Machine Design

O-ring goes trapezoidal

Traditionally shaped round O-rings are retained in half-dovetail grooves by the retaining lip, which pinches it in.

But this doesn't always work and O-rings can pop out. The Trap-Seal, a trapezoidal O-ring from Parker Hannifin Tube Fittings Div. (parker.com/tfd), eliminates this possibility.

The Trap-Seal creates a larger overlap between the lip and itself for increased retention. This reduces the possibility of leaks. The seal is interchangeable with standard O-rings used in half-dovetail grooves.

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