How Are Bronze Seals Used in Industrial Applications?
Every industry uses seals, whether in their machinery, equipment, tools, or vehicles. Seals are in integral part of daily life, too. You couldn’t use your sprinkler system, vacuum, sink, toilet, or any other daily luxury without quality seals.
Every seal is unique and made for a specific purpose. In their most basic form, seals are devices or substances used to join two objects together. The seal will keep the objects from coming apart or leaking anything that happens to flow through them. While all seals serve the same basic function, they can be made out of any number of materials, with each material serving a specific function or purpose.
At Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing, we have over 300 materials in-stock and ready to use. If you need a seal, you aren’t limited to one or two options. Here are just a few of the seals we can produce:
- Stainless steel
- Carbon steel
- And many more
While we can produce a wide range of seals, our bronze seals are among the most important we manufacture. But in order to understand how and why bronze is used, it’s important to know something about the metal itself.
What is bronze?
Bronze is a copper alloy. Copper itself is a relatively soft metal. By adding other metals (like tin), the strength of the alloy will be greatly enhanced. One of the most common types of bronze we work with is phosphorus bronze. This specific alloy is formulated for extra strength and durability. But besides offering fantastic strength, it is also easily cast and formed into specific shapes. For this reason, we are able to quickly and efficiently produce custom bronze seals to almost any specification.
Phosphorus bronze can withstand constant wear and environmental factors, making it a great choice for any type of seal. In fact, bronze seals will usually outlive the machines or systems they are installed in. Bronze has many other beneficial properties besides being strong and resilient:
- Highly resistant to corrosion
- Able to withstand high temperatures
- Able to withstand friction and wear
- Easy to machine and form into a variety of shapes
- Most bronze alloys can be welded
Uses as a Seal
We provide our bronze seals to professionals in a variety of industries. One of the most common places our bronze seals are used is in situations where friction and temperatures are high. Bronze is able to withstand great temperatures and serious friction without degrading or wearing out. Ships, airplanes, automobiles, and even spacecraft all rely heavily on bronze seals. The seals can be used in small areas to join two fuel pumps together, or large seals can be made to connect major pipes or structures.
Because bronze is electrically conductive, it can be used in electrical applications where a current or flow of energy must continue without interruption. Where other seal materials would impede or stop the flow of energy, bronze seals can connect components without disrupting the system as a whole.
Your Specific Order
If you need to order custom bronze seals, we can create the exact product you need. Our expert team uses only the best state-of-the-art machines and tools to craft each of our products. And once we are done creating a part, we use our precise inspection and calibration equipment to ensure every bronze seal meets your exact specifications and requirements.
Why Custom Matters
Whether you want to send a rocket into orbit or you need to maintain your pumping facility’s liquid flow rate, you can’t settle for bronze seals that fit pretty well; you need parts that fit perfectly. Seals are designed to connect two parts in a system and prevent leaks. Whether it’s crude oil or natural gas, a leak in any system can lead to costly and dangerous problems.
Buying bronze seals from a home improvement store or off of a supplier’s shelves can be risky. Most mass-produced seals come in a few set size ranges. Even if a seal is close to matching your requirements, close won’t always cut it. At Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing, we know that the difference between a project’s success and catastrophic failure can be measured in thousandths of an inch. When you need a bronze seals to meet your exact measurements, we guarantee you will receive the product you need.