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John Crane Launches New Family of Gas Seals

CHICAGO (30 Sept, 2014) – John Crane introduces the Aura™ 220 Gas Seal representing the next-generation of advanced gas seal technology and the first to be unveiled under the brand name Aura.

The new technology uses a common global design and patented polymeric sealing device with Active Deflection Control to help customers reduce operating and transaction costs. Additionally, the performance range of the seal has been expanded, improving its performance when operating in high pressure and temperature environments. The Aura 220 Gas Seal operates in a pressure range up to 220 bar, or 3240 psi, and a temperature range up to 200 degrees Celsius, or 390 degrees Fahrenheit.

Several additional technology advances help to cut the total cost of ownership for customers:

  • Reduced leakage lowers customers’ operating costs and protects the environment
  • Enhanced rotor design extends scheduled maintenance periods and lowers costs
  • Optional bi-directional capability reduces spare inventory requirements

Customers also gain access to localized technical expertise from the largest global service network in the industry – more than 230 sales and service facilities across 50 countries. Technical support and troubleshooting from service and reliability engineers is available through the global service network on the widest range of applications in the industry. In addition, the service network has broad capabilities around power transmission couplings, hydrodynamic bearings, filtration and seal support systems.

Duncan Gillis, John Crane’s President and CEO, said: “With an established track record of reliability and supplying highly-engineered critical components to our customers, we’re proud to continue building on our innovation heritage and introduce a new family of gas seals that represent the next-generation of sealing technology. Our patented technology and large service footprint has put us in a unique position to continue helping our customers achieve their goals and supply energy around the world in a way that is safe and environmentally responsible.”

About John Crane gas seals

In 1968, the first gas seal patent reinforced the company’s reputation as a world leader in sealing technology. Innovation continued when the company introduced a non-contacting, gas-lubricated seal in the 1980s, and in the 1990s, designed a next-generation gas seal for pumps that handle environmentally sensitive liquids. Applying this latest technology to a standard American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or American Petroleum Institute (API) pump will assist customers to meet or exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) stringent regulations for hazardous emissions. Today, the latest John Crane gas seal technology is used by thousands of customers across the energy services sector, including mid- and downstream oil and gas segments. The new AURA family of gas seals will provide customers access to the latest advanced gas seal technology to support their evolving gas production and processing demands.   

About John Crane

John Crane is a global leader in engineered technology, supplying engineered products and services to energy services customers and other major process industries. The company designs and manufactures a variety of products including mechanical seals, couplings, bearings, filtration systems and artificial lift equipment. John Crane employs about 6,900 people and has more than 230 sales and service facilities in 50 countries. Fiscal year 2014 revenues were $1.5 billion. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components.

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