Developing Seals “Hand in Hand” with Trelleborg

Drinktec 2017: From prototype design to finished solution; Trelleborg Sealing Solutions provides advice and support to its customers throughout the development of sealing systems and engineered molded parts.

‘Hand-in-Hand Engineering’ is how the sealing specialists at Trelleborg refer to the approach where customers receive advice and support from prototype design to custom solution. Trelleborg will explain how complex sealing systems and custom moldings are produced in five stages. Regardless of whether they are a new development or a rapid prototype to be used as a replacement part, with Hand-in-Hand Engineering, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions offers a one-stop shop for technical support, maturity-level validation and project management throughout the whole development process.

Hand-in-Hand-Prozess

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is a leading global supplier of seals and moldings, which can be integrated into machinery, equipment and vehicles. From standard solutions such as the renowned O-Ring to complex moldings and system solutions, Trelleborg develops and manufactures seals using proprietary materials. ‘Hand-in-Hand Engineering’, is the process where Trelleborg stands alongside its customers as a partner – from design process through testing to series-production, always as the customer needs it. The five steps in the process – specification, verification, optimization, validation and manufacture – are modular in concept and as a result Trelleborg can become involved in every phase of product development.

Individual design using the right materials

Hand-in-Hand Engineering’ has a part to play in all fields and areas of operation, for example with its custom sealing solutions for the food and beverage processing industry. Specification and requirement profiles come at the beginning of a project: the starting point may be a specification or even just a 3D scan of the installation space available. Design and materials are specified as part of the subsequent verification process. Trelleborg has more than 10,000 varieties of sealing materials, which can be adapted for specific uses. For instance, these include elastomers that are specifically suited to applications in the food industry or solutions compatible with environmentally friendly hydraulic lubricants used in sensitive sealing systems for ships, drilling platforms and offshore wind-farms.

Test phase with simulation and prototype

Before a prototype for a seal or a molding is produced, Trelleborg examine the functions and the stresses using a number of FEA (Finite Element Analysis) simulations. In the next stage, the solution will be optimized in a process that involves numerous tests on prototypes. Thanks to repetitive processes, the solution can be adjusted with a view to its ultimate use. Validation is used to determine the final design and to develop production test tools. The fifth and final stage in ‘Hand-in-Hand Engineering’ is series production, using tools developed by Trelleborg.

Level of maturity consistently in view

Central to Hand-in-Hand Engineering is consistent information flow for everyone involved in a project. Transparency leads to maturity-level validation throughout the whole product development. At any time, project maturity can be assessed using defined parameters. In this way deviations from the required quality levels can be detected at an early stage, in order to avoid defects or errors. Thus customers receive reliable information about when a product attains market maturity, and about the costs of manufacture, at an early stage in development. With ‘Hand-in-Hand Engineering’, customers not only achieve ever quicker product cycles, but also the degree of innovation that the market requires.

A uniform procedure for all industry segments

‘Hand-in-Hand Engineering’ is used in various industries to manage complex tasks for critical applications reliably. Trelleborg will usually provide advice and support to its customers as a development partner from the start, but thanks to the modular structure of the development process, it can get involved in any phase of development. Over the course of weeks or months, custom sealing systems and moldings are produced jointly with the customer.

“As far as the subject of sealing is concerned, many people just think of the classic black O-Ring and standard rubber seals. However, we can immerse ourselves more deeply in our customers’ production development and help with design via Hand-in-Hand Engineering,” says Prof. Dr. Konrad Saur, Director Global R&D for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. “We can develop a custom and individual seal specifically for critical and complex functional parts –even within a matter of hours in an emergency.”

New Business Area President at the Trelleborg Group

Peter Hahn has been appointed new Business Area President of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions as of January 1, 2018. He succeeds Claus Barsøe and will like his predecessor be a member of Group Management. Claus Barsøe will become Executive Vice President within Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, focusing on the transition to the new president and future business development.

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Peter Hahn, born in 1958, has dual U.S. and German citizenship and is currently President Global Business Development including global head of the aerospace and automotive segments at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. He has held various senior positions in the business area since 2001; he headed on site the business area’s Americas operation and for a long time its European operation; the two operations combined constitute three-quarters of the business area’s sales. In addition, he has been responsible for the establishment of the global hubs for aerospace and automotive, a number of acquisitions and the business area’s expansion in Eastern Europe. Before joining Trelleborg, Peter worked in various senior management positions at 4M Technologies, Leybold and Degussa.

“We are very satisfied to be able to promote Peter. With his extensive international experience, he is a natural successor to the role and will continue to successfully lead the development of the business area. At Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, but also within the Group, Peter has long spearheaded the prioritized areas of making it easy for customers to do business with us, digitalization and the development of new technologies,” says Peter Nilsson, President and CEO of Trelleborg.

“It is with great confidence that I have accepted the assignment to lead the development of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. I am fully committed to this new responsibility and will be able to apply my experience from various parts of the business area and Group,” says Peter Hahn.

Claus Barsøe has been Business Area President of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions since 2003. He has been a major asset and a main contributor in the successful development of the business area for almost 15 years.

“I want to extend my warm and heartfelt thanks to Claus. He has a fantastic ability to alternate between a visionary and operative management approach. With his sharpness of mind, he has successfully pursued innovations in customer relationships, the way we do business and business models. This has not only contributed to the market leading position of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions but also to a positive impact on the Group as a whole. Claus has been extremely loyal and provided personal support in many ways,” concludes Peter Nilsson.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Launches Zurcon® DRV5 Flange Seal

The innovative design of Zurcon® DRV5 Flange Seal prevents seal failures, enhances performance and allows for use in a wider range of applications.

Zurcon® DRV5 Flange Seal

Zurcon® DRV5 Flange Seal from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions provides safe and leak-free flange connections, acting as an insurance policy in equipment’s SA J518 and ISO 6162:1 flanges. In FEA simulation testing to optimize its design on minimum and maximum values of the groove, it demonstrated outstanding performance through all testing phases.

Core applications for Zurcon® DRV5 include hydraulics, press manufacturing and materials handling. The seal provides low friction characteristics, exceptional wear resistance, easy assembly while increasing duty cycles and preventing extrusion and nibbling.

The operating temperature range of Zurcon® DRV5 is -35 ºC to +110 ºC / -31 ºF to +230 ºF for standard Z20 version; -50 ºC to +110 ºC / -58 ºF to +230 ºF for Z22 version. The seal is designed to work in both standardized SAE J518 and ISO 6162:1 flanges, meaning it is suited to a broad range of applications.

For further details download the Zurcon® DRV5 leaflet

Showcases for Beverage & Liquid Food Industries at Drinktec 2017

Trelleborg Showcases Sealing Solutions for Beverage and Liquid Food Industries at Drinktec 2017

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will present solutions for the beverage and liquid food industries to ensure tastes and flavors “remain absolutely pure” at the Drinktec 2017 trade show in Munich, Germany.

The seal developer, manufacturer and supplier will be showcasing its range of sealing systems and materials, which ensure the safe, reliable and hygienic filling and packaging of drinks and dairy products at the event taking place between September 11 and 15.

Visitors to Stand 549 in Hall A3 will get the opportunity to ‘meet the experts’ and learn how Trelleborg employs the principle of hand-in-hand engineering to produce tailor made seals – from initial concept to the final product.

Drinktec 2017

The decisive factor for the filling of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks or the packaging of dairy products such as yogurt or cream is that the plant and equipment has safe, reliable and hygienic sealing systems.

At Drinktec 2017, Trelleborg will demonstrate how, with high-quality engineering, it accompanies the customer from initial design via the prototype to a complete solution including custom-delivery if required. The sealing specialist also offers technical advice, ensures product maturity and provides project management, spare parts and plant maintenance – all from a single source.

Carsten Stehle, Managing Director of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Germany, said: “For us the beverage, dairy and food industries are key markets in which our sealing solutions can ensure safe and reliable filling and packaging with high standards of hygiene. For our experts, Drinktec is the ideal platform where they can meet decision-makers in these various industries, find out more about their current needs and develop individual solutions to meet these requirements.

At present, the beverage industry is faced with major challenges as far as filling and packaging are concerned. With so much diversity in drink and dairy products currently, different types of beverages have to be filled by a single plant. It is very important that the aromas do not become intermixed – this applies especially to smaller producers, for example micro-breweries which make varieties of craft beer with different flavors, such as fig, grapefruit or coffee.”

Martin Krüger, Area Sales Manager Industrial at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Germany, said: “The carryover of flavors is an issue that can arise in a filling plant when different drinks or dairy products pass through the system one after the other. For tastes and flavors to remain absolutely pure, the seals in the plant need to fit perfectly and must meet the highest standards of hygiene. This also means that there mustn’t be any ‘dead space’ in the system where liquids can collect.”

Trelleborg will talk about how it uses Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in order to simulate the behavior of molded parts during installation and in actual usage to improve the function of the seal even before production of the prototype, as well as allowing a number of simulated design options. The technique can also facilitate the early detection of dead space in a plant, so that deposits and possible bacteriological contamination can be avoided – a filling plant with no dead space requires fewer cleaning cycles.

Whether the product is a standard part in ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM) or complex molded component made from specialist materials such as Isolast® perfluoroelastomer (FFKM), Trelleborg has design competence for every sealing application encountered in a filling plant.

Trelleborg invests in high-end production for sealing solutions in Denmark

Trelleborg has, through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, decided to invest in a new state of the art production facility for sealing solutions in Denmark, thus relocating its current manufacturing facility in the country.

The move is intended to transform and further expand the current capabilities of the existing facility to demonstrate future manufacturing principles and technologies that enable profitable sales growth. The investment forms part of Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen positions in attractive market segments.

Trelleborg sealing solutions in Denmark

“The Danish operation is one of our most important ones globally, with committed employees and a product and material portfolio that offers high-end solutions to the most demanding of sealing applications. The new production facility will be dedicated to highly automated and lean production lines for the automotive, aerospace and renewable energy industries, contributing to better business and higher technical customer support,” says Claus Barsøe, President of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions business area.

The production will be relocated to a new facility close to the current one in Helsingør, Denmark. Trelleborg will invest a total of approximately SEK 120 M during 2017-2020. The investment for this year is within the previously announced framework for capital expenditures for 2017. It is estimated that production will be able to commence in the new facility at the beginning of 2020.

Trelleborg’s New Polyurethane Materials Meet Future Standards

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launches its polyurethane materials, Zurcon® Z53 and Zurcon® Z54, which conform to the latest EU REACH environmental standards coming into force from November 2017. In addition, they meet customers’ requirements for higher operating temperatures.

polyurethane materials

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals. Zurcon® Z53 and Zurcon® Z54 have been developed over a long research and development cycle to meet the demanding requirements of the European Commission regarding substances prohibited unless an exemption applies or an authorization is granted.

Thomas Larsen, Material Development Engineer at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “Trelleborg prides itself on being at the forefront in meeting forthcoming standards and legislation, often being on many of the boards and committees of standard setting authorities. Meeting REACH regulations is extremely important for polymer and elastomer seals. We especially respect the objective of the regulations to protect human health and the environment from chemicals; a philosophy that fits perfectly with Trelleborg’s objectives for our products to seal, damp and protect.”

Zurcon® Z53 and Zurcon® Z54 will supersede the renowned Zurcon® Z51 and Zurcon® Z52 as the materials of choice for slipper seals and scrapers used in demanding fluid power linear and rotary applications, including the tough conditions faced in mobile, construction and mining applications.

The materials boast all the usual characteristics of Trelleborg’s Zurcon® range of polyurethane materials, such as toughness and rigidity, as well as wear and scratch resistance and demonstrate the same performance characteristics of the materials they replace. In addition, the maximum operating temperature of Zurcon® Z53 and Z54 has been raised by +20 °C in water and water-based fluids; from +40 °C to +60 °C.

For further information on Zurcon® go to www.tss.trelleborg.com For details of the planned succession from Zurcon® Z51 and Z52, users should contact their local Trelleborg Sealing Solutions marketing company.

Trelleborg Receives Coveted Award from the Bosch Group

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is proud to have received a Bosch Global Supplier Award in the field of ‘mechanics’.

Trelleborg Receives Coveted Award

The Bosch Group recognized 44 suppliers from 11 countries with Bosch Global Supplier Awards. This marks the fifteenth time the supplier of technology and services has honored outstanding performance in the manufacture and supply of products or services – notably in the areas of quality, costs, innovation, and logistics.
Bosch presented the coveted awards before an audience of some 100 representatives of the supply industry. The theme of this year’s award ceremony was “Partners in success.”

Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, emphasized the special role of the increasingly interlinked cooperation between Bosch and its suppliers: “In the connected world, partnerships are becoming more and more important. Hierarchical value chains are turning into value-added networks. With our open platform technologies, we are in an ideal position to seize the opportunities offered by digitalization in our partner networks; for example, exchanging Industry 4.0 data using the Production Performance Management Protocol.”

Click here for further details on the Bosch Global Supplier Awards.

Learn the Benefits of Turcon® Roto Glyd Ring® V with a New Brochure and Film

A film and brochure explain the benefits and design details of a new premium double-acting rotary seal.

Roto-Glyd-Ring-V

Turcon® Roto Glyd Ring® V is a premium double-acting rotary seal with outstanding performance and reliability in rotary applications. Reduced contact surfaces under all operating conditions significantly improve friction and wear characteristics without compromising sealing performance. Designed for continuous service at high and low PV values, the seal also gives improved performance in oscillating conditions or where there are frequent changes in pressure and/or velocity.

It is the product of extensive research and development to create a new seal that excels in high pressure and temperature applications. Turcon® Roto Glyd Ring® V runs with low torque at all pressures from 0.5 MPa / 72.5 psi and above with low sensitivity to pressure increases from 0.5 to 20 MPa / 72.5 to 2900 psi. Testing shows a PV twice as high as other bi-directional seals and 50% lower friction.

Find out more:

To download the Turcon® Roto Glyd Ring® V brochure, click here.
To watch the film about the product, click here.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions publishes a range of catalogs and brochures to assist in choosing the right solutions for your sealing and bearing challenges. To view all available literature, click here

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Helps Develop Revolutionary Subsea Product

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions goes ‘above and beyond’ in helping to solve a complex subsea challenge when an effective sealing solution was required for a revolutionary connector.
As a leading global supplier of polymer-based critical sealing solutions, Trelleborg was asked to create a seal that would work inside a pioneering new product which was developed by Subsea Technologies Ltd (STL).

Subsea Product

STL’s two inch Hydraulically Retractable Subsea Coupler assists in creating its XR Connector’s unequalled high-angle release capability, which has no maximum riser angle limit. It was designed to deliver radically improved vessel safety, reduce environmental risk and decrease costs by greatly boosting a vessel’s operating window.

STL had previously developed small bore retractable couplers, used as sub-components in its unique XR Connector, however, scaling up to a large two inch bore to allow for choke and kill lines passing through, posed a number of major challenges.

In order for the full potential and functionality of the two-inch coupler to work, it needed a seal to be developed that would work in harmony with the coupler, the world’s first of that size, with a hydraulically retractable element.

Trelleborg set about meeting requirements and developed custom versions of its Turcon® Captive Glyd Ring® with XploR™ V9T82 elastomer material and Turcon® Stepseal® 2A CR with PEEK corner reinforcement rings.

The Turcon® Stepseal® 2A CR is a new standard corner reinforced rod/piston seal for single-acting use and has many advantages, such as its anti-tilt design and that the dimensions of the seal body and corner reinforcement ring can be modified to facilitate installation.

Andrew Longdon, Technical Manager for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in the UK, said: “Throughout the process we constantly had to think about the safety issues and challenges that are frequently faced when working with heavy duty engagement of subsea equipment.

“We worked with STL as the team conducted a very lengthy test programme including a full PR-2 temperature and pressure cycling programme along with endurance cycle testing on the products in accordance with the ISO 10423 standard.

“STL also conducted two disconnects with 10,000 psi bore pressure. This was all completed with one set of seals, which I think is some achievement.

“We pride ourselves on innovation and relished this opportunity to work with STL in a bid to find an effective sealing solution and ensure the two inch Hydraulically Retractable Subsea Coupler was working to its full capability.”

Not only does the coupler provide new opportunities for remote emergency release system designs for subsea applications, it also enables people to be removed from stab plate engagement functions on the surface. By being hydraulically retractable, it allows the heavy duty engagement of equipment both on surface and subsea to be separated from the comparatively delicate engagement of control system interfaces.

STL’s Managing Director Drummond Lawson said: “We knew Trelleborg would be able to solve the challenge of finding a durable and robust seal to work in harmony with our product.

“Not only have they gone above and beyond in meeting expectations of the brief we outlined, but we were also impressed with the service we received throughout the process. We are by no means Trelleborg’s biggest client – but the support we received has been second to none. At every stage of the process a member of the Trelleborg team kept us fully informed from prototype development right through to bringing the product to market.

“This was no easy challenge and without Trelleborg, we would not have been able to produce what we believe to be the first coupler of this size ever to be made with a hydraulically retractable element, which we are certain will create opportunities for our clients beyond just its use in our XR Connector.”

The coupler is fully Lloyds design verified and qualified to 3,000m (10,000ft) water depth, rated to 10,000psi hydraulic bore pressure and up to 5,000psi hydraulic function pressure

Trelleborg acquires manufacturer of advanced composite components

Trelleborg has, through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, signed an agreement to acquire the U.S.-based privately-owned Automated Dynamics that specializes in the manufacturing of advanced composite components.

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Composites are a strategic, adjacent technology for Trelleborg with high potential in a multiple of industries. Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant authorities.The company is located in Niskayuna, New York. Sales amounted to approximately SEK 65 M in 2016. This bolt-on acquisition is part of Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.

“I am thrilled to present this acquisition. The acquired company provides key capabilities in composites, bringing new competences to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. We already see many opportunities for new products, applications and materials for the aerospace and oil & gas markets, and in the long-term also for other markets. The acquired company’s expertise in automation of the production of composite products is impressive and should be possible to leverage into other manufacturing facilities,” says Claus Barsøe, President of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions business area.

The transaction is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of 2017.