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.

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.

TPS Trade Show – Houston, TX

tps-expo-logoSeal & Design will be exhibiting at the Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia in Houston Texas from December 12-14, 2017. (Rescheduled from September 12-14 due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey).

Visit booth #3110 to speak with us. We look forward to seeing you there.

TPS Exhibition Website

The Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia (TPS) Exhibit Hall is the perfect forum for exchanging ideas and forging new relationships. Last year was a record-breaking year for the Exhibit Hall, with 360 exhibiting companies. Spanning 216,600 gross square feet, the TPS 2016 Exhibit Hall featured full-size equipment, new technology and emerging industry trends from leading turbomachinery and pump companies.

O-Ring Inspection Equipment

In many critical applications (including automotive, aerospace, and life support, among others), 100% dimensional inspection of o-rings is often required. Seal & Design has a host of inspection machines that are dedicated to 100% inspection of o-rings and other seals, to ensure each individual part meets all drawing dimensions and other measurable specifications.

Also called vision systems, these machines use camera stations with either infrared or white light to measure any particular dimension of an o-ring that is deemed to be critical to function. From ID and OD to concentricity and ovality, our equipment measures and sorts parts quickly and efficiently. Seal & Design is home to a variety of inspection equipment, from machines dedicated specifically to o-rings and round parts, to machines that can measure virtually any shape.

Inspection RoomTo prevent any cross-contamination of the 100% inspected parts, bagging machines are attached directly to the inspection equipment. This allows for precise automatic bagging/sealing of parts, with customer required information including part numbers, quantities, and batch information printed directly onto the bags. From start to finish, the time it takes to inspect and bag an o-ring is often less than 10 seconds.

These inspection machines are just another component of Seal & Design’s World Class production facility, which is certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009 as well is ISO 9001:2008.

Learn more about Seal & Design’s o-ring offerings.

Get to know Seal & Design: Ken Nyitrai – Quality Manager

In this installment we sit down with Seal & Design Quality Manager Ken Nyitrai.
Ken-Quality-Manager

Q: What’s your role at S&D?
A:
I’m the Quality Assurance Manager. I oversee the quality department between all our divisions. My department’s job is to make sure that the raw materials coming in and finished parts going out are good. I also strive to make sure our company is continuously improving and to make sure we are utilizing best practices and meet all ISO and TS 16949 industry standards.

Q: What’s interesting about your job?
A: My job is fast paced and I find that interesting. I get to interact with all the departments and interface with our vendors when any issues occur.  It’s also challenging (and rewarding) to come up with new ways to tweak our already efficient processes to make sure we are continuously improving the company, all while providing high quality products to our customers.

Q: How do you “make it happen”?
A:
I’m at the office at 6:30 most every day. I’m usually busy hopping around the plant overseeing my department and looking for ways to improve our quality processes.

Q: What’s your favorite Seal & Design product?
A:
If I had to say anything I’d say PORON XRD is a fairly interesting product. It’s soft, yet firm at the same time, used as shock protection in sporting equipment, yet suitable for use in commercial applications.  We rarely have any complaints about our PORON family of products because it’s of high quality. And we love high quality products in my department!

For more information about Seal & Design visit our main website and to learn more about becoming a team member check out our job postings.