If your factory uses machinery that was either custom-made for you by a third-party manufacturer or was machined by one of your workers, you may find it difficult to find rubber seals that fit. Because ill-fitted seals can cause issues with maintaining pressure and preventing leaks, you do not want to replace a damaged one with the wrong size.
Because of this, you may be looking into having the seals for the equipment custom-made to fit. If so, use the following tips when you order the seals to help ensure that the finished product will fit exactly.
1. Take Precise Measurements of the Lips Where the Seal Will Go on the Machine
One thing that you should do to ensure that the seals will fit the machine is to take precise measurements. While these measurements should include the seal itself, they should also include the lips of the machine where the seals must be fitted and the overall dimensions of the machine's opening.
Along with the lips, make sure that you include the gap between them where the rubber part must provide a seal. This ensures that the finished product will be thick enough to fully seal the machine without leaving any gaps along the outer perimeter.
2. Take Pictures or Send a Detailed Diagram of the Rubber Seal That Needs to Be Replaced
Along with taking precise measurements, another thing that you can do that can help ensure that the proper seal is made is to give visuals of the one that needs to be replaced. If the old seal is intact, remove it, and take a picture of it at different angles.
If the seal has deteriorated and is in pieces, still take the pictures. However, also include a detailed diagram of the seal. In this diagram, make the desired shape of the seal clear as well as write in all dimensions to give the manufacturing business a clear picture of what you need.
To ensure that you order and receive the right seals, make sure you include precise measurements of the machine when you submit your request. It can also be helpful if you send a picture or a detailed diagram of the seal that you will be replacing. For more information on what is needed as well as to place your order, contact a representative with an industrial equipment and supplies company that offers custom rubber parts manufacturing services.