Legacy of Environmental Management
When the purpose of the business group you belong to is "Making the world a better home", it's difficult to imagine not having a legacy of caring and being committed to the environment.
Sustainable solutions come naturally to the teams of Omniseal Solutions™. Take for example, within the life science market where sustainable solutions are developed for handheld surgical power tools in the medical and dental fields. In this area, Omniseal Solutions™ is a key supplier of Rulon® components in harmonic scalpel surgical tooling. Harmonic scalpels use ultrasonic technology to simultaneously cut and coagulate tissue and are utilized as an alternative to metal scalpels and electro-surgical devices. Benefits of the harmonic scalpel include greater precision, fewer instrument changes, the ability to cut through thicker tissue with more efficiency and an improved field of view due to the reduced amount of smoke created by the system.
Rulon® solutions are fluoropolymer based materials with low frictional properties and superior resistance to high service temperatures, which are notable advantages during use of the harmonic scalpel. Rulon® materials appropriate for this application can withstand temperatures up to 550°F (288°C), making them ideally suited for steam autoclaving. Depending on the application conditions, eight Rulon® materials are available that are either FDA compliant (Title 21 CFR §177.1550), USP Class VI certified, and/or EU 1935/2004 and 10/2011 compliant.
Textiles and the environment
Over the past few years, Omniseal Solutions™ has been working closely with DyeCoo Textile Systems B.V. (based in the Netherlands), the world’s first supplier of industrial CO2 dyeing equipment, to develop a sealing solution for a new technology where carbon dioxide substitutes water in the dyeing process (the method used to add color to textile products such as fibers, yarns and fabrics). With this innovative, waterless dyeing technology, industrial dye machines heat carbon dioxide until it has the properties of both a liquid and a gas, at which point it penetrates the fabric and diffuses pigment throughout the material. As it returns to its gaseous state, 95% of the CO2 can be recycled for further use, saving billions of liters of water as well as billions of gallons of toxic chemicals dumped into waterways.
Textile environmental safety and control has attracted the attention of the textiles industry, rising in recent years, especially in Asia where much of the world’s textile dyeing occurs, due to the massive amount of water required in these processes per day. Temperature and time management are two key factors in dyeing where water is used to clean equipment, as cooling waters, and for rinsing and processing dyes and products. It is estimated that on average, almost 100 liters of water is used to process only 1 kg of textile goods, making water utilization a prime concern for the industry. Furthermore, wastewater carries a host of different chemicals from the processing of dyes and The World Bank estimates that 17 to 20 percent of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment (a fifth of the world’s industrial water pollution). Humans then ingest the contaminated water or food irrigated by the water.
The custom solution designed by the team, demonstrates the business model of Omniseal Solutions™ in which they focus on co-development partnerships, engineer-to-engineer direct collaboration and more than 93% of their products are custom engineered to the customers' applications. For more information about the businesses capabilities in the Industrial market or other markets, please Contact the team to find out what other interesting places our sealing and polymers solutions have been used.