Oil Seal Types

We can't emphasise enough how important it is to choose the right oil seal to keep your application functioning, and functioning well. Not every oil seal is the same. Manufactured using various material elastomers and to suit a range of dimensions, seals are as unique...

Rotary Shaft Seals

Rotary shaft seals are the more formal name for this type of seal; however, we also know them as oil, grease, fluid, or dirt seals. Whatever you call them however, they all perform the same function – to close the space between stationary and moving parts in machinery...

Silicone O Rings

As a leading O ring UK manufacturer and supplier of high quality seals and gaskets, offering a wide range of types, sizes, and sealing solutions that suit various applications across all industries, we work hard to ensure you get the best sealing solution for your...

Viton O Rings

Viton o rings bring with them numerous advantages, especially for applications within high-tech and critical industries. Providing great resistance to wide fluctuations in temperature and chemical ranges as well as being wholly suitable for pressure applications,...

How are O Rings made?

O rings are one of the most common components within manufacturing. Suitable for a range of applications and found in numerous everyday appliances, o rings are a vital piece of equipment to provide the perfect sealing solution. Ring-shaped seals, o rings are made up...

Pipe Gasket

A pipe gasket is designed to seal a space between two sections of a pipe. Many pipes have flanged surfaces where they join, which means it isn’t smooth or flat to make this connection secure. In order to overcome this flared area, a flange gasket will be used to...

Spiral Wound Graphite Fill Gasket

With so many different gasket options on offer today, we know it can be difficult deciding which ones have the right features for your needs. Each type of gasket is suitable for a variety of applications or uses, and the material that your gasket is made from will...

Gasket Cutting

Using the latest technology and equipment, gasket cutting today offers incredible precision. Achieving customised gaskets that meet your sealing requirements, today we’re now seeing various gasket cutting techniques used as we move away from the standard dimensions...

What are Bonded Seals?

As you start to compare the seals on offer on our site, you’ll find that there are many different options for a variety of uses. Bonded seals are a great solution for some applications, offering many benefits over other types of seals. Specialist Sealing Products...

Rubber Gasket Material

Rubber gaskets are a very valuable solution for a variety of uses, however, you’ll want to make sure you always choose the right option for your unique business operations. There are a variety of rubber gasket materials on offer, which provide you with an effective...

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How Important Is Chemical Compatibility With Your Seals And O-Rings?

How Important Is Chemical Compatibility With Your Seals And O-RingsWhen choosing new seals and O-rings for your daily operations, you need to think carefully about the chemicals and conditions you’ll be using them with. Choosing seals and O-rings isn’t a quick and easy task when you take the time to think about seal chemical compatibility. However, by learning more about this topic, you can avoid wear and tear to these parts and save time and money in the long run. Check our page to learn more about our range of products or get in touch with us today to discover how we can help you find the right parts for any type of process. Keep reading as we share our top tips for chemical compatibility importance, so you can avoid issues with this in the future.

Chemical Compatibility with Seals and O-Rings

When looking at the seal compatibility of chemicals, you need to first think about the chemical and its composition. Firstly, the concentration of the chemical you are using will have a huge impact on the seals and O-rings you can use. The lower the concentration, the easier it will be to use any seal without major consequences. When a chemical is used in high concentrations, then make sure you are very careful about the seals you choose to use. Another key consideration is the temperature of the chemical, as many chemicals are more reactive when you use them at a higher temperature. Take a look at compatibility charts to get a full understanding of when and where you could use a seal or O-ring to avoid issues.

The light and heat that’s involved in your processes will naturally impact your seals and O-rings, with UV light being something to really think about. This can make many seals and O-rings fail when they are in direct contact with UV light for an extended period of time. Plastics in particular often break down and fail with high levels of UV light, so keep this in mind when choosing your seals. After considering all of these factors, you’ll want to think about the material that your O-rings and seals are made from. The good news is there are options on the market to fit everyone’s needs, and we’ll be here to support you in finding the perfect option for your processes.

Common Materials and Their Chemical Compatibility

Now that you know what to look out for in terms of the chemicals you are using, you’ll want to think about the most common base materials that you may use. Iron and stainless steel have excellent compatibility with most chemicals, and they are very resistant to many of the common chemicals we see companies use. Alloys are also a good option, as they are resistant to corrosion and high temperatures. They are often used in the pumping industry, but they have many applications across a wide range of business operations. Polyurethane O-rings are becoming one of our top sellers, and our team sees that they are a great option for those working with a range of chemicals.

Rubber is a common material to use for O-rings, but you’ll need to be very careful with this material and how it’s used and stored. When it’s exposed to heat, light and chemicals for an extended period of time, the material can break down and lose its shape and benefits. That being said, elastomers often have a high resistance to temperature, making them a good option for anyone working with these high temperatures.

How to Choose the Right Seals and O-Rings for Your Business Operations

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to the type of O-ring you use for your business operations. Our team offers a wide range of products, which are designed to be used with almost any chemical you can imagine. We’ll be on hand to answer your questions about the best O-rings and seals for your business operations, so that you can find an option that doesn’t get worn out or break down too quickly. This will help you to save time and money in the long run, so that you don’t waste unnecessary parts due to incompatibility with the chemicals you use on a daily basis.

Are you looking for new O-rings and seals for your business? Our team will be here to support you with this decision and help you find the perfect match for your processes. Contact us today to learn more about the right choice for your unique needs and budget or to discuss any questions you have about the information we’ve shared here today. Our aim is to support businesses of all shapes and sizes to find the right parts for any operations and keep your machinery and employees safe at all times when working with chemicals.



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