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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...

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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