The U.S. industrial market is in the midst of record-setting growth. As a sector, industry is booming. Industrial facilities are experiencing incredibly low vacancy rates and manufacturers are moving back to the U.S. in droves. In 2017 alone, over $72 billion in industrial assets changed hands.
The Overall Industrial Market
The U.S. industrial market is strong overall, but it’s also growing quickly within secondary market such as Cincinnati, Kansas City, Memphis, and south Florida. Which segments of the market are the highest-performing? Energy and fossil fuels are growing at a rapid clip. Footwear and apparel, luxury goods, and utilities are also experiencing a period of sustained success.
On the flip side, several U.S. industrial sectors have been operating under a sustained decline. Toys and games, coal and gold mining, and nonferrous metals have experienced a significant downward trend.
Seals in the Industrial Sectors
Industrial seals function depending on their application requirements. Almost every type of manufactured seal falls into the “industrial seals” category; this category includes everything from hydraulic seals to pneumatic seals to piston seals and more. There are literally thousands of profiles, sizes, and compositions of industrial seals.
Industrial seals are made from a wide variety of materials. The ultimate composition of a seal depends heavily on its end-use. Industrial rubber, PTFE, fluorosilicone, and polyurethane are several examples of the materials most frequently used in manufacture.
Fit and stability are critically important to a seal’s end-use. A seal that isn’t fitted properly can derail an entire industrial process – it can also become dangerous. It is imperative that industrial manufacturers, in particular, perform extensive due diligence before deciding on a seal implementation to ensure a productive, seamless process.
The uses for seals industrially runs the gamut. From ensuring steam cleaning is sanitary and safe to keeping volatile chemicals from coming into contact with one another, seals for industry are designed to withstand extremely harsh environments and perform under pressure.
Wyatt Seal’s Role in Industry
Wyatt Seal has become a leading name in the supply and distribution of industrial seal products. From O-rings to gaskets, Wyatt specializes in keeping an unmatched array of seals in-stock and ready to ship. In addition, we also work with customers in the industrial sector to produce totally custom seals when a particular application necessitates a unique solution.
Because industrial seals are so critical to the ultimate success of industrial processes, we take their specifications seriously. Wyatt is a distributor of some of the most highly-respected seal brands in the world. It is important to our team that our industrial customers’ high-test applications are supported by our extensive experience and attention to quality.
Would you like to learn more about how a partnership with Wyatt Seal could improve your industrial process? Reach out to our team of experts today to find out what we have in stock or to talk about a custom sealing solution.
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