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Sealing systems have become a major success story. Once everyone knew where a seal was fitted and how to change it. Now seals are usually installed well away from view and only come to the attention of end users in the very rare event of a leakage occurring. This has been achieved through improvements in design, material developments and taking a systems approach where all components, such as metal interfaces, are considered.

However, the challenges for seal operation continue to become more extreme. We have competing demands of pressures, temperatures, chemicals, restrictions on leakage, requirements for ‘fit and forget’, self-monitoring, maintenance prediction, energy efficiency and even the concept of self-adjusting seals.

The conference offers the opportunity for Systems and Process Engineers, Materials Technologists, equipment operators and end users to update themselves on developing technologies, to meet world experts on sealing systems, to learn from applications, case studies and practices and to discuss opportunities with service and product suppliers.

In addition to the conference, BHR will be holding a pre-conference course. This half day training course on Sealing duties and reliability has been specifically developed for design engineers working for equipment manufacturers and for maintenance/operations engineers who are not sealing experts.