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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,...

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...

What is Gasket and How is it Used?

GasketWhen we talk about gasket, it can mean several different things. However, in general sense, it can be referred as a flexible component that fills the gap between two surfaces. It comes in several different types which can be differentiated according to the material used in the manufacturing process. Each type has its functionality and you can pick a specific one according to your requirement.

Gaskets are usually made from the materials like cork, paper or rubber. They are very flexible as they are compressed to fill the gap between two surfaces. In exceptional cases, they are also made from the hard materials such as metal. Gaskets can be used for the full range of purposes like noise reduction, packaging, sealing, packing, mounting and many more. It is the reason why gasket is considered as a very versatile product as it can be found in wide range of items. It can be used inside electrical equipment, pumps, trains, boats, plane, cars and many such appliances. The uses of gaskets are not limited to just one sector as it can be useful in different industries such as petrochemical, water, pharmaceutical, gas, oil, food processing and much more. Whether it is an electronic appliance or industrial equipment, you can find it everywhere.

Gaskets types are also differentiated according to their characteristics. For example, some types of gaskets can sustain extreme pressure and temperature while others are non-vulnerable to harsh chemicals. Few forms of gaskets are known for their ability to survive in a critical environment such as space, deep-sea etc. Rubber gaskets are most commonly used form of a gasket that can be used in big machines as well as small equipment used in everyday life. You can find rubber gaskets in air conditioning units, space rovers, vacuum chambers, pressure cooker, food processors, ammunition boxes, car bumpers, combustion chambers, car doors etc. Apart from this equipment, you can also find it in hose ends, toilet chambers, plumbing pipes, refrigerators, washing machine, coffee or tea makers, bathroom faucets, windshields, aircraft cabins and almost everywhere.

Most of the times, a device with moving parts has a high risk of breaking down because of an enormous possibility of wear down and friction between the two parts. For such devices, it becomes vital to producing a customised form of a gasket that comes with the optimised functionality. This is the reason why most of the industrial houses are focusing on the customs form of a gasket that is developed from the combination of materials. The mix allows the finished product to carry characteristic of all forms of materials used in it. Sometimes, the custom form of a gasket ends up showing typical characteristic that was not even present in the material used for manufacturing it.

Considering the typical functionality of gasket along with its varied usage, you can say that this amazing thing has an important role to play everywhere. In the coming time, you might see it getting made in different forms that will make it a must-have object in wide ranges of industries.

Read the next article explaining: The functions of gaskets

 

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