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The importance of backup rings to O rings

Backup rings are ultimately used to help stop o ring migration, and they achieve this in both static and dynamic fluid power applications as the pressure cycles occur, preventing the extrusion of an o ring in the gap.  Ultimately a backup ring is a rigid ring that...

Gasket manufacturing process explained

Specialist Sealing Products have been providing high-quality gaskets to customers throughout the UK for many years. We pride ourselves in the range of gaskets we have available, suitable for a variety of applications across a range of industries.  Rubber gaskets are...

Designing seals for the food industry

There’s a number of factors to take into consideration when designing seals for the food industry. That’s because seals used within this sector need to work exceptionally hard in all food processing environments where hygiene and health and safety are of the utmost...

Storing your gaskets!

A strange headline for a gasket article, we know.  However, it’s an important area and one, which in this sector is often overlooked.  When we think about most products or items in and around our homes and business, we will recognise that most come with manufacturing...

Flange Gasket materials – What you need to know

Getting the most out of flange gasket materials and ensuring the performance of the gasket is not affected when you come to use it, means several things must be taken into consideration.  For example, factors such as their design, how they’re manufactured, installed,...

Spiral Wound Gaskets and Sheet Gaskets

Gaskets come in a range of different shapes and sizes.  All are offering similar functionality; gaskets are produced using a range of different materials to suit a range and a variety of environmental factors, industrial uses, and product requirements.  When it comes...

Benefits of Kammprofile Gaskets

Used to prevent leakage, gaskets are constructed to fit between a range of different sizes and types of surfaces in order to provide the perfect seal.  Typically used in pipes and heat exchangers, gaskets are widely used as industrial sealants.  Kammprofile gaskets,...

Purpose of a Kammprofile Gasket

The ultimate purpose of a gasket is to stop leaks while being able to deal with varying levels of compression.  When it comes to Kammprofile gaskets, these are ideal for standard pipeline and heat exchanger applications.  As due to their grooved metalcore, with a...

Are your gaskets completely compliant?

In industries where gaskets are not just important but essential, there are numerous challenges to be faced and considerations to take on board.  This is especially true when it comes to making sure this “essential” element is also compliant.  With the implementation...

Everything you need to know about Manway Gaskets

When it comes to manway gaskets, we want to keep things simple, introducing them as the small sealing ring found in hatches/openings that are constructed for large tanks. Openings which give people access to the inside of the aforementioned tanks and vessels. The...

Difference Between Gasket and Seal

Difference between Gaskets and SealsIf you want to make a selection out of gasket and seal for your project, then you might be thinking that they are almost the same products. In few ways, they might be same as they perform similar functionality. However, there are some key differences between gasket and seal that you must understand before deciding which item is perfect for your project. Here is a detailed guide to differences between gasket and seal that will make your decision easy:

A gasket is a piece that is placed between two parts to create a perfect joint between two surfaces. Gaskets are noted to fill irregularities and they are manufactured from sheet materials such as fibreglass, neoprene, felt, cork, silicone, rubber, paper, metal, plastic polymer etc.

A seal is a category and a gasket is one of the important types of seal. Apart from the gasket, you can find several others forms of seal such as shaft seals, mechanical seals, valve stem seals, liquid sealants, O-ring seals, rotary seals and many more.

The process of manufacturing seal involves a lot of machining and a specific size seal material. It is referred as an engineered product and designed under special conditions. Seals are also known for showing characteristics which gaskets are failing to offer. This is the reason why seal can provide better functionalities when compared it with the gasket products.

A gasket is referred as a static piece which can be used to close the leakage between two parts which are static and doesn’t show any relative motion. On the other hand, a seal is a dynamic piece that is used to avoid leakage between two parts which show sliding or relative motion. Another essential functionality of seal over gasket is that it doesn’t allow foreign particles like dirt or dust to enter into the joint.

In case the gasket breaks down, you need to replace the existing gasket with the new one. However, when seal breaks down, you need to replace both seals and bearing with the new ones. This is an application where gasket can be quite handy when compared to seal.

Both gasket and seal are used to avoid movement of fluid from one direction to other because of the compressive forces. However, a gasket is a non-moving object and once it is placed in a particular position, it can’t be moved. On the other hand, oil seals can move very quickly from one location to other.

One more fundamental difference between gasket and seal is that gasket is usually made from hard plastic or asbestos material. On the other hand, seals (especially oil seals) are manufactured from the material such as synthetic rubbers.

This is a detail explanation of the difference between gasket and seal. It will definitely provide you with a helpful insight into how the mechanism of both these products works. Understanding subtle differences between both these items are essential for the successful execution of any project. Once you get to know the typical characteristics and unique functionalities of gasket and seal, you can definitely make a right choice of components for your project.

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