Breiner Innovative manufactures many kinds of custom parts, gaskets, and seals in a variety of non-metallic materials. Depending on what properties you need—be it strength, solvent or temperature resistance—there’s a material to fulfill those qualities. For a material that meets all those requirements and then some, vegetable fiber gaskets may be just what you’re looking for. Before deciding, though, let’s go over the properties of our vegetable fiber gaskets and what industries they best serve. 

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What are Vegetable Fiber Gaskets?

For our manufacturing purposes, Breiner uses Fibreflex Vegetable Fibre to produce vegetable fiber gaskets. But what is vegetable fiber material, exactly? It’s much more complicated than simply drying and compressing peeled vegetable skins into a component design.  

Commonly known as Detroiter material, vegetable fiber is a type of cellulose fiber that’s treated with protein glue and glycerin binder. Following a coating treatment of formaldehyde to tan the fiber, this process gives the material an insoluble, protective seal to maintain its quality during storage and use. 

Properties of Vegetable Fiber Gaskets

There are many reasons industrial manufacturers benefit from using vegetable fiber gaskets! First and foremost, this cellulose-based material boasts a surprising level of pressure resistance. Its tensile strength is measured at 2,000 PSI, which is a high-quality grade meeting all U.S. Federal, Military, S.A.E, and A.S.T.M. manufacturing specifications. On top of its high flexibility, Fibreflex Vegetable Fiber gaskets are pliable, making them easy to compress to any design specification and remain strong during machine operations. Furthermore, this fiber material can withstand temperatures up to 250°F, which can suit a variety of heated industrial conditions.  

Above all else, though, vegetable fiber gaskets can resist a wide range of different solvents, such as: 

  • Water 
  • Oil 
  • Grease 
  • Coal Tar 
  • Gasoline  
  • Alcohol 
  • Air 
  • Gas 

Industries that Benefit from Vegetable Fiber Gaskets

Vegetable fiber gaskets serve numerous purposes across different manufacturing fields.  

At Breiner Innovative, one of the fields we often serve is the automotive industry. Due to their high resistance to gasoline and oils, vegetable fiber is often used to make flange gaskets to connect construction, recreation, and automotive vehicle motors. However, they are also useful in general fluid transportation: specifically, distilleries or industrial oil plants where alcohol and oil must be pumped.  

In other areas, vegetable fiber gaskets can also be used as cargo gaskets for quick installation and removal. These components may be useful to pump and transfer more caustic solvents into vehicles, or in high-volume fuel areas such as tank shipyards where heavy-duty equipment is required. 

Discover Quality Materials at Breiner

Quality manufacturers deserve the utmost quality materials for custom parts. That’s why we at Breiner offer Fibreflex Vegetable Fiber gaskets among our other high-grade non-metallic materials so you can find the exact piece you need to continue production. From automotive to medical or aerospace, if you work with a large volume of solvents, then vegetable fiber gaskets may be right for you. Whatever materials you need, trust Breiner to deliver right on time. Learn how our work has impacted industrial manufacturers like Toyota or contact us to start your next project. 

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