Drop-in-place seals offer easy installation and time-saving assembly, providing seal retention in straight-wall or dovetail grooves.
Gallagher and the Parker ISS Division design each drop-in-place seal with the application in mind, taking into consideration the material and manufacturing process of the mating surfaces to determine the most efficient design.
The drop-in-place design utilizes a rubber encapsulated plastic or metal backbone, lined with retention and stabilizer ribs. This design holds simple or complex seal shapes, easing installation and providing automation possibilities. Small contact points require less flange loading, providing maximum sealing under minimal pressure for non-ideal surfaces.
While O-Rings are an incredibly useful sealing application, they are not infallible. When they fail, it’s usually because of the combined adverse effects of several environmental factors.
The most common causes of O-Ring failures include:
Improper gland design, allowing for too much or too little compression, not enough for seal expansion and tolerance stack-up.
Incorrect O-Ring size.
Incompatibility of O-Ring elastomer and environmental elements.
Improper O-Ring installation.
Inadequate O-Ring lubrication.
The combination of stresses on the O-Ring can be complex and difficult to evaluate. Therefore, it is crucial that both the O-Ring compound and size be tested in the real environment of its service. Below you’ll find three examples of the types of O-Ring failure that can occur, what causes the failure and how to identify and correct it. Continue reading Common Reasons for O-Ring Failure→
DuPont™ Kalrez® – Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
The drive to reduce costs and environmental concerns have caused many design and processing engineers to turn to perfluoroelastomer sealing parts as the most cost-effective sealing solutions. The value-in-use of perfluoroelastomer can be proven in operating conditions where conventional elastomers fail. Even under less arduous conditions, DuPont Kalrez perfluoroelastomer seals can be the best solution, as they can last significantly longer than conventional sealing solutions.
Economics depend on the total system cost
When considering the economics of elastomeric seals, it is vital to look beyond the total cost related to the sealing solution. The total system cost in use is the sum of the cost of the O-ring seal plus the installation cost plus the downtime cost (including loss of productivity through leakage and clean-up costs).
In the fall of 2002, Chestnut Hill Academy teachers Peter Randall and Rob Ervin were looking for a way to get students excited about engineering and technology.
That led them to found Team 1218, the academy’s award-winning robotics team.
Team 1218 began with four curious students and two willing mentors. The team had very few resources in the beginning, using an empty closet as its shop and a hall as the build space.
Despite the rookie team’s inexperience and limitations, its passion and dedication was the driving force to winning both the 2003 Philadelphia Regional and Rookie All-Star award.
Gallagher Fluid Seals is a proud sponsor of Team 1218. The students’s achievements with the program and afterwards as alumni are only matched by the dedication of the faculty leaders and mentors.
At the time Team 1218 was founded, CHA had an engineering graduation rate of exactly 0%. The school quickly recognized the importance of a robotics program to the students and the community, and began to fund the team in 2003 in hope that it would encourage more students to become scientists and engineers.
In this post, we’ll talk about the common types of O-Ring applications, and their impact on O-ring sizing and hardware design.
Static Axial Seals
When designing grooves for static axial seals, the first consideration is whether the pressure is coming from inward or outward.
In situations involving outward pressure, the outside diameter of the groove is primary, and the groove width is the primary consideration for the inside diameter. For inward pressure, the inside diameter is primary. This ensures that the O-Ring needs to move the least distance to seal the extrusion gap.
Parker’s combination of advanced seal design technology and material expertise has produced a reliable zero-leak rod seal package for hydraulic cylinders for greater equipment output which:
Extends useful cylinder life
Maximizes equipment uptime
Extends maintenance intervals
Integral to the design of the zero leak seal package are the characteristics of Parker’s Resilon™ polyurethane material – designed for extended temperature range, wear resistance, compression set resistance, and overall toughness.
We’ve spent the past few entries on this blog discussing O-rings. Now we’d like to talk about the design and performance differences between elastomeric O-rings and Quad-Rings™.
The O-ring is a doughnut-shaped circular cross section seal that can be used nearly anywhere in the sealing industry. The Quad-Ring™, a 100% retrofit option for any O-ring application, can and will outperform an O-ring in many technical areas.
O-Rings are solid-rubber, doughnut-shaped seals used to block the passage of a gas or liquid when pressed between two mating surfaces.
They are amongst the most widely utilized seal designs in the world. Due to the number of ways they can be utilized, there are essentially an endless number of O-Ring sizes.
But despite the wide range of O-Ring sizes, every O-Ring has the same two dimensions: the inner diameter (ID), and the cross-section (CS). To attain an adequate seal, it must achieve proper compression, approximately 18-20% in the cross sectional characteristic.This creates a boundary to keep fluids in and contaminants out.