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Aric Camp


Vice President of Sales

With nearly 20 years advancing through the medical-technology industry, Aric Camp has emerged as a market leader helping organizations achieve specific business goals. Aric brings his unique approach to OEM and repair customers identifying solutions that offer the greatest return on investment.

Aric begins with an operational analysis that pinpoints strengthens and challenges, as well as financial objectives within a specific business unit. He explores issues such as productivity, downtime, maintenance cycles, internal resources and emerging technologies.

His methods allow customers to step back and understand a wider perspective through an array of options available to them. It’s a value-added service that demands time and energy, but it’s an investment that fosters lasting partnerships that benefit everyone.

As Vice President of Sales, Aric is breaking into new markets with significant results, including manufacturing and distribution, where he is helping businesses achieve greater success through improved OEM products, sales growth and profitability.

With a business degree from the University of Toledo, Aric has played key roles with some of the most respected organizations in the world. And with a customer-first commitment, he is finding the same success in the fluid seal industry.


P: 440.796.7997
E: ariccamp@systemseals.com

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Ron Claus


Engineering Manager

With two decades in the fluid power industry, Ron Claus has led the System Seals engineering team to develop a number of product breakthroughs in industries that include mining, metal processing, wind energy and oil & gas.

He was instrumental in the development of OEM seals for the injection molding industry that quadrupled the life of the seal and allowed the manufacturer to extend the warranty period. He also developed a cutting-edge bearing seal for the world’s largest manufacturer of farm equipment that forever changed the performance expectations for severely contaminated conditions.

With a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, Ron has published and presented several technical articles. He has continued his education in the United States and in Germany and has been co-awarded a U.S. patent for a specialty seal used in confined spaces.

Through a uniquely collaborative process, Ron partners with OEMs and product engineers to develop advanced seal technologies specific to their application that improve performance and reliability well beyond existing products.

Ron’s innate ability to solve complex problems has made him the industry’s go-to person for engineering proposals, technical calculations, failure analysis and custom sealing solutions. Most importantly, Ron is accessible to any customer looking to advance seal performance beyond an off-the-shelf solution.

P: 216.220.1800
E: ronclaus@systemseals.com

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Boris Vizelman


Application Engineer

Boris Vizelman has been with System Seals for more than 17 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Moscow State Academy of Applied Biomedical Technology in Russia.

As a former CNC programmer and operator, Boris intimately understands the relationship between AutoCAD drawings and how designs are machined into final products. This unique skillset has led Boris to become the lead manufacturing liaison between the Engineering Department and System Seals’ manufacturing facility.

Boris works closely with machinists to ensure new seal designs are produced to perform as the designers intended. It’s an unusual, yet critical role at System Seals. Throughout the process, Boris also works closely with customers to ensure the highest level of satisfaction.

Originally from Ukraine, Boris has become an adamant fan of Cleveland and its professional sports teams. His native soccer was his first love, but he has grown to appreciate American football, baseball and basketball.

P: 216.220.1800
E: borisvizelman@systemseals.com

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Chris Hetman


Applications Engineer

Chris Hetman has been a design and application engineer at System Seals for more than 20 years. Before joining System Seals, he gained a wealth of field knowledge working in the crane and shovel industry, where he operated boom truck cranes.

At System Seals, Chris focuses his design attention on forging and extrusion applications, steel mills in Europe and other heavy industry applications. He has designed advanced-seal technology for some of the largest forging mills in the world and continues to seek new ways to increase productivity for AGCs and bending balance cylinders in steel mills.

By nature, Chris enjoys solving problems that were previously considered unsolvable, such as preventing oil leaks and extending V-packing lifespans in aging forging presses.

In his free time, Chris enjoys running, mountain biking and collecting vintage mechanical watches.

P: 216.220.1800
E: chrishetman@systemseals.com

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Dan Shannon


Global Product Manager

With nearly four decades in the seal industry, Dan Shannon has spent his career in the trenches worldwide, trouble shooting seal issue and developing new solutions. He has successfully installed seals in the industry’s largest surface mining equipment, and in the process, he has extended the meantime between repacks tenfold.

Dan’s expertise goes beyond seals and into the specific equipment within mines, steel mills and forging plants. He was awarded a patent for an anti-corrosion mining wiper that continues to save millions of dollars each year by minimizing equipment damage.

He was also instrumental in introducing over sized sealing components into long-wall mining equipment. Dan has played a key role in stopping low-pressure rod leaks on mobile equipment, such as excavators and loaders, with new seal designs and material changes.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and today works closely with System Seals’ engineering team to advance seal technology within his specialty industries.

P: 724-263-3899

E: danshannon@systemseals.com

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Mobile Mining

Tire Manufacturing

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Dave Kilfoyle


Regional Sales Manager

With more than 25 years of experience, David Kilfoyle has successfully navigated both the financial and manufacturing stages of his career. At System Seals, Dave oversaw the inside sales department for three years before advancing to outside sales.

His inside sales experience ingrained a deep sense of immediacy and customer service, which he has taken on the road. It’s a commitment to responsiveness and follow-through that adds significant value to the companies he serves.

With a BA in economics from the College of Wooster, Dave is responsible for a geographic footprint that includes Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and Western New York. And as a key System Seals employee, Dave is an expert problem solver.

P: 330.554.8106
E: davidkilfoyle@systemseals.com

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Service & Repair

 

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David Hartwell


Key Account Sales Manager

With more than 25 years of experience implementing advanced technologies, David Hartwell spent his career working with major organizations developing customer-centric solutions aimed at providing economic value.

His work spans some of the most forward-thinking Fortune 50 medical device companies. Remaining competitive in the healthcare industry requires staying ahead of the curve and providing value driven solutions, cost containment measures, and improved operational efficiency strategies. David brings that mindset to an often-complacent seal industry that has been hesitant to change.

His expertise in implementing new advanced technologies and solutions fits well with System Seal’s drive to move the industry forward. Working with all levels of management, including C-Suite executives, David’s work focuses on original equipment manufacturers seeking new solutions that address today’s challenges of improving quality, reliability, up-time and overall operational efficiency.

David earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Southern Utah University.

P: 330.350.1240
E: davidhartwell@systemseals.com

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Steel Industry

Wind Energy

Hydraulic Cylinders

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Jeff Craft


Key Account Sales Manager

After nearly 25 years working in the polymer industry, Jeff Craft has extensive experience working with Fortune-500 customers and large-scale OEM projects. He has worked closely with companies such as Eaton, Emerson and Polaris Industries.

Before joining System Seals, Jeff served as a sales engineer for the global seal manufacturer, Trelleborg, where he specialized in OEM customers and distribution channels. In his role, Jeff assisted with the suspension bushings on the Polaris all-terrain vehicles and helped to improve motors on Bobcat construction equipment.

Jeff credits his move to System Seals as a way to better serve his customers through customized designs, personalized attention and new technologies from the System Seals Research and Development lab.

Jeff studied business administration at the University of Arizona. He enjoys golf, skydiving and spending time with his family.

P: 651.230.5727
E: jeffcraft@systemseals.com

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OEM Hydraulics

Rotary

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Jim DiFonzo


Key Account Sales Manager

With more than 20 years in the seal industry, Jim DiFonzo has worked with some of the largest OEMs in the world, designing new products and helping manufacturers improve quality and reliability.

Jim began his career with a global seal producer for several years, but later moved to System Seals knowing the company placed a greater emphasis on seal performance and customer service. For the past 15 years, Jim has partnered with companies around the world developing new seal technologies that extend the warranties for the products his customers produce.

As an innate problem solver, Jim works with customers in a way that adds value to the total equipment equation. With extensive experience with automotive, cylinder manufacturers, metals processing and Injection molding, he shares his customers’ urgency to provide quotes and deliver finished products as quickly as possible.

P: 216.402.6300
E: jimdifonzo@systemseals.com

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Hydraulic Cylinders

Injection Molding

Industrial Compressors

Pulp and Paper

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Julian Webster-Gigg


Applications & Sales Engineer

With more than 25 years of experience, Julian Webster-Gigg has spent his career troubleshooting seal issues around the world and developing innovative solutions for difficult applications. Trained in machine and elastomer technologies, Julian has worked extensively with steel mills, mining operations, heavy-duty equipment, hydraulic repair shops and pharmaceutical plants.

Julian began his career working with shipyards and other marine industries. He worked closely with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and a myriad of civil engineers throughout the U.K. and Europe. Julian leverages his extensive industry knowledge to develop advanced seal applications that help customers increase productivity and reliability.

P: 216-904-0956
E: julian@systemseals.com

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Mining

Steel & Aluminum

 

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Matthew Zalick


Business Development Manager- Asia

Based in Shanghai, China, Matt Zalick has more than 13 years in the seal industry and now leads System Seals’ Asian operations. Throughout his career, Matt has focused on new seal design, customer training, on-site customer support and troubleshooting.

Much of Matt’s experience is in heavy industry, including steel production and processing, long-wall mining and heavy duty presses. With an instinctive knack for resolving cylinder leaks on site, he also has extensive experience with rotating seal applications, such as wind turbines, subsea equipment, pulp and paper and flat rolling mills.

During the past few years, Matt has supported several leading OEMs and maintenance and repair customers throughout Asia. This role has provided him with a broader understanding for seal use worldwide and how best to support Asian distributors and global OEMs in multiple locations.

Living in Asia has also allowed Matt to study various business cultures throughout the region. Recognizing these differences and decision-making processes is a large part of what makes System Seals a success in Asia.

Matt has a degree in mechanical engineering and is currently pursuing an additional degree in international business. He is proficient in Chinese and Japanese languages. His experience with System Seals includes inside sales management, engineering and business development. He has been based in Asia since 2009.

P: 011+86 134 7287 9216 China

E: mattzalick@systemseals.com

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Wind Energy

Oil & Gas

Hydraulic Cylinders

 

 

 

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Mike Edmonds


Applications Engineer

With more than 20 years as an application design engineer with System Seals, Mike Edmonds plays multiple roles in the process of transforming seal concepts into finished products. As a former machinist, Mike thoroughly understands the relationship between design and production and works closely with customers and production to achieve the best possible results.

Mike focuses his attention on System Seals’ outside sales team, with proposal drawings for the OEM markets. He recently worked on a major project for one of the largest companies in the world developing new-generation bearing seals for wind turbines.

Mike studied technical problem-solving in college and is involved with the System Seals’ Research and Development lab. He has studied new seal systems in Europe and designed specialty tools for seal installation.

In his free time, Mike enjoys working on his house, spending time with his family and taking long road trips on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.


P: 216.220.1800
E: mikeedmonds@systemseals.com

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Sean Hensey


Director- European Sales & Engineering

With more than 24 years in the seal industry, Sean Hensey has served a wide range of markets. Most recently, his has focused on steel and aluminum processing. Sean Hensey now leads System Seals’ European division.

With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Sean has extensive experience in application engineering and production management.

P: 011 353 87 947 6064

E: seanhensey@systemseals.com

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Steel and Aluminum Processing

Forging and Extrusion

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Tim Batten


Applications & Sales Engineer

With nearly two decades in the seal industry, Tim Batten has worked with the largest forging and extrusion plants in the nation, helping to optimize equipment performance and reliability.

Because large forging presses tend to change over time, Tim works closely with plant operators to find the best sealing solutions for each piece of equipment. This could include a seal-failure analysis or custom engineering designs and materials for extended longevity, especially in older presses that can quickly damage elastomer seals.

During capital projects and equipment rebuilds, Tim and the System Seals engineering team provide an on-site consulting service to review seal performance and analyze equipment condition. By incorporating advanced engineering techniques, Tim and the engineering team perform an on-site diagnosis and identify new opportunities for improvement.

Customers in engineering and maintenance know they can call Tim directly any time and receive immediate support. The service continues long after the sale with supplemental support, such as trouble shooting, technical help and even on-site installation.

P: 216-408-4972

E: timbatten@systemseals.com

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Forging and Extrusion

Wind Energy

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Tim Girardi


Applications Engineer

As an applications engineer, Tim Girardi is no stranger to hi-tech or complex designs. For five years, he designed explosion-proof electrical enclosures and accessories with an additional five years designing pumps and mechanical actuators for the aerospace industry.

During his time in the aerospace industry, Tim designed the emergency brake actuator for the Gulf Stream G650 twin engine business jet and significantly improved helicopter control longevity for the U.S. military. Tim has spent time on the consumer side as well, working with OEMs to enhance their small and large appliance designs for plastic injection molding.

Tim approaches his role at System Seals by using design as a bridge between the goals of his customers and manufacturability. He believes in strong communication to approach problems differently and overcome challenges. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University. In his free time, you’ll often find him at local sporting events, concerts, running in the park, or crafting fine woodworking projects in his shop.

P: 216.220.1800
E: timothygirardi@systemseals.com

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