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Category Archives: O-Rings

Coating Systems Explains How O-Rings Helped Win World War II

Many modern technologies, from airplanes and cars to pens and kitchen juicers, use o-rings to maintain seals for air or liquid. The inventor of the o-ring would be ecstatic to see his invention used all over the world. Despite its ordinary usage today, the o-ring has a special place in history as it helped turn the tide of World War II in favor of the Allies. Coating Systems explains. Danish Inventor Niels Christensen The story of modern o-rings starts with Danish inventor Niels Christensen. He loved to experiment and invent machines. One of his first life-saving inventions was a new brake system for streetcars in the late…

Coatings Systems Explains Why the Aerospace Industry Needs Perfect O-Ring Seals

O-rings are easy to overlook, until they don’t work. That’s what happened on Jan. 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. A brittle o-ring caused the seal to fail on a solid rocket booster before rupturing the main fuel tank and engulfing the shuttle in a superheated ball of flame. Seven astronauts died and the nation mourned their heroes. Coating Systems explains why the aerospace industry needs perfect o-ring seals. Hydraulics Modern commercial airliners rely on hydraulics for the many moving parts of an aircraft. For example, pilots control the landing gear with hydraulic systems. Hydraulics require precise o-rings to prevent hydraulic…

Coating Systems Reveals Inventions Made Possible by O-Rings

You may not realize it, but o-rings are everywhere. Many of our modern inventions and tools would not be possible without o-rings. These simple circles of rubber, metal, or plastic keep liquids and air from leaking out of specialized chambers, pipes, and tubes. Coating Systems explains what inventions use o-rings to keep our high-tech world working. Outdoor Lighting Thomas Edison worked with a prototype of o-rings when he perfected his design for the light bulb. Today, o-rings keep water from seeping into outdoor lights when it rains. Outdoor landscapes, lighted walkways, streetlights, and elaborate Christmas light displays would not be possible without o-rings. Dry seals from Coating…

Coating Systems Discusses O-Rings Facts

O-rings are everywhere. Without o-rings, we couldn’t drive, fly, or even use basic kitchen appliances. O-rings are ordinary in our everyday work at Coating Systems, but there are some incredible o-rings that amaze even the pros at Coating Systems! Largest O-Rings Coating Systems coats o-rings with dry film and lubricants so they seal properly, because no one wants a leaky o-ring seal. One of the largest o-rings is 8 feet in diameter, which is big enough to drive a full-size pickup truck through! These specialized o-rings seal large industrial machines that handle large volumes of liquids or compressed air. Dry film ensures the seal remains completely intact…