How Can I Make Industrial Gaskets Last Longer?

Metal gaskets as part of a pipeline

Industrial gaskets form essential components in various industrial applications, ranging from automotive and petroleum to aerospace and food processes. They are designed to seal two or more surfaces together, preventing leaks and ensuring the proper functioning of industrial machinery when liquids are even gaskets are involved. 

However, like any other mechanical part, gaskets are prone to wear and tear and eventually need replacement. In this blog, we will discuss some ways to make industrial gaskets last longer to increase their lifespan.

1. Choose the Right Industrial Gasket Material

The first step to ensuring industrial gasket longevity comes from planning, which is where you choose a suitable material. Different materials have varying levels of durability and resistance to various chemicals, temperatures, and pressures. For example, rubber gaskets are ideal for sealing oil and water-based fluids, while silicone gaskets can withstand high temperatures and chemical exposure. By choosing the right material for the application, you can significantly increase the lifespan of your industrial gaskets.

2. Install Industrial Gaskets Properly

Proper installation of gaskets is crucial for their longevity. Gaskets must be installed correctly, following the manufacturer’s guidelines and torque specifications. Improper installation, such as overtightening or under-tightening, can lead to gasket failure, leaks, and premature wear. 

3. Clean Your Industrial Gaskets Regularly

Keep the gasket and mating surfaces clean for the proper functioning of your industrial processes. Any dirt or debris on the surface can cause uneven pressure distribution, leading to industrial gasket failure. Clean the surfaces thoroughly before installing the gasket. Then keep it clean by looking it over every once in a while. Definitely avoid using abrasive cleaning methods that can damage the gasket.

4. Maintain Your Industrial Gaskets

Regular maintenance can go a long way to extending the life of industrial gaskets. Inspect gaskets periodically to identify signs of wear or damage, such as cracks, tears, or deformation. Replace any damaged gaskets immediately to avoid leaks and further damage to your machinery. Even better, set a regular maintenance schedule for your gaskets to make sure you have minimal downtime.

5. Optimize Operating Conditions for Industrial Gaskets

Operating conditions can have a significant impact on gasket lifespan. Make sure your machinery operates within the recommended temperature and pressure range to prevent thermal expansion, contraction, or excessive compression. Similarly, avoid exposure to harsh chemicals or abrasive fluids that can damage the gasket unless gaskets are part of a harsh environment.

6. Consider Using Coatings on Industrial Gaskets

Coatings on gaskets can help extend their lifespan by providing an additional layer of protection against corrosion, wear, physical stress, and chemical exposure. Some coatings, such as Teflon or PTFE, can offer a non-stick surface that reduces friction and prevents damage to the gasket.

Contact Coating Systems for a consultation. We can determine how to coat your gaskets to make them last longer.