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food industry as well as in water and wastewater technology. One or more sealing elements are combined in different possible arrangements to comply with the requirements.

Connections for a supply system are available. Due to the design features, a rolling bearing is not necessary but is optionally available.

The cartridge design makes the SeccoLip easy to install and safe to use. It is particularly suitable for a sliding velocity of up to 2 m/s (6 ft/s) and a pressure range of -1 to 6 barg.

The seal complies to ATEX, FDA and TA-Luft.

Watch the SeccoLip video here:


If you have questions about using any of EagleBurgmann’s products, visit their website: EagleBurgmann.  Or call +1 (713) 939 9515

[Video] Installation of Large Size Radial Shaft Seals

Installing Radial Shaft Seals

Radial shaft seals, also known as lip seals, are used to seal rotary elements, like a shaft or rotating bore. Hydraulic pump seals, axle seals, valve stem seals, or strut seals are the most common examples the average person would recognize.

Radial shaft seals are used in a variety of applications and perform two essential functions: the first is to avoid leakage through retaining the bearing or system lubricant; the secondary function is to avoid the contamination of the system by outside impacts (external particles or environmental issues).

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Do’s and Don’t of Installing Metal Hoses (Part 1)

Metal Hose Applications

Metal hose applications can be tricky. Hoses can fail or have a variety of other problems due to a few different factors: improper installations or outside factors from the surrounding piping system. In this video, Erik Kane, Hose Master’s Product Specialist, discusses various do’s and don’ts when installing metal hose. Follow these tips and more to help maximize the life of your hose and optimize your safety.

This video was produced by Hose Master and can be found on their Youtube channel or on their website.

Enhance Performance & Safety of Static Radial Seals

O-ring/back-up ring combinations have long been considered the industry standard for static applications at high pressures. In field use, however, they may show weaknesses with respect to their installation and operation in the application. Standard O-rings  are often prone to twisting, while back-up rings are oftentimes not installed in the proper position or damaged during installation. Furthermore, this sealing combination may exhibit deficits when HS Profile Radial Sealexposed to pulsating pressures and dirt. Parker has developed the HS radial seal profile as a viable alternative to to conventionally used O-ring/back-up ring combinations for static sealing applications at high pressures.

The robust symmetrical seal geometry and use of particularly extrusion-resistant Parker polyurethane compounds not only simplifies installation but also enhances the sealing effect in pulsating pressure conditions. As a result, service life is significantly extended.

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