Get to Know Seal & Design: Adam Mikols

In this installment we sit down with Seal & Design Chief Financial Officer Adam Mikols.Adam-e1514480741103

Q: What’s your role at S&D?
A:
I am the Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for overseeing the accounting and financial records, human resources and information technology of Seal & Design Inc, Seal & Design, Higbee Division and Seal & Design, Able division.

Q: What’s interesting about your job?
A: The most interesting part of my job is the financial analysis which allows us to improve in different areas of our business, therefore bringing direct income to the bottom line.

Q: How do you “make it happen”?
A: 
I “Make it Happen” by being an integral part of the executive team that aligns financial and human capital concerns throughout the company, making sure that we bring all divisions together in terms of finance, culture and the overall company goals.  This past year we put in place Key Performance Metrics (KPIs) to help us achieve those goals and align all divisions.

Q: What’s your favorite Seal & Design product?
A:
My favorite product is the Rod Wiper – which prevents contaminants from entering the hydraulic cylinder assembly.

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.

 

website-thumbnailNew Website
• 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.