Seal-Glide® - Reducing Friction with Nanoscale Surface Treatments


Seal-Glide® - Reducing Friction with Nanoscale Surface Treatments

A specially formulated surface treatment to improve assembly processes and application performance by virtually eliminating friction and sticking.

Surface treatments are extensively used to improve sealing performance and impart additional properties that the base materials do not have. Finishing operations, such as coatings, often serve to even out surface roughness with the aim of reducing friction and increasing the lifetime of the components within a system. Surface treatments can experience difficulties with adhesion or reaching areas of parts that are not easily accessible.

Now joining the ServicePLUS family, Seal-Glide® is a nanoscale surface treatment that improves on the friction performance of conventional coatings. It is applied through an innovative process, leading to a finish up to 50 times thinner than many conventional coatings. This technique also enables treatment of components with complex geometries and features, such as undercuts, that would otherwise be impossible with lacquer-based coatings. Even after being stretched, Seal-Glide® returns to a smooth finish with no breakouts, maintaining its improved sliding properties.

Testing has shown that the initial coefficient of friction on application start-up can be reduced by more than 80%, easing assembly and stick-slip effects during operation. During dynamic operation, Seal-Glide® shows significant friction performance improvements. Due to its excellent adhesion and low abrasion, the friction is also lower for longer when compared with standard surface modifications. Compatibility with a wide range of materials and flexibility with regards to part geometry mean that Seal-Glide® can be used in many different applications and industrial segments. To take advantage of its friction reducing potential for the Healthcare and Medical industries, Seal-Glide® Medical offers the same benefits with additional approvals and adherence to regional and global regulations.