Spiral Wound Gaskets in the Power Generation Industry

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In today’s changing landscape, there are more options than ever in the power generation industry; from natural gas, fossil fuels, coal, and nuclear to renewable methods such as hydroelectric, wind, solar, and biomass.

To withstand the extreme temperatures and conditions of these applications, manufacturers depend on durable gaskets and sealing solutions.

The gaskets used throughout these plants must be able to handle a range of operating conditions and pressures in order to evenly distribute power across long distances.

Reliable gasket solutions allow companies to easily meet the needs of the communities they serve while staying ahead of the curve in power generation trends.

Spiralwound Gaskets: High-Performance Technology

seals-metallicSeal & Design’s Spiral Wound Gaskets (SWG) are manufactured according to ASME B16.20 standards with quality assurance to comply with API specifications Q1 and ISO 9001:2008.

These gaskets are crafted with a combination of various smart materials: a preformed metal strip alternates with a more compressible, soft filler material, allowing for a highly responsive and extremely tight seal.

To learn more about these innovative components and our spiral wound gasket offerings, contact Seal & Design or visit our website.

New Product Offering – HeatSORB

HeatSorb1HeatSORB proprietary phase change material addresses thermal management issues by capturing heat – allowing a device to remain cooler by delaying temperature ramps.

HeatSORB material increases thermal efficiency and goes above and beyond traditional heat spreaders such as copper, graphite sheets, or heat pipes. HeatSORB material provides benefit to any application in which high heat of fusion and long-term, reliable thermal management are concerns – especially when real estate is limited.

Seal & Design is a Rogers Preferred converter, contact us to learn more about HeatSORB and it’s applications.

 

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.

Growth Help Seal Success

This article first appeared in Buffalo Business First’s March 24, 2017 edition.dean-penman-o-ring-inspection-machine

Dean Penman takes a holistic view of company growth, working to expand relationships with customers, gain clients and make strategic acquisitions of competitors. Seal & Design Inc. is a distributor and manufacturer of seals, gaskets, and O-rings. Under the younger Penman, the business has undertaken a series of proactive moves in recent years, including a 40,000-square-foot expansion of its Clarence facility in 2014 and the acquisition of a Syracuse company in 2015. He spoke to Business First recently about building a manufacturing company in Western New York that’s positioned for success.

What is it like to work at Seal & Design?

It’s a great atmosphere. We just had our third or fourth person celebrate their 20th anniversary this week. A lot of people have been here a long time and put in a lot of hard work for this company. Everybody is on the same page with trying to improve. We measure ourselves and we try to be better than our competitors.

As company owner, how do you cultivate that atmosphere? 

I have a great team under me who manage their own departments, and everybody is on the same page. We establish goals as a company and we communicate them. We’re about sales and growth which means, first and foremost, customer satisfaction. I try to lead by example, by sitting and talking to the customer and helping them at any cost. Our values are about making the customer experience great. When everyone lives and breathes that, it’s contagious.

Seal & Design has gotten much bigger in recent years. Has it been a struggle to maintain company culture?

We have message boards throughout the facility, in every department, with customer messages that say, “Hey, your shipping guy did a great job” or “Your sales guy bailed me out” or “Hey, your guys came in on Saturday and cut parts for me when I shut down.” The point is that everybody appreciates that this is a team effort. The biggest challenges are with the acquisitions, when you have people from different cultures working at different companies and aren’t used to the way we do things. It’s my job to go visit them and explain our values. We also bring them into our (local) facility and integrate them with our system, have them sit with departments, so that everybody is on the same page and has the same goals. That’s what customer service is really about.

What do you think separates Seal & Design in such a competitive industry?

Anybody can sell a gasket or an O-ring; we ask how we can do it at a greater value to the customer. Everybody wants something different. In some cases it is price. In some cases it is service. In some cases it is customer-vendor management. We listen to what the customer wants and then provide that service. We sell value. Value is performance, dependability, on-time delivery and quality.

 

Learn more about Seal & Design on our website.

Armacell MONARCH & ENSOLITE Materials

Seal & Design is an authorized Armacell distributor and has the ability to fabricate Armacell MONARCH & ENSOLITE closed cell sponge into sheets on our electronically controlled splitting machine. From these sheets, a variety of gasket, sealing, and cushioning products are manufactured. Some of the more popular styles are Monarch 5021 & 5022 and also the Ensolite GIC, IR42, & IV3, plus the full line of Armacell sponge and elastomeric foam products.

We also can apply pressure sensitive adhesives to these closed cell materials, making them even more versatile. Controlled compression and recovery characteristics along with shock absorption attributes provide a highly flexible material with the ability to fill in voids in many application.

2D Barcoding Capabilities

2d-bar-codesSeal & Design recently added customized 2D barcoding labeling options to meet a vendor’s specific packaging needs. The barcode on the right there is an example of a 2D barcode that you can actually scan.

If you need customized labeling solutions for your gaskets, orings, seals, or molded rubber we can work with you and provide a variety of labeling solutions.

Check out our full website, or give us a call at (716) 759-3344 and ask how we can help your business with customized labels for your parts.