Solid Rubber Gaskets
Advanced Seals & Gaskets are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of quality gaskets, cut from a whole range of non-metallic materials including various types of solid rubber. As we manufacture our solid rubber gaskets in-house, we can produce bespoke items to match our customers’ samples and drawings, from a simple picture frame gasket, to a more complex shape with cut-outs, notches or bolt holes. Whether it’s a small sample batch or a multi-thousand run, we have a machine designed to quickly and accurately produce perfectly formed gaskets every time.
What is a Solid Rubber Gasket?
A solid rubber gasket can be in the form of a strip, pad or washer, but are generally intricately cut shaped pieces of material placed between two surfaces to create a seal, cut from one of many types of solid rubber materials. Solid rubber has most of the same properties as its sponge and foam versions, but without the cushion and bounce, offering a more durable and resistant material. Solid rubber gaskets are available in a range of types each with its own set of characteristics, properties and resistances to suit different exposures and environments.
Why use Solid Rubber Gasket?
Solid rubber gaskets are available in a range of material types, grades, thicknesses and hardnesses, each with its own desirable properties for use in different applications and industries. Using solid rubber gaskets creates a tight, leak-proof seal that will remain unaffected when under the impact. Solid rubber gaskets, depending on the material type used can have qualities such as good resistance to chemicals, UV, ozone/weathering, oils, acids and salts. Different grades of solid rubber have various working temperature ranges and have abrasion and tear-resistant properties. Solid rubber gaskets are a popular choice for outdoor sealing applications and for sealing components within the automotive industry such as window/door seals, pumps, hydraulics and flanges.
Advanced Seals & Gaskets work with a multitude of material manufacturers and suppliers, giving our customers more choice when designing their solid rubber gasket solution, our most popular materials being:
Neoprene (CR) is one of our most popular solid rubber materials, with various thicknesses held in stock. Neoprene is suitable for use where there is exposure to grease, oil, acids, ozone and even seawater.
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) another very popular solid rubber used for gaskets, great for use in outdoor applications. This material is resistant to water, UV, ozone, weather, abrasion, alkalines, ketones and diluted acids.
Nitrile (NBR) rubber is a popular solid material for gaskets used within the automotive industry where there is contact with petroleum, oil and grease.
SBR (Styrene-butadiene rubber) is a cost-effective, commercial-grade, general-purpose rubber with good abrasion resistance, tensile strength and low compression set. (not sure use with petrol and chemicals).
Silicone (SI) is an excellent electrical insulation material that can operate at high and low temperatures. Silicone rubber performs well when exposed to UV, weathering, ozone and moisture, and is available in a range of colours.
Viton rubber gaskets are manufactured for more demanding applications where there are harsh chemicals and high temperatures present. Viton rubber offers resistance to fluids, oils, acids and petroleum-based liquids.
For samples, spec sheets or to discuss your gasket needs further, please give a member of our sales team a call.
Benefits of Solid Rubber Gasket
The type of solid rubber used to manufacture gaskets will depend on the industry, environment and application it is going to be used in and what it will be exposed to. Depending on the material used, some of the benefits offered by solid rubber include:
- Popular for internal, external, marine & automotive sealing applications
- Can be used with high or low temperatures and with harsh chemicals
- Variety of grades, colours, hardnesses available
- Impermeable to water, dust, air and gases
- Resistance to oils, petroleum fluids, acids, ketones, chemicals, greases and fats.
- excellent resistance to ozone, weathering and ageing