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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...

Metal Detectable O Rings

Metal detectable o rings became a necessary must when it was identified that some chemicals, exposure to extreme temperatures, and continuous vibrations could cause failings in standard o rings.  Failings that not only mean a breaking of the seal, but there is also an...

Tips for best o ring maintenance

If o rings are not maintained, leaks can occur, and water and other fluids can enter the appliance or application, and even product in the mix!  If this happens, damage can occur to internal parts and mechanisms, causing deployment failings, potential false readings,...

What you need to know about O Ring Lubricants

Silicone grease and lubricants aren’t just a nice to have for o rings, but they can quite often be a must-have.  However, with so many greases and lubricants to choose from, it can often be a minefield choosing the best ones and the right ones for your o ring and...

O Ring Replacement

Replacing an O Ring in pressure washer wands is probably one of the most common replacements you'll find when working with seals.  Unfortunately, O Rings don't last forever, and over time they do deteriorate, and you will require an O Ring replacement.  It's important...

Reasons behind seal failure and a look into seal replacement

Unfortunately, there are occasions where O-rings, in particular, fail.  The failure of these seals is not simply due to one factor, but various factors that can occur across a range of applications – hence why locating the exact cause of such problems is just that, a...

Gaskets and seals for Aerospace

Gaskets and seals used for aerospace applications and equipment must be of premium quality and to a substantially high standard.  They are used across a range of applications such as radars, antennas, lighting, access panels, electrical conductivity, pressure sealing,...

Finding the best sealing materials for Food Grade Applications

You will find rubber seals across various industries, providing an important element and operating as a vital fixing across a wide range of different applications and equipment.  However, these FDA gaskets must follow strict, set guidelines, in terms of their material...

The Evolution of Gasket Solutions

When we talk about gaskets and the history of a gasket, we must start at the very beginning.  What is a gasket?  Ultimately, a gasket is a manufactured seal that is used to fill the gap/space between two or more surfaces.  Gaskets are typically manufactured by cutting...

Tips for Proper O-Ring Installation

Tips for Proper O-Ring InstallationAn O-ring is a crucial component of a fluid system, and how it is installed can make or break that system. To ensure the success of an application, O-ring requires not only careful material selection and design but also proper installation procedures. A small mistake during installation can result in untold damage.  Fortunately, there are simple tricks you can employ during O-ring installation to avert any problems that are associated with poor installation including: 

Choose the Right Size O-ring 

It is imperative that you choose the right O-ring size for your needs. Using an inappropriate O-ring size in an application can result in damage.   However, it can be difficult to measure O-rings at the workplace if you don’t have proper measuring equipment. Fortunately, you can get specialised tools from reputable O-ring suppliers, such as Specialist Sealing Products, which are geared to help you chose the right O-ring size for your application.  

Employ Good Design Practices 

Another great trick to ensure proper O-ring installation is to install the O-ring according to the manufacturer’s good design practices.  For example, you should consider the defined O-ring dimensions to uphold adequate compression on the O-ring without surpassing the capacity of the grove. 

Use the Right O-ring Lubricant 

It is imperative that you lubricate O-rings before installation. You can simply apply a thin film of mineral oil, silicone oil, grease, or application fluid. This will help minimise friction between the sealing ring and the surface with which it is paired. As such it ensures that the ring fits in the groove quite easily.   Lubrication also helps to minimise the potential for seal damage and twisting. In fact, when you use the right lubricant for male and female radial seals, you will have an easier time during seal installation and when inserting the piston in the bore.   When it comes to selecting the right lubricant, you should keep your system in mind. You want a lubricating agent that is well-suited for the O-ring material that you’re using. The lubricating agent should meet the following requirements: 

  • Appropriate for the application’s temperature range 
  • Works well with the system fluids 
  • Able to produce a highsurface tension film 
  • Should not clog up system filters

Apply The Right Amount of Torque When Tightening Tube Fitting 

The amount of torque needed when tightening an O-ring tube fitting varies with the design of the tube fitting. However, as a general rule, you need to ensure that the mating halves of the fitting bottoms-out with metal-to-metal contact. Consider contacting the tube fitting’s manufacturer if you need detailed information.   It is also worth noting that proper seal installation requires that you use proper installation tool kits.  With the above O-ring installation tips, you’ll be able to prevent O-ring installation issues such as overstretching and improper gland volume, as well as failure without evidence.   You can get a wide range of high-quality O-rings from Special Sealing Products. For more information about what Special Sealing Products has to offer, click here 

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