Advanced Seals & Gaskets Ltd work with a number of manufacturers and suppliers, therefore able to offer pads in an array of non-metallic materials including a diverse range of plastics. Each plastic type is manufactured in various sheet sizes and thicknesses as standard, however as we carry out all our conversion on-site, we can cut these down to produce plastic pads. Regardless of the size and quantity of pads required, one of many presses, bandsaws or CNC machines can be used to manufacture the final product, from one-off samples to multiple batches runs, which depending on size can be supplied as loosely cut parts, or kiss-cut on rolls where a high quantity is required or for use on fast-paced assembly lines.
What are Plastic Pads?
Plastics are often used to manufacture a range of products such as pads, washers, gaskets and seals as they’re lightweight and one of the preferred alternatives to metal due to their durability and resistance to corrosion, they also come in different grades with a range of qualities for example impact strength, heat and chemical resistance, etc. Using in-house machinery ASG can produce pads as squares or rectangles with the option of radius corners, and also as circular or oval-shaped pads or ‘discs’, in a range of thicknesses. Manufacturing pads in-house means we can supply them in a plain or self-adhesive backed finish and even laminate multiple types of material together to create bespoke and unique variations.
Why use Plastic Pads?
Plastic pads are available in a variety of grades, colours and thicknesses, each with a number of properties meaning they can be used in a range of applications including gap filling, sealing against fuel, oil and water, gaskets in machinery where exposed to water and gaskets where there is exposure to corrosive fluids. Industries that utilize plastics pads include packaging, petrochemical, oil & gas and petrochemical processing. Some plastic pads can also be used as components for use as electrical insulation- providing the material has dielectric strength.
Types of Plastic
Advanced Seals & Gaskets work with a multitude of material manufacturers and suppliers, giving our customers more choice of plastic pads – our most popular being:
- HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene)
Benefits of Using Plastic Pads
Using plastic pads offer a whole host of benefits, not only are they cheaper and lighter in weight in comparison to metal and some sponge options, but they also offer more resistance to wear, abrasion and corrosion (will not rust unlike metal gaskets). Despite being a fairly rigid material, plastic can still be compressed to create a tight seal and as well as being great for insulation applications as it does not conduct heat or electricity. For more information on how plastic can help with your application, please give our sales team a call.