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  • Is silicone heat resistant?

    Is silicone heat resistant?

    All types of silicone are polymers, made up of siloxane – a chain of alternating silicone atoms and oxygen atoms, often combined with carbon or hydrogen. Silicone is a naturally occurring element found in sand, but the majority that you’ll come across in day to day life are synthetic products which have been manufactured from […] …Read More »
  • The best FDA approved rubber materials

    The best FDA approved rubber materials

    If you’re looking to purchase components which are likely to come into contact with food, it’s essential to use FDA approved products. The FDA defines products requiring approval as: “any substance that is intended for use as a component of materials used in manufacturing, packing, packaging, transporting, or holding food.” By assuring FDA compliance, you […] …Read More »
  • The Importance of Shore A Hardness

    The Importance of Shore A Hardness

    You’ll see us talk a lot about Shore A Hardness in our product descriptions, but what is it and why is it important for your design? Let’s find out. What is Shore A hardness? Shore Hardness is a measure of the resistance of a material to denting. The Shore A Hardness scale is one such […] …Read More »
  • What Causes O-Ring Cracking?

    What Causes O-Ring Cracking?

    Having an O-ring fail in an application is never a fun event. At best, it will mean some downtime and production delays, at worst it could lead to contamination of products requiring a major clean down to rectify. One of the reasons O-rings can fail is because the material has cracked. If you’ve removed an […] …Read More »
  • What are encapsulated O-rings and what are they good for?

    What are encapsulated O-rings and what are they good for?

    Encapsulated O-rings are specially developed seals which solve a common problem in many industries. Sometimes you need the chemical and temperature resistance of PTFE, but a PTFE O-ring wouldn’t have the flexibility you need for compressive fluid sealing. Or perhaps you want a flexible elastomer but can’t rely on the material to resist the chemicals […] …Read More »
  • What is EPDM

    What is EPDM

    It might seem like a small detail,  but the choice of o ring material is incredibly important. Picking the wrong one could result in failure of the seal, causing machinery to become damaged and expensive downtime to be caused. In terms of versatility, not much comes close to the popular and inexpensive material that is […] …Read More »
  • Things you need to know about rubber shrinkage

    Things you need to know about rubber shrinkage

    One of the key factors in successful equipment design is the calculation of O ring squeeze. The amount the O ring will be squeezed by the surrounding hardware can have a bearing on the material selection, design and other key characteristics. What exactly is O ring squeeze? O ring squeeze is the amount that the […] …Read More »
  • MQ, VMQ, PMQ, FVMQ… what does it all mean?

    MQ, VMQ, PMQ, FVMQ… what does it all mean?

    The world of silicone rubber is full of confusing acronyms. To an outsider, the names of some compounds can seem like a foreign language, potentially leading to confusion and misinterpretation. However, there are standardised names for the materials we use, as defined by the ISO. As such, it’s key that you’re familiar with these names […] …Read More »
  • Choose silicone: Five situations where this is your perfect material

    Choose silicone: Five situations where this is your perfect material

    Silicone is one of the best multipurpose polymers out there. Its widespread use, not just in the sealing industry, is testament to the amazing properties of this material. The molecular make up of silicone, with a backbone of alternating silicone and oxygen atoms, gives it some unique characteristics that make it a top choice for […] …Read More »
  • 5 tips from the pros for perfect installation of seals

    5 tips from the pros for perfect installation of seals

    Having a precision manufactured seal produced for your application is the first step to getting a reliable, competent part. However, faults which occur in the fitting of such seals could lead to failure, regardless of the quality of the seal itself. For perfect installation of your seals every time, here are five tips from our […] …Read More »