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Types of Flanges

Businesses in a variety of industries rely on flanges to join pipes or components together or to keep equipment secured to a surface. When it comes to choosing the best types of flange for your processes, you’ll want to take the time to research the different options...

Threaded Flange

Threaded flanges are probably the most recognisable of all flanges due to their screw thread design that is used to connect it to the pipe. Threaded flanges, also known as screwed flanges (for obvious reasons), require a male and female thread to create a connection...

Slip On Flange

A slip-on flange can also be known as a hubbed flange, which, as the name suggests, has a hub with a very low profile. Why is this important? Because this type of ring type joint gasket has an internal diameter larger than the connecting pipe, allowing you to slide it...

Weld Neck Flange

Also known as tapered hub flanges or high hub flanges, weld neck flanges are a specific type of gasket with a protruding ridge and long neck used to connect pipework and provide you with a high-quality seal. Weld neck flanges, in particular, are a popular choice when...

Nitrile vs Viton® – What is the Difference?

As you start to make a decision about what type of O-rings to purchase for your business, you might wonder what material is the most suitable for your unique needs. Every business operation has different requirements for their O-rings, such as the temperature,...

Aflas vs Viton

When it comes to choosing O ring suppliers in the UK, you’ll find that there are a wide range of materials on offer for you to choose from. Many people find that the options can seem quite overwhelming, with some materials having similar properties but offering...

EPDM Gasket

Both the automotive and construction industries have started to use EPDM gaskets more frequently in recent times. This rubber material is UV light resistant and has many fantastic properties that make this part highly effective for a wide range of processes. Keep...

Metal Gaskets

When comparing gaskets for use within your business processes, you’ll find that these can be made from a variety of materials. Metal gaskets are a very popular option, offering many advantages over other materials. When looking at sealing product options, make sure...

AFLAS o ring

O rings come in many different dimensions, thicknesses, and materials. And it is the various different materials that o rings can be manufactured from that make each o ring unique and suitable for specific applications. In fact, there are hundreds of different types...

O Ring Vulcanization Process

With years of o ring knowledge and experience in o ring vulcanization, we're one of the leading experts in providing the right sealing solution for you. To view our full range, visit our O-ring product page, with a wide selection and something to match every...

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How to preserve your gasket

preserving gasketsGaskets and seals don’t last forever. However, they are designed, or they should be, last for a considerable period. 

In this sense, it is vital to look at ways to preserve your gaskets in order to avoid any application downtime. 

Downtime that involves additional expense and inefficiencies to you. 

That’s why in this post, we look at some safeguarding measures that can be taken to achieve the longevity of your gaskets and seals and how your gasket manufacturer can help you. 

Types of gasket failure 

Unfortunately, there are two types of gasket failure: 

Catastrophic failure – leading to instant leakage of your application. 

Gradual deterioration – leading to leakage occurring over time, causing small yet significant leaks and problems. 

Neither failure is a good sign for you or your production lines, and most gasket manufacturers like Specialist Sealing Products will work with customers to help provide the most suitable gasket and seal for the application intended to avoid such failures from occurring. 

Common factors affecting gasket failure 

  • Torque loss and stress relaxation 
  • Temperature 
  • Uneven pressure experienced at the joints 
  • Uneven flange surfaces 

It’s essential to keep a record of all failures as well as the reasons behind these failures, allowing you to ascertain any trends or patterns which may be occurring. It also helps to provide the right corrective measures to prevent failures from happening again. 

In some cases, it’s not just about replacing the gasket but rather finding the root cause of the problem. 

How to avoid gasket failure 

Gasket failure can be a major headache for all those involved. It can wreak havoc on processes and systems as well as leading to costly downtime for you and your production lines. 

Ultimately gasket failure can lead to a loss of productivity, it can be a significant drain on resources, and it has the potential to cause injury to personnel if not managed appropriately. 

These are just a handful of the main reasons why it’s important to continuously ensure the safe and efficient running of all your plant machinery. 

Preserving your gaskets 

Below we’ve provided some of our top tips to help get the most out of your gaskets and seals. 

Check for quality

Cheap gaskets are usually cheap for a reason. Often cheaper gaskets use more inferior quality materials as well as being found to be poorly manufactured. 

Check the type of material used

Choosing the right filler material is vital to ensure its suitability within the intended application. Avoid dire consequences by opting for a gasket that is chemically compatible, and which works well in the required temperature exposure and fluctuations. 

Check installation

If a gasket is installed incorrectly, it will fail prematurely, linking it with downtime and replacement costs – both areas that you will want to avoid.

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Rubber gaskets and drying out 

If you’re using rubber gaskets, it’s crucial to be aware that these types of seals can dry out. 

Typically found between the lid and the opening of a jar, for example, these rubbers are used to provide an airtight seal. 

However, when exposed to heat, sun, and even dirt, these seals can, and do, dry out. This then makes them brittle, with the increased risk of the seal cracking, hence losing their overall effectiveness. 

If you are using rubber seals, to help, we would recommend: 

  • Storing your product/application inside wherever possible, avoiding heat and direct sunlight 
  • Cleaning seals when you begin to notice dirt appearing (hot soapy water and a clean cloth is ideal) 
  • Drying seals thoroughly before using them again 
  • Conditioning the seals using olive oil and a polishing cloth can help to increase the longevity of the seal 

At Specialist Sealing Products, we don’t manufacture any inferior products. We use our experience, knowledge, and expertise to supply the right gasket for the job every time. 

Producing precision gaskets and joints is what we do best. Designing and manufacturing the highest quality seals all with laser precision, we work with companies and individuals all over the world, distributing the right gasket suited to the perfect application. 

For further information and advice on gasket and seal installation, speak to a member of our team on 01535 274 776 

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