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V Seals

Elevate Efficiency with V Seals – The UK’s Largest Collection From Stock

M Barnwell Services is a trusted partner for top-quality V Seals (also referred to as V-Rings) designed to enhance sealing performance in various industrial applications. Explore the efficiency, durability, and versatility of our V Seals that cater to the diverse needs of your industry.


A V-Ring serves as a robust rubber seal employed on shafts to thwart the ingress of dirt, moisture, and unwanted elements into an oil seal, housing, or any designated area. Simultaneously, it ensures the retention of lubricants. The mechanism involves the V-Ring stretching over the shaft, creating a secure seal along the shaft, with the flexible lip lightly sealing against the counterface at a right angle to the shaft.

This versatile V-Ring operates effectively as a standalone solution and exhibits exceptional performance when combined with rotary shaft seals. Its integration contributes to the prolonged lifespan of bearings, oil seals, and shafts. For added protective measures, Gamma Seals offer similar functionality to V-Rings but come with the additional safeguard of a metal case.

V Seals and V Rings


  • Straightforward – Minimal preparation is needed during installation. Just ensure the shaft is clean and dry, apply a lubricant film to the v-ring lip, and effortlessly slide the v-ring down until the flexible lip makes contact with the counterface. The lip exerts minimal pressure and friction against the counterface.
  • Cost-Effective – Generous tolerances enable a single v-ring to accommodate various shaft sizes and compensate for significant shaft misalignment and eccentricity. Its robustness guarantees a prolonged operational life and ensures resilience during the installation process.
  • Adaptable – Excels in diverse applications, including dry scenarios, on both rotating and oscillating shafts and operates seamlessly at high speeds exceeding 3000 FPM.

Standard Designs

M Barnwell Services presents five standard V-ring designs:

  • VR1/VA:
    – Common V-ring type with a standard cross-section and straight back sideface.
    – Typically employed to safeguard bearing arrangements in gearboxes, electric motors, and drives.
  • VR2/VS:
    – Features a standard low cross-section, tapered back face, and wide body for a secure hold on the shaft.
    – Commonly used in agricultural and automotive applications.
  • VR3/VL:
    – Compact axial cross-section design.
    – Applied in confined spaces as a replacement for labyrinth seals.
  • VR4/VE:
    – Secondary seals for heavy-duty applications, protecting the primary seal from water and solid contaminants.
    – Boasts the largest cross-section among V-ring designs, allowing substantial axial displacements.
    – Available in the diameter range of 300 to 2,010 mm (11.811 to 79.134 in.).
  • VR6/VRME:
    – Heavy-duty, large-diameter V-ring suitable for applications with significant axial displacements.
    – Can be axially and radially located on the shaft using a standard band clamp.
    – Primarily designed to safeguard high-speed bearing arrangements in rolling mills, paper-making, and large machine applications.
    – Similar to VR5/VRM but lacks the extension to the rear of the body section.
    – Retains the saddle feature for axial and radial location on the shaft with a band clamp.
    – Available on a made-to-order basis.

Special sizes, including split versions, can be customised upon request. Contact a member of our team for sizes outside the standard range.

Why Choose V Seals from M Barnwell Services?

At M Barnwell Services, we take pride in offering a comprehensive range of V Seals crafted to the highest standards. Here’s why our V Seals stand out:

  • Premium Quality Materials:
    – Our V Seals are manufactured using premium materials, including Nitrile (NBR), Viton® (FKM/FPM), Silicone (VMQ), and more. These materials ensure durability, resilience, and compatibility with a wide range of applications.
  • Versatile Applications:
    – These seals find applications across various industries, including automotive, manufacturing, aerospace, and more. Their versatility makes them a go-to choice for sealing rotating shafts in different environments and equipment, such as electric motors, conveyors, domestic appliances, etc.
  • Custom Solutions:
    – M Barnwell Services understands that each industry has unique requirements. That’s why we offer custom solutions, allowing you to tailor V Seals to your specific needs. Our team is ready to work with you to create bespoke sealing solutions.
  • Diverse Sizes and Configurations:
    – Our V Seals are available in a range of sizes and configurations, ensuring that you can find the perfect fit for your equipment and machinery.


  • Rotating Shafts:
    – Ideal for sealing rotating shafts in machinery, preventing the escape of lubricants and protecting against external contaminants.
  • Hydraulic Systems:
    – Commonly used in hydraulic systems to maintain fluid integrity, ensuring optimal performance and longevity.
  • Pneumatic Applications:
    – Suitable for pneumatic applications, providing effective sealing in systems where air pressure is a critical factor.
  • Automotive Components:
    – Play a crucial role in sealing components like shafts and bearings, contributing to the overall efficiency of the vehicle.

If you would like more information about our range, download our catalogue, visit the Seal Maker Page, or contact a member of the team.



Over 700 lines of V Seal are available from stock. To suit a shaft diameter from 4.5 mm to 2025mm.


Nitrile (NBR), Viton® (FKM / FPM), EPDM, Neoprene




Agricultural Equipment, Automotive, Domestic Appliances, Forestry Machinery, Copiers, Pulp and paper Machinery, Railway rolling stock, Steel Industry, Electric & Military equipment.


The four standard profiles are :- A, S, L and E. Other profiles available on request are : - AX, LX, RM and RME.

Associated Products

Rotary Shaft Seals, Circlips, Bearings & Clamping Bands