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Buying gaskets – the things you need to know

Gaskets, otherwise known as mechanical seals, are commonly used in a wide range of industries and for a range of applications. Despite being a simple piece of kit, it can be tricky to know exactly how to design, choose and purchase gaskets in order to receive the best, most cost-effective gasket for your application.

Here, we explore the key things you need to consider when it comes to gaskets:

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Appreciate their importance

Appreciate their importance

Despite gaskets being straightforward in nature, they are a hero product in engineering and manufacturing. Choosing the right gaskets for your application is a priority – and factors such as material choice can play an important role.

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Choose the right manufacturer and supplier

Purchasing gaskets may seem like an easy task, but with so many variations on the market, it can be difficult to decide what is best for you. At CB Frost, we can create bespoke gaskets from a wide range of materials that are sure to meet your performance requirements.

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Specification is key

Specification is key

If your gasket is to be successful, it is important that the specification is correct. To ensure that your gaskets fit their intended purpose, you can contact CB Frost.

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You don’t always need the highest specification

If you don’t get a gasket that’s a high enough specification for the job, it will probably fail. However, that doesn’t mean that a simple gasket won’t fit the bill. Sometimes a cheaper gasket is perfectly adequate – providing efficiency and a cost saving.

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Make sure your gaskets meet safety regulations

In any industry, chosen gasket materials will be required to meet certain safety regulations. For example, materials for use in the rail industry must meet rail industry standards for fire safety, including BS6853:1999, EN45545 and NFF-16-101; materials for use in the London Underground are required to meet LUL safety standards.

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Choose the right gaskets for the job

Choose the right gaskets for the job

At CB Frost, we can help talk you through the gasket specifications and materials that are most appropriate to your chosen application. By ensuring you have the correct product, your gaskets will have a much longer life span. Ultimately, this will increase your return on investment and reduce tool down time.

To get in touch with us, please call +44 (0)121 773 8494 to talk to our experienced team. We are always happy to offer support and guidance on the range of gaskets available.

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    C B Frost & Co is an innovative and highly experienced rubber and plastics manufacturer and converter. Established in 1921 we have earned a reputation for our extensive product range, comprehensive technical support and excellent customer service. Working closely with engineers, designers and manufacturers across a range of industries worldwide, we can offer the highest quality materials to serve our customers sealing, gasketing and insulation needs.

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