Most people scarcely give a thought to mundane items like rubber bushings. Unless you are an expert in the field, you would never know they are in the machinery and products you use when running at peak efficiency. The layman often learns their importance when something mechanical breaks down or begins to operate poorly.
When it comes to forces able to deteriorate mechanical components, one of the most destructive is heat. Because of this, it is especially important to make components for such applications from compounds that can withstand a high temperature. O-rings are mechanical gaskets shaped like doughnuts, made from an elastomer loop with round cross-sections that are designed to… Read more »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »