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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,...

What you need to know about O Ring Lubricants

Silicone grease and lubricants aren’t just a nice to have for o rings, but they can quite often be a must-have.  However, with so many greases and lubricants to choose from, it can often be a minefield choosing the best ones and the right ones for your o ring and...

O Ring Replacement

Replacing an O Ring in pressure washer wands is probably one of the most common replacements you'll find when working with seals.  Unfortunately, O Rings don't last forever, and over time they do deteriorate, and you will require an O Ring replacement.  It's important...

Reasons behind seal failure and a look into seal replacement

Unfortunately, there are occasions where O-rings, in particular, fail.  The failure of these seals is not simply due to one factor, but various factors that can occur across a range of applications – hence why locating the exact cause of such problems is just that, a...

Gaskets and seals for Aerospace

Gaskets and seals used for aerospace applications and equipment must be of premium quality and to a substantially high standard.  They are used across a range of applications such as radars, antennas, lighting, access panels, electrical conductivity, pressure sealing,...

Finding the best sealing materials for Food Grade Applications

You will find rubber seals across various industries, providing an important element and operating as a vital fixing across a wide range of different applications and equipment.  However, these FDA gaskets must follow strict, set guidelines, in terms of their material...

The Evolution of Gasket Solutions

When we talk about gaskets and the history of a gasket, we must start at the very beginning.  What is a gasket?  Ultimately, a gasket is a manufactured seal that is used to fill the gap/space between two or more surfaces.  Gaskets are typically manufactured by cutting...

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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