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Providing Sealing Solutions: Medical Devices

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

One of the greatest satisfactions in our industry (any industry for that matter) is to help solve an issue for a customer.  A trendy word for an issue a customer has is to refer to it as their "Pain".  I tend to think in more positive terms, and consider opportunities to solve issues as a way to help my customer increase their sales revenues and profits.  Lets be honest, this is the reason to be in business, right?  Another term that I don't like is, "what keep the customer up at night?".  I prefer to seek out the answer to why do they get up in the morning?  Maybe the answer is the same but again, I like to think positive.  This leads me to a couple of examples I can share regarding personal experiences I have had with helping a customer solve a sealing concern.  Both examples involved the medical industry and medical devices.

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Topics: Specification Tip, Unique Gasket Applications, Quality of Design, Value Engineering

Choosing the Right Gasket or Seal Material

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Today I would like to address a simple way to begin the process of picking out the correct gasket or seal material.  I like to use the acronym TEMP as the first step in choosing the correct material for an application.  

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Topics: Specification Tip, Unique Gasket Applications, Specification Tips, Quality of Design, Value Engineering

United Seal & Rubber Offers Parker DB CamLock Seals

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 @ 17:03 PM

United Seal & Rubber is proud to offer Parker's patent pending DB CamLock seal design.  This seal design provides maximum sealing pressure under minimal seal load.  The dual bead design allows for a small contact point that improves performance by requiring less installation force, and extended seal life.  These features will extend the life of the seal, reduces downtime and costly maintenance cost.

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Topics: Specification Tip, Unique Gasket Applications, Quality of Design, Value Engineering

United Seal & Rubber Celebrates 40 Years on February 12th, 2014

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

I was a youngster in 1974.  Outside of Watergate and the resignation of President Nixon, my memories of 1974 are of my childhood activities.  A tool that wasn't available in 1974 but available today is Google.  So I used Google to learn more about the events that occurred in 1974.   It is cool to compare what happened in 1974 to what is happening today.  Here are just a few select events that occurred in 1974 (minus Watergate & President Nixon):

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Topics: Specification Tip, Unique Gasket Applications, Value Engineering, Vendor Selection

AS9100 - ISO9001 Quality Management Systems Certified Fabricator & Distributor

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

"The only thing that is supposed to come back is our customer"

I recently read that more than 32,000 companies Quality Management Systems are certified to the IS0-9001 certification.  Of the more than 32,000 companies, United Seal & Rubber would be included within that list.  Taking the ISO9001 certification to the next level, and only about 1/3 as many companies have achieved the AS9100 certification as well.  Again, United Seal & Rubber is included on that list.  So, what does all of this IS0-9001 and AS9100 certification talk mean to you, our customers or potential customer?

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Topics: Quality of Design, Value Engineering, Quality Control, Vendor Selection

Crown Bumper Systems for Drilling Rigs

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

Why is someone who is out of Atlanta GA writing a blog about Crown Bumpers that are used on drilling rigs?  The answer is two fold...  One, I spent a few years living in Mississippi and learned to appreciate the oil & gas market.  I spent quite a bit of time traveling the great states of Louisiana and Texas and had the great pleasure of meeting folks who worked in the energy, oil and gas market.  I made friends with folks who would spend weeks away from their families working on rigs.  Big sacrifices are made on the parts of folks who work in this industry.  Two, we are a Parker distributor and I'm always interested and excited when Parker or any of our supplier has new product offerings.  This brings me to the topic of today's blog; Parker's Crown Bumper System.

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Topics: Specification Tips, Quality of Design, Value Engineering, Vendor Selection

Extruded & Spliced (Vulcanized) FFKM

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 @ 16:12 PM
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Topics: Specification Tip, Unique Gasket Applications, Quality of Design, Value Engineering

Custom Fabrication

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 08:11 AM
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Topics: Unique Gasket Applications, Quality of Design, Value Engineering, Vendor Selection

APQP, PPAP, FMEA, SPC & MSA Training for USR Employees

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 08:11 AM

Day 1:

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Topics: Specification Tip, Quality of Design, Value Engineering, Quality Control

Telecommunications: Thinking Inside the Box with Virgil Alonso

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 13:10 PM

Protecting the Electronics inside of an enclosure

A popular and often overused catchphrase is, "to think outside the box".  I have learned that in the telecommunications market that it is better to think inside the box.  The reason I make this statement is because a very important component of a telecommunications enclosure is the electronics inside the "box".  Not only are the electronic components expensive but the cost of failure is a great cost to consider.  For example, a failure of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) unit would result in lost TV reception, high speed internet access and land line phone service.  Some above ground - below ground fiber units may support up to 10,000 customers from a single box.  Imagine having 10,000 unhappy customers on your hands.  It is not a good situation!

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Topics: Specification Tip, Unique Gasket Applications, Quality of Design, Value Engineering