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Simriz® – Quick Tooling Ensures a Reliable Supply of FFKM Seals

Discover how our Simriz® quick tooling & reliable supply chain ensure that an American seed and agricultural chemical company has a reliable supply of FFKM seals.

As a global leader in sealing technologies and a specialist in innovative designs, materials, and products, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is no stranger to supporting the challenging and unique needs of leading industry companies. That’s why when one of our distributors needed help resolving a customer’s material challenge, they turned to Freudenberg Sealing Technologies for help.

The Challenge

When a sizeable American seed and agricultural chemical company approached our distributor for help, it was with an urgent material need. The company used seals made of FFKM – a material known for its ability to withstand harsh agricultural chemicals and difficult temperature and pressure requirements. But with a major FFKM supplier completely exiting the market, the material was in short supply and impossible to source. The distributor knew the customer needed a reliable, high-quality replacement material and off-the-shelf products were not an option. They required a tailored sealing solution that would meet their highly specific quality and performance standards and they needed it fast.

The Solution and Beyond

With these issues seriously impacting the customer, the distributor contacted the materials team at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies for assistance. Thanks to its fully integrated, to-the-monomer, supply chain, Freudenberg has a stable supply of its own FFKM Simriz® materials and can typically deliver them on short lead times. Simriz® 498 was chosen as the right material for the job.

Factory premises

Simriz® 498 outperforms every other FFKM material on the market. Its patented structure provides outstanding, long-term performance in nearly every environment, including cases of extreme temperatures up to 617°F (320°C) and in use with harsh chemicals, overheated steam, and hot water.

But in this case the customer, even more was required to implement a final solution: Because Freudenberg Sealing Technologies did not have the exact metric tooling needed to mold the required seals at that time, the company immediately launched efforts to design and manufacture 14 new metric-sized tools to fulfill the customer’s requirements. Our facility in Santa Ana offers a wide range of sizes that have already been tooled, but even more exciting is their ability to quickly tool new custom sizes. They can create custom tooling within four weeks and even as low as ten days in some cases, this service is available for O-rings and round molded parts/ shapes with sizes ranging from .5” to 5.27” for all Simriz® FFKM compounds and many of our other compounds. This development allows us to offer tremendous value to customers who often have significantly longer turnaround times, and ensures their facilities continue to run at peak efficiency.

The Results

With the quick time to get 14 new tooling developed and begin production, we were able to ensure the customer a reliable supply of the needed Simriz® FFKM seals to keep them running efficiently both today and for years to come. The project also had a sizeable benefit to our distributor, thanks to the ability to keep their customer happy they secured over $200,000 in initial business and over $150,000 a year in reoccurring business in Simriz® 498 O-rings with an opportunity to expand into finished gaskets and sheets of the specialized FFKM material.

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies FFKM Simriz® 498 material, in combination with its efforts to support the production of the customer’s seals, has further solidified the working relationship between the two companies. Freudenberg’s deep material expertise, vertically integrated structure, and ability to move fast in developing reliable solutions offer great value to our distributors. The distributor, in turn, is playing an important role in introducing its customers to the premium materials and capabilities Freudenberg offers. Our distribution network is filled with outstanding companies, that provide exceptional products and services to keep the industry running. Our shared networks, expertise, and resources find solutions to incredibly challenging issues and prove that we are truly better together.

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