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Why Should You Invest in Quality Seals?

While industrial seals might seem like something you could save a little money on, this is one part that we don’t recommend cutting costs on. A quality seal will offer many benefits to your business and operations, so it’s worth taking the time to find a solution...

All you need to know about Neoprene O rings

Popular in the refrigeration industry, neoprene o rings are also growing in popularity across a wide range of other sectors due to their incredible resistance to hazardous materials. Also known as chloroquine o rings, these o rings provide excellent resistance to...

Why all sealants are not the same

It's important to understand just how critical it is to use the correct type of sealant. It's especially the case when working with heavy machinery or any industrial situation. You don't want to have to worry about whether your sealing products are working correctly...

How to understand O-rings and their design

O-Rings are a critical component for the proper sealing of specific pipes. They have to sit within a specified groove, which can vary based on the hardware used. That's why it's important to note the various types of o-ring groove design to understand better what kind...

The importance of gasket thickness

Choosing the right gasket material for specific applications is vital. However, gasket thickness is also a feature that must not be overlooked in the decision-making process. Choosing the right gasket thickness can help when you’re experiencing challenges with...

How Temperature Impacts Gasket Performance

When using a spiral wound gasket, there are many things you need to keep in mind. The most common issue we hear people discuss regarding gasket performance issues at high temperatures. If you are using a gasket for the first time at a new temperature and notice it...

How Thick Should Gasket Paper Be?

When creating gaskets, one of the most common questions we receive is regarding gasket paper thickness. You’ll find there are various options on the market, which come in different sizes and thicknesses. Today we’re going to discover what gasket paper is and how you...

O-Rings for the Beer Industry

O-rings offer a wide range of applications, and many people aren’t aware of just how versatile an o-ring can be. When working with o-ring suppliers in the UK, you’ll soon find out that we supply these to a range of businesses, including to breweries. Today we’re going...

Gasket Safety

Gaskets and seals are vital components for applications requiring a solid seal, helping prevent leaks and stop gases and other chemicals from escaping.  However, over time, and due to the fluctuating temperatures, compression sets, and exposure to chemicals, seals do...

Is fluorosilicone rubber o rings a sustainable choice?

Fluorosilicone rubber, also known as FVQM or MFQ, contains 23-28% fluorine and has nearly the same physical and mechanical properties as standard silicone rubber as matches on par with their flexibility at low temperatures.  However, due to its fluorine...

Are your gaskets completely compliant?

Are your gaskets completely compliant.jpgIn industries where gaskets are not just important but essential, there are numerous challenges to be faced and considerations to take on board.  This is especially true when it comes to making sure this “essential” element is also compliant. 

With the implementation of stricter standards and new measures to address accountability, can you afford for your manway gaskets to be non-compliant? 

Today, this accountability surrounds being responsible for Non-Accident Releases (NARs) and how a business manages these is of the utmost importance. 

Common problems with manways 

The most common issues found with manway gaskets and man lid door seals include: 

  • Loose bolts 
  • Missing gaskets 
  • Deteriorated gaskets, and 
  • Misaligned gaskets 

All of these issues relate to manway door seals and man lid door seals and often occur due to the varying compression sets / creep they face.  These compression sets occur regardless of whether you’re using a rubber gasket or Teflon material type gasket and do impact on sealing, hence affecting NARs in a big way. 

You may often find that additional torquing may also be required when bolts loosen.   

However, the impact on seals and gaskets from using wrenches and other such tools is that they can compress and stress elastomeric gaskets too much, causing them to split or crack.  (To achieve the perfect sealing, 25% compression is the recommended amount of pressure to be used). 

In the case of Teflon or Garlock gaskets, fittings can also be easily damaged if excess over-torquing is used; rendering most gaskets unable to be reused with no guarantees for optimal sealing if these fittings require additional re-torquing throughout their usage. 

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A solution to staying compliant 

If you believe your manway gasket to be non-compliant, or you’re concerned about NARs and experiencing inconsistencies when it comes to how manway gaskets are installed, you need to start looking for long-lasting and indeed reusable seals. 

Using a precision-engineered gasket that incorporates a sealing bolt torque that can be maintained, as well as not being able to fall into manways, and where the installation is simplified, will ultimately help you to improve the safety of manway door seals and man lid door seals as well as keep you fully compliant. 

Using the Parker Hannifin Sure Torque Gasket is one great solution to provide you with all of the above and so much more. 

Eliminating all issues relating to compression set and creep due to its carefully designed compression control and stainless-steel inset.  Designed for universal use, the Parker gasket fits all nozzle and lid designs with ease. 

It is also reusable, maintains bolt torque, doesn’t require bolt re-torquing, and is a gasket that can’t fall into the manway. 

The Parker design is also one of the first to allow for a more simplified design approach allowing for increased speed in securement, without the worry of spills and leakages. 

The rubber mixing capability and seal numbers also ensure full traceability back to the raw materials used in the manufacturing process. 

This particular gasket provides a wide range of elastomers to work alongside and combat many of the sealing challenges faced by industries today. 

It is possible to achieve an effective and compliant seal with existing gaskets and Specialist Sealing Products has a range of gaskets available to suit a wide variety of industries and businesses. 

Selecting the right material is critical to ensure long term sealability; and with an increase in accountability for NARs as well as more inspections and expectations to use safer technologies, now is the time to check your manway gaskets are up to scratch. 

The costs of failing to have robust and reliable seals in place, far out way anything else.   

With the threat of large and often unlimited fines, working and using the right gaskets is about improving the safety of manways in all capacities and ensuring the best outcome for all parties. 

Contact Specialist Sealing Products to find out more about the manway gaskets we have available and how we can keep your gaskets fully compliant. 

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