2012-2015
Cost-effective low-friction SEALS by Texturing During Moulding technology

In the sector of plastic and rubber seals there is clear and growing demand for higher performance, zero-leak seals. A seal is a device that joins mechanisms together, preventing leakage or mixing of fluids under different working pressures. Hydraulic and pneumatic equipment industry is together with the automotive industry, the largest industrial markets for seals. TDM-SEALS project aims to develop a novel production processes for the fabrication of low-friction plastic and rubber seals, at competitive prices. We propose using surface texturing of the components during the moulding, to achieve a reduction in the seal dynamic friction of >20%. Furthermore, the production process for surface textured seals will be optimised by reducing the production-cycle time related to the demoulding difficulties. To achieve this aim a novel ceramic coating for the moulds will be developed.

Inspiralia will be responsible for developing a new production process for moulded seals based in the use of surface textured moulds. This role includes the following major tasks:

• Developing a cost-effective process for microtexturing of moulds.
• Implementing coating solutions on moulds to facilitate the demoulding.
• Production of prototypes of surface textured moulds.

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