Trelleborg Sealing Solutions set a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest O-Ring that was manufactured at the facility of Trelleborg in Tewkesbury, England using its unique FlexiMold process.
The elastomer O-Ring measuring 364 metres in circumference was ceremoniously laid around the Medieval Tewkesbury Abbey in the presence of the Borough Mayor of Tewkesbury, an adjudicator from Guinness World Records, employees from the Trelleborgfacility, the pupils that had been involved in the project, their teachers and parents, and other representatives from the local community for the culmination of the project on 12th July, 2019.
Tony Collingwood, General Manager of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions manufacturing facility in Tewkesbury, says: “We are delighted to have been involved in this challenging project. We’re an important employer in the area and we like to support our local community. This undertaking has not only a lot of gain, but a learning experience for the pupils at Tewkesbury School and our team here too! The students were very talented and contributed some great ideas. We hope to see them emerging as engineers of the future.”
FlexiMold proprietary technology was used for the manufacturing of the O-Ring which allows the production of high quality giant seamless O-Rings. Large O-Rings are used across all process industries, including chemical and hydrocarbon, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and in the electronics industry, in particular the production of flat panel displays applications.
The O-Ring was rolled on a drum as a cord to transport it to the Abbey and then laid around the extrenal circumference of the ancient building; the two ends being joined and sealed in a mobile vulcanizing unit to complete the O-Ring. Artis, an UK based elastomer consultancy independently verified the integrity of the O-Ring. The Walker Pritchard Partnership, a Chartered Surveyor adapted industrial wire measuring machine measured the circumference of the O-Ring and then this record was finally submitted to the adjudicator from the Guinness Book of Records.