TYM Seals & Gaskets has been in business for over 40 years and in that time we’ve built a first-class reputation as a supplier and manufacturer of Gaskets, Seals, Autoclave Spares, Extrusions and Mouldings. In our first blog of 2016, we’re going to explain how gaskets are made, but first…

What are Gaskets

A gasket is a mechanical/flexible seal that fills the space between two or more mating surfaces. Whatever a gasket is made from, they work as a joining material, one that prevents leakage whilst under varying degrees of compression.

What are Gaskets made of

At TYM we produce a large number of gaskets and these come in a wide range of materials. Gaskets are often made from materials that give way, this is because they’re required to change shape and tightly fill areas, whilst also accounting for irregularities.

At TYM our gaskets are typically made from the following materials:
• Neoprene sheeting
• Solid silicone sheet
• Silicone sponge sheeting
• Viton sheet
• Nitrile/Neoprene sheeting
• Cork sheeting
• Rubber sheeting
• Paper sheeting
• PFTE sheeting
• Tesnit sheeting

How Gaskets are made

The process below outlines how gaskets are made…

1. Cut the desired material to the correct width
2. Select the machine that you intend to produce the gasket on, and this can be anything from a manually operated machine to an automatic
3. Next you need to set the machine to the desired distance and pressure
4. Then make sure that the injection rubber in the tool is set correctly
5. Make a final check to ensure everything is setup correctly
6. When you’re ready, punch the part

And hey presto, that’s how gaskets are made!

The raw materials can vary, but in general, the process for creating a gasket is exactly the same. After the gaskets are produced, they are packaged and shipped to our customers all over the world.

At TYM we pride ourselves on providing tailor-made, high performance gaskets and sealing products.

If you have any questions about our products or services, please email sales@tym.co.uk or call us on 01380 734510 and speak to Nick or one of our team.