By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Urethane (or polyurethane) seals are among the most versatile and durable materials used in fluid power sealing. Urethanes are cast into billets or molds to create the seals used in many of the hydraulic components you see every day, such as pump shaft seals, cylinder pistons and rod seals. The material … [Read more...] about What are the benefits of urethane seals?
Contributed by Danny Nghieu, EIT, Colonial Seal Elastomers are widely used due to their relatively high strength, low abrasion rate, and resistance to water, oils, and other chemicals. The mechanical properties of elastomers, namely their tensile strength and hardness, can change over time when the product is sitting in storage. The storage … [Read more...] about Effects of aging on elastomer seals
Contributed by Don Krause, Business Development, Ohio Fabricators Company Filtration has come a long way since the beginning of time. Believe it or not, filtration goes all the way back to ancient times. The Egyptians used to strain mash grapes through fabric and make grape juice and wine. Even the use of filters to purify water and make it … [Read more...] about A brief introduction to hydraulic system filter placement
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announces the launch of IntelliStok in Canada and the United States. IntelliStok is a wireless vendor-managed inventory solution that eliminates the need to manually check and scan inventory, potentially saving thousands of dollars each year. Designed to work with Kanban-based rack and bin systems, the … [Read more...] about Trelleborg launches IntelliStok to make parts management easier and safer
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Aerospace launches the unique and revolutionary Turcon VL Seal II for hydraulic sealing of actuators in flight controls and landing gear, and seals in landing gear shock absorbers. Based on the groundbreaking and well-proven Turcon VL Seal, this new generation seal offers enhanced sealing efficiency, easier … [Read more...] about Trelleborg launches next-gen Turcon VL Seal II for hydraulic aircraft systems
In a recent Fluid Power Technology Conference - Virtual Series session, Brandon Richards, CEO of PANOLIN America Inc. presented “Where and when should you use environmentally acceptable fluids?” He provided an overview of EALs, including their biodegradability and low toxicity, as well as benefits in terms of performance, durability and … [Read more...] about Laws and labels for environmentally friendly fluids
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor An O-ring is a polymer seal most often used in fluid power as either a dynamic or static seal. For light-duty pneumatic applications, an O-ring is a suitable seal technology used in pistons, piston rods, valve spools and other locations in air systems. O-rings best suit the sealing of static surfaces in … [Read more...] about What causes O-ring failures?
Schroeder Industries is shedding light on its economical water removal systems, the Triton A Dehydration Station. Water contamination in hydraulic systems can severely reduce the life of systems and fluids. Schroeder’s Triton A (as part of the Triton Dehydration Station Series) eliminates 100% of free and up to 90% of dissolved water from small … [Read more...] about Compact industrial-strength water removal system
In our recent story, “Basics of static sealing,” Thomas Braun and Christoph Meissner with the Prädifa Technology Div. of Parker Hannifin's Engineered Materials Group discussed the fundamentals of O-rings and back-up rings. And while rubber O-rings are probably the most common type of static seal, they indicated there are numerous other options … [Read more...] about Alternatives to O-rings for static sealing
Schroeder Industries introduces a new way to protect oil from airborne contamination while filling and draining it — the Reservoir Breather Adapter Kits. Contamination is the leading cause of premature system failures. While most operations already use an inline or in-tank filtration solution, others want additional protection to extend the … [Read more...] about Reservoir breather adapter kits for oil draining and filling applications