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Orion Engineered Seals “Pneumatic Sealing Device”

orion pneumatic sealing deviceThe Orion Engineered Seals pneumatic sealing device (PSD) is an engineered pneumatic sealing system designed to seal the shafts of machines where typical contact seals such as packing and/or mechanical face seals prove to be too costly to operate and maintain.

PSD Sealing system features:

  • Efficient design minimizes air usage while maintaining internal sealing pressure profile
  • Resilient to angular and parallel shaft movement
  • Pressures /temperatures to 120psi/575oF
  • Split seals available in most designs
  • Wide range of materials available covering most application requirements
  • Requires little or no maintenance after installation

How the Pneumatic Sealing Device Works

The pressure profile forms a circumferential boundary layer internally that mitigates the effects of shaft movement because the throttle is designed to float. The standard PSD is designed so the air flow in/out of the seal is biased at 50% as can be seen in the image below. Installed correctly the PSD is essentially a non-contact seal which is why it requires no maintenance. In those situations where there is angular misalignment OES PSD-AM design is utilized. In all cases the PSD is engineered to meet our customers specific requirements and performance expectations.

Profile of Pneumatic Sealing Device

The PSD relies on engineered clearances to develop a uniform sealing pressure/velocity profile. This eliminates low pressure areas mitigating the chance of product ingress into the seal. This can be seen in the pressure profile map from a CFD analysis of the PSD.

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Who is Orion Engineered Seals?

Orion Engineered Seals is a customer-focused organization specializing in innovative bearing protection and product sealing technology.

They provide quick delivery of all our off-the-shelf products for common industrial applications and have the application expertise and resources to solve complex sealing problems.


The original content and specifications can be found on Orion Engineered Seals’ website here.

Gallagher Fluid Seals is a preferred distributor of Orion Seals. For more information on Pneumatic Sealing Devices or to speak with an engineer, contact Gallagher Fluid Seals.

A History Lesson of the Falk Gearbox – How are they Related to Beer?

Falk Gearbox

It’s no secret that Falk gearbox parts have powered some of the world’s largest machinery for more than a century. But what most folks don’t realize is that the manufacturer’s legacy was built upon a river of beer.

That’s right. Before the Falk picture of Falk Gearbox family made its name in the power transmission industry, German immigrant Franz Falk co-founded the fourth-largest brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His success as a brewer helped establish the city as the “beer capital of the world”—and gave his son the wealth he needed to build what would one day become a leading gear manufacturing company.

From Wisconsin beer to Oregon gearboxes, products bearing the Falk name tend to rise to the top. So it’s no surprise that Franz’s Bavaria Brewery, founded in 1856, was a hit despite the stiff competition. With a 200,000-barrel production capacity (rivaling even some of today’s major breweries), the Falk family brewery outpaced both Schlitz and Miller combined during its peak years.

When a Fourth of July fire destroyed part of the brewery in 1889, so much beer spewed out into the Menomonee Valley you could stand in it up to your ankles.

Franz had passed away by that time, pabst blue ribbonbut his sons rebuilt and kept on making his popular beer. When fire struck again, however, they decided not to rebuild. They sold, instead—to Captain Frederick Pabst for $500,000 worth of stock in his own brewery. The Falk family made the Pabst Brewery Company the largest brewery in the entire United States. Pabst Blue Ribbon made the Falk brothers rich.

From Beers to Falk Gears

Herman Falk, the fifth of Franz’s seven sons, wasn’t a big fan of brewing. He was more mechanically inclined.

An inventor and entrepreneur, he acquired his first patent at the age of 20, for “new and useful improvements in wagon-breaks.” By 1892, he had started a business making couplings for wagons. Today, Falk gear couplings are considered the industry gold standard. Back then, however, wagon couplings weren’t enough to sustain a business.

Fortunately, the money from the sale of the family brewery allowed him to expand. He soon opened a general-purpose machine shop in an old blacksmith building, where he built stage machinery for the Pabst Theater when he wasn’t working on wagons. Before long, a new technology caught his attention: electrified transportation. He invented a breakthrough process for manufacturing the joints between streetcar rails, and by 1900 nearly a third of the nation’s rail street rail tracks had Falk castings.

By that time, Falk had moved on to power transmission. As factories transitioned from steam power to electric motors, gears were needed to convert their superfluous speed into torque for driving conveyor belts and machine tools. Falk’s newly built 70,000-square-foot factory began pumping out gears and pinions in response.

But Falk wasn’t satisfied with producing ordinary spur gears for streetcars. He had heard of a Swiss machine that could produce precision herringbone gears. He bought the U.S. rights and debuted his new gears in 1911.

“Herman’s decision to enter the precision gearing field was undoubtedly the pivotal event in the company’s history,” says Milwaukee historian John Gurda.

Gearing Up for Success

It wasn’t long before Falk was producing heavy industrial gears for oceangoing vessels—including U.S. naval ships. He even made the gears that open and close the giant mechanical gates of the 51-mile-long Panama Canal, according to the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

The company has since manufactured more than 1,200 reverse reduction drives for tugboats and towboats as well as more than 1,800 special reduction gears for cruise ships, aircraft carriers and other marine vessels.

Today, Falk gearbox parts can be found in any number of industries, from paper to mining to cement. Its standard product lines include gear drives, Falk gear couplings and low-speed backstops.

Just as his dad helped make Milwaukee the beer capital of the world, Herman Falk helped make it a global center for manufacturing, earning the city a new title: “machine shop of the world.” Both helped make the Falk name synonymous with quality.

Original article can be found on Mar-Dustrial Sales’s website.


Problems with your Falk Gearbox?

Traditional sealing methods for the flooded shafts are inadequate resulting in oil leaking out of the gearbox creating an environmental and safety hazard.

Solution: The BPD-C from Orion Engineered Sealspicture of orion seals BPD-C

  • Incorporates all of the contamination exclusion features of the standard BPD
  • Designed specifically for flooded gearbox shafts.
  • Contains oil in vertical down as well as horizontal positions
  • Does not damage shaft
  • Provides an operating environment in which the contacting component of the seal to works effectively for years

Gallagher Fluid seals is a preferred distributor of Orion Engineered Seals. 

If you have questions about challenges you are facing in your plant,  contact the Gallagher engineering department.

Orion Engineered Seals Receives BPD Patent

Orion’s Path to Innovative Bearing Protection Technology and the Issuing of their Patent

Since the opening of Orion Engineered Seals in 2011, their team has been working tirelessly to ensure they have the most innovative products available to increase the reliability of rotating equipment. Among their various product lines, it is their patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) in its many design variations that separates them from their competition. In March of 2017, after a long yet rewarding process, they were issued a US PATENT for their robust and distinctly innovative Bearing Protection Device (BPD) technology. There is so much they could say about why their products stand above their competition, but today we’re going to focus specifically on the team behind the BPD and why Orion has been so successful.

Orion Engineered Seals - BPDTodd Brickson, Director of Engineering has been working in manufacturing for over 25 years and is enjoying the fruits of his hard work. When designing the BPD device he had a few key points going through his mind.

  • To create the most effective, innovative, and efficient design in bearing protection
  • How can we be innovative in the market and create something that has never been seen before
  • Develop multiple internal layers of contaminant control that would surpass any design available in the market today.

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Protect Paper Machine Bearings from Failure

BPD-FM - Paper Machine Bearing ProtectionThe Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.


BPD-FM - Paper Machine Bearing ProtectionProblem: Paper machines operate in hot, humid environments resulting in reduced bearing life, costly downtime and lost production.Paper machine bearings most often fail due to contamination ingress into the bearing housing.

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Protect Pillow Block Bearings from Failure

Orion Engineered Seals - Pillow Block BearingThe Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.


Pillow Block Bearings

A pillow block bearing is made up of two components: a mounting bracket (pillow block), and the bearing itself, housed in the mounting bracket.  These are usually used in low-torque, light-load applications.

Orion Engineered Seals - Pillow Block Bearing (BPD-PB)

The pillow block is mounted to a foundation, while still allowing the shaft and inner ring of the bearing to rotate freely. Pillow block bearing manufacturers usually supply some sealing arrangement for the fixture, to prevent dust and other contaminants from entering the housing, while also retaining lubrication (either oil or grease). Oftentimes, the OEM seals are inadequate, causing pillow block bearing failure.

Problem: OEM seal rings are not capable of providing long term bearing protection from harsh environments and inadequate lubrication retention.

Solution: The BPD-PB

  • Designed specifically for pillow block bearings
  • Incorporates all of the standard BPD contamination exclusion features
  • Designed for split pillow block housings
  • Extensive Dodge and SKF data base
  • Engineered for specific applications
  • Designed for ease of installation

The Orion Engineered Seals BPD can be used all throughout the plant.  There are a variety of designs already created for Pumps, Motors, Gearboxes, Pillow Blocks, Turbines, Oil Mist applications, Paper Machine Rolls, and many other specialty applications.  But as Orion’s name implies, they are manufacturing “Engineered Seals”, and would be happy to design a custom sealing solution for your worst application.

Gallagher Fluid Seals is your authorized distributor of Orion Engineered Seals BPD in the northeast and mid-Atlantic.  If you have questions about the BPD and how to implement it into your processes, please contact us today!

Protect Motor Bearings from Premature Failure

BPD-GB - Motor Bearing Protection DeviceThe Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.

BPD-GB – Motor Bearing Protection Device

Problem: The increased use of VFD’s offers substantial efficiency improvements. However, a key drawback is stray VFD generated currents that result in premature motor bearing failures.

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Protection for Flooded Gearbox Shafts

Orion Seals BPD-C - Gearbox ApplicationThe Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.

The BPD-C Works in Flooded Environments

Orion Seals - Gearbox ApplicationProblem: Traditional sealing methods for the flooded gearbox shafts are inadequate, resulting in oil leaking out of the gearbox, creating an environmental and safety hazard.

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Introducing Orion’s Bearing Protection Device

Orion Engineered Seals - Bearing Protection Device (BPD)The Orion Engineered Seals Bearing Protection Device (BPD)

The Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology which provides maximum protection against contaminants while maintaining lubrication in the bearing.  It is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device on the market today.

The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment. Every feature of the BPD is designed to work together as a system.

What Makes Orion’s Bearing Protection Device (BPD) Better

Orion Engineered Seals - Bearing Protection Device (BPD)Two Vertical Internal Chambers – The Orion BPD utilizes the laws of physics with the vertical alignment of the internal chambers to create the most effective and efficient bearing protection device on the market today.

Internal Static Elastomers – BPD is the only true non-contacting device with two internal static elastomers, eliminating the potential of dynamic o-ring hangup.

Contaminant Exclusion – With double exclusion chambers, the Orion BPD can exclude the higher volumes of contaminant, ensuring longer bearing life.

Angled Oil Return – With an angled oil return, the Orion BPD offers enhanced return flow and higher volume capacity with no oil leakage.

Angled Interface – While competing products offer a straight interface, the Orion BPD features an angled interface, giving the contaminant direction and flow to expel more efficiently.

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