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Threaded Flange

Threaded flanges are probably the most recognisable of all flanges due to their screw thread design that is used to connect it to the pipe. Threaded flanges, also known as screwed flanges (for obvious reasons), require a male and female thread to create a connection...

Slip On Flange

A slip-on flange can also be known as a hubbed flange, which, as the name suggests, has a hub with a very low profile. Why is this important? Because this type of ring type joint gasket has an internal diameter larger than the connecting pipe, allowing you to slide it...

Weld Neck Flange

Also known as tapered hub flanges or high hub flanges, weld neck flanges are a specific type of gasket with a protruding ridge and long neck used to connect pipework and provide you with a high-quality seal. Weld neck flanges, in particular, are a popular choice when...

Nitrile vs Viton® – What is the Difference?

As you start to make a decision about what type of O-rings to purchase for your business, you might wonder what material is the most suitable for your unique needs. Every business operation has different requirements for their O-rings, such as the temperature,...

Aflas vs Viton

When it comes to choosing O ring suppliers in the UK, you’ll find that there are a wide range of materials on offer for you to choose from. Many people find that the options can seem quite overwhelming, with some materials having similar properties but offering...

EPDM Gasket

Both the automotive and construction industries have started to use EPDM gaskets more frequently in recent times. This rubber material is UV light resistant and has many fantastic properties that make this part highly effective for a wide range of processes. Keep...

Metal Gaskets

When comparing gaskets for use within your business processes, you’ll find that these can be made from a variety of materials. Metal gaskets are a very popular option, offering many advantages over other materials. When looking at sealing product options, make sure...

AFLAS o ring

O rings come in many different dimensions, thicknesses, and materials. And it is the various different materials that o rings can be manufactured from that make each o ring unique and suitable for specific applications. In fact, there are hundreds of different types...

O Ring Vulcanization Process

With years of o ring knowledge and experience in o ring vulcanization, we're one of the leading experts in providing the right sealing solution for you. To view our full range, visit our O-ring product page, with a wide selection and something to match every...

What is a Window Seal?

A window seal is something that nearly all of us will have seen in our homes or workplaces and is designed to help make your building more comfortable. Within our range of Sealing Specialist Products, we offer a selection of window seals designed for various...

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How choosing the correct gasket reduces risks

How choosing the correct gasket reduces risksHealth and Safety across any industry are vital, especially so in industrial facilities and settings. 

Why? 

Because harmful leaks and emissions must be avoided at all costs to avoid serious accidents or injury to your teams and property. 

That’s why having the right gaskets and seals in place is vital to keeping piping systems not only operational but safe. 

To find out more about Gasket Sealants and their importance, click here. 

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A look into piping systems 

Operations and productivity levels can be severely affected if you do suffer a loss of liquid or gas from your pipe systems.  Not only this, but such leaks can also impact your overall efficiency, your bottom line (profits), the environment, your reputation as a business, and most importantly, your people. 

A leak in a piping system cannot and should not be taken lightly.  Leaks like these in industrial situations can have catastrophic consequences, leading to contamination, fires, and even in extreme situations, explosions. 

The design of piping systems ultimately looks at how best to minimise potential penetrations through blast walls.  It takes into account all risk factors and the mitigations that can be put in place to minimise these.  This is where providing seals where required along systems can help avoid transferring blast loading to penetrating services. 

This is why when designing pipeline systems, including seals and gaskets as part of the vital components to the build is essential, focussing on design checks where incorporating the right seals from the start is built into the design structure of the pipeline in question. 

It would help if you also built into procedures and processes a system where seals and flanges are regularly checked for damage and any breaks. 

Fortunately, damaged seals, leaks in pipeline systems, and more are all situations that can be avoided. 

Ensuring the integrity of your pipeline 

To ensure the integrity of your pipelines, using the correct seals is key. 

Gasket and sealings ultimately help to “fill the gap” between two mating surfaces.  Holding the structure together and closing any openings where gas or liquid could potentially escape. 

With the proper maintenance checks in place, seals can be a critical component in your pipeline design, helping to ensure that you meet all required health and safety standards and guidelines. 

Choosing the perfect seals 

When choosing the right seal, features to consider include: 

Longevity – you need your seal to last.  Offering you long-term integrity when it mates with the pipe flanges, filling any irregularities.  In these instances, a vibration-resistant seal will provide you with everything that you need. 

Corrosion-resistant – corrosion in pipelines is a major cause of leaks, and if you don’t choose a high-quality seal, you could experience seals deteriorating at a very fast pace.   Ideally, opt for a seal material that is the same as the flange it will be connected to. 

Blowout safe – make sure the gasket you choose can perform under demanding compression sets and temperature fluctuations. 

Fire-safe – seals must be able to withstand extreme conditions; make sure to check that the seals you choose are certified to industry standards and to the highest quality. 

Watertight – seals should prevent leaks from occurring in your pipe systems.  However, finding the right seal for your system is vital (check out our latest post on how to reduce water consumption HERE). 

Gas-tight – control potential gas leaks with certified gas-tight seals that protect sensitive areas from risk of gas leaks, explosion, or even contamination. 

When choosing the most suitable seals and gaskets, you must select those that will offer you the highest levels of safety, integrity, and longevity. 

Even after being subject to varying compression levels and extreme temperatures, the right gaskets and seals will regain their tightness and their integrity when cooled. 

For a seal to suit every application and a gasket manufacturer in the UK you can trust, contact the team at Specialist Sealing Products today and let us help you stay health and Safety compliant. 

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