The O-Ring Quality and Availability You Need
With one of the largest inventories of o-rings, cord stock, and related seals (square rings, x-rings, backup rings, and more) in North America, we’re committed to providing the right product at the right price to every customer. Our technical sales team is experienced and knowledgeable about o-rings and their application. Because of this, we provide customers with guidance that ensures the optimal solution. We stock all major o-ring compounds including Buna (Nitrile), Viton (FKM), EPDM, Silicone, Teflon®, Aflas and many more, in standard AS568 and metric sizes as a result.
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What is an O-Ring?
An o-ring is a round, mechanical gasket designed to be seated in a groove and compressed during assembly between two or more parts, creating a seal at the interface. O-rings are one of the most common types of seals because they’re inexpensive, reliable and have simple mounting requirements. Since they are known as one of the most important elements of machine design, o-rings may be used in static applications, where little range of motion is required. O-rings may be used in dynamic applications, like rotating pump shafts and hydraulic cylinder positions, also.
Main Elements of an O-Ring:
A perfect fit every time…We carry thousands of o-ring sizes in our warehouse. And we’re ready to ship to you at a moment’s notice. Our o-rings are available in the full range of standard AS568 and metric sizes. Additionally, sizes are specified by the inside diameter (ID) and the cross section (CS) or thickness. Therefore, if the o-ring you need is not a standard AS568 or metric size, you’ll need either a vulcanized o-ring or a custom molded o-ring. All size options are available from Global O-Ring. (See O-ring size chart).
Material matters. Due to this, selecting an o-ring material for a specific application is dependent on many criteria, including: what’s being sealed, temperature range, pressure, dynamic or static service, desired service life, installation considerations, tolerances and many more. To learn which o-ring materials will work best in your application, review our Material Selection Guide.
Determining durometer isn’t hard. The hardness of rubber compounds is measured by the Shore A durometer; the higher the durometer, the harder the compound. In addition, softer compounds stretch easier and seal better on rough surfaces. Harder compounds offer greater abrasion resistance and resistance to extrusion. To learn more about durometer, click here.
There’s more to o-rings than meets the eye. Specific color standards are routinely used to help visually identify the type of o-ring installed for certain industries. Because of this, we stock o-rings in the most common colors, materials and compounds. View our colors here.