The safety of workers in the manufacturing industry is a top priority. Thankfully, there are countless opportunities for maximizing safety with sealing technology. The role of sealing technologies in this regard has grown over the years, with new developments coming out every day. This article will take an in-depth look at these technologies, their role in keeping us safe, and how they’re advancing.
The Role of Sealing Devices in Manufacturing
You may be familiar with the role of seals in manufacturing. Seals are applied to hydraulic and pneumatic equipment to maintain fluid pressure and protect sensitive components from contamination. Seals prevent damage to machinery and equipment, which can lead to extensive repairs, injury, or even a complete shutdown.
We measure seal performance based on its ability to prevent leakage, contamination, damage, equipment failure, or injury (L-D-D-D). Additionally, there are many different types of seals available that each serve a specific purpose depending on your application needs.
Types of Seals that Keep Us Safe
Mechanical seals, o-rings and oil seals are very common types of mechanical sealing devices. They’re designed to be installed in a variety of applications and work to keep fluids from escaping through spaces where they should not be present. Each type has its own unique properties that make them suitable for specific applications.
Mechanical seals are used primarily for industrial applications in which there is either high pressure or temperatures involved. They are available in a variety of materials such as carbon steel, stainless steel, bronze and rubber compounds with different disabilities depending on their use case. These come in two main varieties: labyrinth design and metal face design (also known as single lip).
- A labyrinth seal features multiple grooves that force fluids through tortuous paths before they reach critical parts; this has been proven effective at keeping out contaminants like dirt or dust particles while still allowing liquid flow up until breakaway pressure is reached at which point all flow ceases until repairs are made.
- Metal face designs feature grooves machined into their surface so that only lubricant passes through them rather than any products being processed within your plant. These grooves may also be used to prevent leakage when mounted outside piping systems where no other alternative exists without losing efficiency since they’re not prone towards clogging.
Manufacturers frequently use O-rings to prevent leaks of hazardous or toxic fluids. Typically made of rubber or a rubber-like material. These donut-shaped seals, made of rubber or a rubber-like material, are often used in conjunction with other sealing technologies like mechanical seals.
Oil seals are typically used in machinery that requires an oil bath or fluid handling system due to their ability to withstand harsh environments such as extreme temperatures without leaking fluids into unintended areas like bearings. These seals operate normally without any issues because we first make them of metal materials before coating them with varnish during the installation process.
How Seals Keep Us Safe
Maximizing safety with sealing technology is crucial in every industry. While sealing technologies are critical in maintaining a safe manufacturing environment and product for consumers, every industry faces it’s own challenges, below are just a few specific considerations:
- In the automotive industry, seals are used to keep fluids in and contaminants out of a vehicle’s engine, preventing costly repairs for customers.
- In medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, seals protect patients from cross-contamination and help avoid medical errors related to poor sterilization procedures.
- In chemical manufacturing facilities, seals keep volatile chemicals contained within their designated areas while keeping workers safe from exposure.
- In food and beverage processing plants, seals keep dangerous byproducts safely sealed away from human consumption until disposal takes place according to safety regulations.
The design of a seal is as important as its function. Consider a seals intended use and how much it will go through on a daily basis (e.g., if you’re making products like food or medicine). This will help you to determine which type of seal is best for your application. The type of application you’re looking for will determine how much pressure your seal can handle. The substances the seal will separate will determine what material will perform best.
The sealing industry is niche, and application requirements can be complex. To ensure you find a seal that fits your application perfectly, consult the sealing experts at Sealing Specialties. We leverage our excellent supplier partner relationships and extensive experience to ensure the safety of your workforce, facility, and product.
Advances in materials science have led to safer seals. Materials have been improved for durability, the manufacturing processes have been refined for efficiency, and our customers are enjoying the cost-effective nature of high-quality, quickly produced seals. Research teams are working hard to develop seal designs that provide better performance so you get what you need from them without sacrificing safety or reliability.
While today’s seals are resistant to wear and tear, corrosion, chemical attack and thermal cycling, tomorrows may be resistant to earthquakes. All of these improvements mean that you can buy a new seal with confidence.
Safety is a top priority in the manufacturing industry, and it’s important to understand how seals contribute to this goal. Seals are used in all kinds of industrial applications, including hydraulic systems, hydraulic pumps and motors, steam turbines and compressors. In fact, an estimated 90 percent of large industrial machinery relies on some form of seal for operation.
Sealing systems are designed to prevent fluids from leaking out of a machine. This is important because it prevents contamination, reduces maintenance costs and helps reduce the risk of fire or explosion. Sealing systems also reduce wear on moving parts and extend the life of machinery. Truly, the value of advanced sealing technology is integral to any plant’s safety plan.
Maximizing Safety with Sealing Technologies Across Industries
The role of seals in manufacturing is more important than ever. our facility needs to be maximizing safety with sealing technology, regardless of your industry. Seals play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of manufacturing systems, which is why it is essential that they are designed and installed correctly. With advances in material science and seal design, we can ensure that the products we offer are safe for our clients and their consumers alike.