The Most Important Innovations in Sealing Technologies for Increased Performance

Two engineers evaluating innovations in sealing technologies for increased performance

Seals are a vital component of any machine. Without seals acting as a barrier in your machinery, you would have a hard time meeting the expectations of your clients. If a seal is not properly designed or installed, it can cause major problems down the road such as leaks, contamination, and increased maintenance costs. This is why manufacturers and machine owners should keep up with the latest innovations surrounding mechanical seals and then decide if they are right for your particular application needs. Read on to learn about some of the most important innovations in sealing technologies, and how they can increase your plant’s performance.

Traditional Mechanical Sealings

Seals are used in many different industries, including automotive, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and more. They are used to seal off a part of a system from the rest of its components and prevent leakage past the sealing surface. Seals are also used to prevent contamination due to leakage or spillage that may occur over time inside an industrial process environment such as an oil refinery or chemical processing plant.

There are thousands of seals available today, for a variety of applications. Still, manufacturers can find themselves using off-the-shelf seals that just don’t fit their application—it may not have enough pressure capability or it may not be able to handle temperatures up to 1200°C. If this happens then you need a custom design solution from us here at Sealing Specialties.

Innovations In Sealing Technologies

Sealing technologies are used in a wide variety of industries and applications. They can help you to achieve improved performance, lower maintenance costs and reduce downtime. Sealing Specialties has extensive experience working with our customers to solve the most challenging seal applications.

These innovative sealing solutions are possible because we align ourselves with the best seal manufacturers and suppliers in the world, we have built exceptional partnerships that our clients can leverage. We work with you to design and propose seals that are custom-made to fit your application and meet your specific performance requirements. This approach allows us to create a seal that will withstand the exact pressures or temperatures you need it to handle while also ensuring no leakage past the sealing surface. That means less maintenance on your machinery and disruptions to your processes. Among our supplier partners are:

  • John Crane
  • Garlock
  • Palmetto Inc.
  • Parker
  • Precix
  • SKF
  • U.S. Seal
  • W.L. Gore & Associates

We have a long history of providing high-quality products and services to our customers. Our team has the expertise and experience required to deliver the best solutions possible for your unique application.

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Why Choose Custom Seals

Custom seals are the best solution when you have unique needs. Custom seals can be made to fit any size, shape and configuration. And, they are more cost effective than off-the-shelf solutions because of reduced maintenance costs. Sealing Specialties works with manufacturers to offer you the most innovative and technologically advanced sealing solution for your application, ensuring quality and performance through every step of production.

Our extensive knowledge and tenured team can leverage our supplier partnerships to design and manufacture custom seals that offer you the best solution. We offer a wide range of custom seal capabilities, including:

  • Custom extrusions made with nitrile, EPDM, silicone, and fluoroelastomer (Viton® O-Rings).

  • Custom-molded elastomer compounds

  • Engineered seals made from metal, PTEE, elastomer, engineered plastics, and perfluoroelastomers

By and large, custom seals have been proven to increase the efficiency of your machinery, processes, and plants. When a seal fits your application perfectly, there are fewer disruptions in production.

The Future of Innovative Mechanical Seals

The future of innovative mechanical seals is bright. There are many new and exciting developments in sealing technologies that are helping to improve efficiency, reduce maintenance costs and increase reliability for a variety of applications.

Custom extrusions, custom molded seals, and engineered seals are some of the most important innovations in sealing technologies today. These solutions offer solutions for increasingly more complex applications within various industries, but as manufacturing evolves, so will the sealant industry. Research and development is the key to innovation. Key to the future, and key to the evolution of sealing technologies.


It is clear that mechanical seals have come a long way from the days when they were the only option for sealing applications. Today, there are many different types of seals and new innovations are created every day which make it possible for engineers to find the perfect solution for their sealing needs. This is an exciting time to be in the sealing industry! It is important to stay up-to-date on all of these developments so that you can provide your customers with the best product possible.