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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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Medical Grade Seals

Medical Grade SealsWhen looking at your options for gaskets and seals, you’ll see that some products are marked as medical grade. These seals offer a range of extra benefits and features when compared to your typical seals, and they are required for many different types of processes. Today we’re going to discover everything you need to know about medical grade seals and gaskets. We offer a full range of products to suit everyone’s needs, so make sure you get in touch with our team if you are in the market for a new type of gasket or seal for your business.

What Are Medical Grade Seals Used For?

Medical grade seals are used for a wide range of purposes. They may be added to medical pumps, feeding devices, IV devices, and other lab equipment. On top of that, they are critical for storage and transportation systems, and can help to control temperatures within various processes. Every part of the medical industry relies on these devices at some point or another. The main aim of a medical grade seal is to protect the devices and people using these tools from injury or harm. Medical materials are often a hazard to the health, and you’ll find that you could also waste the liquid if it’s spilled. Both gases and liquids can be stored in this way, but you’ll need to ensure that you choose the right option for your medical needs.

The Production of Medical Device Seals

When medical device seals are produced, you’ll find that different criteria need to be met when compared to your typical O-rings and seals. Especially when working with products and companies from around the world, you’ll find that the standards are different for these types of seals. Make sure you are always checking out the way in which they are produced to ensure you meet the criteria for where you are based. Any medical grade seal will need to be sterilised first before use, so that you don’t harm the health of your patients or staff.

Many companies that produce medical seals do so in a cleanroom which is designed to keep contaminants out. This will guarantee that the sealing products you buy come from somewhere that’s clean and safe, so that there is less chance of contamination during this process. You’ll find that when you don’t work with a company that offers this guarantee, the chance of your medical devices being fully effective is reduced. The type of gas or liquid that you need to carry will also have a huge impact on the type of seals you buy, and seals for medical devices come in all shapes and sizes to fit everyone’s needs.

What Materials Are Medical Seals Made From?

A seal for medical use can be created from a range of materials based on your unique needs. There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing the material though, as you need to ensure it will protect what you are carrying and those who make contact with the container. Think about the temperature you will store the medical solutions in and the pressure at which they’ll be kept. You’ll also need to think about whether they’ll have any contact with other people and the motion that they may be put under when being transported.

One thing to keep in mind is that a good medical seal will be resistant to harsh or toxic chemicals. Most companies opt to use elastomers for this reason, which are very durable and are resistant to heat. They should also be good chemical resistors and have a low permeability when it comes to carrying gas. Think carefully though about any toxins that may be in the material. You don’t want to do your patients more harm than good when it comes to using a medical grade seal.

There are so many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right material and design for a medical grade seal. This isn’t something that you can get wrong or just use any type of seal for. When you choose a material that doesn’t offer all of the benefits and features we shared above, you’ll find that you only risk the safety of your patients and staff. Take time to carefully consider your options when it comes to medical seals, as these are a critical part of the transportation of many liquids and gases in this industry.

Are you looking to invest in new medical grade seals for your business? If so, our team will be on hand to advise you about the best solution for your unique needs. We’ll help to find seals and gaskets that are made from a safe and sterile material, so that you can transport or store any type of liquid or gas to help with your medical procedures in the future. 

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