Severe service applications in the automotive, process manufacturing, and energy-related industries have created the need for high-performance sealing materials which combine chemical resistance with improved high-temperature operating capability. Fluoroelastomer (FKM) is a high-performance synthetic rubber that is capable of withstanding aggressive chemicals, fuels, and lubricants that are encountered in these types of applications. With their superior resistance to chemical attack and high temperatures, gaskets and seals made from fluoroelastomer can provide reliable sealing in these demanding environments.
A fluoroelastomer is a fluorocarbon-based synthetic rubber. Fluoroelastomers have become materials of choice for use in aerospace and industrial equipment subjected to severe conditions. A key use for fluoroelastomers is the manufacture of chemical and temperature resistant gaskets, seals, and O-rings. These parts have outstanding resistance to oxygen, ozone, UV and heat, as well as swelling by oils, aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons, and fuels. Viton® is perhaps the most widely known example of a fluoroelastomer and is a registered trademark of The Chemours Company (formerly DuPont).
Fluoroelastomer gaskets and seals from CRG
One of the materials which CRG offers to service customer needs for fluoroelastomer gaskets and seals is IM-75 FKM rubber provisioned by our supply chain partner American Biltrite. Gaskets and seals that CRG produces from IM-75 FKM material can support the following applications:
- Aircraft, automotive, and other mechanical devices
- Gas and chemical processing industries
- Mining – hydraulic systems on diggers
- Forestry – spring loaded cylinders on vehicles
- Wind Power – gear boxes
- High vacuum applications
CRG gaskets and seals made from IM-75 FKM material have the following properties and characteristics:
- Temperature range: -20°F to +450°F (-29°C to +232°C)
- Excellent chemical resistance
- Increased sealing capability in aggressive environments
- Superior UV and ozone resistance
- Resistance to liquid permeation in severe conditions
- Cinnamon scent for easy identification
Fluoroelastomer gaskets and seals are a proven solution in chemically aggressive and high-heat applications where typical rubber options would never be considered. While fluoroelastomer gaskets and seals may cost a little more, the small additional cost is more than justified by their superior performance and durability. Spend now, save later.
Using our advanced converting capabilities, CRG can fabricate a wide range of gaskets and seals from FKM elastomer. These products are made using the latest CNC fabrication technology in our ISO 9001:2015 certified facility. If your application calls for gaskets and seals with exceptional resistance, CRG will be pleased to review your needs. Our experienced team will recommend the appropriate material, and produce the finished parts to your exact specifications. To find out more about CRG fluoroelastomer gaskets and seals, please contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org.