Your Gasket Manufacturing Checklist
Choosing just the right gasket for your machinery can be a real challenge. There are many characteristics and functions to take into consideration before you decide which gasket to add to engines and machinery. How can you choose effectively? Simply use this checklist to get the best results on your next gasket purchase:
- Consider the level of heat. If your application is one that has a serious level of thermal conduction, then take the time to ask about the level of heat that the gasket can tolerate. Gaskets that cannot handle a serious amount of heat can cause permanent damage to your machinery and parts.
- What kind of pressure tolerance do you need? Pressure tolerance is one of the most important considerations in a gasket application. Being able to effectively seal between two parts may mean a light pressure or an extreme level of pressure. Knowing what you need will determine whether you need a rubber, metal or composite gasket.
- Level of sealing. If your gasket needs to be able to seal in gases or liquids, take a close look at the ability of the gasket in that area. Gaskets should compress to a level that allows them to seal perfectly and that helps them avoid any level of gas or fluid leaking out into the compartment.
- Consider deformation. Do you need a gasket that will hold its shape? If you do, then ask about the level of deformation offered in any particular gasket design. Gaskets that have a low level of deformation are usually ones that are made from rubber or silicone. These gaskets will retain their shape once the pressure is removed. Metal gaskets have a high level of deformation and may need to be replaced if the parts are taken apart.
- Chemical reactions. If your gasket will come into contact with gases or liquids ensure that it will not react with the material from the gasket.
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