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Hygiene and Process Reliability

Your Partner for Sealing Solutions in the Process Industry

Cleanliness, hygiene, conformity and durability – the process industry poses a variety of challenges to seals. They must have a high degree of purity and comply with hygienic design standards. At the same time, the requirements of industry- and country-specific standards, such as USP Class VI, NSF, FDA and GB, apply. However, conformity with the standards mentioned does not suffice. The sealing materials must also withstand aggressive media such as CIP/SIP cleaning agents, greases, aromas or chemicals and extreme temperatures. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has accepted this challenge and developed sealing solutions tailored to the requirements of the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Chemical Industry

Chemical Industry

Sealing Solutions for the Chemical Industry

The chemical industry comprises a wide range of different processes, materials and plants. This high diversity requires individually tailored sealing solutions. In sensitive chemical processes, such as in reactors, generators and stirrers, it is very important that nothing harmful can escape from the plant. 

In processes involving fine and specialty chemicals, temperatures of up to +300 °C can push seals made of elastomers and plastics to their limits. The seals are also exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations during steam cracking. In addition, the sealing materials must withstand particularly aggressive, sometimes even toxic chemicals and high pressures. Seals must also make a contribution to ensuring that chemical processes comply with the emission values prescribed by the TA air legislation. Due to these extreme operating conditions, robust and chemically resistant materials are indispensable to the chemical industry.

Safe Processes Thanks to Highly Resistant Special Materials

As one of the most important economic sectors, the chemical industry supplies raw materials to a large number of industries. These are essential for further processing in the construction and automotive industries, among others. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies offers specially developed sealing solutions with the aim of enabling smooth and reliable processes. Materials such as PTFE, Simriz® or the specially developed ChemXT can be used in various applications depending on the requirement profile. Conditions such as high temperatures or pressures and aggressive media can occur. 

The O-ring is a typical product used in the chemical industry. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies offers an FEP- or PFA-encapsulated version for use in stirrers, pumps and separators as well as O-rings made of premium materials, such as Simriz®. Among other things, the chemically highly resistant PTFE is available in V-seal set packing and bellows – above all for sealing valve terminals. In addition, thanks to in-depth development expertise and services, such as Freudenberg Xpress®, customer-specific parts can be developed specifically tailored to your applications.

Chem-XT

ChemXT

The ChemXT family of materials, which Freudenberg Sealing Technologies developed specifically for the chemical industry, offers high performance at an excellent price/performance ratio. The black 80 ChemXT 940 can be used in air at temperatures from -15 °C to +230 °C without any problems. Extensive tests prove excellent media resistance. ChemXT shows very good resistance to many acids, organic solvents, UV light and ozone. At the same time, it convinces with its lower price level compared to the premium material Simriz® (FFKM). If FKM is replaced, ChemXT can increase service life and thus extend maintenance intervals. This enables a minimized risk of failure compared to FKM, as well as considerable savings of production costs when replacing FFKM. 

O-rings

FEP-Encapsulated O-Rings  

FEP-encapsulated O-rings are exclusively used for static applications, as movements or abrasive media would destroy them. The elastomer core provides the elastic contact pressure, the sheathing the reliable sealing in aggressive media. Depending on the required temperature resistance, FKM or VMQ is used as the core material. Encapsulated O-rings are always available in all desired dimensions, inner diameters and cord thicknesses. Since they are only slightly expandable and compressible, the installation spaces for small diameters should be aligned accordingly. 

Boots

Bellows

Bellows are a reliable component, wherever mechanically interlocking machine parts have to be protected against environmental influences or aggressive media. They can also be used to compensate for movements, expansions, misalignments, inclinations or vibrations. In conjunction with non-return valves, pumping and conveying effects of gases or liquids are possible depending on the design. Universal chemical resistance is achieved by using premium quality PTFE materials.

Roof Sleeve Sets

V-Seal Set Packings

V-seal set packings usually consist of a pressure ring, several v-seals and a support ring. They are primarily used for translational movements, but also for slow rotational movements. Since PTFE and PTFE-carbon compounds are used as standard materials for v-seal set packings, they can be economically produced by machining semi-finished products without tools.

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