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Eriks opens sealing cell for oil & gas sector

22 May, 2014
Eriks Sealing Technology has opened a new development cell specifically designed for the rapid prototyping of oil & gas sealing products. The new facility, which is housed in the Birchwood Science Park in Warrington, incorporates a high-spec twin-spindle, large-diameter Mazak Integrex i-series multi-tasking machine capable of machining metals, rubber and functional thermoplastics, alongside the latest moulding and mechanical seal assembly facilities. The new cell will be exclusively for the development of functional prototype sealing products, in particular the many complex shapes and sizes demanded by the oil and gas sector. The cell is designed specifically to support Eriks’ customers in bringing new products to market quickly. The development cell is located alongside the polymer materials laboratory which has achieved ISO 17025 qualified laboratory status and the mechanical applications laboratory, which contains numerous application specific test rigs. Customers using the cell will also benefit from the know-how of Eriks’ global materials team, which uses the company’s long established expertise within the oil & gas sector to advise on the most appropriate materials for oil and gas applications. The new development cell exceeds the previous 3D prototype printing capability for fit-only testing to meet the growing needs of customers that require functional prototypes. Mick Holland, general manager of Eriks Sealing Technology, commented: “The oil & gas sector is exceptionally dynamic with short lead times for new products. The new development cell will enable customers to rapidly prototype new sealing products, eliminating unnecessary delays and significantly shortening the timescales for bringing new products to market.”

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