Seals & O-rings
Why Is Seal Retention Important and Finding the Right PIP Seal
We receive many requests regarding seal retention but why is it so important? There are 3 main reasons: ease of component assembly, serviceability, and transit issues. For example, seal retention is...
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Proprietary Resilon® Polyurethane Raises the Bar for Seal Durability in Frac Pumps
Challenges abound for oil and gas companies during drilling and well completion operations. Drilling mud and frac fluids are some of the harshest and most destructive media to be sealed. It...
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Where Did Mil-R-83485 and AMS-R-83485 Specifications Go?
If I had to estimate the number of times someone asked for a seal meeting AMS7287, the answer is very few.  On the other hand, the number of times someone has asked for a seal material...
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Avoid Seal Extrusion in High Pressure Applications with KB292 (HNBR)
In the Oil & Gas industry, the need for elastomers to seal higher pressures for sustained periods of time with minimal damage is abounding. Applications such as drilling tools, completions equipment,...
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Taking Out the Guesswork: Optimizing Rubber Component Design With Nonlinear FEA
Have you been frustrated with going through multiple design iterations when rubber components are failing due to high stresses or your device has been leaking due to insufficient compression? Have you...
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Increasing Reliability in Drug Delivery Systems
Improvements to a drug delivery system (DDS) can control the consistency and increase the quality of drug delivery. Parker’s self-sealing polyisoprene is designed to improve on existing systems...
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Ideal Surface Finish Recommendations For Optimum Sealing Performance
When designing a gland in which an O-ring or elastomeric seal is the desired sealing component, there are several aspects that need to be considered. A perfectly designed seal with the right material,...
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Large-Size PTFE Seals Withstand Aggressive Media and High Temperatures
Seals made of the fluoropolymer PTFE are used where many other sealing materials (such as rubber elastomers, polyurethanes, fabric-reinforced elastomer seals, etc.) reach their limits in terms of...
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Challenges of Commercial Vehicle Electrification
In 1933, Kenworth Motor Truck Co. became the first American truck manufacturer to introduce the Cummins 4 cylinder, 100 hp, HA4 model diesel engine as standard equipment. By 1938 the first...
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Improving Efficiency of Diesel Truck and Bus Fleets
Clean energy consultancy Gladstein, Neandross and Associates, in its recent report on sustainable fleets¹, predicts another decade of diesel-powered heavy trucks leading long-haul. Diesel...
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Changing the Environmental Impact of Electric Car Batteries
The popularity of electric and zero-emissions vehicles is growing substantially, although their share of the overall automobile market remains relatively small.  Automobile manufacturers are spending...
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BRE Compounds Bridge Gap Providing Improved Properties Over FKM & Aflas®
Fluids play a critical role in sustaining life. Keeping animals and humans hydrated and helping plants grow are obvious ways. Less obvious ways include moving cargo around the world and...
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How Tailored Single-Use Fluid Management Systems Benefit Biopharma Manufacturers
As well as pharmaceutical production based on complex organic molecules, manufacturing of advanced biologic drugs and vaccines must ensure that in-process contamination risks are mitigated...
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10 Reasons to Replace Metal Case Rotary Seals with Clipper® Oil Seals
Clipper® Oil Seals are one of the Parker Engineered Polymer Systems (EPS) Division's most widely used rotary seal products. They are an effective solution – especially when used as direct...
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Sealing at Extreme Low Temperatures
Heavy duty equipment moves industry forward in all climates, from the sunny Caribbean to icy Greenland. Effective, reliable sealing is what allows hydraulic systems in heavy duty equipment to do work,...
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How to Properly Choose Commercially Available O-Ring Cross Sections
There are 400+ standard O-ring sizes, so which is the right one for an application? Or maybe you are wondering if one O-ring thickness is better than another. This question is posed to us several...
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How to Select Seal Materials for Medical Ventilators
In the rush to massively increase the number of ventilators available to treat patients with severe cases of Covid-19, using the correct seal materials for those ventilators should never take a back...
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Critical Systems and Components for Ventilator Manufacturing
Today, the demand for life-saving ventilators is challenging medical equipment manufacturers’ production capacity and supply chains around the world to perform at levels well beyond...
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Supporting Medical Device Manufacturing With Business Critical Parts
For medical device manufacturers, it is now more important than ever to operate at the highest capacity in order to increase the supply of essential equipment used for patient care.   COVID-19 is...
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How Much Do You Know About Compressive Stress Relaxation? CSR Part 3
Parts 1 and 2 of this series discussed the theory behind CSR testing and what to look for in a CSR result curve.  This 3rd and final section will focus on how to use CSR data and apply it to real...
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