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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...

Choosing the Perfect Gasket for Your Needs

Choosing the Perfect Gasket for your NeedsThe perfect gasket choice and fit is an essential component of engines, appliances, and industrial machinery projects. They are a fundamental part when engineering anything from power tools to oil drills. A high-quality manufacturer of gaskets and seals will use only the finest materials and the latest techniques for better precision and production.

The ubiquitous gasket may be overlooked when necessary components are rated. So, this simple checklist of some key considerations will help you in selecting the right gasket for your needs.

Reputable Gasket Manufacturer

Strict regulations in the manufacturing process are the only guarantee of a reliable product. It is also necessary they have many years of experience to ensure the assembly is well run in. There are checks in place in some countries that keep an eye on quality control.

A well-established supplier will source the highest quality seals and gaskets from the best manufacturers. Specialist Sealing Products are professional suppliers that vet their products thoroughly. They source the most extensive selection of gasket types at an affordable range of price points. Their expert staff is qualified to assist in choosing a gasket that is ideally suited to the application for which it is needed.

Configuration

For proper gasket application, the configuration details will be needed before an expert can help with choosing one. Having these on hand will speed up the process. The environment that the gasket or seal will be used in is vital knowledge to have on hand before selection too. Seals and gaskets will lose their longevity and durability if these conditions are not addressed:

  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Corrosion
  • Stresses
  • Opposing forces

With expert guidance, gasket failure because of bolt torque loss and premature wear and tear will be significantly reduced.

Materials

Gaskets types and uses vary depending on their construction. They can be manufactured from metallic, semi-metallic and non-metallic materials.

Metallic Gaskets: These are designed and manufactured to withstand extreme pressures, temperatures and exposure to chemicals. They can be standardised or bespoke-made to specific configurations.

Semi-metallic Gaskets: These are versatile and can be made of a flexible core covered in metal, ideal for gas mains or pumps, or graphite/metal mix, perfect for heat exchange and high fluid velocity.

Non-metallic/Soft Gaskets: Easily compressible and made from elastomeric materials such as silicone, rubber and Neoprene® or fibrous materials such as cork, carbon fibre and Teflon™.

Proper Gasket Applications

Choosing the right gasket for an application means the materials must withstand daily wear and tear. Resistance to corrosion and the heat and cold of weather, fluids and vapours are critical to factor in before a gasket can be selected.

These will be the deciding factors in how long a gasket lasts or how quickly its strength deteriorates.

An expert hand can give specific advice for the best gasket selection and solution. If an error is made in the configurations, materials or the gasket’s type and use, it can cause contamination and waste time.

Enquiring about whether the perfect gasket has been chosen for your needs can be answered by the experts who will save your project time and money.

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