Nonmetallic Materials: Viton vs EPDM

  It’s no exaggeration to say that there are thousands of nonmetallic materials available for use in gaskets, O-rings, seals, and other rubber parts. Just taking a glance at the list of materials can be immediately overwhelming if you don’t know where to start....

Viton: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  Being in the nonmetallic manufacturing industry requires us to become familiar with a long list of materials, each with their own qualities, strengths, and weaknesses. One of these materials is fluorocarbon rubber (FKM); commonly referred to by its...

Green Sheet Gaskets: Cheaper is Not Always Better

  If there is one universally accepted truism (and there aren’t many), it’s that you get what you pay for. And in few places is this truer than in manufacturing where a cheaply made part can lead to expensive repairs and sometimes irreparable damage...

The Ingress Protection Rating, Explained

  Within manufacturing, there are many codes and standards we must be aware of and adhere to. One such standard is the International Protection (IP) code, which is also frequently referred to as the Ingress Protection Code. This standard published by...

What is Durometer and How Does it Impact Gaskets and Seals?

What do pencil erasers and hockey pucks have in common? Probably more than meets the eye. See, both of these are made of rubber, but you wouldn’t use a hockey puck to clean up your hastily written notes and a hockey puck made of pencil erasers probably...

Know Your Non-Metallics: Nitrile Rubber

  One of the most common materials requested in the world of elastomers is nitrile rubber.  Nitrile is prized for being very economical and exhibits superior resistance to oil, fuel and other petroleum-based fluids. Learn How Breiner Helped One of the Biggest...