Gallagher Fluid Seals helps meters & instruments manufacturer through the design and fabrication of a custom-molded gasket with an engineered profile.
Our client’s micro corrector was experiencing water intrusion past the gasket, caused by improper seal material and configuration.
Gallagher Applications Engineer Benjamin Mell worked closely with our client to identify & address the issue and suggested sending a sample of the instrument to GFS headquarters. Our engineering team received the hardware and investigated the root cause of the seal failure.
GFS engineers observed that our client’s closed-cell foam gasket had taken a severe compression set. This was limiting the life & effectiveness of the foam seal, which in turn allowed water to penetrate the instrument and damage the electronics.
Based on our experience and industry insights, GFS was contracted to design & fabricate a custom-molded gasket with an engineered profile to properly mate with the hardware and perform to customer expectations/ requirements. (see Figure 1. red seal)
Results / Next Steps
The Gallagher-engineered gasket solution was a success; it eliminated water intrusion and damage to the electronics, reduced warranty claims, and provided a more reliable product.
With the success of this project, GFS is partnering with our client for additional custom solutions. Next, we plan to help design and fabricate a window seal on the micro corrector to further decrease the possibility of water intrusion.
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Gear motors, pumps and stirring units keep process material in constant motion in the process industry’s production facilities. A large number of shaft seals are used at drive shafts to keep liquids securely within the equipment. But leaks may be more likely to occur if the pressure acting on the seals becomes too great. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a new rotary seal, the Gerromatic, which has a wave-shaped sealing lip. This increases the maximum amount of pressure that can be applied. The sinusoidal contact path also reduces friction and provides self-cleaning, which extends operating life.
In the process industry, including the food and beverage sector, shaft seals used in equipment mostly have a rotation-symmetrical seal lip, which abuts the rotating shaft with a groove-like contact pattern. During wet-running, this can cause the medium to be displaced at the contact surface. The seal then runs in a more or less dry condition, leading to increased friction and higher temperatures. The increased friction increases wear and reduces the efficiency of the equipment. The accompanying rise in temperature is not desirable, especially when the process media are temperature-sensitive. If the seal lip is also exposed to high temperatures at high rotational speeds – for example, due to a process material that applies pressure to the seal lip in a vessel with a stirring unit below it – the lip can fold down on the low-pressure side, which would result in immediate leakage and the seal’s failure.
A common question fielded by Parker O-ring Application Engineers is “will a (insert polymer family) O-ring work with (insert chemical mixture).” Not a day goes by where I do not field this question in some way, shape, or form. Which, honestly, makes perfect sense, because chemical compatibility is one of the two most important factors in designing a seal, the other being size. Choosing the right compound can literally make or break your seal and to the general designer, this can be a massive undertaking. There are so many rubber compound families out there and hundreds and hundreds of chemicals, so how can you know whether your seal is going to hold up? Well, today, I hope to give you a simple, and quantitative way to figure that out.
The Engineered Polymer Systems Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has launched a new material, Resilon® 4350 Polyurethane, delivering unmatched high temperature seal performance and reliability for a wide range of applications. This new material extends the high temperature sealing range of polyurethanes by over 20°F.
Parker’s Resilon Polyurethane is the established industry leader in high performance hydraulic sealing systems. This newest addition, Resilon 4350, increases the high temperature operating window from 230°F to 250°F for continuous use in many applications while other critical performance attributes such as wear resistance, extrusion resistance, glass transition temperature, and rebound remain best in class. All of this adds up to a new solution for seal designers as they push the envelope in temperature extremes.
O-Rings are still considered the “go-to” sealing element in many applications. They can seal a wide range of pressures, temperatures, and tolerances. They also require very little room, are readily available, and easily sourced. But there are applications that may be better suited with an alternate type of seal, such as a double chamfer radial seal.
In a recent blog post, our partners at Parker discussed the advantages of using a double chamfer radial seal.
There are a multitude of options when it comes to selecting the most suitable sealing product for your application. And for those who are not familiar with sealing technology, the number of options can be really confusing. Gallagher can help.
We pride ourselves on being “The Seal Specialist”, and our engineering department is ready to help seal your toughest application. But where do you even start? Keep reading to learn more about some of the fundamentals of seal design and fluid power sealing theory from our partners at Parker.
When tested alongside generic graphite/PTFE packing, packing made of 100% Gore® GFO® Fiber achieves better results for all key attributes: creep resistance, retention of lubricant, sealability, and stability (shrinkage).
The differences in performances for each generic packings will have an impact on the operational costs.
Pump and valve packing is a tried and true way to seal an application. But there are SO MANY styles of packing, choosing the correct braid configuration, fiber type, cross-section, etc., for your specific application can be extremely difficult.
Gallagher is here to help you along in the process. We represent numerous packing braiders, so we can find the best packing for you and your company, or even create a custom one. But where does the packing selection process start?
Lee Gillette, our GORE field sales representative, set out to answer that question in an article in Pumps and Systems magazine.