New DOSS O-Ring Inspection Machine

Seal & Design’s new O-Ring vision inspection machine is state of the art!  It’s fully equipped with low energy consumption illumination powered by LED stroboscopic technology, two high definition cameras, plus a 360° camera that inspects the entire periphery of the part and a laser to check part thickness or flatness.

 

The O-Ring vision inspection machine is capable of inspecting parts up to 60mm diameter with a maximum height of 15mm and can obtain inspection speeds up to 10pcs/sec.  This inspection system uses 33% less power and has the potential to increase our run efficiencies by 25%.

 

New ORing Inspection Machine

2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

New in 2017

2017 was a great year for Seal & Design. We collected several awards, including: WNY Top Private Company; GMCH Supplier Award, TruckLite Supplier of the Year Award, SouthEast Works Partner Award, and a WNY Fastest Growing Company Award. We strive to put our customers’ needs first and that has made our company successful.

 

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• We launched our new website at the end of February. We’ve streamlined our content and added information on a variety of products. Have you checked it out?
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O-Ring Inspection Machine
• We have a new state-of-the-art O-ring Inspection machine, upgrading our already high o-ring inspection capacity.

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Planar Inspection Machine

• We have a new Planar Inspection machine. The Planar inspection machine is the world’s fastest two dimensional measurement system!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sales Goals Met!

• We had approximately 55 Million in Sales between our three divisions.

• 2017 saw record months for both Seal & Design and Higbee Division.

 

New Products

One of our newest product offerings is a Thermal Management Material called HeatSORB from Rogers Corporation

 

Familiar Faces

Three employees celebrated their 20 Year Milestone at Seal & Design.

  • Don Berchou, Production Lead
  • Krista Soto, Inside Sales
  • Adam F Mikols, CFO

 

2018 Here We Come!

In 2018 we are looking to continue to provide the same great customer service experience while improving our internal processes.
We’re proud to be TS 16949 certified and as such we are always looking for ways to continuously improve. Look for more great things from us in 2018.

 

Silicone vs EPDM

EPDM

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a synthetic rubber commonly used in automotive and constructive industries but has a disadvantage of having a lower heat resistance.

Silicone

Silicone is an inorganic polymer used in many industries and applications with the advantage that it can withstand extreme temperatures and keep its physical properties. Silicone is safe to use in the food and beverage industry.

How is Silicone Manufactured?

Depending on the type of silicone being used there are numerous ways to manufacture it. Silicone can come in three forms: LSR (Liquid Silicone Rubbers), RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanisation), HTV (High Temperatur Vulcanisation)

Technical Comparison

  • Temperature – EPDM has a max temperature of 130°C compared to silicone which can reach temperatures of 230°C and 270°C for high-temperature silicones.
  • Elongation – Silicone is seen as the stretchier rubber hence why it is used as vacuum membranes and has a tear resistance and elongation of up to 800% and can stay flexible up to -60°C.
  • Oil Resistance – both materials are prone to swelling
  • Environmental Resistance – Both EPDM and Silicone can withstand general weathering, Ozone, and UV
  • Tear Strength – EPDM is seen as the more durable rubber

Maximum Hot and Cold Temperatures for EPDM and Silicone

Hot Cold
+130°C EPDM starts to degrade -40°C EPDM reaches brittle point
+230°C Silicone starts to degrade -60°C Silicone reaches brittle point

Varying temperatures (hot or cold) have negative effects on all rubbers, particularly when heated.

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It is important to choose the right material

Silicone is superior when it comes to needing mechanical strength under intense heat and cold resistance as well as being flame resistant. It is important to look at all of the factors that these materials will be subjected to when looking to choose what rubber will be used.

To learn more about Silicone, click here.

To learn more about EPDM, click here.

Canada Consul General Visit

Consul General Visit

CFO Adam Mikols, Consul General Phyllis Yaffe, Company President Dean S. Penman

Seal & Design hosted a visit from Phyllis Yaffe, Canadian Consul General in New York.  Company President, Dean S. Penman and CFO, Adam Mikols met with Ms. Yaffe and gave her a tour of our facility. Ms. Yaffe spoke to us about NAFTA and the importance of that agreement to Seal & Design’s business.

Seal & Design Able Division, located in Toronto, Ontario, is our Canadian Division’s headquarters. Currently, NAFTA allows our US Divisions (Clarence & Syracuse) and Canada Division to conduct business smoothly and economically. This allows Seal & design to pass along cost saving benefits to both our US and Canadian customers.

We discussed NAFTA’s role in cross-border business and Ms. Yaffe learned how Seal & Design takes advantage of the free trade agreement.

p-yaffeMs. Yaffe has been Canada’s Consul General in New York since July 2016.  She has had a distinguished career in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

We appreciate her valuable time and feedback and thank her for touring our facility.

EMI Shield Seal Gasketing

shield_seal_gasketing3Shield Seal Strip is available in various material combinations and sizes. The versatility of materials and sizes provides assurance of protection against weather conditions including temperature extremes as well as protection against Electro Magnetic Interference and Radio Frequency Interference leakage. The material used conforms to the military specifications.

The elastomers (Neoprene or Silicone) are available with or without an adhesive backing. Adhesive backing on the elastomer is often preferred due to the ease of strip mounting The knit wire meshing is available in various wire materials with Monel and Ferrous material being the most popular. Double Shield Seal materials are available for added shielding effectiveness.

The Shield Seal Strip is used in applications such as electronic cabinets where this type of material is utilized around the doors of the cabinet to seal off stray EMI signals. The shield Seal Strip is also used extensively to shield electronic boxes of various sizes and shapes.

Shield Seal Stip with adhesive backing is a convenient method of getting the optimum combination of materials for engineering or prototype models. In production, it is more convenient and economical to have the complete gasket manufactured with the necessary mounting holes, compression stops, and other special mechanical consideration incorporated. Each gasket would be complete and ready for installation thereby increasing reliability and reducing labor costs during assembly of the end product.

Learn more about Seal & Design’s EMI / RFI offerings

Viton® O-Rings

logo-vitonViton® (fluorocarbon rubber, FFKM) has excellent resistance to high temperatures, ozone, oxygen mineral oil, synthetic hydraulic fluids, fuels, aromatics and many organic solvents and chemicals making it a good choice for an o-ring material.

Viton® is a synthetic rubber and fluoropolymer elastomer, which is commonly used in O-rings and molded or extruded products. There are four families of Viton® polymers, with a varying fluorine content between 66% and 70%. There are the main grades are A (Dipolymers of VF2/HFP); B (Terpolymers of VF2/HFP/TFE); F (Terpolymers of VF3/HFP/TFE); and specialty types (such as GLT, GBLT, GFLT & Viton® Extreme).

Low-temperature resistance is normally not favorable and for static applications is limited to approximately -15°F (-26°C) although in certain situations it is suitable down to -40°F(-40°C). Under dynamic conditions, the lowest service temperature is between 5°F and 0°F (-15°C and -18°C).

Gas permeability is very low and similar to that of butyl rubber. Special fluorocarbon compounds exhibit an improved resistance to acids, fuels, water, and steam.

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Attributes

  • Excellent Heat Resistance
  • Excellent resistance to oils and chemicals
  • Low compression set
  • Good fuel resistance
  • Excellent ozone and weather resistance (oxidation, sun, climat conditions, fungus, mold)

Applications

  • Engine oil seals
  • Fuel systems
  • High-Temperature Seals
  • Petrochemical Systems

Seal & Design is a leading supplier of Viton® O-rings and custom molded seals. We offer both genuine Viton® and standard fluorocarbon materials for general-purpose and high-performance applications. Selecting the type of Viton® that best fits your application is important, but it isn’t complicated, and help is available from Seal & Design. We also offer gaskets made out of Viton®.

For more information visit Seal & Design’s Website.