The sealing technology member companies of the fluid power association achieved a turnover of about 1,3 billion Euro. They are active in three working groups for fluid seals, mechanical seals and sealing sheets and gaskets. They are keeping their own statistics and further meet every two years in autumn at the ISC International Sealing Conference.
With the Sealing Sheets Working Group the manufacturers of sealing sheets and gaskets organised a communication platform on their own 2003. Their products are installed in the complete mechanical engineering and plant construction industry.
With the inception of the Fluid Seals working group in 1996 – which, to be more exact, comprises seals for fluid power applications, i.e. hydraulic and pneumatic applications – the desire for a dedicated platform within the scope of the Fluid Power trade association in VDMA was fulfilled.
The Fluid Power Association of VDMA (the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), with its Fluid Power Sealing Group is organizing the 20th ISC International Sealing Conference
on October 10 and 11, 2018, at the University of Stuttgart. The Conference will be held under the scientific auspices of Dr.-Ing. Frank Bauer, the new director of sealing technology at the Institute of Machine Components of the University of Stuttgart.
Seals are sensitive components of all technical products. This applies especially to pneumatically and hydraulically powered products in fluid power. Seals are always located in the most critical positions – at the joints between products. Most are small, inconspicuous and invisible, yet they are still irreplaceable high-tech products that have to be constantly adapted to changing requirements.
The “Innovative Sealing Technology – efficient and environmental aware” brochure contains information on VDMA’s activities in the field of seal technology. Alongside editorial contributions of a scientific nature, it includes manufacturer documentation for fluidpower seals, sealing sheets / gaskets and mechanical seals.