Detectomer® Protection in an O-Ring
Rubber Fab presents a full line of metal detectable/x-ray inspectable o-rings and cord. Over time and repeated clean-in-place, sterilization, and handling during equipment cleaning, component parts used in food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing equipment and pipework can degrade. As the o-ring degrades, there is a high risk of material fragments breaking off, resulting in product contamination, product recall, product loss and costly downtime.
Rubber Fab’s line of Detectomer® products are manufactured using FDA and 3A compounds. O-rings can be spotted by in-line x-ray inspection and metal detection systems as well as magnetic separators. Detectomer® fragments can easily be detected allowing your system to quickly reject contaminated product, allowing worn elastomers to be replaced without great expense or costly downtime.
O-ring applications are categorized by the type of motion that is happening between the two surfaces. Static applications involve sealing between two parts that do not move. Dynamic sealing refers to applications where the two parts are moving in relation to each other. The following drawings depict static and dynamic sealing. Used in situations involving reciprocating, rotating or oscillating machine movement relative to the o-ring, dynamic seal performance may be substantially affected by a number of operating environmental factors. Such factors include: seal swell in fluids, surface finish of metal parts, lubrication, system pressure, thermal cycling, o-ring squeeze, o-ring stretch and friction As many of these factors are interrelated, it is important to consider ALL of the in dynamic sealing situations. Rubber Fab highly recommends pretesting in specific dynamic applications to determine acceptable life cycle.