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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...

O Ring Replacement

Replacing an O Ring in pressure washer wands is probably one of the most common replacements you'll find when working with seals.  Unfortunately, O Rings don't last forever, and over time they do deteriorate, and you will require an O Ring replacement.  It's important...

Reasons behind seal failure and a look into seal replacement

Unfortunately, there are occasions where O-rings, in particular, fail.  The failure of these seals is not simply due to one factor, but various factors that can occur across a range of applications – hence why locating the exact cause of such problems is just that, a...

Gaskets and seals for Aerospace

Gaskets and seals used for aerospace applications and equipment must be of premium quality and to a substantially high standard.  They are used across a range of applications such as radars, antennas, lighting, access panels, electrical conductivity, pressure sealing,...

Finding the best sealing materials for Food Grade Applications

You will find rubber seals across various industries, providing an important element and operating as a vital fixing across a wide range of different applications and equipment.  However, these FDA gaskets must follow strict, set guidelines, in terms of their material...

The Evolution of Gasket Solutions

When we talk about gaskets and the history of a gasket, we must start at the very beginning.  What is a gasket?  Ultimately, a gasket is a manufactured seal that is used to fill the gap/space between two or more surfaces.  Gaskets are typically manufactured by cutting...

Why Colour Matters When Choosing Gaskets?

Why Colour Matters When Choosing Gaskets?Gasket manufacturers have turned to colour coding gaskets to make the selection and categorisation of the product more accessible 

It is possible to identify the winding and filler materials that were used for fabrication by the colouring of the outer top side of the centre gasket ring; the colour stripes placed at intervals on the outside designate what non-metallic winding filler materials were used 

These not only help to identify and choose products, but they also set an industry standard so that the correct gasket is selected for an application. 

A limited colour selection can no longer satisfy consumers who seek more diversity to match the multitudes of applications. The colours range from standard grey all the way to the most vibrant hues. Thus, it is possible to match the colour of the seals and gaskets to doors and windows where they will hide in plain sight. 

Any queries about the use of gaskets, gasket colours or seal colours, can be expertly answered by the technicians at Specialist Sealing Products. The training and long-term association with seals and gaskets guarantees the staff can swiftly understand any application requirements and solutions 

How a Spiral Wound Gasket Colours Will Look 

The standard used for the fabrication of spiral wound gaskets is called ASME B-16.20. It requires an inner ring to be placed on all PTFE manufactured gaskets in all available classes. 

These colours denote the materials used, the temperatures they have been manufactured to withstand, and will have an abbreviation of the material stamped on the ring. 

When looking at the gasket from a transverse section so that it looks like the rings around the planet Saturn and starting from the innermost centre (otter) ring, there is a stamp with numbers and letters that indicate the materials used to make the gasket. 

Looking at the outer ring, there will be a gasket manufacturer’s stamp with their registered name. This will help anyone looking for a particular brand. 

There are four other stamps on the outer ring that help identify the gasket properties and specs.  

  • Stamps with plain numbers and a letter indicate the material when it is something other than carbon steel. 
  • Stamp that looks the same as the one listed above but with a forward stroke / followed by letters indicates the gasket filler material. 
  • Stamps also have the standard manufacturing rating such as ASME B-16.20. 
  • A stamp with measurements indicates the nominated pipe size and pressure rating.

Gasket Identification Using Colour Guide 

For even better ways of being able to tell the materials used in a gasket, there are colours to guide the buyer. There is sure to be a colour coded chart that will assist in choice, as even seasoned engineers sometimes struggle to remember the properties of the many different colours and what they denote.  

Some gaskets have no colourThis is not deliberate; the defining properties of the gasket will be able to be understood from reading the stamps as demonstrated in the previous section. Staff at Specialist Sealing Products will be on hand to assist any colour or stamp queries.

Read the next article: Spiral wound gasket and sheet gasket

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