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O Ring Colour Identification

O rings come in various colours, and it's important to understand what these colours indicate as the o rings you choose will affect your overall process application.  Ultimately, different o ring colours are used to help differentiate between different materials. ...

Spiral Wound Gasket Compressibility and Pressure Ratings

In order to form a reliable seal, spiral wound gaskets do require a certain degree of pressure.   The applied pressure allows the gasket to be compressed tightly between the mating surfaces preventing any leaks from occurring.  Factors such as operating temperature...

Elastomeric Compounds

What is elastomer?  Elastomeric compounds are rubber seals produced using natural rubbers or manufactured by the chemicals industry.  Elastomeric sealing compounds consist of between 50-60% rubber; the remainder of the compound consists of fillers,...

Is there such a thing as the right flange gasket?

We cannot stress enough how important gaskets and seals can be. Gaskets are vital for an application's reliability and integrity, and trust us when we say, choosing the right gasket now can help you avoid costly issues in the future.  Taking a closer look at pipe...

Plastic gaskets, the best alternative to metal

Plastic gaskets and seals are not that uncommon.  In fact, they’re used in many devices due to the longevity and functionality they offer.  Helping to prevent leaks and maintain temperature control, plastic gaskets help equipment and appliances operate to the best of...

Protecting your seals

Dust gets everywhere.  We see it across the surfaces of our homes and even in our workplaces, especially when the light shines through to show it in its full glory!  However, dust that seeps and builds up within engineering equipment can be disastrous.  Causing damage...

Importance of durometer testing

Durometer or shore durometer is a way for industry professionals to measure how hard such things as plastic, rubber, and non-metallic materials genuinely are.  Its focus is to measure on a Shore A or Shore D scale, looking at how robust material is when examining its...

Metal Detectable O Rings

Metal detectable o rings became a necessary must when it was identified that some chemicals, exposure to extreme temperatures, and continuous vibrations could cause failings in standard o rings.  Failings that not only mean a breaking of the seal, but there is also an...

Tips for best o ring maintenance

If o rings are not maintained, leaks can occur, and water and other fluids can enter the appliance or application, and even product in the mix!  If this happens, damage can occur to internal parts and mechanisms, causing deployment failings, potential false readings,...

What you need to know about O Ring Lubricants

Silicone grease and lubricants aren’t just a nice to have for o rings, but they can quite often be a must-have.  However, with so many greases and lubricants to choose from, it can often be a minefield choosing the best ones and the right ones for your o ring and...

The importance of backup rings to O rings

Backup rings importanceBackup rings are ultimately used to help stop o ring migration, and they achieve this in both static and dynamic fluid power applications as the pressure cycles occur, preventing the extrusion of an o ring in the gap. 

Ultimately a backup ring is a rigid ring that holds a seal or plastic connection in the correct place. Backup rings are most commonly used alongside o rings, but they can also be used with lip seals and as reciprocating shaft seals too. 

Rectangular in shape, backup rings are also available in a range of different compounds, making them suitable for a variety of applications. 

The most common types of backup rings include spiralled, continuous, and slotted. 

Why the style of backup ring is important to your application 

Like anything, choosing the right type of material and in this instance, backup ring for your application is essential for you to achieve maximum functionality and sealability. 

For the continuous backup rings, you will find these primarily used for internal, dynamic, radial static applications. 

The slotted backup rings are used for external sealing, reciprocating, and radial-static applications. 

The spiral backup rings, however, can be used for both internal and external sealing applications. 

This type of backup ring is by far the most popular due to the fact that in applications that have fluctuations in high temperatures, the ring can compensate for these higher tolerance changes without experiencing any problems, using either spiral contraction or extension. Making them a great and supportive backup ring in every sense of the word. 

All of these backup rings are manufactured from PTFE. This material is perfect for medium-duty applications. However, that’s not to say it can’t be used for more heavy-duty applications; it would, in these instances, merely require the PTFE material to be filled. 

Continuous and slotted backup rings can also be manufactured in other materials where necessary too. To find out further information on this, contact the o ring suppliers in Leeds, Specialist Sealing Products. 

Backup rings offer a high level of resilience, making them ideal for external sealing. 

Other benefits include: 

  • Good level of thermal and chemical resistance 
  • Simple groove design 
  • Available in a range of materials 
  • Individual sizes available 
  • Can bridge large seal gaps 
  • Easy to fit 

Why use backup rings? 

To increase the seal quality and resilience across applications. 

We recommend providing backup rings for applications that are exposed to high pressures, where there are large gap dimensions that need to be bridged, and in applications that involve high velocity, fluctuations in high temperatures, heavy pulsation, and more. 

It’s essential to note that if you are expecting reciprocating pressurisation, you will require two backup rings (one at either side of the o ring). Or if pressurisation is only on one side, a backup ring should be installed on the non-pressurised side. 

At Specialist Sealing Products, our team of sealing experts are on hand to answer all of your enquiries and seal questions as well as provide you with the best o rings and backup rings to suit your specific application. 

As one of the leading o ring suppliers in Leeds, we work with individuals and businesses throughout the UK, with customers returning to us time and time again due to the quality of our products and knowledgeable advice and information we can provide. 

To see how we can help you today, call us on 01535 274 776. 

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