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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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All you need to know about Neoprene O rings

All you need to know about Neoprene O ringsPopular in the refrigeration industry, neoprene o rings are also growing in popularity across a wide range of other sectors due to their incredible resistance to hazardous materials.

Also known as chloroquine o rings, these o rings provide excellent resistance to oxidation UV light, and they’re both water and weather-resistant.

As experienced and professional o ring suppliers, Leeds, our team can help you choose the best o ring material and type for your requirements and application.

Order today or speak to a member of our team for further information.

What is Neoprene?

Created in the 1930s, neoprene is a type of polymer available in either solid rubber or latex form.

Neoprene is a synthetic elastomer that combines various properties that allow it to perform well when it comes into contact with fats, oils, and any petroleum-based products and chemicals.

Coming from the polymerisation of the organic material chloroprene, neoprene is a highly robust elastomer that is also fire-resistant and offers excellent resistance to ozone, sun, and ageing.

What’s more, neoprene o rings can be used in a broad and fluctuating temperature range with a neoprene o-ring temperature range from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Many new materials have been developed. However, neoprene is the one material that offers that balance of properties that, for some applications, is essential.

Sectors Neoprene is suitable for

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Wire
  • Cable
  • Medical and healthcare sector
  • HVAC
  • Refrigeration
  • Mobile equipment

Neoprene and essentially neoprene o ring cords and neoprene o ring kits are very cost-effective, making them a much more affordable and practical solution for many applications.

Providing the perfect seal, neoprene o rings prevent liquids and gases from escaping and penetrating the application.

Applications where you will find neoprene o ring cords and o rings in general include:

  • Shock absorber seals
  • Vibration mounts
  • Hose covers
  • Power transmission belts
  • Seals for tail lights
  • Seals for windows
  • Expansion joints
  • Noise insulators
  • Cushioning for medical instrument cases

It’s important to note that certain approvals and materials certifications are required for some industrial sectors. This is to ensure high standards are maintained and the materials used are safe for the intended application.

Your professional o ring supplier will be able to talk you through the various types and grades of o rings and which one is suitable for industry and application.

Benefits of Neoprene

Neoprene o-ring kits are perfect for sealing, and insulation as these o rings are:

  • Resistant to oil and grease
  • Robust
  • Resistant to damage from flexing and twisting
  • Resistant to weather, fluctuating temperatures, ozone, water
  • Supportive to custom compounds
  • Used in weather stripping for fire doors due to its flame resistance
  • Resistant to abrasion

They also offer low flammability, which means when they are exposed to fire and flames, they will burn, but the o ring itself will extinguish when removed.

Providing chemical stability, neoprene rubber o rings also support the use of adhesives by providing a cushioning platform, providing the right level of protection against vibrations.

Neoprene is a very flexible and versatile material that does not degrade as quickly as natural rubber. Neoprene is a stretchy material that boasts high elasticity and durability that also provides a great deal of insulation.

Note: O ring neoprene rubber should not be used in applications where brake fluids, gasoline, or ketones are apparent.

Storage and shelf-life

Neoprene o rings have a shelf-life of between five and ten years, but this is also dependent on storage conditions.

All o rings must be stored correctly and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

In the case of neoprene o rings and sheet materials, storage should be a cool, dry place, avoiding direct sunlight, moisture, oxygen, heat, and other chemicals.

As an alternative to o ring neoprene, some sectors use buna o rings, also known as nitrile rubber o rings.

These o rings have a similar makeup; however, buna o rings have the advantage of being more environmentally friendly.

Neoprene seals, gaskets, and insulation can be fabricated to your requirements and manufactured in any thickness required to suit specific applications. Using water jet cutting, joining, taping, and lamination, a wide range of neoprene gaskets are available on the market.

O ring suppliers UK

At Specialist Sealing Products, we have a wide range of high-quality neoprene o rings to suit a variety of applications.

We specialise in o rings, gaskets, and seals, with various types and ranges available. Our level of experience and product availability is why people return to us time and time again.

If you’re looking for an o ring supplier in Leeds, call 01535 274 776 or email your requirements to sales@specialistsealingproducts.co.uk and let us help you today.

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