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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

Health 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...

How to tighten your bolts perfectly

How to tighten your bolts and which tools you should use to achieve the perfect seal is not as seamless and straightforward as we would like. Various factors come into play in these situations, such as bolt grade, size, and even application type.  Tightening torques...

Compressed Non-Asbestos Fibre Material (CNAF) 

This range of products have been designed and manufactured to replace the now extinct and banned range of Asbestos based gasket materials. 

Manufactured from a mixture of organic fibres and rubber binders, with fillers based on synthetic fibres, mineral fibres, carbon, aramid and glass fibres this range of sheeting products offer great versatility thanks to their highly flexible chemical and physical properties ensuring sealing of maximum reliability and durability even in critical sealing applications. 

There are 3 main sub categories of CNAF materials each category having several different versions using a blend of different fibres and fillers to meet varying service conditions to seal media at a range of temperatures and pressures. 

This range of products are available from stock as cut gaskets or in sheet form up to 2 metre x 1.5 metre and in a range of thicknesses up to 3 mm as standard 

Grade X

Superior performance CNAF sheet jointing with excellent mechanical properties and good chemical and temperature resistance. The manufacturing compounds are based on Glass, Inorganic and Aramid Fibres bound with high quality Nitrile NBR binder meeting the requirements of BS7531 Grade X. 

  • WRAS / WRC Approved for use in hot and cold potable water 
  • API 6FB Fire-Safe 
  • TA-Luft (clean air) in accordance with VDI guideline 2440 
  • Temperature from –200⁰C up to 400⁰C 
  • Maximum Pressure up to 120 bar 
  • Excellent resistance to solvents, refrigerants, water and steam 
  • Media compatibility with oils, fuels, solvents, and hydrocarbon compounds 
  • Suitable for use with Oxygen Service 

Grade Y 

High quality CNAF sheet jointing specifically developed to meet the requirements of BS 7531 Grade Y. 

These have compressed aramid fibres with a combination of other functional fillers bound with a high quality nitrile rubber and are suitable for use across a broad range of industrial sealing applications.  

  • WRAS / WRC Approved for use in potable water 
  • Fire-Safe 
  • TA-Luft (clean air) in accordance with VDI guideline 2440 
  • Temperature from -200⁰C up to 450⁰C 
  • Maximum Pressure up to 140 bar 
  • Resistance to solvents, refrigerants, water and steam 
  • Media compatibility with oils, fuels, and hydrocarbon compounds 
  • Suitable for use with Oxygen Service 

General Service Grade 

A cost effective grade of CNAF sheet jointing based on a mixture and blend of fibres bound with a nitrile rubber binder. Suitable for general use including oils, hydrocarbon compounds and low pressure steam and water 

  • Temperature from –100⁰C up to 250⁰C 
  • Maximum Pressure up to 50 bar 
  • Resistance to solvents, refrigerants, water and steam 
  • Media compatibility with oils, fuels, and hydrocarbon compounds 
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