Gaskets are guardians: As the first line of defense in a fluid control system, they carry a large responsibility on a small surface area. These slim powerhouses shoulder a load of system integrity, creating a leak-proof seal that allows fluids or gases to flow throughout the pipeline without prematurely leaving the system. Gaskets prevent financial loss, downtime, environmental damage, and health and safety concerns.
KLINGER UK manufactures a full range of semi-metallic gaskets that are used around the globe. These gaskets combine a soft sealing material, like graphite, with a rigid metal base to create a strong, impervious sealing surface. KLINGER’s range of semi-metallic gaskets offers an especially high level of leak protection, a key component in their popularity with petrochemical and refinery applications.
Production of KLINGER spiral wound gasket
Spiral wound gaskets consist of a metallic winding strip with soft interleaved filler material to give excellent sealing properties. Originally developed as a general-use product with a wide range of temperature and pressure applications, the spiral wound gasket’s spring-like sealing element accommodates both flanges movement and temperature cycling. Multiple metals and filler materials are available, allowing for a custom set of features based on specific types of chemical and temperature degradation. Spiral wound gaskets are suited to applications ranging from oil and gas to food and beverage and are particularly cherished in systems for which cost is a significant factor.
Kammprofile, or grooved gaskets, are made with a solid metal core that features concentric serrations, then is faced with compressible filler material. When the gasket is installed and put under pressure, the filler material is forced into the spaces created by the serrations, creating multiple high-pressure seals along the facing surface. Because they are made from a solid base that resists movement, Kammprofile gaskets compress less than spiral wound gaskets, meaning a relatively low bolt load is required to create a seal. Kammprofiles can be refurbished and reused further reducing environment impact.
Maxiflex spiral wound gaskets combine the ease of sealing of graphite, PTFE, or mica filler with the strength afforded by a specially profiled metallic, spring-like reinforcement.
EcoSeal is up to 10x tighter than our regular spiral wound gaskets. The concept behind this eco-friendly product, however, is not just a tighter gasket, it is being able to quantify a reduction in plant emissions.
Maxiprofile Kammprofile grooved, covered metal gaskets consist of a serrated metal core with a soft-facing material featuring improved leak tightness, ease of installation, and the possibility of reuse.
Maxiflex, EcoSeal, and Kammprofile, here at KLINGER UK we are a major producer of spiral wound gaskets, including a variety of options under the Maxiflex and EcoSeal families. The Maxiflex series is a high-pressure design that thrives in difficult media applications such as steam, oil, and hydrocarbons. Multiple filler materials such as PTFE, graphite, or mica allow for tailor-made specifications to suit any customer’s particular system. The new EcoSeal line features a high-density modified winding strip and high-quality graphite filler, making it up to ten times tighter wound than other product lines in order to meet ASME B16.20-2017 and reduce fugitive emissions. We also manufacture the Maxiprofile (Kammprofile) gasket, which is mainly used in vessel applications where gasket width is limited. These gaskets are often placed in heat exchangers and can be manufactured with many different bar configurations.
What are the main types of gaskets produced by KLINGER UK?
KLINGER UK primarily produces Spiral Wound Gaskets and Kammprofile Gaskets. They offer a variety of options under the Maxiflex and EcoSeal families for Spiral Wound Gaskets and manufacture the Maxiprofile (Kammprofile) Gasket for vessel applications.
How does the EcoSeal gasket differ from the regular spiral wound gaskets?
The EcoSeal gasket features a high-density modified winding strip and high-quality graphite filler, making it up to ten times tighter wound than other product lines. This design helps meet ASME B16.20-2017 standards and reduce fugitive emissions.
What is the difference between Spiral wound gaskets and Kammprofile gaskets?
Spiral Wound Gaskets comprise a wrapped metallic strip with a compressible filler material, whereas Kammprofile Gaskets have a solid metal core with concentric serrations faced with a compressible filler material. Kammprofile Gaskets compress less, load more quickly, and are more effective in preventing fugitive emissions compared to Spiral Wound Gaskets.