Seals & O-rings

Intelligent Product Design of Polymer Components Enables Integration of Functions

The utilization of suitable materials based on specialized engineering and manufacturing know-how makes it possible to integrate several parts and/or functions in a single assembly component. In many...
On November 6, 2017

Compound Cure System: How Much Does It Matter?

Frequently, our team in Applications Engineering receives a question along these lines: “Is your compound E0740 peroxide cured?” Usually, these questions are asked because an end customer specifies...
On November 2, 2017

New Sealing Solution Extends Service Life of Swivel Joints for Mobile Cranes

Mobile cranes perform a wide variety of tasks, typically of the heavy-duty kind. The work they do and the locations at which they operate are frequently exposed to harsh climatic conditions in places...
On October 25, 2017

Seals and Vehicle Evaporative Emissions

Reducing the environmental impact of operating a passenger car has long been a request from the environmental community, and that demand continues to spread. But how can something as small as a seal...
On October 24, 2017

Universal Material nobrox® for Food Applications: Compound Versatility Beats Compound Variety

Be it in the food processing industry, restaurants or residential kitchens: components with food contact in industrial equipment and household appliances are subject to strict legal and...
On October 18, 2017

How to Determine the Ideal Metal Seal Part Number for an Application

Parker's metal seals are used in the most extreme environments that demand extreme temperature and pressure solutions. Metal seal technology is used in cryogenic, high temperature, hard vacuum, high...
On September 28, 2017

Protect Your Seal Aftermarket with Part Identification Technologies

Parker is revolutionizing part identification technology with a multitude of options. Customers are able to benefit from various identification methods such as non-permanent and permanent...
On September 20, 2017

New CPI FFKM Extends Seal Life, Solving Long Time Industry Challenge

For several years, one of the biggest drawbacks of “chemically resistant” FFKMs, or perfluoroelasters, has been their relatively poor compression set resistance. Typically, compounding these materials...
On August 9, 2017

New Sealing Material HiFluor FB for Hygienically Sensitive Applications

Be it in the production of food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics or medical devices coming into contact with the human body, excellent purity and media resistance combined with a wide range of...
On July 27, 2017

Seal T-Joints Without RTV Silicone

A common problem I hear in the heavy duty industry today is sealing T-Joint applications effectively without the use of RTV Silicone (Room Temperature Vulcanization). Although RTV may be effective...
On July 26, 2017

Making Strides Towards Liner Seal Technology

Parker Engineered Materials Group has developed a wide range of materials for liner seals to meet the demands of the ever increasing temperature requirements in liner seal applications. The new...
On June 29, 2017

Use a Metal Seal for Those High Temperature or High Pressure Situations!

Parker Hannifin Engineered Materials Group has developed a wide variety of metal seals which can be formed or machined. A metal seal is a highly engineered sealing solution which provides...
On June 22, 2017

What O-Rings Do You Recommend for an E85 Rated Assembly?

With the desire for renewable energy sources, coupled with dependence on foreign oil, Americans are becoming increasingly interested in alcohol/fuel blends. There are nearly 20 million flex fuel...
On June 16, 2017

A Guide to Selecting the Proper Sealing Material for Food Applications

The substances used in the food and in the chemical process industries are identical in many cases, whether they are of natural origin or synthetically produced.   Irrespective of their type and...
On June 9, 2017

Racetrack Grooves: Can O-Rings be used in Non-Circular Groove Patterns?

Can O-rings be used in rectangular or non-circular groove patterns? This question comes up weekly, and the answer is a resounding “Yes!” however there are definite guidelines we want to follow....
On June 7, 2017

Seals and the Quest for MPG

Customer demand and government regulations continue to push the automotive industry to improve efficiency, and many of these improvements affect seal materials and seal material selection. But how and...
On May 31, 2017

How to Read a Test Report: 4 Most Common Rubber Test Report Misunderstandings

We've all done it at least once: looked at a report, read the numbers on it, and come up with exactly the wrong conclusion. Pass / fail limits and results are printed right there, but for some reason,...
On April 26, 2017

CamLock Seals Extend Seal Life with Innovative Dual Bead Design

Cam and groove style couplings, commonly referred to as camlock fittings, are used across many industries due to their ability to quickly connect and disconnect from holding tanks, pumps, filters, or...
On April 19, 2017

Chemical Compatibility: A Critical Component in Seal Design

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...
On April 5, 2017

Press-in-Place Seals for Axial Sealing Applications

O-rings are a universal seal throughout the world. However, some axial applications may benefit from a different sealing solution called a Press-in-Place seal, or PIP seal. First, let’s define axial...
On March 16, 2017