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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...

How Do You Recognise a Quality Gasket?

How Do You Recognise a Quality Gasket?A gasket is a very simple item that is reasonably inexpensive. Considering how gaskets work, you may be facing a costly bill should a gasket fail. Choosing a quality gasket from Specialist Sealing Products helps to create a seal that will last until well after the next round of maintenance. As a result, you can rest assured that the seal will hold. The consequences of using cheap spiral wound gaskets from the cheapest gasket manufacturer you can find could be dire. What if you’re working with chemicals and a contaminant leaks in because the gasket has started to leak? Or the seal fails to hold due to the rubber breaking down and the product leaks out? Choosing a lower-quality, cheaper option on something this important doesn’t make much sense at all. The question then becomes, how do you choose the right quality option? For the rest of this post, we’ll go through what to look for to find a quality gasket.

How Was the Item Shipped?

Technically speaking, your standard models can take a pretty good beating. Still, you want to check how carefully they were packed when they came to you. Look for any signs of damage. Some light bending is not likely to break a good gasket, but it is going to weaken it. It’s important that the packaging protects the items inside and provides enough space so that they’re not compressed.

Was it Exposed to the Sun?

When you take it out of the packet, does it look faded? This is more of an issue with a nitrile or SBR gasket. Those made from silicone or neoprene are not as badly affected by exposure to UV rays.

How Clean Does It Look?

This one may sound a little strange. After all, what’s the harm of the actual ring being a little dusty? The harm is that it indicates that the manufacturer may not have been scrupulous about cleaning. Now, a little dust that settles after the manufacturing is over is not a big deal. Where it becomes problematic, though, is during cutting. If there is debris on the blades or surface, there’s a chance that particles can become lodged in the gasket. Either that or they could create leak paths by gouging lines in the sides.

What Material is Being Used?

Don’t assume that the manufacturer has used the type of material that you were expecting. Double check everything.

Some companies make pretty good lookalikes using cheaper materials. The replica is almost identical, but it will never last as long. If you’re having a specialist model made, make sure that your contract specifies that materials to be used.

The Edge Quality

This will depend on the process used during cutting. It also depends on the condition of the equipment and tooling. While that outer edge of the gasket has little to do with how well it works, a shoddy finish should give you pause. After all, if the manufacturer couldn’t be bothered to finish things off just a little more neatly, how much care have they taken with the important things? The inner edge is an important piece to inspect. Is it smooth or are there strings left behind? How evenly has it been cut? Even a small cut-out as a result of uneven tooling could result in a cavity that ends up causing noise, turbulence and gets in the way of the flow.

Final Notes

A gasket is a small piece of a larger puzzle, but it plays a vital role. Choosing quality can make a world of difference to your production processes. Opting for the cheapest model of spiral wound gaskets may seem enticing, but you may pay more in the long run.

Reference Video: MAHLE Aftermarket NA

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