The 2 Primary Parts of a Spring-Energized Seal

Not all seals are the same. In addition to standard O-rings, there are spring-energized seals. Spring-energized seals feature the same ring-shaped design as their O-ring counterparts, but they are comprised of two parts: a jacket and spring. Spring-energized seals work … Read More

O-Rings vs Lip Rings: What’s the Difference?

O-rings and lip rings are two of the most common types of mechanical seals for machinery. Machinery often features pressurized liquid or gas. The mating surfaces for pressurized liquid or gas may feature an O-ring or lip ring. The O-ring … Read More

What Are Pipe Plugs and How Do They Work?

Pipes often require sealing. If you no longer need water or other fluids to flow to the end of a pipe, for instance, you should seal it. Maybe the fixture at the end of the pipe was removed, or perhaps … Read More

An Introduction to Lip Seals and How They Work

Lip seals play an important role in preventing fluid and gas leaks in machinery. Even when exposed to heat and pressure, they will prevent these substances from leaking. Some machines use them to prevent coolant from leaking, whereas others use … Read More

An Introduction to PTFE O-Rings and How They Work

O-rings are one of the most common types of mechanical seals on the market. Like all mechanical seals, they are used to seal passages and protect against leaks. O-rings, however, are available in different materials, including polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)  What Are … Read More

Gasket Strips: A Versatile Sealing Solution

Gaskets are often the first and last line of defense against leaks. They are used to seal mating surfaces. When two parts are placed together, they’ll create a mating surface. Pressurized oil, coolant or gases may leak out of this … Read More

5 Reasons O-Rings Fail and How to Prevent Them

O-rings are one of the most common types of mechanical seals. Consisting of a ring-shaped piece of elastomeric material, they are placed around the mating surfaces of two parts. O-rings are designed to prevent leaks from around these mating surfaces. … Read More

5 Common Types of Vulcanized Seals

Vulcanized seals offer a superior level of protection against leakage. They are made using a combination of heat, pressure and adhesive, which chemically bond two ends of the base material together. Whether you’re planning to use them in filter housings, … Read More

The Benefits of Die-Cut Gaskets

Gaskets play an important role in machinery. They are essentially mechanical seals that prevent fluids or gases from leaking. Machinery may feature passages for oil, coolant or combustion gases. If the passages go through two separate parts, a gasket may … Read More