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.

Measure the pressure

Massive drops through clouds of desert dust dictate the equipment standards. For high-performance bicycle shock absorbers there is just no room for failing seals.

Advanced Bicycle Technology

Extreme cyclists ride their bikes off vertical rock faces, do cartwheels while flying through the air and perform tricks while careering down craggy rocks. The bikes’ shock absorbers protect the riders as they take unimaginable risks on the most difficult of terrains, allowing them to land safely. Within the shock absorbers, the sealing system is the most critical component. Seal failure is not an option.

Trelleborg supplies sealing systems to HB Performance, a leading manufacturer of front forks and shock absorbers for high-performance cycles under the Manitou brand.

Precision engineering
“A precision application such as this requires precision seals,” says Kevin Lai, General Manager of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Taiwan. “It’s not just one seal but a complex combination of sealing profiles and materials that ensures that the required friction and damping is achieved along with leak tightness.”

Trelleborg is one of the few sealing companies in Taiwan to offer the advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA) necessary to calculate the different pressures within the shock absorber application.

Reducing time-to-market
“Taiwanese companies are very innovative and want their products to go rapidly to market,” says Lai. “FEA is a key tool in facilitating this, as it helps to significantly reduce development time. There is really no other way to easily measure the pressures created in a component such as a shock absorber.”

“By changing seal profiles and compounds, we balance the system to meet the customer’s requirements and optimize component performance,” Lai explains.

Kendrew Sua, General Manager of HB Performance Asia, comments: “HB Performance evaluated many sealing suppliers and found that Trelleborg Sealing Solutions was the right sealing supplier to work with.

Long-term partnership
“Trelleborg is superior in logistics, quality and products,” he continues. “It does an excellent engineering job, like its FEA service. HB Performance is looking forward to a long term partnership.”

Trelleborg’s work with HB Performance is now continuous.

“The cycle market has become a bit like the motor industry,” say Lai. “The top cycle manufacturers now bring out new models each year, trying to better the performance of previous models every time. That means we’re constantly working with the engineering department of HB Performance to fine-tune the sealing system of its front forks.”

Download the Sealing Solutions for Advanced Bicycle Technology brochure