In the world of engineered products and sealing solutions, it may seem like some products are interchangeable. While these seals may serve similar purposes, they all have specific and unique applications. Here is a brief overview of the differences between gaskets, O-Rings, and seals.
Gaskets, O-Rings, and seals are all designed to contain certain types of fluids and keep the contents of different compartments separate from each other. A gasket may be composed of various different types of material, and is used between two mating surfaces. Gaskets are often used in vehicular applications, and may be found separating a cylinder head and engine block. They are available in a virtually limitless array of sizes and shapes, and can be tailored to fit your specific needs.
As the name would suggest, O-Rings are relatively circular in shape. Like gaskets, O-Rings can come in countless different sizes and can be made from a selection of materials. You can find an O-Ring in any machine that requires fluids to be contained and separated from other environments; more specifically, you will find O-Rings pressed between two of the machine's components in order to create a seal. In addition to being available in an array of sizes and materials, O-Rings can be custom-made to be resistant to certain chemicals.
In the same way that a square is a type of rectangle, gaskets and O-Rings are actually types of seals. However, the term seal is typically used when the situation does not call for a gasket or an O-Ring. Some types of seals that are commonly used in these scenarios include piston seals, rod seals, wipers, and wear guides.
If you would like to know more about the differences between gaskets, O-Rings, and seals, feel free to contact J Royal or visit our website. We are a Clemmons-based sealing solutions company that specializes in Delta Pure, Fast Bolt, and Standard Motor Products. Feel free to stop by and meet with us or call us at (336) 245-4876 to find out more about our services today.