5 Main Parameters for Choosing Robot Arm

The infographic below provided by discusses the 5 main parameters you should be aware of when selecting a robotic arm for your industrial needs.  The 5 parameters are 1. robot application, 2. payload, 3. degree of freedom, 4. maximum operating range (reaching distance or arm span), and 5. speed. Robot manufacturer will offer industrial robot arm specification documents which will show those parameter details. You can choose your robot arm accordingly.

Why is There a Rising Demand for Hydraulic Seals in the Oil & Gas Industry?

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A hydraulic seal is a tiny part within a massive machine. But without it, the entire system would grind to a halt. Despite their size, hydraulic seals play a huge role in preventing leaks, maintaining fluid pressure and keeping contaminants out of the system.

In today’s highly competitive and demanding economy, industrial machines are operating longer, harder and in increasingly harsh environments. Contamination alone accounts for more than 80 percent of all system wear—and it’s the root cause of nine in 10 hydraulic system failures. Choosing high-performance seals can mean the difference between operating at peak efficiency and losing precious production time to premature failure.

SureTex seals offer the stability and reliability needed to keep operations running smoothly. Designed to accommodate a vast variety of temperatures and pressures, their standard U packings incorporate an energizing O-ring that compresses the sealing lips against sealing surfaces to maintain a leak-free environment. This unique design allows our seals to outperform conventional u-cups or symmetrical packings in both low- and high-pressure applications.

SureTex seal styles available from Utex Industries Inc.:

  • Standard style
  • Flat lip style
  • Deep style
  • With BUR
  • ACB style

Ideal for rod or piston applications, SureTex sealing solutions offer a multitude of benefits, including:

High temperature tolerance. With a vast menu of elastomers to choose from, we can manufacture our hydraulic seals to withstand a wide range of temperatures—from -50°C (-58°F) up to +300°C (+572°F). We take into account the impact of extrusion gap size and system operating pressure when determining the true temperature capability of our sealing solutions.

Pressure resilience. SureTex high-performance seals are resilient to fluctuations in system pressure. They offer outstanding sealability low pressures and are suitable for vacuum applications as well as high-pressure situations.

Stability under stress. The O-ring energizer in our hydraulic seals helps stabilize the seal jacket, maintaining stability even under tremendous stress.

Bi-directional sealing. When combined with SureTex caps, our seals are capable of bi-directional piston sealing. The cap aligns with the sealing lips to provide extrusion resistance when reverse pressure is applied to the heel.

Multiple configurations. SureTex seals come in a variety of configurations to suit many different applications and conditions. For example:

  • The flat style features flat tops at the sealing lips, creating a more flexible seal lip for pneumatic applications at low pressure.
  • Standard and deep styles have angled sealing lips to create maximum sealing force for hydraulic applications.
  • Seals with anti-extrusion devices are available in various thermoplastic materials to suit the specific application conditions.
  • The ACB style is made from one homogenous piece, with a molded profile instead of a removable O-ring and sealing bumps on the heel for stability.

 Customizable design. SureTex seals can be stretched or compressed to fit non-standard housings, and they’re available in a variety of standard and high-performance elastomers. We also offer in-house mold tooling as well as custom designs to suit specific conditions.

Meticulous material selection. Choosing the right material is paramount to the seal’s success. We work with our customers to ensure jacket and O-ring materials are compatible with each other as well as with the system’s operating conditions to ensure optimal performance in the required environment.

Complementary products for SureTex seals are also available from Utex Industries Inc. in a variety of elastomer, urethane and engineered thermoplastics to suit your application:

  • SureTex cap
  • Wear bands
  • PSWR wiper
  • P6W wiper
  • PWHM wiper
  • PWS wiper
  • PWSM wiper

Oil, gas and other industrial operations rely on Utex to provide cutting-edge sealing solutions for some of the most demanding applications.

The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection

Fall arrest systems

Falls are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Preventing them doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to know what to do. This infographic explains the basics of personal fall arrest systems including anchorage points, body support, and connectors. It also demonstrates how to calculate your fall distance, which takes into consideration your height, the length of your lanyard, and the distance needed to decelerate when falling.

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Speed Reducer Falk Type YBX Vertical Right Angle Speed Reducers

Falk speed reducers have a proven track record for reliability and ruggedness in harsh industrial conditions. For more than a century, Falk has engineered solutions for some of the most challenging industrial applications, from mining to pulp and paper to cement mixing.

Designed for maximum adaptability and minimal deterioration in even the most punishing environments, Falk speed reducers offer a long life of trouble-free operation. The Falk brand also comes with top-notch customer service and technical support to ensure maximum uptime and gear drive performance.

As the Northwest’s largest certified Falk distributor, Mar-Dustrial is the go-to source for Falk gearboxes and other drive components. We maintain a vast inventory of new and surplus Falk speed reducers in a variety of gearbox configurations, including:

  • Concentric shaft reducers
  • Parallel shaft reducers
  • Right angle reducers

In addition to our wide selection of Falk gearboxes, we also operate a Falk-certified Repair & Renew facility. Contact us to learn more about how quality gearbox repairs can save you money.


Eco-Friendly Paint Disposal, From Household to Industrial

There are an estimated 100 million gallons of house paint sold each year, which means it’s likely that there is a large amount of paint left over requiring disposal. WasteXpress works with businesses in the paint and coatings industry to safely dispose of their excess paint. Homeowners rely on local household hazardous waste facilities to recycle or dispose of their surplus. Our infographic provides statistics on how much paint product is sold in a year, the harm it can cause humans and the environment when it is not disposed of properly, and of course, tips on how to reduce your overall paint waste.