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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

Cryogenic Seals for Loading Arms

Posted On March 02, 2018

More and more industries are using cryogenically cooled liquids and gases, which is increasing the demand for transfer systems that can handle those kinds of temperatures.

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Posted in: Cryogenic Seals

Finite Element Analysis of Seals, Part 2: Creating the Model

Posted On February 13, 2018

One of the first hurdles to overcome in developing an accurate finite element representation of a real world problem, including rotary shaft seals, is developing the model of the components whose behavior and interaction you want to investigate.

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Posted in: Finite Element Analysis

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