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

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Spiral Wound Graphite Fill Gasket

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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 To Quickly Measure Your Rubber O-Ring

How To Quickly Measure Your Rubber O-RingIf you are using rubber o-rings for the first time, you might be wondering what the best way is to quickly measure them. Measuring o-rings is a quick and easy task when you know how, but you’ll want to make sure you are doing it correctly to avoid issues. Keep reading as we share our top tips for measuring rubber o-rings to ensure you properly size them the first time around. Our team will be on hand to help you with this task at any point, but you can visit our O-Ring Page for more information and assistance at any time.

O-Ring Measuring Top Tips

When it comes to measuring an o-ring, you’ll want to look at both the inside diameter and the cross-section. We recommend using a caliper for the cross-section, but you could replace this with something similar if you don’t have one to hand. The smaller the inside diameter, the more you’ll need to use a caliper in order to ensure that you are getting an accurate measurement. Larger inside diameters of over six inches can be measured with an o-sizer, which will help you to get the right measurement also.

If it’s time for you to purchase a new set of o-rings, then you’ll want to use a size chart to see which standard size you need. Of course, if there is not one on offer, you may want to look at custom products or find another solution for your needs. The good news is that there are dozens of sizes on offer today, so you should have no problem finding one that fits your requirements.

When viewing the chart for o-ring sizes, you’ll find that they either come in inches or metric measurement. Depending on where you are based in the world, one of these options may be used more than others. Make sure you are careful to choose the right sizes if you are switching products at any point, as it’s easy to make this mistake. Also look at the tolerances when you are sizing your o-rings, as there are sometimes variations within the dimensions of these products. Depending on the application you are planning to use these with, you’ll find that you need to choose a different size for different needs in the future. There are various standard sizes that most people will find suitable for use, and these can be easily found in online stores and local hardware stores.

The Best Tools for O-Ring Measurement 

There are many different tools you may consider for o-ring measuring, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best options on the market today. Measuring o-rings shouldn’t be completed with a ruler or tape measure, as these don’t offer you the accurate measurements needed for the correct sizing. Instead, look for a sizing cone, which allows you to place the o-ring on the cone to see if it fits one of the hundreds of sizes on the market today. You’ll also be able to find sizing charts, which detail all of the commonly used sizes.

A sizing gauge or caliper can help with more precise measurements, and you’ll find that they are helpful tools to get accurate measurement that will ensure you have no leaks or issues in the future. There are also specific o-sizers on offer, which are designed just with this task in mind. Whatever you do, just don’t rush this process as you’ll find that you could end up wasting your time and resources in the future when you don’t properly measure the o-ring ahead of time.

There are many risks of using the wrong o-ring, and it’s something you’ll want to think very carefully about before carrying out any processes in your workplace. We often think that we can simply use anything to do the job, but this isn’t the case at all. By following the tips we’ve shared above, you can work to ensure that your o-rings are always the correct size for the various tasks you are completing. Of course, our team will be here to help you find the correct size if you are unsure where to start.

There’s a lot to keep in mind when it comes to measuring your rubber o-rings, but with the tips we shared here today, you’ll be able to complete this task quickly and easily. No matter how many times you’ve measured o-rings, always work to take accurate measurements that will serve you well when it comes to buying new sizes. Our team is here at any point to answer your questions about measuring o-rings and to help you find the right size. Get in touch with us today with any questions you have about o-rings and how we can help you with purchasing and using them in the future.

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