New Online Sealing Technology Resource Center for Engineers

A new information hub has been launched to showcase best practice in sealing technology in a bid to provide “solutions for tomorrow’s engineering”.

The Knowledge Center by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions aims to bridge the gap between design engineers’ needs and standard technology documentation, bringing useful information together as part of one digital portal.

Knowledge CenterIt is aimed at design engineers working in industries that require sealing technology, including fluid power, the chemical processing industry, oil and gas, automotive design and life sciences.

Online tool
The website is fully compatible across all platforms including tablets and smartphones – a response to the latest trends, with engineers increasingly turning to mobile devices to find technical support and solutions.

The online tool contains ‘bite size’ information, including technical articles and sealing advice – with the option to download extended articles and white papers. There is also an ‘ask the experts’ section where people can send questions directly to Trelleborg’s technical team.

Solutions for tomorrow’s engineering
David Brown, Managing Director for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in the UK, said: “The Knowledge Center is about providing solutions for tomorrow’s engineering.

“This isn’t about us showcasing our products, far from it, the Knowledge Center is non-promotional; it is a resource tool for engineers working in highly-technical fields related to sealing.

Knowledge and engineering
“We are a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. This positions us perfectly to share both useful and essential information with engineers working in the same industries as us.

“We have built up a significant amount of knowledge and information and this is a way of sharing it.”

Information for industry
Examples of industry-specific content include an overview of NORSOK standards for engineers working in the oil and gas industry as well as articles, including ‘Shortening the Design Process through FEA’ and ‘Matching Elastomer Seals to Biofuel Applications’. An article on ‘Central Tire Inflation Sealing Systems’ is also available for engineers in the automotive industry.

To visit the Knowledge Center, go to www.knowledgecenter.trelleborg.com.

Survey Giveaway Extended: Get Your Trelleborg Polar Bear

Do you use our website regularly? Are the tools available on the website of use to you? Have you ever used our mobile apps? Give us your feedback and receive a Trelleborg polar bear and the chance to win a music store voucher.

Trelleborg Polar BearIn October, the Digital Services Survey went live on the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions website. With this survey, we want to find out what our customers and website users think about our digital services and what their needs for the future are.

We are still looking for more input! Our Trelleborg Polar Bear giveaway in December was so popular that we are extending this offer: as a special thank you, ALL survey participants will receive a Trelleborg Polar Bear. So, take the survey and share it with your friends and colleagues. It only takes three minutes to complete and all the feedback we receive is important to us.

First winners chosen

Each month, 10 survey participants are randomly selected to win a gift certificate to the music store of their choice, either iTunes, Google Play or Amazon, with an approximate value of €50/£50/$50.

The winners over the first 3 months have been chosen: Frank V. from Belgium; D.B. from Brazil; N. N. from China; C. B. from Denmark; P.A. and Miko S. from Finland;, L.D. from France; Peter A., F.C., Robert R., Carsten S., F.S. and Joerg W. from Germany; A.S. from Hungary; Rakesh G. and K.P. from India; Michelle B. from Ireland; G.M., Kurt O. and O.V. from Italy; Theo V. from the Netherlands; D. O. from Poland; Jonas A. from Sweden; Vicky G. and Tim B. from UK; and Mark H., H.J., Michael L., Peter P. and T.S. from the USA.

We would like to thank all survey participants for the feedback they provided to us. This will help us to improve our website to better meet our customers’ needs.

Take the survey here!

Maybe your name will appear in this month’s list of winners!

Pro-Dex Selects Trelleborg to Support New Surgical Device

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announces it has been selected by Pro-Dex, a global medical technology company, to support the design of a new, cutting edge powered screwdriver that features sensors integrated with software to provide intelligence.

Trelleborg Surgical Device Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is providing shoulder-to-shoulder engineering seal design support to Pro-Dex for this intelligent powered screwdriver prototype that will be commercially available in 2015. The screwdriver can automatically sense when screws are properly seated against the bone and the plate. The unique software can determine the correct tightness intra-operatively, independent of the age of the patient, hardness of the bone, thickness of the bone and the size of the screw during neurosurgeries.

Pro-Dex chose Trelleborg for its ability to deliver on seal and bearing performance requirements, including reliability of engineering, inspection services and quality control. In addition to managing seal performance in sterile and often hostile environments, such as operating rooms, Pro-Dex selected Trelleborg as its supplier because of its high level of reliability, including its ability to uphold ISO and FDA approval requirements.

Proven seal supplier
“After evaluating several suppliers, we choose Trelleborg Sealing Solutions because we knew that Trelleborg was a good and proven supplier of seals, especially for tough environments,” says Stuart Gallant, the Vice President of Product and Business Development for Pro-Dex. “Most of the projects that we are involved with today, which includes new and existing business, require quality and longevity of sealing solutions.”

Pro-Dex relied on the 50 years of expertise from Trelleborg as well as Trelleborg’s R&D experts to assist them in determining the best design to be integrated into its new screwdriver. Using a high-grade composition of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based resin compounded with anti-wear additives, the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions specialized seal design delivers a very low co-efficient of friction.

Long service life
Pro-Dex is also using a slant coil spring from Trelleborg that has a special property to maintain a relatively constant load. Mitigating seal wear or deviations in dimension due to thermal changes, Trelleborg ensures that the product has a long life and consistent heat generation.

“For the life sciences industry, we think that our customers need a supplier that goes above and beyond to ensure objectives and goals are being met; and a partner that actually invests in the success of their customer. Pro-Dex as a success story is a great example of how our collaborative approach can deliver key product differentiators and competitive advantages for our customers in their markets,” says Luis Tissone, Director of Life Sciences at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

Range of benefits
In addition to extending the hours of operation and life of its instrument, Pro-Dex’s powered driver will reduce the amount of time it will take a surgeon to feed the screws into the plate, allowing for placing of 15 or even 20 screws to be achieved in minutes. This results in decreased operating room time and patient exposure to anesthesia, while also reducing surgeon hand fatigue. The seals and springs can withstand sterilization in an autoclave or specialized washer, ensuring the new Pro-Dex screwdriver will be fully autoclavable and re-useable.

“Our aim is to ensure we deliver superior devices to the original equipment manufacturers we service and meet the needs of both surgeons and staff. We are pleased to have Trelleborg backing us up,” concludes Gallant.

About Pro-Dex
Pro-Dex Inc., with operations in California and Oregon in the U.S., is a contract medical device engineering and manufacturing Company with particular expertise in design, development and manufacture of technologically advanced powered rotary drive surgical and dental instruments used primarily in the orthopedic, spine, maxillofacial and dental markets.

With more than 40 years of experience in designing and manufacturing surgical power tools, Pro-Dex has come to understand the importance of providing reliable power and smooth performance for the most demanding applications.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Launches Glyd Ring® D: Cool Under Pressure

An innovative seal design in a specialty material ensures long life and reliability in hydraulics.

Zurcon® Glyd Ring® D from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions gives the perfect combination of sealing performance and service life, through optimized contact pressure and minimized heat generated from friction. To achieve this, adequate friction is ensured with an innovative design that incorporates two special grooves in the D-shaped profile of the seal to sustain an oil film for sufficient lubrication of the seal against its counter surface.
Zurcon® Glyd Ring® D
The new Zurcon® Glyd Ring® D is manufactured from Zurcon® Z13 polyurethane material, which has been specially developed to cope with pressures up to 500 bar/ 7,250 psi at both sides of the seal and at temperatures up to +120 °C / +248 °F. The seal therefore gives long life, even under demanding conditions. Offering superb mechanical and elastic properties, the seal loses none of its resilience and can be used in cylinders with lower quality inner walls.

Alberto Livi, Product Manager for the seal at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “In the latest more powerful hydraulic applications, high pressure is combined with elevated temperatures. The new Zurcon® 13 polyurethane material used in Zurcon® Glyd Ring® D is specially developed to cope with this combination. That’s why we can say that Zurcon® Glyd Ring® D is truly ‘cool under pressure’ and that with it we can offer a seal that has a long life, even under unforgiving conditions.”

Core industrial applications for Zurcon® Z13 Glyd Ring® D include construction machinery, earthmoving equipment, mobile cranes, forklift trucks and any other solutions involving mobile hydraulics. The seal offers superior resilience and good friction properties. It is compatible with hydraulic, mineral, synthetic and water-based fluids and with a hardness of 60 shore D offers outstanding wear resistance, excellent extrusion properties and hydrolysis resistance.

Updated Turcon® Variseal® Catalog Now Available

Turcon® Variseal® seals are highly effective for a wide range of industries. Used in both dynamic and static applications, they offer excellent chemical resistance at an extended temperature range. After decades of proven performance in critical applications, Turcon® Variseal® still meets the requirements of today’s and tomorrow’s industries.

Turcon Variseal CoverThe new catalog combines the inch and metric ranges into a single catalog, making it easier to find the sizes that you require.

Overview of important performance characteristics of Turcon® Variseal®:

  • Very low coefficient of friction
  • Good dynamic and static sealing
  • Capable of sealing at high speeds up to 15 m/s / 49 ft/sec
  • Virtually universal chemical compatibility
  • Operating temperature of -253 °C up to +300 °C / -423 °F to +572 °F
  • Very good thermal resistance
  • Material properties are unaffected by contact with chemicals
  • Unlimited shelf life
  • Low compression set
  • Capable of withstanding high pressures above 200 MPa / 2000 bar / 29000 psi when using Back-up Rings
  • Very good dry-running properties
  • Can be installed in grooves according to MIL-G-5514F and DIN 3771

The new catalog incorporates a number of changes:

  • The Turcon® Variseal® W2 design metric range is introduced. The low friction specific Turcon® Variseal® W metric range has been removed, but remains available.
  • The Turcon® Roto Variseal® inch range is introduced.
  • A 15 digit part number system is included for metric selection for the first time. Note: For Turcon® Variseal® M2, M2S and Turcon® Roto Variseal® part numbers, there is not a straight conversion from the 14 digit to 15 digit system and to avoid changes in spring load this should not be assumed.
  • Only standard spring loads are included. Availability of non-standard spring loads will be advised at a later date.
  • HiClean selection part number digit D has been superseded by R (red silicone)

To download the catalog, click here.

Winners of the 2014 Innovation Award Announced

At the end of its third successful year, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions awards prizes to the winners of its ‘Innovation Award’ that offered an open invitation for submission of ideas for innovations connected to sealing products, processes and services

Innovation Award Winners 2014Prizes have been given to four ideas drawn from those added to the ‘Innovation Award’ forum on www.seals-innovation.com .

Robert Zahiri, Director Global Marketing and Communications at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “We’re always looking for innovations that will help us improve how we do business. The ‘Innovation Award’ is a great way of getting everyone involved in coming up with new ideas. We accept submissions from anyone, our own employees, students and especially our customers.

“We don’t look for complete solutions, just ideas and desires are enough, especially from our customers. We’ll be going through all this year’s suggestions to see if they can be implemented. Ultimately, if feasible, we’d like to put process and service related ideas into practice in our business or those related to products and materials, into research and development.”

Innovation ideas were called for in two different areas:

  • Products and technology
  • Digital services

It is expected that the award will be given annually with a new award program beginning in 2015.

For more information about the award, ideas and winners go to www.seals-innovation.com