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Sustainable energy seal applications

Advances in storage of intermittent renewables has created need for new fluid sealing applications in electrolysis, liquid batteries, wave energy harvesting, geothermal, and turbine technology. Darcoid is actively engaged in developing improved seal performance to meet these new goals. 

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Sustainable Energy - Green Energy
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Sustainable Energy

Tillman King has been an excellent/knowledgeable resource for discussing robust sealing solutions and seal design for manufacture and assembly. Tillman and Darcoid have re-visioned our sealing concept to address a key design constraint to high volume production.

Dr. Travis Hery, Mechanical Systems Lead Power to Hydrogen
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Critical deadline?

If you’re reading this because you have a late-stage seal performance problem please contact us now to troubleshoot and find the best solution. Quickly.  We can ship prototype compression molded seals in two weeks, LSR molded parts in 4-6 weeks, and cut elastomer, plastics and foams/sponges in hours or days.  Stock seals ship the same day. 

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Critical seals in every technology platform

An area of increasing innovation, the long-term efficiency of sustainable energy installations rely on robust seal solutions.  In solar concentrators (CSP) the heliostat actuators require an environmental seal (wiper) where contamination exclusion is balanced against drag/seal friction. In photovoltaics (PV) power inverter units need long lived low closure force enclosure seals and vent seals optimized to long term ozone resistance and low compression set.  Horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT):  gearbox and rotor shaft seals; gearless/direct drive variants, and; low closure/absolute moisture barrier access panel seals. Biomass: turbine shaft seals.  Hydrogen generation and Fuel Cells: complex manifold and flow channel seals, membranes and diaphragms optimized for electrolysis, KOH potassium hydroxide, closed system long-life low-compression set and low permeation. Our technical team will quickly focus on the critical performance drivers for your application to drive quickly to a recommendation.

Seals optimized to your performance spec.

In new product design processes, the integration of the sealing element(s) are frequently overlooked or considered an afterthought. Fixing a nonfunctioning seal AFTER your enclosure injection tooling is complete puts all kinds of strain on your project deliverables.   While we’ve fixed plenty of these late-stage problems it’s always prudent to bring us in before you cut that tooling PO. Engage with a Darcoid applications engineer as early in your project as possible to assure your project timeline and budget stay on track.  Our technical team at Darcoid is driven to help you develop the best possible seal for your unique application. 

Predictable performance with every build? Control for Seal Performance Creep.

A critical part of your program’s success is making sure the seal that gets assembled in your product 4 or 5 years from now performs the same as the seal you qualify for production release.  Small omissions or assumptions in your control specs can create major headaches in the future..  Darcoid Applications Engineers will teach you how to control Seal Performance Creep so you can rest easy and focus on developing your next great thing! 

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“Trust but Verify” - Quality baked in

Quality comes first with Darcoid.  Nothing moves without Quality’s approval.  Our team is driven to assure zero defects with control plans aligned to your quality process manual - We secured ISO 9001 registration in 2002 and we continue to innovate, most recently we certified to the IATF 16949:2016 standard. If you’re at all uncertain of your current seal supplier’s commitment to quality take our quick 5 question survey to see where they stand.    

If you’re visiting this page because you are dealing with recurring quality escapes, please contact us and book time with our QA experts.  Our QA team has developed a wealth of seal quality expertise over the years.  We know where and how escapes can happen at every step of the manufacturing process and what controls need to be in place and verified. 

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On time, on budget

Our fulfillment and supply chain teams’ mantra is “wherever and whenever you need it, your shipment will be there”. With inventory forward positioned in the USA, Europe and Asia we keep your lines running wherever in the world your product is assembled.  Being easy to do business with is critical and everyone in our customer experience team is motivated and empowered to align with your business model to make that happen. 

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Darcoid – because innovation needs Next Level®

Darcoid has been in business for 75 years and over that time we have come to recognize one simple truth: The performance of your product is directly related to the quality and reliability of the seal. With those words in mind we continue to innovate and collaborate with customers whose products change the world for the better. To deliver meaningful and measurable value to your entire organization we have built and deployed the powerful Next Level® strategy - by deliberately integrating with your teams in quality, seal technology, fulfillment services and growth strategy. True Partnership.  

We’re looking forward to earning your trust and becoming your go-to seal solutions provider.

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