Pa­cific Seals – a suc­cess story

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In 1988 a Welling­ton- based hy­draulics En­gi­neer couldn’t get the hy­draulic seals he wanted and so like all Ki­wis with that Num­ber 8 fenc­ing wire men­tal­ity, he did i t him­self.

Seals are one of the most im­por­tant and re­lied upon com­po­nents in any hy­draulic sys­tem and at the time he had been frus­trated by the then re­al­ity – seals were only sold by size and shape dic­tated by a one- size-fits- all men­tal­ity. Where, he thought de­spair­ingly, in the whole dis­ci­pline of en­gi­neer­ing, and ev­er­chang­ing in­dus­try, does one size pos­si­ble fit all?

It doesn’t, of course, so he thumbed his nose at the es­tab­lish­ment and set up Pa­cific Seals to sup­ply the likes of peo­ple sim­i­lar to him that could not get what was needed. And he did it well. Pa­cific Seals has passed its quar­ter cen­tury mark, which just goes to show that if you do some­thing and do it well – in­clud­ing lis­ten­ing to your own gut feel­ing as well as the needs of your cus­tomers – you can’t go wrong.

Pa­cific Seals pro­vides de­sign and tech­ni­cal back up right back to the source of man­u­fac­ture as well as ma­chin­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the seals it stocks. And if it doesn’t stock them, the com­pany can make or mod­ify a seal if the right part is not avail­able through stan­dard means, prom­ises sales sup­port and ac­count man­ager, Tre­vana McLean.

“When an or­der i s be­ing placed we need to dis­cuss the tech­ni­cal as­pects and make rec­om­men­da­tions based on speed, pres­sure, sur­face fin­ishes, f l uid and ap­pli­ca­tion. We have, and are, re­leas­ing new cat­a­logues i n sep­a­rate i ssues, which show a f ull 3D colour ren­der of seals for ease of i den­ti­fi­ca­tion, fea­tures, op­er­at­ing con­di­tions. All seals are not cre­ated equal.”

Pa­cific Seals is the sole master dis­trib­u­tor of Hal­lite, the only seal brand read­ily avail­able in New Zealand tested for be­tween two and five mil­lion cy­cles be­fore be­ing put on the mar­ket. The com­pany has a solid world­wide rep­u­ta­tion for hy­draulic and pneu­matic seals and from its UK head of­fice runs op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia, Canada, China, France, Ger­many, Italy and the USA.

Hal­lite backs Pa­cific Seals 100 per­cent, says McLean, which means that if a cus­tomer has a prob­lem with a Hal­lite seal there is no ar­gu­ment – the prod­uct can be re­designed, re­moulded and rema­chined un­til the client is sat­is­fied.

Hal­lite has also de­vel­oped a patented hy­drol­y­sis sta­bilised ure­thane called Hythane 181, which is an ether based (eu) ma­te­rial. It is not only com­pat­i­ble with all com­mon min­eral hy­draulic flu­ids, but also has to­tal water tol­er­ance mak­ing it the best ma­te­rial to use where many non-flammable flu­ids are and means it won’t break down with mois­ture.

Forma (for­mally known as Seal Maker) is the man­u­fac­tur­ing side of Pa­cific Seals with prod­uct made from high grade ma­te­ri­als sourced from Aus­tria and Sin­ga­pore. And with the ad­di­tion of Hal­lite PU that is the same make- up as Hythane 181 to the in­ven­tory, the com­pany can man­u­fac­ture any­thing from brake sys­tems to the food in­dus­try (in­clu­sive of FDA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion upon re­quest). The pos­si­bil­i­ties, says McLean, are end­less.

“Typ­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions in­clude lif ting

equip­ment, cranes, heavy duty earth­mov­ing ma­chin­ery, heavy duty off- road ve­hi­cles, in­jec­tion mould­ing ma­chines, light duty tip­pers, pack­ag­ing equip­ment and even hos­pi­tal beds. “Although we spe­cialise in the OEM and Trade we are also quite happy with the DIYer off the street who wants seals for their spa pools, gar­den hose, cof­fee ma­chine, pres­sure cooker and tap­ware. We’ve even had re­quests for seals to be used as jew­ellery.”

In 2015, Gra­ham Pud­ney of Pud­ney & Lee bought the com­pany and now Pa­cific Seals is a di­vi­sion of that busi­ness and it has turned out to be an awe­some fit, says McLean.

Pud­ney brings over 60 years of suc­cess in sales, mar­ket­ing, sourc­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion and ser­vice to Pa­cific Seals and this means the com­pany can now source seals world­wide, from Aus­tria, USA, Italy, Asia, Aus­tralia, U.K. and Tai­wan and only from only the high­est qual­ity man­u­fac­tur­ers. Any new sup­plier is vis­ited per­son­ally by Gra­ham Pud­ney and qual­i­fied for pro­duc­tion pro­cesses and qual­ity, qual­ity con­trol, staff work­ing con­di­tions and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

This has boosted the al­ready im­pres­sive in­ven­tory to in­clude O- rings, quad- rings, sin­gle and dou­ble act­ing seals, ro­tary, Dowty wash­ers, BSP (im­pe­rial and met­ric sizes), pneu­matic, cen­tre swivel seals in many dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes as well as Parker O- Lube, seal ex­trac­tion tools, strip cut­ters, cap re­siz­ing tools, mea­sur­ing tools.

The com­pany’s new­est brand is Hy- Max that, to date, in­cludes O- Rings, Kits, Dowty Seals, DIN seals, cable ties, PTFE back- ups and its own Lube.

It’s hard to be­lieve it is pos­si­ble, but if you can­not find what you are look­ing for in this wide ar­ray of prod­uct, Pa­cific Seals can still find a so­lu­tion.

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