Saint-Gobain's OmniSeal® and Meldin® Components Part of Falcon 9 and Atlas V Successful Launches
Saint-Gobain Seals Group’s Meldin® and OmniSeal® components were installed as part of the fuel delivery system in the Space X Falcon 9 and United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicles that successfully carried sophisticated satellites into orbit this past September.
A leader in sealing and wear/friction solutions for more than 50 years, the Saint-Gobain Seals Group has been supplying innovative sealing solutions such as OmniSeal® spring-energized seals to the aerospace market. The OmniSeal® product line offers static and dynamic sealing solutions with superior sealing performance in both very low and high temperature application conditions.
Their innovative polymer solutions such as Meldin® 7000 series thermoset polyimide materials are the preferred choice for finish machined components used in jet engines, de-icing systems, actuators and other aerospace applications. Meldin® 7000 grades offer wear and friction component solutions for continuous high temperature conditions of 315°C and excursions to temperatures even higher. The Seals Group is well-known in the industry for their powder-to-parts solutions for launch vehicle, commercial aircraft, and military aircraft applications as well as their focus on co-development relationships, engineer-to-engineer collaboration and custom products.
“Our co-engineering approach was instrumental to the success of these mission-critical applications,” said Ken Smith, Worldwide Market Manager for Aerospace at Saint-Gobain Seals Group. “We engage with our customers’ engineers at the outset of the project and work with them to design and develop custom sealing solutions as well as wear and friction solutions specifically for their applications. This collaborative approach brings the best results for our customers.”
In the aerospace industry, aside from the OmniSeal® and Meldin® products, the Seals Group also utilizes rotary lip seals, their OmniLip™ sealing solution, for auxiliary power units (APUs), jet engines and gearboxes. Rulon®, their high-performance fluoropolymer material, was used in the ball bearings on the Mars Rover Curiosity.
About Saint-Gobain Seals Group (www.seals.saint-gobain.com)
Saint-Gobain Seals Group is a business unit under Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Engineered Components division; our parent company is one of the world’s top 100 industrial groups. With more than 50 years of manufacturing experience and an established global presence (with strategic sites in Garden Grove, California, USA; Kontich, Belgium; and Minhang, Shanghai, China), we offer a diverse range of innovative sealing and polymer solutions:
· OmniSeal® Spring–Energized Seals
· OmniLip™ PTFE Rotary Shaft Seals
· OmniFlex™ Fluoroelastomer Seals
· OmniShield® EMI / RFI Shielding Solutions
· Rulon® High-Performance Fluoropolymer Compounds
· Meldin® 7000 Thermoset Polyimide Materials
· Meldin® HT High-Performance Thermoplastic Materials
Other products include Fluoroloy® (high-performance custom-formulated compounds and alloys), cup seals, hydraulic seals, metal seals, v-packings, piston rings, Marathon® (valves and vacuum pump diaphragms), Transband® (PTFE creepage band), custom parts, polymer bearings and stock shapes.
The majority of seals and polymer components manufactured are custom designed and matched with the best materials to optimize their performance in various applications and markets.