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Importance of O-Rings



In Grateful Memory of the Challenger Astronauts

Space Shuttle Challenger Crew

In the words of President Reagan "The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

As we reflect on the tragic deaths of the crew of the Challenger space shuttle it is also important to remember that until this morning 30 years ago most Americans, other than some engineers and plumbers, even knew or thought about O-Rings.

Since the tragedy of January 28, 1986, the words O-Ring and Challenger will be forever linked.

And while our customers many think of the parts they specify and purchase as “just an O-Ring”, we know differently. Because we know how important it is to select the correct material, properly design the gland and understand the tolerances, we have an obligation to our customers to make sure they are taking all of these factors into consideration.

I say the above not to trivialize the deaths of the Challenger crew but as a reminder that what we do every day has a meaningful impact on the lives and safety of our customers and theirs.

John F. Hurley
President, CEO
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