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O-rings suitable for the pharmaceutical industry

O rings are widely used across various industries to support a variety of different pieces of equipment and applications.  They provide an essential function and are ultimately moulded and manufactured to ensure they provide a continually high level of quality through...

The Best Chemical Resistant Gaskets for Sulfuric Acid

If you are using sulfuric acid on a regular basis within your industry, you might be aware of how corrosive it can be. While it can be useful for dyes, explosives, fertilisers, and many more applications, finding a chemical resistant gasket can often be one of the...

Different elastomers for o rings and various applications

An elastomer is a primary raw material used for most o rings. They are typically manufactured as gum rubber or manufactured synthetically, and surprisingly today, there are approximately over 32 different synthetic rubbers now available.  Elastomer compounds will...

Spiral wound gasket thickness – what’s best?

It is often recommended that using a thinner gasket type/material will result in better sealing performance.  Why?  Because thinner gaskets tend to require much less gasket stress to provide applications with the perfect seal, they also have an excellent response to...

Choosing the correct oil seal application

Choosing and using the proper sealing devices within oil and gas applications can be vital when preventing dirt, dust, water, and other debris from potentially getting inside and contaminating products.  Of course, all rubber materials and seals will provide a range...

Nitrile rubber, NBR, and Buna-N – how well do you know your o ring materials?

A widely used elastomer, Nitrile, Buna-N, or NBR rubber, are all oil and fuel resistant and provide a great level of strength, making them a popular material for seals across various industries.  Suitable for a range of applications, this versatile rubber material,...

Optimum squeezing force for an o ring

It is true that the more squeeze you place on an o ring, the tighter the seal it will provide. In essence, the more squeeze (compression) you apply, the greater the force between the o ring and its mating hardware.  And ensuring you have the perfect seal is all...

O Ring Squeeze

The squeeze and shrinkage on an o ring are vital to understanding as these factors stand in the way of your application either experiencing a perfect seal or your application suffering from leaks.  You can measure the shrinkage of an o ring during...

Keeping your o rings bonded

EMI o rings. Those seal ring gaskets are made of silicone compounds, combining environmental sealing with electromagnetic interference protection.  Consisting of metal or metal-coated particles, silicone o rings are filled with silver, silver aluminium, or nickel...

The importance of mechanical seals when reducing water consumption in mining

Environmental considerations are at the top of most industry's agendas in the 21st century as companies evaluate and improve operations, processes, and systems.  Conserving water in mining is one such area that is now being investigated further with the rotation of...

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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