EP Type 3 MECO Seal

The MECO EP Type 3 model is the best choice in split sealing technology for horizontal dryers and reactors in vacuum service. The configuration is a double mechanical seal, using a mechanical drive to rotate bearing-grade, synthetic seal faces against fixed, hardened stainless steel seal faces. The EP Type 3 uses full-contact, soft face mechanical shaft sealing technology, sized for OEM and custom in-house process equipment..

EP Type 3 MECO Seal Datahseet FTL
The MECO EP Type 3 split seal model is ideal for dryers, sigma mixers, plow blenders, paddle blenders, reactor vessels, extruder-compounders and similar rotating equipment used in the chemical, plastics, metals, pharmaceutical and other process industries. The EP Type 3 seal model is typically used on horizontal, inclined or top-entering shafts. The seal addresses the challenges of higher temperatures, large thermal motion, changing pressures and shaft runout. They are frequently used on agitator shafts in reactors where the process medium goes through several phase changes, containing liquids, vapors and/or solids. They are well-suited for extensive thermal growth or shrinkage of the shaft and/or vessel. They are ideal for vacuum service and moderate pressure applications. They may be used for processes where aggressive solvents, hazardous materials and other chemicals are present. They handle the higher shaft speeds and shaft runout associated with large extruder-compounders.
The MECO EP Type-2 seal model features a precision-machined, split seal housing similar to a stuffing box and gland follower. The elastomer drive has two rotating seal faces and a drive elastomer. The elastomer and rotors interlock, forming an airtight and watertight seal. The low-friction rotating seal faces are at right angles to the shaft and in full contact with the stationary seal faces. These rotating parts are fitted around the shaft before the seal housing is installed. The nose or pilot of the gland follower provides the outboard (secondary) stationary seal face. A plate attached to the bottom of the stuffing box provides the inboard (primary) stationary seal face. These are precision machined stationary seal faces (stators) with hardened, lapped and polished seal surfaces. The seal cavity is charged with low-pressure air or an inert gas, which acts as a barrier fluid to provide pneumatic seal face loading.
The MECO EP Type 3 seal model uses compressed N2 or air as a barrier fluid and diagnostic tool. The gas acts as a barrier fluid to provide pneumatic seal face loading. A pressure gauge is attached to the seal housing to monitor seal cavity pressure. External springs are attached to the back of the gland follower to hold the outboard seal face in check and provide seal face alignment capabilities. As the sacrificial rotor seal face material wears, the springs will gradually expand and the seal cavity pressure will gradually decrease. After a significant pressure decrease or when an opportunity presents itself, the spring should be re-set. Then the pressure will reset itself.
The MECO EP Type 3 seal model is custom-designed and built to order. Dimensions will vary according to each application, but typical dimensions are shown in the illustration bellow. Having extra axial space is helpful for the installer and maximizes thermal expansion capabilities. EP Type-3 seals are readily designed to fit most mounting arrangements specified by equipment OEMs and are designer-friendly, to interface with customized, in-house process equipment requirements. Seals can be built either to S.A.E or metric dimensions.
The MECO EP Type 3 seal’s rugged components are designed for long life. The standard configuration uses hardened stainless steel stationary seal faces. The standard rotor seal faces are MECO 3000, a high performance, bearing grade, polymer filled PTFE with FDA approval. No abrasive filler material is added to the MECO 3000. The housing is either made of a 300 series stainless steel or aluminum. The static rings sealing on the shaft are a dense, FDA-approved ptfe braided packing. The standard elastomer for the O-ring is FDA Viton®. For large shaft diameters or highly-abrasive process materials, a replaceable hardened stator insert, the polished central ring in the photo, can be offered. MECO seals can be fabricated from a wide variety of suitable materials.
Mechanical Capabilities  
Temperature -60° to 500° f (-50° to 260° C)
Pressure Vacuum to 50 psig (345 kPa)
Shaft Speed Up to 600 RPM
T.I.R. Runout 1/4" (6mm) standard; greater runout can be accommodated
Repeated Axial Shaft Motion 1/16" (1.6mm)
Thermal Shaft Growth 1" (25.4mm) standard; actual limits are set by physical space and application parameters
Results vary with conditions - call for FTL discussion.