A pause in the narrative is on the cards, at least for this post, while we tender a structured engineering guide. Intended to function as a gasket material and application guide, the following article will list, in alphabetical order, many popular and not so popular gasketing materials and their roles in different applications. After each material, a description of its properties and commonly assigned usage areas will be listed, too.
Used for relatively low-pressure applications, places where the fluid temperature won’t exceed 120°C, this specially coated paper is saturated with a plasticized compound. It acts as a petroleum, solvent, and oil jointing medium. Expect to find paper gaskets in engine, pump, lubrication, and fuel system joints.
Again, here’s a material that performs best in low temperature and low-pressure applications. As such, this highly compressible natural substance is best employed as an oil and petroleum sealing product. It’s installed in fuel lines, designed to contain higher pressures than paper, and cork is also a naturally wear resistant gasketing solution.
Perhaps filled with the most comprehensively capable catalogue of different material types, there are thousands of different plastics and rubbers available. There’s EPDM, a popular cooling system option and a plastic that’s often found performing at its best in chemical processing facilities. If that aggressive fluid load strengthens, then turn to Viton or Teflon, which both have robust fluoroelastomer-based backbones.
From high-pressure aramid fibres to equally capable fibreglass gaskets, this material category covers a vast number of applications. Aramid seals, for example, can easily tolerate 825°C of fluid heat. Then there are cellulose and vulcanized fibres, carbon fibres and more. They retain dimensional stability, even when they’re exposed to large compressive forces. Fibre-based seals are oil, petrol, pressure, and temperature resistant, depending on their exact composition.
When the pressures carried in a fluid line reach unendurable levels, carbon steel or titanium-based rings hold back those formidable forces. They’re used along with other material inserts to seal heat exchangers, boiler pipes, massive arrays of high-pressure pumps, land-crossing oil pipelines, and in other large-scale, off-the-chart industrial applications.
This guide contains a fraction of the materials and applications that rule countless commercial and industrial usage domains. Sure, these are the mainstays, the elastomers and fibres that serve these areas best, plus they can blend with each other to form even more usable composite products, but there’s more to check out. There are felt and sponges, products that perform better in vibration-prone or food-safe environments, for instance. Without a doubt, there’s a gasket for every application, and it’s up to the engineer-in-charge to match a gasket material, plus its geometry, with the correct application.
Whether you are working with automobiles or plumbing components, it is important to have the proper gaskets on hand for your project. Finding gaskets to buy can be as simple as heading to your favourite search engine. With that being said, you won’t find quality gaskets without going to a reputable gasket manufacturer. The big question we have for our readers is this: what makes for an ideal gasket manufacturer? Today, we are going to highlight the qualities that you need to look for when shopping around for a gasket manufacturer. With our advice, you’ll be able to find the right team to provide you with the right components for your project.
Important Qualities in a Gasket Manufacturer
While there are numerous gasket manufacturers all vying for your business, there are very few that can combine the traits required in order to give you the products you need at a cost you can afford without sacrificing any service. Here are the traits that we believe make for the best gasket manufacturers. Read the following qualities and use them as a guideline as you begin shopping for your gaskets.
1) Excellent Customer Service – Leading the charge is our focus on quality customer service. In the service industry, it is absolutely imperative that companies focus on making their customers feel both welcome and appreciated. Here at Gasketech, we are well known for our focus on customer service. Every point of contact between our employees and our customers is an important one.
2) Superior Technical Performance – We aren’t solely focused on customer service because it is also important for the actual gasket product itself to be of premium quality. That is why we believe in purchasing from manufacturers who offer products with superior gasket performance. From graphite and PTFE to Viton products, Gasketech is here for you.
3) Product Availability – Customer service and superior products only work if you have access to the products when you are ready to make a purchase. It is important for all great gasket manufacturers to have a large catalogue of quality products that they can dip into in order to provide their customers with quality components.
4) Customer Satisfaction – Finally, we believe that all gasket manufacturers should be willing to stand by a customer satisfaction guarantee. After all, you are calling on us in your time of need so it is only right that we respond with great products and customer service.
For all of your gasket manufacturing needs, contact Gasketech. We provide excellent products at an affordable price, all based around your needs and schedule.