PALMYRA, New York -- Garlock Sealing Technologies has launched the multi-swell gasket, a proprietary new gasketing material. The product is the world's first self-loading general service gasket, according to the company. The gasket creates its own load when it comes into contact with hydrocarbons or water.
"More than 70% of all gasket failures are due to lack of load," says Tim Hurley, Garlock product manager. "Multi-Swell generates and maintains its own load. It works well even in combination with flanges in poor condition or flanges designed for soft, low performance gaskets."
The product has the following features:
•Material performs equally well in oil or water
•Twice as soft as conventional gaskets
•Does not degrade in contact with oils
•Adapts to all types of flange designs
•Cuts easily and conforms readily corroded or irregular flanges, ensuring tight seals with lower loads
•Features extremely high crush strength
•Installs safely in applications that typically crush rubber gaskets
•Self-loading counters loss, preventing leakage and weeping
•Performs well under low load conditions
•Environmentally- and budget-friendly
•Ideal for applications such as compressors, pumps, gear boxes, transformers, fuel pumps, and cast water flanges.