Top 8 Industries where Industrial Seals are most commonly used?
The main purpose of an industrial seal is to seal the opening between a static and rotating component. It is vital to use high performance seals for improving the efficiency of equipment. The following are 10 top industries which use hydraulic, pneumatic seals or a combination of both.
- Farm Machinery & Agricultural Plant
During agricultural harvesting seasons, agri-machinery needs to perform with optimal efficiency. Machinery used outdoors, such as ploughing equipment, tractors, harvesters etc, all face exposure to the weather elements, and with the Irish and UK climates consistent flooding, numerous storms and generally damp conditions, frequent contamination from the surroundings erode both hydraulic hose, hose fittings, bearings and other parts of the machiners. There is a constant need to repair and maintain farm equipment, the use of high performance seals, play an important role in productivity and lowering expenses. Farm implements use single acting hydraulic seals on harvesting, threshing, baling, drainage and on crop harvesting machinery.
- Amusement Machines
Amusment machines, such as roller costers and other attractions at funfares, including some of the rides at Tayto Park for example, would require hydraulic seals and other parts to keep running. Imagine how much would be lost if a major amusement ride broke down for a day. When the seal fails in the brake system, it can leak brake fluid, forcing a shutting down of the ride for repairs. Not to mention the cleanup afterwards.
- Auto Industry
Almost every vehicle assembly department uses pneumatic rams on assembly jigs. Engineers prefer pneumatics as they are quieter and cleaner, which can prevent any leakage from contaminating its surroundings. Sound absorbing materials such as polyurethane and rubber are effective in achieving significant compressed air savings.
- Cheese Manufacturers
Ireland has a long tradition for quality farming, and cheese making in itself is a niche of the agri-industry. There is also a trend to consume more homegrown / organic grubsteaks, and apart from the major dairys of the Mitchelstown Cheese Factory (Dairygold), there is a plethora of small businesses manufacturing in the niche, This machinery generally uses Pneumatic seals, spring energized seals, wipers and guide rings are used on manufacturing and packaging machines in the cheese industry.
- Coal Mining Equipment
Coal mining is still carried out in various parts of the world, and hydraulics are used extensively in the underground mining machinery, while pneumatics are used on roof support machinery. Essential to the mining industry is safety and the use of high performance parts to provide extraordinary service life so that downtime and maintenance is kept to a minimum.
- Concrete Pumping
Concrete pump designers face many challenges because concrete is heavy, viscous, abrasive, contains pieces of hard rock and solidifies if not kept moving. One of the causes of dangerous blockages can be attributed to improper setting up of the pump system, and requires specialised sealing and proper guide element replacement when the seals are replaced.
- Earth-Movers & Excavators
High performance oil seals and hydraulic seal kits are required for heavy earthmoving, excavators, dozers and backhoe loaders. The mining and construction industry is the heaviest user of high performance seals and reliable wiper seals.
Some may say printing is a dying trade, but with Newspapers and Printed books still in demand, and 4% of marketing budgets being pumped into traditional printed marketing, such as flyers and business cards, the demands of the fast-paced publishing industry benefits immensely from machine parts manufactured with high performance polyurethanes and rubber materials to allow for greater speeds and higher productivity.