Whenever something is running smoothly and the introduction one thing somehow brings everything to a screeching halt, you’ll often hear the idiom that goes something along the lines of, “Well he sure threw a wrench in the works there, didn’t he?” This saying can be applied to a lot of contexts, but when it comes to the world of machinery and industrial automation – it says a lot. In reality, a lot can “throw a wrench” into a system, whether the system you’re referring to is an automated assembly line or a machine tool. To prevent this metaphorical “wrench throwing” in the industrial world, a number of manufacturers have dedicated themselves to designing, manufacturing, and perfecting the one thing used around the world to keep mechanical systems running smoothly: oil seals and grease seals.
In many cases, mechanical systems tend to be relatively closed systems, meaning that they are not always designed to exchange materials with the “outside”. Dirt, fluids, dust, and other forms of ingress can negatively affect even the largest machine. In the same way, and especially for machines, keeping certain materials and substances like lubrication in can be just as important as keeping other