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.


New In the Groove Magazine Available

New In the Groove Magazine Available.

The latest edition of in the groove, the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions magazine aimed at engineers, is now available. The app version contains additional content and printed copies can be ordered from your local Trelleborg Sealing Solutions marketing company.

ITG Magazine

This issue includes:

  • Minimum Friction – Maximum Performance – Nano-scale surface coatings significantly improve friction and stick-slip properties.
  • At the Heart of the Matter – Drew Rogers, Global Director Healthcare & Medical for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions gives his opinions on the current market and developing Trelleborg’s offering to customers.
  • Big Data goes Smart – Plamen Kiradjiev, the joint head of the Industrie 4.0 Data Innovation Community, explains how Germany’s Smart Data innovation Lab focuses on digital manufacturing strategies to extract Smart Data.
  • Sealing Solutions for Robotics Applications – See where Trelleborg solutions help robots do their jobs more effectively.
  • How Global is Your Local Seal Supplier? – Meet Luis Cuevas, Senior Sales Engineer in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Building on Past Success – Peter Hahn talks about his new role as President of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.
  • Take a PEEK at a New Process – A new cost-effective manufacturing process for large diameter products.
  • HiMod® Slydring® HC –A new product offers Trelleborg quality at a competitive price point.

To read all the articles, visit the in the groove magazine website to get the latest news and trends in the world of seals. You can also keep up to date on the interactive in the groove app for iPad, which can be found by searching for “Trelleborg” in the app store.

Trelleborg Seeks to Connect its Past with its Future at OTC 2018

Trelleborg is excited to start the celebration of 50 years of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at this year’s exhibition and the Group’s 45 years of participation at the event. Trelleborg’s stand theme this year is ‘Going the Distance: Connecting our past to the future’, and it will launch a timeline that includes firsts from the oil & gas industry, OTC, and Trelleborg.

OTC 2018

On this journey through time, Trelleborg visits historical moments that can be looked back on to gain insights into what the future of the offshore industry could be and how it can be shaped for coming generations. Trelleborg is looking forward to more smart products incorporating the Internet of Things (IoT), digital service tools and an increase in the ease of doing business and communications for its customers and employees.

Trelleborg invites OTC attendees to visit its stand, number 3227, to share past, present and future industry moments that they think are important for the timeline, allowing them to take the opportunity to define industry moments! These moments can be from the visitors’ companies, a favorite memorable industry moment, perhaps the first time they attended OTC, or their thoughts on key developments for the future of the offshore industry.

Within the timeline, Trelleborg will demonstrate some of the ways in which its innovative solutions improve safety, optimize productivity, and help to retain competitiveness as barrel prices continue to recover. These include the following:

Drill Riser Augmented Designs

As an augmentation to traditional drill riser buoyancy modules that provide critical uplift to marine risers, Helically Grooved Buoyancy significantly reduces drag and flow-induced motion. Validation test results indicate that the performance is equivalent to fairings, but at a fraction of the total operational cost.

Antony Croston, Business Group Director with Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Houston, says: “We reached a major milestone last year when testing results revealed that, when using the patented helically grooved buoyancy design, vortex induced vibration is effectively eliminated in high currents, with the added bonus that drag loading on the riser is also reduced to a level comparable with fairings.

“For many years, fairings have been accepted as the best technical solution for drag and VIV reduction on drilling risers. Their use has come with an operational penalty in the form of increased running and retrieval time, as well as handling issues, especially in harsh weather. We now have an integral concept, which has been proven to match the performance of fairings, without any issues in drilling riser handling and running methodologies.”

Critical Customization of Seals

Eric Bucci, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Segment Manager Oil & Gas Americas, says: “Maximizing the yield from wells is a high priority for operators. Therefore, accessing unconventional wells, those previously believed to be too deep for existing capabilities, is now being more frequently undertaken. This means processing technology must be able to withstand high fluid pressures while subjected to very high temperature conditions, often coined HPHT.”

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will be highlighting a new customizable Metal End Cap (MEC) seal engineered for safety and reliability in critical static HPHT wellhead, tubing and casing hanger sealing environments. The metallic components within the seal are chemically bonded to the elastomer sealing element and provide a high level of extrusion resistance and metal-to-metal contact against the hardware. The elastomer sealing element also provides leak tightness against sub-optimal tubing surface finishes and it conforms to NORSOK, NACE, API and Total standards.

Bucci, continues: “We work with our customers to provide a great portfolio of materials and matching the best option to an application can optimize performance and safety. Experts will be on-stand at OTC to discuss visitors’ specific sealing applications.”

Commitment to Innovation in Hoses

Cryoline LNG hoses have been specially developed to address pressing infrastructure challenges in the LNG market. While LNG demand is growing, the cost of developing extensive and conventional transfer infrastructure may reduce or negate feasibility of power generation, terminal and bunkering projects. Infrastructure needs to move quickly to meet demand, and at the same time, ensure that projects are economically feasible, and sustainable in the long term.

Vincent Lagarrigue, Director of Trelleborg’s oil & marine hoses operations states, “Trelleborg cryogenic hoses can create turnkey projects that drastically reduce the capex and environmental impact of LNG import infrastructure. They also open up new locations to ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship transfer, even in challenging weather conditions. This technology was put to the test in October 2017, when it was used in the first sea launch of the Universal Transfer System (UTS), developed with Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa. The success of this launch demonstrated the vast potential of floating cryogenic hoses for unlocking new infrastructure possibilities. These hoses use Trelleborg’s dual carcass design and integrated monitoring systems to minimize boil-off and ensure safety.

“Our Reeline hoses demonstrate how our commitment to innovation in oil transfer solutions underpins maximum operability, lifecycle and safety. Reeline hoses use Trelleborg’s unique nippleless hose technology to create a flexible bonded oil hose that is specially designed for reeling operations, increasing ease of installation, optimizing opex and freeing up valuable space on deck for offshore operations. They incorporate Trelleborg’s dual-carcass structure to ensure safety and long service life, even in the harshest conditions.”

Knowledge Sharing at OTC

Trelleborg is committed to sharing its knowledge with the industry and welcomes the opportunity to speak at industry events such as OTC. Sharing such knowledge is vital for the future of the industry because the discussions and presentations allow the industry and its community to learn from its mistakes and builds on its successes. This year, Trelleborg will be presenting three technical papers during the conference.

Vincent Lagarrigue will be presenting a technical paper titled “Re-Shaping LNG Transfer” on Monday April 30 at 14:00 in room 602 as part of the session on FLNG and Gas Monetization – Innovative Processing and Design.

Collin Gaskill, Product Development Engineer with Trelleborg’s offshore operation will be presenting two technical papers at the conference. The first is titled “VIV-Mitigating Buoyancy Module Performance Characterization Using Computational Fluid Dynamics” on Wednesday, May 2 at 09:30 in room 600 as part of the session on Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Offshore Engineering.

The second technical paper is titled “Technology Qualification of Deepwater Transport Shuttle Adjustable Buoyancy System” which Collin will present on Wednesday, May 2 at 14:00 in room 600 as part of the session on Metocean Advances.

IoT: the Next Big Thing

Looking to the future, the Internet of Things and smart products are undoubtedly going to be the next revolution in the oil and gas industry and Trelleborg aim to be at the forefront of developments in this area.

Antony Croston, says: “The Internet of Things has the potential to transform the way people and businesses operate. As an industry, we acquire vast amounts of data, but we need to overcome the key challenges of empowering that data and transmitting it to truly unlock this potential. When we achieve this, we can use the information in real time and make effective decisions based on it. When we discuss the Internet of Things and machines talking to each other, being an intelligent system, I think that is quite a distance away for offshore oil and gas, however, it is undoubtedly where we are headed.”

OTC Houston 2017

Trelleborg will exhibit its range of innovative offshore solutions at OTC Houston 2018 in hall C on stand 3227. Products are designed with quality, performance and efficiency front of mind and include high performance buoyancy, insulation, passive fire protection, sealing solutions and hoses.

The Best Free of Charge On-line E-learning on Seals on the Web

Take advantage of the latest e-learning modules and tools available from Trelleborg
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions prides itself on its experience and knowledge of sealing technology and applications in a wide variety of industries, from aerospace to healthcare and medical, oil and gas to automotive.

e-Learining visual web

Focusing on accelerating the performance of its customers, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions shares its expertise with engineers, designers and students through a variety of e-learning modules. Recently extended, the e-learning portfolio represents the most extensive learning package offered by any sealing supplier, online and completely free of charge.

Robert Zahiri, Director Global Marketing and Communications for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “Our e-learning modules range from the basics of sealing technology for everyone, through to more complex areas specifically for design engineers. Not forgetting of course students; the engineers of the future. In addition, they offer hands-on practical advice such as seal installation instructions.

“We’ve made the modules totally free-of-charge for anyone to access on our website. All that is required is a simple registration. Registering on our website has real benefits. Users can also gain access to premium offerings such as our tools, apps and the technical area that includes whitepapers, also all free-of-charge.”
Currently the e-learning lessons available on the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions website are on sealing materials, O-Rings, hydraulic seals, rotary seals and engineered molded parts, as well as instructions for installation of various seals.

Registration to the Members Area of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions website also gives access to online tools such the O-Ring Calculator and Sealing Solutions Configurator, the Materials Search, Compatibility Check, mobile tools and apps including the renowned Unit Converter, and the Technical Library.

Browse what is available on our website:

>>Design support and engineering tools
>>Mobile tools and apps
>>Technical library

Trelleborg Announces Expansion of HiMod Slydring Wear Ring Range (Available in the Americas)

High-quality wear rings offer one-stop shopping for hydraulic cylinder manufacturers.

STREAMWOOD, IL — January 16, 2018 — Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announces an expansion of its HiMod® Slydring® HC wear ring range. It is introducing over 180 additional part numbers in outer diameters from 1 to 12 inches. The enhanced range becomes available early 2018, serving various fluid power applications including off-highway, material handling, industrial machines, mobile hydraulics, agricultural equipment, and other industries.

Tom Zozokos, Engineering and Product Manager at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “Trelleborg’s expertise with injection molding means that HiMod® Slydring® HC wear rings have been engineered to meet the demanding requirements of hydraulic applications.”

HiMod® refers to a range of high-modulus plastic materials developed internally for applications demanding high wear and chemical resistance performance. The configuration of the HiMod® Slydring® HC absorbs transverse forces and prevents metal-to-metal contact between components.

Beth Figliulo, Fluid Power Segment Manager at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions says: “HC wear rings deliver reliable performance and offer our customers a chance to experience Trelleborg quality at a great price point.”

HiMod® Slydring® HC rings are ideal for use in a variety of operational conditions. They have high compressive strength and wear resistance even at elevated temperatures, provide low friction performance in lubricated settings, and are easy to install due to their simple closed-grooved design. The wear rings also eliminate local stress concentrations, fretting, and seizure, while damping mechanical vibrations and protecting against dieseling and hydrodynamic pressure problems.

The consistent parts quality and performance of HiMod® Slydring® HC wear rings mean faster installations and increased wear life between changeovers, making these products ideal for manufacturers of hydraulic cylinders. This extended range is a strong complement to Trelleborg’s other fluid power sealing products, giving customers one-stop shopping when it comes to ordering complete sealing systems.

HiMod® Slydring® HC (Inch Version) available in the Americas

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has enhanced its range of HiMod® Slydring® wear rings with the introduction of HiMod Slydring HC. Adding over 180 additional part numbers, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is a one-stop shop for hydraulic cylinder manufacturers, delivering quality products and reliable performance.

HiMod® Slydring® HC (Inch Version)

The new HiMod Slydring HC wear rings are suitable for various fluid power applications including off-highway, material handling, industrial machines, mobile hydraulics, agricultural equipment, and other industries.

For use in a variety of operational conditions, HiMod® Slydring® HC have high compressive strength and wear resistance even at elevated temperatures, providing low friction performance in lubricated conditions. The wear rings are easy to install due to their simple closed-grooved design and eliminate local stress concentrations, fretting, and seizure, while damping mechanical vibrations and protecting against dieseling and hydrodynamic pressure problems.

For further details, please download the HiMod® Slydring® HC (Inch Version) data sheet.

Food Contact Materials Data Sheet available in the Americas

Food Contact Materials Data Sheet Available in the Americas.

Food Contact Materials

Meeting the ever changing requirements for superior materials for the food and beverage industry in the US, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has extended its range of plastics and elastomers. The application examples for these food contact materials include: food processing, food packaging, food preparation, dispensing equipment and small appliances.

Some of the features and benefits that Trelleborg Sealing Solutions offers to the food and beverage industry includes: meeting ISO requirements, a wide range of materials and products available in both static and dynamic applications, materials that meet a wide range of global certifications and regulations, including FDA, NSF, 3A and EC 1935/2004, colored Flexcoat™ FF treatments for seals offer improved visual identity, products globally available through Trelleborg Sealing Solutions logistics network as well as kitting and packaging solutions.

For further details download the Food Contact Materials Data Sheet

New Augmented Reality Brochure On Hydraulic Sealing Now Available

The Revolutionizing Hydraulic Sealing brochure is an Augmented Reality (AR) literature piece which focuses on hydraulic sealing and value-added services and tools from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

Revolutionizes Hydraulic Sealing

By means of the Hydraulics AR app, hotspots can be scanned to unlock interactive content on a variety of topics including new Lubrication Management technology, Service PLUS and innovative products for hydraulic applications.

The Hydraulics AR app can be found in the AR Literature app, which will contain all future Augmented Reality apps from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

Click here to download the brochure

Lubrication Management Technology Revolutionizes Hydraulic Sealing

Effective sealing in today’s demanding hydraulic applications requires seals and lubricant to work together. Trelleborg’s new Lubrication Management technology transforms hydraulic sealing by adjusting lubrication conditions of all single sealing elements within a sealing system.

Hydraulic cylinder

In this technology, adequate lubrication reduces the load on each sealing element, optimizing the performance of the hydraulic system in terms of friction, wear and lifetime.

To demonstrate this new technology and highlight its benefits versus conventional sealing systems, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has developed a series of tools and resources including a whitepaper, film, webinar and a comprehensive brochure.

To download the Revolutionizing Hydraulic Sealing brochure click here

To watch the film click here

To download the whitepaper and webinar visit the Technical Library