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How is Mass Loaded Vinyl Used for Soundproofing Applications?

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Mass-loaded vinyl soundproofing is used in industrial, commercial, and residential environments to create sound barriers between walls, flooring, ceilings, partitions, and other surfaces. Commonly referred to by its acronym, MLV, mass-loaded vinyl is an acoustic material often installed during construction or remodeling where soundproofing is needed or required.

Which is Better: EPDM or TPO Roofing?

Roof Walkway Pads for building safety

What is TPO roofing versus EPDM roofing is not an uncommon question asked in the commercial roofing industry. The short answer is that they are two kinds of synthetic rubber roofing membranes used widely in commercial roofing systems to seal roofs. Which material is better is another question, with the application of one or the… Read more »

O-Ring or Gasket: Which Seal Should I Use for My Application?

Selecting an o-ring vs. gasket will depend on the application. Each is a type of everyday mechanical seal frequently used in machines, motors, engines, piping, pipelines, fixtures, and the like. O-rings and gaskets join and seal parts and components found in these devices to prevent gas or fluid leakage from them.

A Guide to Nitrile O-Rings and Seals

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Nitrile o-rings and seals are the most commonly used o-rings and seals on the market. The popularity of the material is due in large part to its excellent mechanical properties. O-ring seals are a necessity, an integral component found in mechanical devices, equipment, and machines. The familiar doughnut-shaped gaskets are used in a variety of… Read more »

What is the Best Lubricant for O-Rings?

choosing the correct Silicone o-rings, Fluorosilicone o-rings, and many more

Lubrication of O-rings is essential for the proper function and full-service life of the seal, but also to ensure the machine, motor, engine, or device in which it is placed does not malfunction from a blown seal. A grease or oil application at assembly helps to protect the O-ring from damage during use. An additional… Read more »

How to Check Your O-Ring Installation

oring in agricultural machines

The O-ring installation process is vital to the proper function and operation of numerous mechanical devices and applications. Used in many industrial sectors—transportation, aerospace, agriculture, medical, oil and gas, food, plumbing, and electronics to name a few—the familiar circular, ringed-shaped seals are indispensable mechanical components fitted on valves, pipes, pumps, shafts, couplings, and engines, to… Read more »

3 Reasons Rubber Products Fail

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Proper rubber testing is crucial to avoid catastrophic gasket failure or seal failure during the operation of heavy-duty manufacturing and industrial applications. Rubber components are, in general, known for their durability, elasticity, strength, and reliability. Today, the vast majority of rubber products are made of elastomeric polymers, synthetic compounds that hold similar properties as natural… Read more »

Reliable Sealing Solutions for Oil and Gas Applications

oil refinery and petroleum industry

Due to the diverse application requirements, sealing solutions for the oil and gas industry presents a number of unique challenges that are arguably not found in other industries. Oil and gas industrial processes encompass an entire supply chain consisting of upstream, midstream, and downstream production concerned with exploration and extraction, transportation, storage, and refinery of… Read more »

3 Benefits of Using Viton™ O-Rings in the Medical Industry

medical equipment

Viton™ O-rings are a synthetic rubber material regarded for its exceptional fluid resistance and high-temperature applications. Well-known for its durability and versatility, Viton™ is a type of fluoroelastomer, a fluorocarbon-based synthetic rubber (FKM) developed for high-performance application in the late 1950s. Today, essentially, Viton™ is the generic name for any type of FKM polymer. The… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Quality Control

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In the manufacturing of rubber products, Quality Control (QC) is increasingly essential for producing high-quality parts. Rubber manufacturers utilize QC as a quality management system to ensure their products meet or exceed customer satisfaction first and cost-effectively improve production and efficiency continually. Where QC was once designed to focus almost entirely on customer expectations, which… Read more »

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