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  • 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 »
  • Chemical Degradation: What You Need To Know

    Chemical Degradation: What You Need To Know

    Rubber seals such as O rings are designed and manufactured to last. We can select materials for optimal performance for the environment they’re going to be in, such as heat resistance or chemical compatibility. However, as all polymers are unique in their make up and structure, using the right material for the application is crucial. […] …Read More »
  • What is Viton? A Guide To Viton O Rings

    What is Viton? A Guide To Viton O Rings

    Used in some of the harshest environments, where temperature extremes and chemical interactions are common, Viton™ rubber is one of the most hard wearing fluoroelastomers in the world. It’s high performance and excellent durability make it a top choice for many specialist applications. If you’re looking for an impressively versatile material for difficult applications, you […] …Read More »
  • What Are The Uses of Teflon?

    What Are The Uses of Teflon?

    Anyone who has grown up in the modern age has probably heard of Teflon™. Used in a variety of situations, from cooking to clothing, manufacturing to manicures, the amazing substance that we know as Teflon™ has proven itself to be an incredible addition to our modern lifestyles. But have you ever considered what are the […] …Read More »
  • How Do I Measure O Rings?

    How Do I Measure O Rings?

    In mechanical engineering, o-rings are a staple of a safe, functional assembly. In environments where high pressures or temperature extremes are common, they are the simplest and most effective way to create a reliable seal. Understanding how o rings are measured is a key skill for anyone who is responsible for the purchase or reordering […] …Read More »