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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...

What are the Functions of Gasket?

Gasket FunctionsThe gasket is used in all sorts of industries on the virtue of its high functionality and unique characteristics. Most of the times, you came in direct contact with the gasket, but you may have not aware of it. You may have been using several types of equipment in your everyday life that depend upon the gasket, but you still didn’t touch it directly. So to know gasket very well, you have to make yourself well aware of its functionality. Go through following points to identify the different kinds of functions of a gasket.

A gasket is a type of seal that is used to fill the gap between two surfaces, primarily to avoid leakages. So gasket helps to join the gap between components of machines thereby reducing the unnecessary friction. This functionality of gasket makes equipment quite safe to use as it prevents big machines from wear down. In short, it helps to increase the life of components as they don’t need to go through any maintenance.

Though stock gaskets are the ones that you will commonly find in the market, custom gaskets are the ones that are more useful in different circumstances. They are very handy when a particular machine is designed or being used for a specific business purpose. The measurement of custom gaskets and their shape is precisely intended to make it ideal for a particular component. People who work in the manufacturing industry are the ones who are more in touch with the custom gaskets. There are several companies available in the market that provide custom gaskets according to your project requirement.

Gaskets are differentiated according to their unique properties and type of materials used in manufacturing them. The common forms of gaskets are O-ring gaskets, rubber gaskets, cork gaskets, flange gaskets, inner bolt etc. Some other forms of gasket include UV resistant gaskets, weather resistant gaskets, flame retardant gaskets, temperature resistant gaskets, soft gaskets, hydrophobic rubber gaskets, submerged gaskets, environmental gaskets and much more. The selection of right gasket can be made according to its manufacturing material and the industry where it is going to be used. Choosing a perfect gasket is not a tough task if you know its properties very well.

Mounting, anti-vibration and sealing are few more useful forms of gaskets that are employed in industries. Most of the sealing gaskets are made from rubber as it offers a perfect way for water blockage. Anti-vibration gaskets used to prevent unnecessary vibration thereby reducing the energy wastage. Environmental gaskets play a vital role to avoid dirt and dust particles entering into the components. They are extremely handy in heavy industrial applications.

Industries often search for the efficient components that will help them to save both money and time. When efficiency is increased the business profit rises and a gasket is one such a thing that adds real value to the industry, courtesy of its various functions. The notable thing about the gaskets is that they are available in several shapes and sizes that make them one of the highly flexible components to be used in any industry.

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