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The importance of backup rings to O rings

Backup rings are ultimately used to help stop o ring migration, and they achieve this in both static and dynamic fluid power applications as the pressure cycles occur, preventing the extrusion of an o ring in the gap.  Ultimately a backup ring is a rigid ring that...

Gasket manufacturing process explained

Specialist Sealing Products have been providing high-quality gaskets to customers throughout the UK for many years. We pride ourselves in the range of gaskets we have available, suitable for a variety of applications across a range of industries.  Rubber gaskets are...

Designing seals for the food industry

There’s a number of factors to take into consideration when designing seals for the food industry. That’s because seals used within this sector need to work exceptionally hard in all food processing environments where hygiene and health and safety are of the utmost...

Storing your gaskets!

A strange headline for a gasket article, we know.  However, it’s an important area and one, which in this sector is often overlooked.  When we think about most products or items in and around our homes and business, we will recognise that most come with manufacturing...

Flange Gasket materials – What you need to know

Getting the most out of flange gasket materials and ensuring the performance of the gasket is not affected when you come to use it, means several things must be taken into consideration.  For example, factors such as their design, how they’re manufactured, installed,...

Spiral Wound Gaskets and Sheet Gaskets

Gaskets come in a range of different shapes and sizes.  All are offering similar functionality; gaskets are produced using a range of different materials to suit a range and a variety of environmental factors, industrial uses, and product requirements.  When it comes...

Benefits of Kammprofile Gaskets

Used to prevent leakage, gaskets are constructed to fit between a range of different sizes and types of surfaces in order to provide the perfect seal.  Typically used in pipes and heat exchangers, gaskets are widely used as industrial sealants.  Kammprofile gaskets,...

Purpose of a Kammprofile Gasket

The ultimate purpose of a gasket is to stop leaks while being able to deal with varying levels of compression.  When it comes to Kammprofile gaskets, these are ideal for standard pipeline and heat exchanger applications.  As due to their grooved metalcore, with a...

Are your gaskets completely compliant?

In industries where gaskets are not just important but essential, there are numerous challenges to be faced and considerations to take on board.  This is especially true when it comes to making sure this “essential” element is also compliant.  With the implementation...

Everything you need to know about Manway Gaskets

When it comes to manway gaskets, we want to keep things simple, introducing them as the small sealing ring found in hatches/openings that are constructed for large tanks. Openings which give people access to the inside of the aforementioned tanks and vessels. The...

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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