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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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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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