FTL Technology has provided a comprehensive seal consultancy service for over 40 years.
Part of this consultancy involves sharing our expertise, tips and advice around all aspects of sealing solutions, from materials to seal profiles.
2019 is well and truly underway, and whilst the year ahead is set to be a very exciting year for all of us here at FTL Technology, sometimes to look forward it helps to look back. So we’re casting our mind back to 2018 and the most popular articles we shared on our blog for our customers and readers. Then as now, we’re striving to offer the most useful, insightful information to help all engineers to solve their technical problems.
Here’s a round-up of the most popular blog posts of 2018:
1. What is the difference between Rotary, Static and Reciprocating Seals?
Seals are an essential component in all kinds of industries, subject to a range of challenges from applications and operational environments. In this article, we give an overview of the typical features of rotary, static and reciprocating seals. Alternatively, if you’re a visual reader, we have a presentation on this topic on our LinkedIn Slideshare channel.
2. The Importance of FDA Compliant Materials
FDA jurisdiction concerns products which may come into contact with food products.
Although the jurisdiction of the FDA is restricted to the United States, FDA regulations are commonly adopted as the recognised control standards globally.
Here’s an article on the importance of FDA-compliant elastomeric materials to manufacturers.
Again, if you’re a visual reader, we have a presentation on this topic on our LinkedIn Slideshare channel.
3. Sealing Slow Rotating Equipment
Rotary equipment can be classified as either high or low speed, and slow rotation equipment comes with its own distinct sealing challenges.
This article discusses some of the factors to consider when sealing slow rotating equipment.
4. The Challenges of Pipeline Pigging
Many engineers in the oil and gas industry will already be aware of the issues which can arise with pipeline pigging.
Pipelines need to be cleaned and inspected to keep up to code, ensuring that any product flowing through them is delivered at the other end without hindrance.
Managing the pipeline isn’t without its challenges, as this article outlines...
5. Is Blue the New Black
If asked to name a colour associated with 'hygienic' products, we often think of the colour blue. The blue sticking plaster, the blue rubber gasket and the blue lip seal have become synonymous with hygiene and cleanliness.
This article investigates some of the technicalities behind blue hygiene products, and whether the difference really matters.
6. What are MECO Seals
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?
7. How can MECO Seals Help the Food & Beverage Industry
In at number 7 was another MECO seal related blog post.
MECO seals offer excellent sealing solutions for a number of industries, especially food and beverage applications.
Simply put, they outperform all other seal systems when it comes to abrasive media. Here’s why...
8. FTL Technology Celebrates its 45th Birthday
Here’s a throwback to October 2018 when FTL Technology celebrated its 45th birthday!
As a result of the celebrations, the offices and warehouse were closed for one day only. We’re looking forward to continuing our success and enjoying more celebrations in the not too distant future.
9. 5S Focus for FTL
FTL adopted the 5S methodology as part of our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in the workplace.
The 5S team meet weekly to discuss the status of projects, identify new tasks and find ways to improve our 5S system (Sort, Set, Shine, Standardise and Sustain).
10. 4 Steps to High Performance Packing
Effective packing is critical to the delivery of peak performance for operators of valves, pumps and a wide range of other sealing applications.
Our engineers work with hundreds of material combinations of braided (or compression) packing, implementing solutions across many different industries and applications – and no two installations are exactly the same.
Here’s a guide to the 4 Steps of High Performance Packing.
So there you have it – the most popular blog posts of 2018.
This year we’ll continue to share the most up-to-date industry news and information to help all engineers solve their engineering problems.