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Gasket Sealants

Fortunately, no one gasket suits a range of applications, but rather we have a multitude of gasket sealants available to meet various specifications and requirements.  Ultimately, sealants are used to effectively ensure gasket seals.  Helping to extend a gasket's life...

Types of industrial gasket material

Different industry sectors will use different types of gaskets and different types of gasket materials.   And of course!  Different industrial gasket materials will be much better suited to some industrial processes and applications compared to others.  As different...

Keeping a close eye on the gaskets your applications use

Gaskets are vital elements to any piping system and application that requires creating the perfect seal in order to prevent leaks.  This is the main role of a gasket, to provide a good seal, with some gasket materials sealing better than others in certain...

O Ring Colour Identification

O rings come in various colours, and it's important to understand what these colours indicate as the o rings you choose will affect your overall process application.  Ultimately, different o ring colours are used to help differentiate between different materials. ...

Spiral Wound Gasket Compressibility and Pressure Ratings

In order to form a reliable seal, spiral wound gaskets do require a certain degree of pressure.   The applied pressure allows the gasket to be compressed tightly between the mating surfaces preventing any leaks from occurring.  Factors such as operating temperature...

Elastomeric Compounds

What is elastomer?  Elastomeric compounds are rubber seals produced using natural rubbers or manufactured by the chemicals industry.  Elastomeric sealing compounds consist of between 50-60% rubber; the remainder of the compound consists of fillers,...

Is there such a thing as the right flange gasket?

We cannot stress enough how important gaskets and seals can be. Gaskets are vital for an application's reliability and integrity, and trust us when we say, choosing the right gasket now can help you avoid costly issues in the future.  Taking a closer look at pipe...

Plastic gaskets, the best alternative to metal

Plastic gaskets and seals are not that uncommon.  In fact, they’re used in many devices due to the longevity and functionality they offer.  Helping to prevent leaks and maintain temperature control, plastic gaskets help equipment and appliances operate to the best of...

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...

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. 

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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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