How to Design the Right Gasket

Gaskets are mechanical seals used to fill the gap between two mated components. When designed, constructed, and installed correctly, they prevent process fluids from escaping and contaminants from entering sensitive equipment. As these sealing materials play a critical role in many fluid handling and processing operations, industry professionals follow strict guidelines dictating how to design, construct, and install them properly. In the following article, we cover some of the considerations...

Tubing in the Medical Industry

Manufacturers specializing in medical grade tubing must meet strict regulatory requirements to ensure the safety and efficacy of these products. Medical rubber and silicone tubing can be found in an array of medical devices, from respiratory equipment and IVs to laboratory equipment. A curing process removes potentially harmful plasticizers from silicone, making it an ideal material for medical applications. Medical grade silicone tubing is flexible, easily sterilized, and biocompatible.

The Advantages of Silicone for Rubber Products

Silicone rubber is a highly versatile material valued for its flexibility, biocompatibility, and resistance to temperatures, UV light, radiation, and ozone. Its unique properties make it particularly useful in the medical, aerospace, and electrical sectors for a variety of components, including tubing, washers, gaskets, and other sealing hardware. At Thomas A. Caserta, we specialize in manufacturing rubber products from a variety of quality rubbe...

Nitrile vs. Neoprene: Which Material Is Best?

Nitrile and neoprene are rubbers that exhibit similar properties, but with differing characteristics that make them useful for different applications. Both materials are elastic, and will return to their original shape when stretched. Nitrile is particularly resistant to chemicals, abrasion, and temperatures, while neoprene is valued for its weather resistance and durability. Below we provide a more in-depth look at the properties and advantages of nitrile and neoprene and their industrial uses....

How Rubber Products Made Their Way Into the Fastening Industry

Conventional fasteners—which include bolts, rivets, nuts, and screws— can efficiently mount a number of items to surfaces or surfaces to each other. However, regular fastening isn’t enough in certain industrial applications to prevent unwanted and unintentional flow of potentially damaging gases and liquids. When fasteners are used in conjunction or fused with a rubber product, like a rubber washer or rubber gasket, they form a much more effective seal against all kinds of external contami...

Rubber Products in the Aerospace Industry

The aerospace and aviation industry is one of the fastest growing industries on a global scale, affecting millions of people on a daily basis. Reliable aircraft demands top tier components. These parts must have properties of high performance and endurance, since they will be exposed to a range of extreme weather conditions, such as excessively hot or cold temperatures, and different types of oils and gases. It is crucial that jets, commercial planes, and other aircraft can protect both passe...