Increased Brand Preference, Informed Buyers, Lip Seal Converts: Unique Benefits Lead Inpro/Seal To 20th Consecutive Year Of Record Results

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Inpro/Seal reports record results. Attributes their successes to the features, advantages and benefits unique to the Inpro/Seal brand. Other factors include: investing in the future; world class support; specially trained people; lip seal converts; energy savings and more.

In an era when many companies continue to report declining sales, Inpro/Seal Company, the Rock Island, Ill, based manufacturer of bearing isolators reports that results for the second quarter of 2006 are the best in the company’s 29 year history.

The results follow on the heels of a record 2005 sales year and a record setting first quarter for 2006, when they delivered their 2,000,000th bearing isolator. Another milestone occurred during this quarter when they began doing business in their 52nd country. The manufacturer (and inventor) of bearing isolators also reports that advance orders, shipments and projections are far ahead of forecasts, an indication that 2006 will be their best year ever.

Irrefutable Attributes Unique To Inpro/Seal

According to David C. Orlowski, President and founder of Inpro/Seal Company, “Though a number of factors come into play, we attribute much of our success to the features, advantages and benefits unique to the Inpro/Seal brand.

These attributes have helped Inpro/Seal become the largest supplier of bearing isolators in the world. In fact, most of the process companies in the Fortune 100 use Inpro/Seal products in critical maintenance roles.

Unique and irrefutable characteristics of Inpro/Seal include: bearing isolators are their only product; industry leading warranty (signed by the inventor); only bearing isolator with a vapor blocking ring; supported by the largest bearing isolator complex of its kind; documented 20 year life expectancy; active R & D program; same day shipping; widest product range; largest data bank of its kind; latest and best non-contacting labyrinth sealing technology. Other factors include: investing in the future; world class support; specially trained people; lip seal converts; energy savings and more.

Only Product Is Bearing Isolators

Because Inpro/Seal concentrates only in the manufacture of bearing isolation products, they continue to invest heavily in their Rock Island complex, the largest of its kind. The multi-million dollar campus includes: engineering, research, development, testing and manufacturing that operate on a 24/7 basis to fuel the company’s growth. The end result is a data bank of over 58,000 items, the widest product range available anywhere and same day shipping option at no extra charge.

VBXX-D, The Next Generation That May Never Wear Out

The original VBX™ series design, gave end users a proven way to eliminate the root cause of premature equipment failure – contamination entering the bearing environment. Hundreds of thousands of this design are in operation around the world with documented proof that they will last at least 20 years in service.

A product of their dynamic R & D program, an updated version, the VBXX-D™ is the next generation in bearing isolators. It offers the latest and best non-contacting labyrinth sealing technology to improve plant uptime and reliability with levels of bearing protection previously unavailable. It is the only bearing isolator on the market with a vapor blocking ring that provides a barrier to keep humidity from entering the bearing enclosure. With no friction wear, it may well last past it’s documented 20 year service life and last indefinitely. Only time will tell.

Very Active R & D Program

With a laboratory that operates 24/7, backed by extensive field testing and trials, Inpro/Seal continues to build for the future with new products and enhance existing products that offer measurable bottom line results. Latest development include:

  •     MGS Motor Grounding Seal – eliminates the damaging effects of voltage and residual shaft currents on AC motors driven by variable frequency drives. Using a technology developed by Inpro/Seal, it permanently protects motor bearings before damage can take place and prevents pitting, fluting and fusion craters.
  •      Articulated Air Mizer-PS™- shaft seal that provides a positive seal and accommodates shaft misalignment in applications were dry particulates, powders and bulk solids are handled, processed, packaged and stored.
  •     OM 32 Oil Mist Bearing Isolator – when oil mist was first put into use, stray mist and venting were not a problem. When environmental needs changed dramatically, Inpro/Seal took a tried and proven product and enhanced it to meet these needs. The OM 32 is the only known method to solve housekeeping issues and permanently keep stray mist from entering the environment.
  •     VBXX-MT™– developed to safeguard machine tool spindles, this product provides protection coolant, chips, humidity and heat, that can cause malfunction and expensive, unscheduled downtime. The highest performance is assured with a reverse interface that avoids direct impingement of coolant and chips.
  •      And More – the only product that protects rolling element bearings on paper machines: IEEE-841 motors use bearing isolators as part of their specification and set the standard for motor reliability and efficiency.

Importance Of Research

Orlowski continued, “Over the years we have had extensive outside research conducted into the use of bearing protection on a market-by-market, application-by-application basis. This research taught us that people wanted to know more about bearing isolators and we adopted an educate and inform marketing approach. We know that this was a step in the right direction as documentation, just completed, indicates that 80% of the respondents indicated Inpro/Seal is the most preferred brand of bearing isolator. And our brochure entitled Introduction To Bearing Isolators, is so successful that it is now in its fourth printing.”

Lip Seal Users Fast Becoming Converts To Bearing Isolators

Considered to be the “father” of bearing isolation technology, Orlowski went on to say, “Once plant maintenance people learn that about contact seals have a 100% failure rate and find lip seals carry other misconceptions, they get fed up with this 70+ year old technology and quickly become a convert to bearing isolators. Our brochure, entitled Are Lip Seals Obsolete? provides in-depth information on why bearing isolators never wear out and lip seals do.”

Energy Is Another Reason To Convert

Lip seals, face seals and related are called contact seals because they come into contact with shafts while operating. Because they make contact, they also consume energy, an average of 147 watts of power. Bearing isolators, on the other hand, are non-contacting and thus do not consume energy. A plant with 600 operating pumps can save $117,000 just by replacing contacting with non-contacting technology. Add the costs associated with downtime and you find more reasons why end users are switching to bearing isolators.

Industry Leading Warranty

An easy to understand, plain English, performance guarantee, signed by Orlowski simply states: “If for any reason, an Inpro/Seal branded bearing isolator does not function in an application for which it was designed, Inpro/Seal will modify the isolator design to the satisfaction of the user or refund the full purchase price. No other company offers a warranty of this kind.”

World Class Support

Orlowski ended by stating that “The cumulative efforts of our employees, including management, staff and distributors are key to providing the kind of world class support our customers expect from Inpro/Seal. These talented people are specially trained in tribological and lubrication techniques and have the necessary process knowhow. Our policy to promote from within helps us cultivate and retain these resources and allows our customers to deal with people that know our company, our products and the way our products are used.”

About Inpro/Seal

Inpro/Seal Company is the originator and the world’s number one manufacturer of bearing isolators, used to protect motor and pump bearings, machine tool spindles, turbines, fans, gear boxes, paper machine rolls and many other types of rotating equipment. Additional applications include the sealing, handling, processing, packing and storage of dry particulates, powders and bulk solids.

Of the two million bearing plus isolators delivered, most of them continue to be in operation in process plants worldwide, where end users continue to report significantly reduced operating costs with increased productivity and reliability. Protected bearings have proven to run 150,000 hours (17 years) or more, eliminating the need for costly maintenance and repair. Documented cases show that a plant can more than double the mean-time-between failure (MTBF) and reduce maintenance costs by at least half, with users reporting an extremely high ROI.

For more information on Inpro/Seal Bearing Isolators, including “Introduction To Bearing Isolators,” “Are Lip Seals Obsolete?” or a complete CD interactive package, contact: Terri Hageman at: Inpro/Seal Company, P.O. Box 3940, Rock Island, Illinois 61204. Phone numbers are: (800) 447-0524 or (309) 787-4971. Fax number is: (309) 787-6114. Website: or

Inpro/Seal®, the Inpro/Seal logo and other Inpro/Seal marks are registered® names owned by Inpro/Seal. Air Mizer™- PS; Air Mizer™- PS; Articulating Air Mizer™- PS; Motor Grounding Seal (MGS) ™: OM 32™; STS™; VBX™; VBXX ™; VBXX-D™; VBX-S™; VBX-H™; VBXX-D™ and other trademarks are the property of Inpro/Seal. For more information about Inpro/Seal and its products, visit the Company's web site at or its companion site


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