TOP 10 INDUSTRIES USING HYDRAULIC & PNEUMATIC SEALS

Seals are used for a variety of industries and applications. The main purpose of an industrial seal is to seal the opening between a static and rotating component. It is vital to use high performance seals for improving the efficiency of equipment. It can save companies major money and energy costs under the event of a potential breakdown. The following are 10 top industries which use hydraulic, pneumatic seals or a combination of both.

1. AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY – FARM EQUIPMENT 

To meet the high demands of the harvest season, it is essential for agricultural machines to perform with optimum efficiency. What’s more is these machines face daily UV exposure, fluctuating weather conditions and frequent contamination from the surroundings. So in repairing and maintaining farm equipment, the use of high performance seals play an important role in productivity and lowering expenses. Farm implements use single acting hydraulic seals on harvesting, threshing, baling, drainage and on crop harvesting machinery. Super polymers like Oz Red Super Polymer (ORSP), Oz Monyt and Wifflon are the preferred materials for these applications due to their superior lubrication properties and durability.

2. HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENT 

Seals are used all over the household including the in your kitchens (taps, dishwashers, food processors), hoses and swimming pools. Bonded washers with a steel ring and nitrile rubber sealing element are commonly recommended to fix those leaking taps and o-rings can usually fix everything else!

3. AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY 

Almost every vehicle assembly department uses pneumatic rams on assembly jigs. Engineers prefer pneumatics as they are quieter and cleaner, which can prevent any leakage from contaminating its surroundings. Sound absorbing materials such as polyurethane and rubber are effective in achieving significant compressed air savings.

4. FOOD INDUSTRY 

Pneumatic seals, spring energized seals, o-rings, wipers and guide rings are used on manufacturing and packaging machines in the food industry. For these machines it is recommended to use high pressure nitrile rubber (HNBR), teflon or wifflon materials. Oz Seals’ silicone is FDA approved and our blue ‘metal detectable’ silicone is ideal for machines that require metal traceability.

5. MINING EQUIPMENT 

Hydraulics are used extensively in underground mining machinery. Safety is a critical component when dealing with mining equipment and the use of high performance parts are essential to ensure the seals outlast the scheduled maintenance and that downtime is kept to a minimum. Oz Seals Red Super Polymer are ideal for high pressure seals and Wifflon provides superior performance for wipers and double-acting seal glide elements. Oz Monyt also provides great guide elements and wear rings for extreme shock loads and side loads on the cylinders.

6. INDUSTRIAL PUMPS

Industrial pumps come in a variety of types such as gear pumps, piston pumps and centrifugal pumps. There are a number of different types of seals that can be used in these types of pumps, including a mechanical seal arrangement, packing rope, oil seals and v-packer seals.

7. POWER PLANTS (WIND/WATER/COAL/NUCLEAR)

Common sealing problems often include the leaking of joints over time. Quality seals are particularly important in these industries to reduce the risk of leakages which causes serious safety concerns and has significant costs associated with fixing the problem.

8. EARTH MOVING EQUIPMENT 

High performance oil seals and hydraulic seal kits are required for heavy earthmoving, excavators, dozers and backhoe loaders. The mining and construction industry is the heaviest user of high performance seals and reliable Oz wipers.

9. MARINE 

From commercial ships to personal boats, all rotating pumps and related systems require seals to function. To ensure quality and reliability, Oz Seals provides a diverse range of seals in a variety of materials to a number of companies in the marine industry.

10. OIL & GAS INDUSTRY 

The high-demand oil & gas industry relies on quality seals to protect productivity and profitability. Oil seals, o-rings and mechanical seals made from high quality materials (including those used by Oz Seals), are most frequently utilised in this industry.

These are just 10 out of numerous applications and industries in which seals are used. What’s your industry? And which application would you most like to learn about? Tell us in the comments below or for specific enquiries on how Oz Seals can provide custom solutions for your sealing problems, contact sales@ozseals.com.

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