Precision Associates

3800 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis,  MN  55412

United States
  • Booth: 8870

Visit us in Booth 8870 NRG Arena!

Precision Associates is a leading manufacturer of high quality rubber seals, ESP bags, and close-tolerance, precision machined plastic components for the Oil & Gas industry. We have over sixty years of experience developing material solutions for demanding applications. Compounds available for RGD, High Pressure Extrusion and Sour Gas Service.

 Press Releases

  • Precision Associates, Inc. (“PAI”) is excited to announce that Bradley Arnold Kadue has been named its new President, effective 12/14/2017.  This announcement represents the conclusion of the transition plan which was announced to the company earlier this summer.

    Brad started his career as a CPA performing audit work in the Atlanta, GA office of Deloitte.  He left Deloitte in 2005 to accept the role of Controller at PAI’s subsidiary, Sil-Pro, LLC in Delano, MN.  For the past 5 years, he has held the position of Vice President of Finance, serving as a company executive, and managing the financial aspects of the combined PAI and Sil-Pro entity.

    The company commemorated the transition at a “Passing the Keys to the Company” ceremony held in front of nearly 200 of the company’s employees and retirees.  The ceremonial keys were presented to Brad by the outgoing President, Paul Arnold Kadue.  Paul has served the company in the role of President and Chairman of the Board since 1996 and will continue to work at the company on a part-time basis as well as to serve as its Chairman.

    Brad represents the 3rd generation of his family to lead the company in the role of President.  He follows his grandfather and founder Arnold Edward Kadue, and then his uncle Paul Kadue.  In his comments to those gathered, Brad paid homage to the family-oriented nature of the business by thanking the retirees for their attendance and continued involvement with the PAI family, as well as recognizing the commitment of the current employees to the company’s core values which are expressed as an acronym of the founder’s name: Achieve and Excel with Kindliness.

    About Precision Associates, Inc. (“PAI”)

    Since 1955, PAI has been a leading manufacturer of top quality seals and other rubber products in the city of Minneapolis.  Its capabilities include all types of rubber molding, compound development and material test lab, ISO Class VII cleanroom, and tool-making capability all located in its 130,000 sq ft, ISO 9001:2015 facility located at 3800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412.

    The company’s subsidiary, Sil-Pro, LLC in Delano, MN, operates an ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 certified facility which specializes in molded silicone and plastic components, machined metal components, as well as contract manufacturing of assemblies primarily for the medical device industry and aerospace industries.

    Together, the two companies employ over 500 hard-working, dedicated, and talented Minnesotans.

  • Precision Associates, Inc. (PAI) is pleased to announce that the company will exhibit at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, TX from April 30-May 3.  Precision Associates is a molder of standard and custom molded rubber components utilizing specialty materials developed for the Oil & Gas industry.  Products include O-Rings, Back-Up Rings, X-Rings and many custom seals designed specifically for customer's demanding applications.

    As a first time exhibitor, PAI's participation demonstrates that the company is committed to serving the Energy market's sealing needs.  Through extensive material development and testing, Precision Associates has positioned itself to provide quality sealing products with the responsiveness customers have come to depend on.  Lead times for tooled products are 15 days from receipt of an order.  

    Visit Precision Associates in Booth 8870 in the NRG Arena for more information.


  • Electric Submersible Pump Bags
    Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP) are one type of artificial lift system used in oil wells to pump fluids to the surface. Elastomer bags function as protectors of the motor within the system and are molded from compounds developed for down-hole use. <br /><br />...

  • Electric Submersible Pump bags act as protectors of the motor within the system.  The bag, manufactured from a high temperature, high performance elastomer, is positioned to separate the well fluids on the outside from the clean motor oil inside.  The elastomer provides the flexibility necessary for thermanl volume changes of the oil.  Selection of the proper rubber material for operating in the well environment is critical to performance.

    ESP bags are molded from compounds developed especially for down-hole use including ALFAS®, Viton®,HNBR, NBR, and FFKM.  Laser marking is available for part ID, batch and cure date, or compound information.

    Precision Associates has 5 standard tools available and we can custom mold products to your specifications.  

  • RGD Resistant Rubber Compounds
    RGD Resistant rubber compounds are made to resist gas permeation. If gas is trapped in the seal, it will rush to escape when the pressure is released and rupture the part which will cause seal failure in the system....

  • Pressurized gas can permeate an elastomer seal within a well or other system.  If the pressure is released or decompressed rapidly, the gas rushes to exit the elastomer causing it to rupture.  This is known as Rapid Gas Decompression (RGD) or Explosive Decompression (ED).

    Splits, cracks, and blisters are generally evident in the seal when this occurs but there can be internal damage that is not visible.(See photo.)

    Measuring the resistance of a compound to RGD failure is typically done by an independent test lab utilizing a variety of industry standards.  Precision Associates has built a testing station that allows us to develop materials and test them before we send them to an independent test lab for official certification. We have materials that have passed the ISO 23936-2 Anex B standard and the NACE TMO 192-2012 tests.  We can mold standard AS568 O-Rings in these materials or a custom rubber part made to your print.

    Stop by our Booth #8870 in the NRG Arena to see a video of the RGD Test in action!

  • Rubber Seals for the Oil and Gas Market
    Rubber materials formulated for molding O-Ring and custom seals for use in the Oil and Gas, Chemical Processing and other industries. Precision Associates has been a trusted provider of high quality, tight tolerances rubber products for over 60 years....

  • Seal Engineers designing components for energy applications encounter a wide variety of environments.  Those with elastomer seal elements can often require a number of different Sealing Solutions.  Precision Associates has more than 60 years experience developing material solutions for diverse industries including oil, gas and geothermal. Several polymers are particularly well suited for Energy applications, such as, FKM, AFLAS®, HNBR, EPDM and NBR.   Our chemists have developed specialty compounds in each of these polymers for specific applications.

    Typical concerns include:

    • Corrosive environments
    • HIgh Pressure Extrusion
    • High and Low Operating Temperatures
    • Steam
    • Rapid Gas Decompression (RGD)
    • Sour Service
    • Abrasion Resistance

    Visit us in Booth 8870 in the NRG Arena during the OTC to learn more about what Precision Associates has to offer!

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