Breaking the mold with PEEK materials for the oil & gas industry

Breaking the mold with PEEK materials for the oil & gas industry

Breaking the mold with PEEK materials for the oil & gas industry

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions offers an advanced range of PEEK manufacturing capabilities to meet the sealing needs in the severe conditions of oil and gas applications. This provides a wide choice of product options to meet almost any sealing requirement.

The PEEK (polyetheretherketone) materials that Trelleborg Sealing Solutions offers can be manufactured to almost any shape to fit nearly any application, from the most basic components to the unique specifications that may be required for connectors, back-up rings, HAT rings, bearings and seals. Through the process of injection molding into tubes or billets, PEEK material can be readied for shaping. Additionally, PEEK materials can be injection-molded into a finished shape.

Harsh oil & gas environments are driving the need for PEEK

“The need for machined parts that can withstand the harsh environments in the Oil and Gas industry is driving the development of PEEK machining capabilities. At Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, we have been aware of and been addressing this need for quite some time. Our product design experience and extensive manufacturing capabilities, along with our industry-leading research and development laboratories and FEA expertise, enable us to provide precision PEEK components to Oil and Gas equipment designers, as well as end users,” says Eric Bucci, oil and gas segment manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Americas.

Picture shows PEEK manufacturing facility in the USA

PEEK materials are partially crystalline, aromatic polyethers. These materials have outstanding mechanical properties, such as excellent resistance to wear, pressures, hydrolysis and radiation. Capable of withstanding virtually all chemicals, PEEK is commonly used in high-temperature and high-pressure applications. This makes it an ideal material for use in the extreme sealing environments of offshore applications.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions are successfully supplying proven products to their customers

By working closely with oil and gas customers, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has successfully provided PEEK parts for the toughest of applications. These include mud motors, valves, MWD tools, LWD tools and various other down-hole tools. Trelleborg Sealing Solutions relies on its solid base of Research and Development, FEA, engineering and manufacturing in order to produce custom products that fulfill customers’ demanding specifications.

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