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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...

Static and Dynamic o rings

A range of factors and application dynamics come into play when choosing a particular type of o ring.  You need to understand the type of seal exert you require, the dimensions, and even compounds.  Due to the nature of an o ring and its overall design, o rings use...

Gasket Sealants

Fortunately, no one gasket suits a range of applications, but rather we have a multitude of gasket sealants available to meet various specifications and requirements.  Ultimately, sealants are used to effectively ensure gasket seals.  Helping to extend a gasket's life...

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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