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What are MECO Seals?

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What are MECO Seals?
What are MECO Seals?

MECO Seals, manufactured by Woodex Bearing Co Inc, are renowned full contact, soft-face mechanical shaft seals for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry.

The custom-engineered processing equipment solves some of the most popular issues and complex problems the sectors have to offer, which is why this partner has been a valued supplier of ours for over 20 years.

Woodex MECO seals can be used in a variety of applications and offer a multitude of benefits for engineers.

As the exclusive UK agent and supply partner, the FTL team have worked in a comprehensive array of environments from protein shakes and curry sauce to silicone adhesives and drug manufacture.

But what exactly are MECO shaft seals, what benefits do they offer and how are they configured?

What applications can MECO Seals be used in?

  • Mixers
  • Dryers
  • Screw Conveyors
  • Extruders
  • Blenders
  • Pulpers
  • Explosive environments & atmospheres
     

What can MECO models seal?

MECO offers split and unsplit shaft seals for all types of rotating machinery, for use on media such as:

  • Dry powders
  • Bulk materials
  • Pastes
  • Slurries
  • Liquids and vapors, including aromatic hydrocarbons.

Why Choose MECO Seals for the Food Industry?

MECO seals offer superior sealing solutions for food, beverage and pharmaceutical process and production equipment and machinery.

As MECO seals are cool running they significantly reduce the risk of product contamination due to overheating and scorching, and reduce potential damage to sensitive process materials. What’s more, they can drastically reduce process times due to the seal's effective vacuum performance and MECO seals outperform all other seal systems when it comes to abrasive media.

Common processes in food production catered for include:

  • Cooking
  • Mixing
  • Blending
  • Drying
  • Product transfer
  • Product extrusion

There are MECO seals for dry food conveying, dry food mixing, plastic powder blenders, wet food mixing/cooking, ribbon blenders, paddle mixers, food mixers and for sigma mixers.

Many seals simply cannot cope with all the challenges the food industry throw at them. So if your work involves fine food powder such as sugar and cocoa, which bring about harsh sealing environments, MECO seals are the superior solution.

The most crucial aspect is that the seals are available with FDA-approved materials. For further reading, please take a look at our blog post on The Importance of FDA-compliant Materials.

Why Choose MECO Seals for Pharmaceutical processes?

There are MECO seals for wet and dry chemical processing, plastic extruding, Werner & Pfleiderer Extruders, Bag/Dry Package Filling, seals for Airlock, Bucket Elevator, holding vessels, media grinder, rudder post, screw conveyor, solvent extractor and seals for pulpers.

What are the benefits?

  • Does not wear shaft, avoiding costly repair or replacement
  • Simple to use and easy to maintain
  • Split designs reduce downtime
  • Low friction, for low running costs
  • Food (FDA) versions available
  • Hygienic designs available, enabling CIP
  • ATEX shaft seals (explosion proof) variants available

There are many more features, advantages and benefits so whether you have drying media or a dry, wet or hot product, FTL Technology can help.

TESTIMONIAL:

“Prior to working with FTL Technology we struggled to contain leaks on our large ribbon blenders. The OEM provided packed gland seal assemblies which were prone to unpredictable, intermittent seal failures causing interruptions in production and issues with maintenance scheduling. FTL provided technical advice and support from the outset and we decided on the Type AH MECO seal as the most appropriate solution. The seals were much easier to install and maintain than our previous seals and we are able to monitor the condition of the seals unlike before.

Not only that, as they are FDA compliant and suitable for ATEX applications they gave us confidence that they were safe to use with our pharmaceutical products and also safe to use in a potentially explosive atmosphere. The Type AH seals we use are extremely robust and have been able to cope with spikes in operating conditions without any detrimental effect.

“We have had several years of care-free running using MECO seals on a variety of mixers and as a result we continue to work with FTL on challenging engineering & maintenance applications as their professional approach and continued support has enabled us to resolve issues and save valuable resources within the maintenance and reliability team.”

Mechanical Reliability Engineer- Animal Health and Biotech

If you’re working specifically in the Food sector and would like more information on Custom Shaft Seals for Food Process Machinery, please take a look at our dedicated Brochure: Meco Shaft Seals Product profile.

To speak to an engineer about MECO seals in general, give us a call on 0113 252 1061 or get in touch today.

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