What moves sealing technology?

Retrospective of the 19th ISC, International Sealing Conference Stuttgart 2016

Organized by the Fluid Power Association within the VDMA e.V. with its Fluid Power Sealing Working Group the 19th International Sealing Conference (ISC) took place on 12. and 13. Oktober 2016 in Stuttgart under the motto "Sealing Technology - Indispensable". With nearly 290 participants, of which approx. 20% came from abroad, the ISC was able to hold the visitors level of the last events and thus maintain its position as the largest and most important conference for sealing technology worldwide.

48 lecturers succeeded in inspiring the audience with new findings on sealing technology. By a careful selection of the presentations, in which users, manufacturers and scientists were adressed to the same extent, a more intense dialogue between these three groups developed - a stated goal of the ISC. This dialogue was further deepened during the breaks between lectures as well as in the conference's exhibition and in the personal conversations between the participants. Very well received by the conference participants was the chance to have an insights into the current research activities at the Institute for Machine Elements (IMA) at the University of Stuttgart by exclusive lab tours and conversation in the exhibition and the conference itself.

The entire spectrum of sealing technology was covered in the lectures content. From pneumatic and hydraulic seals of all types, from shaft seals to static seals –new findings of the last 2 years were reported. Whether friction and wear, practical applications, new materials for advanced application limits or simulation - the topics were wide-ranging.

The focus of many presentations was on the use of high-performance materials, on surfaces and the energy efficiency of sealing systems. This reflects the current trends in sealing technology again. Compared to the last ISC many presentation focussed on basics of sealing technology as well as on test procedures.

A special highlight was the evening event at the 'Motorworld Region Stuttgart'. The participants enjoyed their walk through the shops and halls of vintage cart workshops, classic services and garages. Explainers and information spots informed about the history or motor sports, legendary cars and automobile VIPs.

With the subsequent banquet at the 'Legendenhalle' (hall of legends) of the Motorworld the ideal atmosphere was created to cultivate old and new contacts and to deepen the exchange on seal technical topics in a casual atmosphere.

Be there when the sealing technology industry in Stuttgart meets again next International Sealing Conference.

Come to the 20th ISC from 10.-11. Oktober 2018.

Sealing Technology – Indispensable

No matter whether car, hydraulic cylinder, smartphone or food processor - no technical product works without seals.

With products becoming more efficient, the demands for the sealing systems also increase. However, better performance, lower energy consumption, longer life span and rising reliability are inconceivable without innovative sealing technology.