Sealing & Shielding

O-Rings and Seals for Automotive Transmission Fluid

Efficiency gains in the automotive industry are not limited to engine designs. Transmissions are also undergoing significant changes to increase fuel mileage. To reduce friction and cope with more...
On September 29, 2016

What to Know About O-ring Cytotoxicity and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Most pharmaceutical manufacturers produce drugs in large vats of living cell cultures. For the production of these drugs, it is extremely important to ensure that these cell cultures are not exposed...
On September 14, 2016

Seal Materials for Biodiesel

With the price of oil at rock bottom, it seems that no one is interested in biodiesel these days. But don’t think that cheap oil is a long-term solution. At some point, the price of oil will rise and...
On August 31, 2016

Why is Shore A Hardness Important?

O-rings are the simplest, most readily available type of seal used across every industry and market. They are arguably the best seal for many applications, but perhaps daunting to an engineer with...
On August 16, 2016

Optimum Sealing Performance, Even in Low-Pressure Conditions With the HL Rod Seal

Operators of fluid power systems increasingly demand friction-optimised piston and rod seals for hydraulic cylinders. High friction not only means high use of energy, but can also lead to premature...
On August 16, 2016

Perfluoroelastomer Materials Tailored for Your Needs

The zenith of rubber material technology is in perfluoroelastomer compounds, also known as FFKM. Sometimes considered the rubber version of PTFE, a perfluoroelastomer contains a fully...
On August 2, 2016

3 Global Trends Driving Seal Innovation in the Automotive Industry

Faster, Better, Stronger Sealing There are three global trends driving innovation in the automotive industry: the desire to drive farther and release fewer emissions from every unit of fuel, the need...
On July 19, 2016

High Performance Seals for Extreme Aerospace Environments

Today’s sealing challenges demand innovative solutions, and nobody knows innovation better than Parker. That’s why Parker develops and manufactures engineered sealing solutions –...
On July 11, 2016

3 Guidelines to Ensure Proper Seal Installation

Incorrect O-ring installation can lead to assembly damage causing leakage during the first pressure test. If the system does not pressurize properly, the entire piece of equipment should...
On June 28, 2016

Reduce Standard Groove Size with Parker Diamond Seals

Parker Diamond Seals are designed to be a compact, robust axial seal alternative to standard cross section seals. Their unique design allows for reduced compression forces, making them ideal...
On June 23, 2016

How to Enhance Safety and Avoid Mix-up of Seals in Automotive Applications

Modern high-performance engines require seals and sealing systems that deliver top performance in terms of operating reliability and service life as well. The new Parker Prädifa HNBR material...
On June 14, 2016

Environmental Seal Enclosures: UL94 V-0

Material certifications play a vital role in determining whether a chosen seal material is suitable for your service. In a continuation of our series on environmental seals for enclosures, we will be...
On April 15, 2016

Why Your Gaskets May be Non-compliant

After successive years of unprecedented growth, the tank car industry is facing numerous challenges. New regulations for stricter tank car standards have been mandated, estimated to cost $2.9 billion...
On April 12, 2016

Avoid Seal Extrusion with a Robust Gland Design

Designing the proper gland for a seal is usually a straightforward, easy process. Not only does the Parker O-Ring Handbook outline recommendations for stretch, squeeze, and volume fill necessary...
On March 24, 2016

Why Does My O-Ring Have All These Cracks In It?

Have you ever taken a component off the shelf, only to discover that the O-ring on it is full of cracks? Have you ever wrapped some pencils in a rubber band, only to have the rubber band...
On March 10, 2016

New Sealing Compound Avoids Electric Potential in Fuel Systems

Automotive fuel systems harbor the risk of electrostatic charging which may lead to arcing. The objective, therefore, is to engineer fuel systems using conductive components....
On February 22, 2016

Answers to Your In-Service Rubber Properties Questions

Are you uncertain of what to look for when comparing material data reports for various elastomers?  Ever wonder about the impact a seal’s durometer has in the application? Have you asked, ‘What...
On February 3, 2016

New Product Labels for More Safety

For obvious reasons, product safety is increasingly subject to legal provisions. As the industry’s first manufacturer to do so, Parker-Prädifa is now implementing the requirements of the...
On January 12, 2016

The Top 10 Most-Read Technology Blog Posts of 2015

It was a roller coaster year for the global industrial manufacturing and engineering community. At Parker, we are making a difference by sharing knowledge across each of our technology platforms to...
On January 4, 2016

Healing the Woes in Pharmaceutical Transportation

Pharmaceutical manufacturing is a very precise science with little to no room for variation in the synthesis process. Companies spend millions of dollars on research and development to perfect...
On December 10, 2015