Coating Systems Provides a Beginner’s Guide to Lip Seals

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For industrial applications, few things are more important than keeping your parts lubricated and sealed off from debris and liquid penetration. To do that, your equipment needs the right sealing solutions. One of the most common sealing mechanisms for industrial equipment is the lip seal. There are several things that you need to know about lip seals before you find your sealing solution. In today’s blog post, Coating Systems gives a beginner’s guide to lip seals.

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What Are Lip Seals?

According to Gallagher Fluid Seals, a rotary lip seal is a “seal that features a lip on the ID that seals dynamically on a shaft and metal casing.” The primary function of these seals is to keep contaminants out of machinery without losing lubricants. This is notoriously difficult because to keep those contaminants out, it’s easy to lose the needed lubricants.

What Do They Do?

Rotary shaft seals work by keeping contaminants out with a thin sealing layer in between the lip and the shaft itself. These seals protect several critical functions of your machinery. First, lip seals retain lubricants in industrial applications. This is crucial for these industrial machines because they become ineffective and even dangerous when they aren’t properly lubricated. Secondly, they keep contaminants out. Unwanted liquids and debris can damage the machine and make it ineffective.

What Are the Benefits?

There are several sealing options for your industrial, rotary applications. So, why are lip seals the best option? Let’s take a look at some of the major benefits of lip seals:

  • Friction resistance
  • Chemical resistance
  • Can function under extreme temperatures and pressure
  • Extended seal life

These benefits are very important in rotary applications such as motors, gearboxes, bearings, robotics, and pumps.

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Contact Coating Systems for More Sealing Solutions

If you need sealing solutions for your rotary industrial applications,Coating Systems can coat the recommended lip seals for the job. For more information on what we offer, give us a call at 1-800-593-7754 or contact us online.