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Interesting Facts About O-Rings
Monday, July 23, 2018

O-rings are manufactured across the globe and are the most common seals used to contain fluid. They usually consist of a doughnut-shaped ring (the technical term for the shape is a toroid) made from a variety of pliable elastomers such as Neoprene or silicone. O-rings are widely used for sealing joints and connections in hydraulic and pneumatic systems, but their use extends far beyond the industrial industries. Here, we cover the O-ring’s interesting history and their vast range of applications, some that may be quite surprising.  ..

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Tips To Prevent Pressure Gauge Failure
Monday, March 19, 2018

Pressure gauges are instruments used to analyse an applied force by a liquid or gas on a surface. This applied force, or pressure, is typically measured in units of force per unit of surface area. A pressure gauge indicates whether or not a system is operating correctly, so it’s a vital component. They don’t require much maintenance, but if not periodically calibrated, pressure gauges will wear out or fail, causing downtime or dangerous malfunctions. ..

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Gland Packing For Modern Applications
Monday, February 26, 2018

Gland packing, like a mechanical seal, is a vital element of pumps and shafts, controlling fluid loss and ensuring the successful operation of mechanical equipment. While mechanical seals may be the more popular choice for most applications, they are a very costly investment and not always the most necessary option. Gland packing is cost-effective, easy to install, and made from readily available materials. It is a method that countless engineering applications still rely on today, particularly if corrosive fluids are being handled as the packing will last far longer than a seal.  ..

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Selecting The Correct Mechanical Seals
Monday, February 19, 2018

As mentioned in a previous post about preventing mechanical seal failure, one of the most critical errors that most people make is selecting the incorrect seal for an application. Mechanical seals are designed to last for many years without issue, if the correct seal, made from the correct type of materials, has been selected and properly installed. Seals fall into many different categories, so the first thing you need to investigate and understand is your normal operating conditions, including the liquid being handled, the various temperatures and pressures, and the possible environmental impact. ..

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Likely Reasons For Hydraulic Seal Failure
Monday, January 29, 2018

Hydraulic seals are soft, non-metallic rings that form vital components in various industry applications and machinery. Once captured in a groove, hydraulic seals form a seal assembly that converts fluid power into a linear motion, achieving optimum equipment performance, reduced leakage, and nominal friction. Hydraulic seals are made from a variety of materials, depending on the specific application’s conditions or limits.  ..

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Tips for Installing Hydraulic Seals
Monday, July 24, 2017

Hydraulic seals are a vital component in various industrial and domestic applications. They are inexpensive to replace but the subsequent downtime from a failed seal can be very costly for a manufacturer. One of the main causes of hydraulic seal failure is improper installation. It doesn’t help that there are many different installation procedures, all dependent on the nature of the application. There are, however, some fundamental practices that should be followed, regardless of the type of application. Here, we outline some important tips for successfully installing your hydraulic seals. ..

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