Simrit Expands Merkel Xpress Rapid Prototype Seal Service to Brazil

Provides a cost-effective solution for low-quantity customized seal production on short timeframe

ELGIN, Ill. - Simrit recently expanded its Merkel Xpress service to its Brazilian operations to assist customers in need of quickly manufactured customized seals. The Merkel Xpress rapid prototype and production cell was installed at the company's Diadema, São Paulo facility and can produce a variety of seals in a short timeframe, usually within 24 hours. The service will be supported by a team of sales, engineering, manufacturing and logistics professionals.

"Given the success of Merkel Xpress in the European and North American markets, we anticipate the service will be positively received by our Brazilian customers," said David R. Monaco, president, Simrit Americas, and senior vice president, Simrit Global. "In today's competitive environment, our customers cannot risk costly downtime. The Merkel Xpress service is a great solution for customers who need custom-manufactured, quality products quickly from a company they know and trust."

The Brazilian Merkel Xpress Computer Numeric Control machine is integrated with software to custom-produce seals with diameters ranging from 4.5 to 500 millimeters, including: o-rings; rod, piston and shaft seals; wipers; guide bands; and backup rings. Simrit will supply the domestic Brazilian market with 102 sealing profiles in the hydraulic product line and 21 in the pneumatic product line. A wide variety of materials can be used, including nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyurethane, silicone, fluoroelastomer (FKM) and nylon, in addition to other exclusive formulations.

"This investment demonstrates our commitment to providing the Brazilian market with the high-quality services and technologies that meet its evolving needs from the design stage to complex maintenance," Adriano Vargas, sales director, South America, Simrit.

In addition to superior production flexibility, the Merkel Xpress service offers other advantages, such as elimination of mold costs, inventory expenses and downtime losses. Other Merkel Xpress centers are located in the United States, Germany, France, Italy and England. To ensure the most prompt response time, price quotes are available through the region-specific websites.

Simrit is part of Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies and offers an extensive portfolio of precision-manufactured products for the aerospace, agriculture, appliance, construction, energy, fluid power, mechanical power generation, mechanical power transmission and recreation markets. Simrit's global sales exceed $1.3 billion. For more information, visit the Simrit website at

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