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Spring Tech Event and Seminars

Sepco We had another EXCELLENT Spring Tech event April 24-25 with about 20 attendees, 10 presenters (3 of whom are on the ISD Board), and much of the Board.  A huge THANK YOU to SEPCO for an outstanding job as hosts.  Check out some of our pictures!  And here’s what some of the attendees said:

“I wasn't sure if coming to the Tech event a second year in a row would be worth it, but I learned as much this year as I did last year.  It just keeps getting better.”

“It was my first time going to the ISD meeting.  I found it very informative and will recommend it to others.”

Here's what we offered in 2017: 

Session Title



Innovation in PTFE Gasket Technology, with a focus on Rail Car application


Joel Baulch - Teadit




Advanced Sealing Application Workshop

Explore technical characteristics of several sealing applications, along with possible solutions and why some work better than others.


Cliff Goldstein – Eclipse Engineering



Differences in Flexible Graphite

A discussion on the origin, production, and application of flexible graphite and the current trends towards higher quality, lower corrosion impact, and higher oxidation resistance.


Bryan Pourchot - SGL



Plastics - An in-depth and practical look into various polymer filler; why we use them, how we use them, and when to use them

1. Quick look into base resins (PTFE, PEEK, PPS) - Advantages and disadvantages and when they need fillers

2. Filler Study - Various fillers, what they are exactly, and how they help or hurt the function of the base resins

3. Application - applying those principles to real world applications


Cody Kaufmann - SEPCO







Bearing Isolators

A)     What do Bearing Isolators do and why are they needed?

  • To prevent contamination ingress into bearing housing environment
  • Retain lubrication.
  • Reliability = $

B)      Designs

Contact Seals

  • Lip seals
  • Magnetic Seals
  • Non-contact Seals
  • Labyrinth
  • Expeller

C)      Pump Reliability Basics


Woody Nepa - SEPCO











Industrial Rubber Technical Presentation

This presentation will include the history of rubber, information on each elastomer type, compounding rubber, what fillers are, processing aides and reinforcements and physical properties.


Glenn Orn - American Biltrite



Decoding Rubber Classifications and Certifications

Kirk Brown, Rubber Chemist will explain a variety of rubber material certifications and various agency acronyms and approvals as they pertain to molded elastomers.  Find out what you need and when you need it.  Includes ASTM classifications.

  • ASTM D2000
  • UL
  • NSF
  • FDA
  • USP VI
  • Reach
  • RoHs
  • ADI Free
  • 3A
  • Conflict Free
  • ISO

Kirk Brown –  Precision Associates











Radial Shaft Seal Basics

This session will address

  • how shaft seals are made
  • basic terms
  • components and  configurations of shaft seals
  • and how shaft seals work

Don Grawe ESP International