Seals & O-rings

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

Modular Seal Kit for Pneumatic Cylinders Covers All Kinds of Applications

Parker Prädifa offers a large number of combined pneumatic seals and wipers for the open groove of the EU system. By installing the right type of seal, a wide range of applications can be covered with...
On February 8, 2017

Overmolding Technology Enhances Safety of Single-Use Systems

Single-use systems (SUS) for up- and downstream processing in the pharmaceutical industry have become widely accepted in recent years due to their advantages in many operations, such as...
On January 31, 2017

Innovative Heavy-Duty Vehicle Technology on Display at IFPE

From optimizing peak performance to minimizing unplanned downtime, the products and systems Parker will showcase at IFPE 2017 are designed specifically to help its customers increase...
On January 20, 2017

3 Advantages of a Double Chamfer Radial Seal

More often than not, an O-ring makes for a great sealing element. They seal over a wide range of pressure, temperature and tolerance. Normally they require very little room, are readily available,...
On January 4, 2017

Cost and Waste Saving Benefits of Resealable Septa for Medical Applications

In the medical industry, oftentimes it is necessary to test a single blood sample a number of times. Other times, a patient may need to be injected with multiple doses of a medicine or...
On December 28, 2016

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

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