When Ken Lamb, Advanced Engineering Manager for Vanseal, says, “He’s seen it all” – he isn’t exaggerating. Understanding what he’s learned over the years reveals how Vanseal’s engineer-to-engineer approach helps clients solve some pretty tough problems.
Engineer-to-Engineer Approach is Key to Success
40+ Years of Seal Design Expertise is Hard to Ignore
Ken Lamb began working at the seal plant in Vandalia, IL because he needed a summer job. Over the next 42 years, he would perform in a variety of roles including Expediter, In-Production Controller, Scheduling Agent, Cost-Estimator, and Quality Engineer. Ken has seen and learned a lot over the years, watching the evolution of seal manufacturing change from “gut-feel” to a level of sophistication that requires a highly-engineered, scientific approach to material-selection and part design.
Partnering With Our Customers Early in the Development Cycle is Key
Vanseal designs with both manufacturing and tooling in mind, which is why it is critical for clients to partner with us early in the development process. This way our engineering team can provide value-added, innovative sealing solutions, optimized for the specific application.
Bringing project designs to the table earlier helps us fully understand the application parameters and performance metrics expected. From there, we can provide input on material-selection, seal design, and manufacturing feasibility.
Time and Again Our Team Identifies the Optimum Sealing Solution
Vanseal’s engineering team encompasses the entire manufacturing process-flow. Like Ken, the others in his Engineering Department have decades of experience in the business.
Doug Bell, Vanseal’s newest edition, worked in the Hydraulics Division of John Deere. His background in Engineering Mechanics has come in handy when working with clients in identifying solutions for powertrain and hydraulics applications. Kim Edgar’s tenure is nearly as long as Ken’s. As the department’s Cost Estimator, he’s also had to evolve. Seals are no longer straightforward rubber O-rings, but a culmination of many different components. Kim continually researches new sources for metal casings, springs and PTFE to deliver better quality and economy.
End-to-End Engineering: Technical and Project Support Throughout
Sealing applications have grown in complexity with higher benchmarks for quality, which is why Vanseal provides project management, error-proofing, and PPAP testing as part of our standard APQP process. Scott Spencer is a 40-year veteran and brings to the table focused specialties including top product-design for production management, process and tool engineering, and quality inspection. Like everyone in the company, Scott makes it easy for customers to work with us by making sure they understand what test metrics will help them make the best decisions.
Tooling Engineer, Scott Gehle, gained most of his knowledge from hands-on work. He’s seen tooling requirements change from having to accommodate simple, single-lip seal geometries to complex seal assemblies with multiple lips and components and integral designs. Our location in the heartland of the United States and our on-site tool shop allows us to respond quickly and maintain a high degree of flexibility concerning design changes, part modifications, and prototype sample submittal.
From Concept to Design, Prototype to Validation, and Sample Submittal to Production Release – Vanseal is a Trusted, Reliable Manufacturing Partner