Trelleborg Focuses on Accelerating Technological Breakthroughs at its Expanded R&D Center

Trelleborg Focuses on Accelerating Technological Breakthroughs at its Expanded R&D Center

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has extended its research and development capabilities at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Housed at the new Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Innovation Center, the facility is a critical element in the business area’s global R&D network.

Trelleborg new Innovation Center

Substantial investment in the Innovation Center has seen usable space for R&D increased by 50%, to around 3,000 square meters, including a 300 square meter showroom area dedicated to the department and demonstrating R&D and product innovation capabilities.

Prof. Dr. Konrad Saur, Director Global R&D at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “Innovation is not only about new products and materials, but advancements in analytical and technical capabilities to support problem resolution and to accelerate technological breakthroughs.”

The new Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Innovation Center in Stuttgart will host laboratories with the latest analytical equipment and measurement centers, next to innovation and prototype facilities, as well as a major test area with a fully equipped tool room and a materials laboratory. The capabilities will range from standard mechanical testing to material analytics, including Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Digital Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, to a highly advanced high-resolution Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with an Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX).

Saur continues: “With such capabilities working in combination, complex problems can be assessed and brought to resolution rapidly. No time is lost shipping samples from lab to lab, turnaround times and iterative assessment are enabled as cross-functional competencies work directly together. These capabilities support material and product development efforts, fundamental research of sealing designs and interactions in sealing systems, as well as root cause and failure analysis in production and from the field.

“Customer and field problems resolution is one key service expectation we have. With the new and integrated capabilities in our Innovation Center, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will continue to make major steps in exceeding our customers’ expectations. Competence counts particularly when it comes to problem resolution and we intend to be there for our customers -always.”

The new Innovation Center is also home to the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions global headquarters, its German headquarters and various global support departments for the business area. Personnel have begun moving into the Innovation Center and its official opening is planned for September 2018.

 

Trelleborg Keeps Robots on the Move

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has worked with leading robotic equipment manufacturers since the first inception of the technology back in the 1960s. Since then, the company has become one of the leading suppliers of sealing solutions for the servomechanism, hydraulic and pneumatic systems that power the movement of robots. To illustrate its capabilities, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is launching a video and augmented reality brochure.

Robotics film

These systems, with complex configurations of seals, are fundamental to the function of robotic equipment. Solutions are required to operate 24-7 with the minimum of downtime, either planned or unplanned. Specific sealing solutions are required that demonstrate outstanding friction capabilities to extend seal life, minimize wear and facilitate smooth and constant movement.

Yoichi Higuchi, who heads up the Robotics lead group at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “Robots are revolutionizing the way that our products are manufactured, how we look after our homes and procedures in hospitals, for instance. They are becoming critical to our everyday lives and the applications for high-tech appliances are increasing exponentially.

“The robotics market is expected to boom. According to Transparency Market Research the global market is likely to see growth of around 17% to reach revenues of 147 Billion by 2025. When you consider that every robot that has moving ‘arms’ needs a servomechanism, hydraulic or pneumatic system to control them, requirements for seals are going to be huge and continually become ever more challenging.

“In addition to increasing volume demands, there is a need for maximized performance. And ensuring this is becoming even tougher for component suppliers as robots become more sophisticated, size-optimized, faster, stronger and smarter.”

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions supplies seals to numerous types of robots, including robots for industrial, medical, construction, disaster recovery, probe, surveillance, household, entertainment, drone and personal mobility applications. The video and brochure on robotics from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions explores a variety of typical robot applications and proven sealing solutions.

Go to the Video

Go to the Augmented Reality brochure

To view the AR brochure an app is required. This can be found in the Goggle and iOS Stores by searching for Trelleborg Robotics or scan the QR code.