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Keeping a close eye on the gaskets your applications use

Gaskets are vital elements to any piping system and application that requires creating the perfect seal in order to prevent leaks.  This is the main role of a gasket, to provide a good seal, with some gasket materials sealing better than others in certain...

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,...

Types of Gaskets and its Usage

Gasket TypesGaskets are essential industrial components used to fill the gap between two surfaces to prevent vibration and avoid leaks. There is a wide range of gasket types available in the market and each one of them is differentiated according to their usage, characteristics and material. Go through following details to know how gaskets are classified:

Gaskets classified by material

Cork Gaskets:

When the cork is integrated with elastomer bindings, it produced a product with high compression and flexibility. These gaskets are mostly used in the industries that deal with fuel, oil and other liquid solvents.

Non-Asbestos gaskets:

These kinds of gaskets are manufactured by combining elastomer bindings with compressed fibre. They are used in wide range of applications like oil, stream and water.

Rubber gaskets:

It is a unique form of a gasket that is mostly used for heat exchanges and pipe gaskets. On the virtue of its high flexibility, this gasket is used in wide range of industries.

Other forms of gaskets

Transformer gaskets:

These forms of gaskets are used to prevent leakage in water and oil tanks. They can be used as weather seals to enhance the IP rating of sections thereby making sure that the transformer area remains easily accessible.

Manway gaskets:

These kinds of gaskets are mainly used in closed vessels such as boilers and fuel tanks. Manway gasket types are subject to wide range of design requirements ranging from an oval shape to ob-round shape.
Gaskets divided as per their usage

Liquid seals:

Sealing fluid leakage is one of the most important functions of gaskets. Most of the typical forms of gaskets offer amazing resistance to liquid chemicals like Viton. These kinds of gaskets are best suited in the industries that involve dealing with fuels, oils and any other form of liquid solvents.

Anti-vibration:

Anti-vibration techniques are mostly used in industries that deal with structural bearings and pipe supports. The process emits a lot of frequency and vibrations that may damage the other components which are quite delicate. Gasket pads that come with anti-vibration characteristics disrupt these high frequencies and vibrations.

Environmental seals:

In most of the industries, it becomes essential to keep the integrity of components by allowing them to get in touch with any forms of dirt or dust particles. This is where environmental seals have a vital role to play as they don’t allow any kind of impure particles to get in contact with the finished product.

Gaskets used in piping

Full faced gaskets:

Full faced gaskets are something that covers entire flanged. They are very easy to recognise mainly because the bolt holes are cut into the gasket material directly.

Segmented gaskets:

These are mainly used whenever flange is in a non-uniform shape. Segmented gaskets are manufactured from multiple gasket parts which are being arranged in overlap shape.

Apart from the several categories mentioned above, gaskets are also classified according to the materials used in them. It mainly consists of metallic, non-metallic and semi-metallic. The more you try to explore the subject of gasket types and its usage, the more you will end up discovering.

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