Buffalo Niagara Partnership NAFTA forum

nafta-forumBuffalo Niagara Partnership members sat down with Canadian government leaders to discuss the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Deputy Consul General Khawar Nasim met with members of the Partnership’s Manufacturers Council as America, Canada and Mexico recently held a seventh round of renegotiation talks in Mexico City.

Nasim outlined what Canada is looking for in a new NAFTA agreement and the value of the economic relationship between the three countries.

Seal & Design is proud to be a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and enjoys the opportunities membership allows to engage with other businesses and government representatives to grow and sustain a healthy business climate in Western New York.

Durlon 9000® Gasket Material

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Gasket Resources Inc.’s Durlon® 9000 (blue) and 9000N (neutral) materials are designed for use in process piping and equipment in chemical, pulp & paper, pharmaceutical, oxygen & industrial gases, food & beverage, and other general industrial applications.

These gasket sheets are excellent choices where physical properties such as non-contamination and resistance to highly aggressive chemicals are required.

Durlon® 9000 has been tested, approved and used for chlorine and caustics services. Unlike generic skived PTFE, the various shapes of fillers in Durlon® 9000 are homogeneously blended with pure PTFE resins and do not wick or cause corrosion on flange faces.durlon-white

 

Also, independent testing has shown the fillers in Durlon® 9000 to be more evenly dispersed than filled PTFE with layered construction. Therefore, it has more consistent physical and mechanical properties and does not have voids, separation and chemical compatibility problems found in layered PTFE.

Benefits Versatile & Reliable Seal

  • Recommended for a wider range of severe chemical services than competitive filled PTFE blends
  • Maintains a tighter seal than conventional PTFE gasketing
  • Has a higher bolt torque retention than other filled PTFE  and conventional PTFE gasketing materials
  • Listed in Pamphlet 95 of the Chlorine Institute as an acceptable gasket material for chlorine service
  • Certified for Oxygen Service by the Federal Institute of Materials Testing & Research: Berlin, Germany
  • Conforms to FDA standards
  • Exceptional performance in emissions control

Sheet Size

  • Durlon® 9000 is available in the largest sheet sizes of any conventional or filled PTFE blend gasketing in the industry
  • Allows improved yield with less waste
  • 60″ x 60″ | 60″ x 120″ | 60″ x 180″

Cost Saving Technology

  • Can readily provide large diameter gaskets at extremely competitive prices
  • Eliminates waste and readily available

Contact Seal & Design Inc. for more information about Durlon® 9000 or visit the website here.

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?
New Doss 2

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.