Viking Extrusions are one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of silicone inflatable seals. We have been manufacturing silicone inflatable seals for over 20 years. During this time, we have pioneered many innovative new tooling and manufacturing techniques. Our team have gained a vast amount of experience and technical expertise providing solutions for a diverse range of applications.
Inflatable seals, also called pneumatic seals or are seals, are made from a hollow extruded profile which is joined into an airtight seal. The seal can then be inflated to form a seal between two surfaces.
Silicone inflatable seals have many advantageous properties including:
All of our inflatable seals are manufactured at our ISO9001: 2015 certified facility in the UK. Each seal is individually tested by submersion leak tests to ensure it meets the requirements of our quality control system. Every inflatable seal is supplied with a laser etched unique reference number and corresponding signed test certificate. This method ensures consistent quality and full traceability for all of our inflatable seals.
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Our brochure contains drawings and dimensions for existing inflatable seals as well as specifications for valves and moulded corners.
We have a large range of existing profiles available for use which can be viewed below. If you require a bespoke solution or a new profile, please contact one of our technical team who will be happy to assist with your project.
This configuration of seal is well suited to clamping applications as well as shaft maintenance and valve seals. Profile types with large inflating distances relative to their size such as Frog-Leg profiles are generally not well suited to this configuration.
Suitable profile types:
We are able to manufacture inflatable seals with a large variety of valves and air connectors including:
Air connectors can be bonded into place, secured with a nut and washer, or with a moulded cone.
Air connectors are most commonly joined to the base of the seal. For some profile shapes it is possible to join air connectors into the side wall of the profile. However, this can have an adverse effect on the seal’s lifespan and durability. For straight length inflatable seals, it is possible to join air connectors into one or both ends of the seal.
Each specific profile design has a minimum bend radius in both its radial and axial planes. Bending a profile below its minimum bend radius will cause it to kink or deform and impair its functionality. For applications where tight radii are required, moulded corners are used to achieve an optimum result.
We are able to design tooling and mould corners for inflatable seals in-house, allowing us to produce high quality seals, at competitive prices and with short lead times, all to bespoke design requirements. If an off-the-shelf solution is required, we have a catalogue of existing mould tools which may be utilised in your design to further reduce costs and lead times.
For advice on moulded corners contact one of our technical team
Our inflatable seals are manufactured from a specially developed grade of silicone rubber, VINF60. This compound has been formulated and independently tested to exhibit characteristics such as high tear strength and good joining properties. VINF60 is transparent can be pigmented to most colours. VINF60 is compliant to:
|Density at 20°C||Approx. 1.16g/cm3|
|Hardness (Shore A)||60|
|Tensile Strength||10.3 N/mm2|
|Elongation at Break||524%|
|Tear Strength||27.5 N/mm|
|Compression Set (22hrs @ 175°C)||21%|