Garden Grove, CA, December 04, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Saint-Gobain Seals installed a new automation machine at their Willich, Germany site, which forms and assembles OmniSeal® spring-energized seals. Adding this new equipment not only allows the business to assemble the product in large quantities but also maintain their high standard of world class manufacturing and quality as the automated process creates a much better clean room environment versus what is achieved with a manual assembly process. A key element for this investment was based on the business being able to strategically position itself to meet current and upcoming growth opportunities.
The automation machine manufactures spring-energized seal designs ranging from radial seals (rod seals and piston seals) to Spring II seals that are composed of Saint-Gobain Seals’ proprietary Fluoroloy® materials. One of the very first batches of OmniSeal® seals made were for an industrial paint gun application with plans to create more for other industrial applications such as valves but also fuel pumps and EGR system for the automotive market.
As one of 14 Saint-Gobain Seals global manufacturing sites, the Willich site has been in operation for almost one hundred years, being founded by Max Alfred Pampus in 1919, and one of the first importers of PTFE from the United States. In addition to making OmniSeal® seals, the Willich site is known for their design and manufacture of Marathon® valve diaphragms and Rulon® fluoropolymer products. Certified as USP Class VI compliant, Marathon® diaphragms are manufactured using premium PTFE or modified PTFE under Class 1000 cleanroom conditions and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) process and are used in chemical and food processing. The Rulon® product line includes a variety of high-performance bearings and components that have been used in a variety of areas: bogie on commuter trains, rear shock absorber on bicycles, jet engine thrust reverser and missile launch systems, and life science components on chemical analyzers and harmonic scalpel surgical tooling.
To learn more about Saint-Gobain Seals’ OmniSeal® product line, other product lines and its strategic business unit, visit www.seals.saint-gobain.com, follow their Twitter(@SGSeals) or connect on LinkedIn.
About Saint-Gobain Seals (www.seals.saint-gobain.com)
Saint-Gobain Seals is a strategic business unit under Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Engineered Components SOA (sector of activity); our parent company, Saint-Gobain, is one of the world’s top 100 industrial groups and is celebrating its 350th Anniversary of manufacturing excellence in 2015. 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
• 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), 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.