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MRO Applications for Polymer Bushings-Bearings in the Food Processing Industry

Posted On June 22, 2018


Food processing is one of the most heavily regulated industries. The selection of bearings and bushings for the food industry can be tough, especially when it comes to MRO.

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Posted in: Food Industry Polymer Components, Bushings and Bearings

MRO Applications for Spring Energized Seals in the Food Processing Industry

Posted On June 01, 2018

Spring-energized seals can solve quite a few problems for MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) in the food processing industry. Many of the seals used in food processing are mission critical, and a failed seal can cost much more than just repairs and downtime because it can result in contamination.

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Posted in: Food & Dairy Industry, Spring-Energized Seals

4 Ways to Improve Polymer Seal Performance

Posted On May 25, 2018

Whether it’s a labyrinth seal used in a compressor or a spring-energized seal used in a cryogenic application, seal performance is critical. Premature failure of seals is simply not acceptable, but there are ways to prevent these problems. In this blog post, we are going to discuss material selection, wear sleeves, lubrication, and optimized seal design as options for improving the performance of your seals.

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Posted in: Polymer Seals

5 Applications for PEEK in the Medical Device Industry

Posted On May 17, 2018


There are millions of medical devices that include components made from PEEK.  This usage has grown tremendously in the past fifteen years and is still evolving. In this post, we are going to look at typical applications for PEEK in the medical device industry, including both implantable devices and non-implantable devices.

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Posted in: PEEK, Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry

Applications for PEEK in Oil & Gas

Posted On May 10, 2018


The oil and gas industry involves some of the harshest, most aggressive environments. It takes special materials to provide the performance and reliability that is demanded. PEEK is one of the materials that rises to the occasion, so in this blog post we are going to look at some of the many applications there are for PEEK in the world of oil and gas.

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Posted in: Seals for Oil & Gas, PEEK, Oil & Gas Industry

4 Processing Methods for PEEK

Posted On May 02, 2018


PEEK has long been a highly regarded engineering polymer for an almost infinite variety of applications. One of the reasons it remains popular is its processability: PEEK is well adapted to a number of polymer processing techniques. In this post, we are going to discuss four processing methods for manufacturing components from PEEK.

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Posted in: PEEK

PEEK is the Go-To Material for Oil & Gas: 6 Reasons Why

Posted On April 25, 2018


As you probably already know, PEEK is a high-performance engineering polymer that is often used for seals and bearings in some of the most aggressive, harsh service environments you can imagine. Such properties make it perfect for use in the petrochemical industry. In fact, there are six specific reasons why PEEK has become a go-to material for oil and gas applications.

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Posted in: PEEK

Canted Coil Springs for EFI/RFI Shielding Applications

Posted On April 19, 2018

Canted coil springs (also known as slant coil springs) are known for their ability to latch, hold, and lock, but that isn’t all they have to offer.  Canted coil springs can be used to shield electronics from harmful EMI and RFI interferences. In this blog post, we’ll talk about why canted coil springs work so well for such applications, what additional features they offer, and typical applications.

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Posted in: Slant Coil Springs, Canted Coil Springs

FEA Part III: Generating the Mesh

Posted On March 22, 2018


Another key aspect of developing a finite element model of a seal is the generating the mesh.  

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Posted in: Finite Element Analysis

When to Use PEEK, PTFE or Nylon Backup Rings

Posted On March 13, 2018

Backup rings, also known as anti-extrusion rings of BURs, do exactly what their name implies: they act as back up support to sealing assemblies.

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Posted in: BUR, back up ring

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