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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...

Types of industrial gasket material

Different industry sectors will use different types of gaskets and different types of gasket materials.   And of course!  Different industrial gasket materials will be much better suited to some industrial processes and applications compared to others.  As different...

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...

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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