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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...

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,...

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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