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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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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 the 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 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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