Published Articles And Papers
  • Choosing the Right Seal for Industrial Robotics

    Selecting the appropriate sealing solution is critical to ensure the robot performs as expected. For example, in many of our applications, we must balance friction requirements with sealing effectiveness.   Do you have examples of robotic applications in which your products are used and what design challenges they address? Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. has products inside many robotics applications, including

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  • Fixing What Isn’t Broken

    When a medical device is profitable, popular, selling well, and meeting all regulatory requirements, it can be tempting to leave well enough alone and focus on new product development instead of improving existing lines through iterative changes. At Innomed Inc., a Savannah, Georgia-based manufacturer of surgical instruments for orthopedic surgery, founder and president Jim Anderson takes seriously the company’s commitment

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  •  Orthopedics: Springs Provide Precision, Cleanability

    When engineers develop orthopedic surgical devices, they must often think beyond the design of the device, and find a way to make its installation easier, safer, and more accurate. Sometimes experimentation leads to an unusual solution: a tiny, canted coil spring. For example, one orthopedic company was developing a  femoral nail to address a variety of femoral fractures, ipsilateral neck/shaft

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  • Polyimide-Filled Polytetrafluoroethylene (SP191)

    Our Bal Seal® spring-energized seals deliver superior protection against leaks and contamination in robotic systems. Download our specifications sheet for SP191 seal material to learn more:  

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  • SFC, separation and seals: the quest for more efficient cannabis testing

    Sarah Smith, Global Market Manager, Analytical Equipment, Bal Seal Engineering Inc, California, USA This article examines the changing landscape of supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) testing and what it means for OEMs as they develop the next generation of SFC equipment. In particular, it focuses on ensuring optimal seal design within pumps that are used in an SFC system. When supercritical

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  • Improving Wind Turbine Design with Springs and Seals

    As wind-energy systems supply a greater percentage of power worldwide, minimizing downtime and decreasing maintenance and service is critical. Jim Harty According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind capacity grew by 8% in 2014 and is forecast to increase by 12% in 2015 and by 13% in 2016. Bloomberg New Energy Finance further predicts that wind power will continue

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  • The Future of Mass Spectrometry

      Laboratories are demanding a new era of mass spec equipment that provides higher throughputs, shorter testing times, and smaller footprints. Sarah Smith Mass spectrometry is the workhorse of analytical chemistry. It performs the analysis of the sample, making mass spec equipment an essential part of the analytical instrumentation market. A recent shift in the laboratory landscape, though, is forcing

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  • Bal Seal Engineering Launches SP191 Seal Material for Medical Equipment

      Foothill Ranch, Calif. – U.S.A. – February 16, 2015 – Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. has expanded its line of seal materials to include SP191, a polyimide-filled polytetrafluoroethylene compound. The company says the properties of the new material make it ideal for use in gas compressors, oxygen intensifier systems, and other medical equipment requiring low friction sealing in humid environments

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