Energy drain is an issue that impacts most industries. However, seals made from low-friction compounds have been able to significantly reduce power drain in systems ranging from very, small pumps to large industrial engines.
Use Less Energy – Improve Performance
Sophisticated Low-Friction Compounds are Driving Performance
Elastomer materials with additives that reduce friction are deserving of all the hype. These particular, low-friction compounds prove critical to successfully reducing friction between seal and shaft components.
Specially-formulated, low-friction compounds are made in a variety of combinations. Some include lubricated materials like Erucanides, Graphite, Teflon™, paraffin wax, petroleum or molybdenum disulfide; along with elastomers as Ethylene Propylene, Nitrile, Neoprene™, Fluorocarbon or Silicone.
Power Drain Impacts Most Industries
Energy drain is an issue that impacts most industries. However, low-friction compounds have been able to significantly reduce power drain in systems ranging from very, small pumps to large industrial engines.
Seals manufactured using specially-engineered, low-friction materials reduce the chance of rolling and thereby shaft wear. This feature also reduces energy consumption at start-up and keeps the system cool throughout run time.
The Right Compound Combination is Critical
Friction and resistance become volatile issues in critical assemblies. In the case of a fractional horsepower pump, it’s not hard to imagine the impact when water, coolants or chemicals are allowed to leak from the assembly due to seal failure. Just as important is the motor life extension due to low break away and running torque.
Low friction seals made from PTFE material compounds are particularly beneficial in drivetrain automotive design as new applications must endure higher surface speeds and dry running conditions. Seals made from select low-friction compounds extend seal life and reduce energy consumption.
Also, the continued demand for better fuel mileage requires reduced friction and torque-to-rotate in all assemblies including seals. Therefore, seal engineering relies on low-friction compounds, like PTFE, to increase efficiency.
Steering Shaft Assemblies
Aside from fuel efficiency, the greatest concern among OEMs is meeting zero tolerance requirements for ground leakage of fluids and oils. Seals used in steering gears need to be capable of handling higher pressures, with no leakage, while also maintaining low-friction rotation under pressure for smooth, easy steering operation.
Work With an Experienced Manufacturer
Vanseal Corporation is a premier designer and manufacturer of radial lip and hydraulic rubber seals and mechanical seal components for rotating equipment applications in the automotive, off-highway, agricultural, appliance, power-generation, marine, medical and aerospace industries.
How is Vanseal different from other seal manufacturers?
- Lifetime of knowledge designing seals for aircraft and military applications, as well as heavy-duty, agriculture, automotive and marine
- Experts in understanding the evolution of system applications and development
- Proven and tested materials and production methods
We know seals. Trust our experience to give you the highest level of confidence for your assembly.