Customised machined seals can prove invaluable for engineers and maintenance technicians when replacements for worn out or out-dated seals are not readily available. Made-to-order seals are also widely used by engineers when prototyping new designs.
But machining new seals is not as simple as cutting a new set of keys – though sometimes it can be as quick. Not only are the CNC machines used for seal cutting a lot more complex, designing the perfect seal profile and choosing the right material requires extensive knowledge that only comes with experience in seal production.
That knowledge and experience is what Interseal, the machined seals division of Seal Innovations, can provide.
Seal Innovations, the sealing and gasketing branch of Motion Asia Pacific’s group of businesses, has a history in seal manufacturing that goes back to the 1950s. With the advent of machined seals and growth in the market for speedy seals solutions, the custom machined seals division of Seal Innovations was formed to offer customer with single stop solutions.
Established in 2008, Interseal began its operations with two state-of-the-art rapid-production CNC lathe machines at the Interseal workshop in Sydney’s Castle Hill. In 2009 and 2010, Seal Imports and Ramseals were acquired, which added three more CNC machines to its assets.
In addition to new assets, these acquisitions brought with them extensive acquired knowledge to the business, as Interseal Product/ Engineering Specialist David Harley explains.
“Some of our team members have been working in the sealing and manufacturing industry since 70s and 80s. With the subsequent acquisitions, we also brought on people who had more than 20 years’ experience in the seals machining industry. This means we now have so much cumulative experience and dedication among the team,” says David.
Where and how this experience comes into play is best explained by Alain St Vincent, Production Manager at Interseal Sydney branch.
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