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Seickel & Sons, Inc. is one of the nation's leaders in steam processing systems for over 75 years. Designing and installing high/low pressure steam systems for companies in the United States as well as Latin America and Eastern Europe. Known as a leader in steam systems—companies large and small have relied-on and continue to do so. Always family owned and run—call today and speak directly with an owner!

Seickel & Sons, Inc. is one of the nation's leaders in steam processing systems for over 75 years. Designing and installing high/low pressure steam systems for companies in the United States as well as Latin America and Eastern Europe. Known as a leader in steam systems—companies large and small have relied-on and continue to do so. Always family owned and run—call today and speak directly with an owner!

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Auto Upholstery Industry: Car Seat Steam Equipment


A person familiar with our work in the garment industry reached out to us about doing some work for a tier 1 car seat manufacturer in Delaware. They were looking to solve some problems they were having regarding the removal of wrinkles and imperfections from car seats in their plant. 

We sent a representative down to their plant to see the issues they were having firsthand and went over possible solutions. The first thing our rep noticed was how many workers were steaming the car seats with ordinary hand irons, not only is it incredibly inefficient but it also leads to many inconsistencies in the final product. 

UpholSTREAM Steam Tunnel Right

This particular manufacturer used an overhead conveyor to move the seats through the different zones in the factory, so we got the idea of building a series of panels around a section of the conveyor and attaching steam manifolds with jets to the panels. The idea was similar to how a steam tunnel for finishing ordinary garments worked, and the customer loved the idea. We built the panels and manifold steam system and installed it in their factory with great success. 

Soon after, we received a call from another one of their factories, this one located in Detroit, MI. They heard about the steam system we built for the factory in Delaware and were interested in having something similar built and installed to accomplish the same goal, removing wrinkles and imperfections efficiently and consistently. This factory however, had a ground-level conveyor system, which altered the design of the steam system quite a bit. This time we designed a full cabinet that straddled the conveyor. In addition to the cabinet change, we also added more manifolds that were independently adjustable to concentrate steam on certain areas that were more problematic or prone to issues. After that cabinet was installed and up and running, we received phone calls from four other plants about designing and installing cabinets in their factories. 

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Their Six Sigma team brought another issue to our attention. Due to the tight fitting of the car seat covers, they would often rip or damage material in the process. Since eliminating the probability of error and defects was their utmost concern, we took some of their material back to our shop to do some research and development before devising a solution. We found that pre-steaming the material allowed it to stretch just enough to make installing it on the seat frames much easier. We designed a steam system that could be installed onto existing machines they used on their assembly line, like an attachment. This not only satisfied their Six Sigma team’s goal of greatly reducing/eliminating defects, but it also didn’t add any extra time or inconvenience to their manufacturing process. The only change to production was the addition of pressing a button for steam prior to installing the seat covers onto their respective frames. We ended up installing seven of these attachments onto the machines in their factory. 

We also met with a rep from another company that manufactures infrared ovens that were being installed after our steam tunnels to dry the seats after steaming, which worked particularly well on car seat manufacturer’s leather seats. The oven manufacturer asked to work collaboratively with us on a project for a different car seat manufacturer in Canada. We designed, built, and supervised the installation of two steam tunnels for this manufacturer. 

The international work was a bit more involved due to different certifications and approvals needed in order for the manufacturer to use our equipment, but all qualifications were met and the work was completed.

In addition to the many steam tunnels and pre-steam systems that we built, we have developed and installed other pieces of steam equipment for use in the auto industry such as a headrest steamer and a steam box used to steam trim pieces and smaller sections of fabric to soften and make them more pliable for installation.


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Pacific Steam PSE-18 high-pressure steam generator package fully refurbished.

18KW 208v 3phase

61 lbs/hr @80psi

**Also available in 240v 3ph or 480v 3ph**

Connect water, electric, vent and drain.

Perfect for brewery, sterilization, sample lab or other business where process steam is needed. 

Multiple units available.

We have a rotating inventory of used Fulton and Columbia gas fired steam boilers that have been refurbished and tested at our machine shop in Middlesex, NJ. 

We have boilers ranging in size from the small 6hp all way up to 30hp, please call for availability and pricing.

We have a rotating inventory of used Reimers, Pacific Steam, and Sussman electric steam boilers that have been refurbished and tested at our machine shop in Middlesex, NJ. 

We have boilers ranging in size from a small 1.5kw to a large electric boiler like a 150kw, please call for availability and pricing.

Our rebuilt Cissell Spotting Board is fully rebuilt with new brass valves and a new steam wand. 

The spotting board is tested in-house and ready for installation and immediate use.

Our technicians are available to deliver and install our equipment at your local location.

Please call for pricing.

**All rebuilt equipment from Seickel & Sons Inc. is backed by a 1yr parts/90 days labor warranty.

Cissell Puffers are fully rebuilt and tested in-house and ready for immediate use. Puffers are built with new valves and seals and are available in single or multi head configurations. 

Cissell Puffers are taken from existing stock or can be made to order. For a list of available Puffer head options, please visit our Apparel page.

Our technicians are available to deliver and install our equipment at your local location. 

Please call for pricing.

**All rebuilt equipment from Seickel & Sons Inc. is backed by a 1yr parts/90 days labor warranty.

Call today for pricing and more information.

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