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Kalrez seals provide ten years leak-free performance

14 November 2015

Dramatic increases in instrument performance and reliability have been achieved where original PTFE gasket seals have been replaced with Kalrez custom gaskets from the DuPont Performance Polymers range of products, available in the UK from Dichtomatik.

A Finnish manufacturer of process refractometers was utilising process media at temperatures ranging from -20° to +220°C and pressures from 0.7bar to 25bar. These aggressive operating conditions resulted with the PTFE seals needing to be regularly replaced on a 6-12 months operating cycle.

However, after the seals were replaced by Kalrez custom gaskets, there was no experience of fluid leakage over a ten year period, even though the sealing products were subject to permanent in-line fluids immersion during this period.

Because of inherent inelasticity, the original PTFE gaskets were also unable to withstand the dynamic temperature fluctuations of many food, pulp and paper production together with chemical manufacturing processes.

The delicate digital detector circuits and fibre optics located within the sensor head of the refractometer are protected by twin gaskets which are now more positively sealed from aggressive process media attack.

The elasticity, heat resistance and outstanding chemical properties of the Kalrez gaskets have also substantially reduced the frequency of costly repairs of the refractometer products, resulting in overall savings for both the manufacturer and end-user customers.

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