Gaskets Under the Sea

We have experience with providing over-sized products like the one pictured.  This circular gasket’s use is in underwater mining equipment and is made from ¾” thick 60 durometer neoprene.  It has an inner diameter of 58” and outer diameter of 90” with 44 holes along the circumference of the ring!  If you have an over-sized project, or any size at all, give our sales team at Atlantic Gasket a call at 800-229-8881 or 215-533-6400.  You can also send us an email addressed to sales@atlanticgasket.com.

Circular Gasket with Holes

Individually Die Cut Vs. Kiss Cut Products

Have you ever tried pulling a sticker off of the liner and noticed the ease with which you were able to do so?  That’s because the sticker was kiss cut instead of being individually die cut.  The difference between these two processes is how the stickers are cut.

Now you can forget the sticker part of the equation and apply that thinking to our own custom cut parts with pressure-sensitive adhesive here at Atlantic Gasket.  These products include gaskets, cabinet bumpers, coaster corks, and many other materials suited for your needs.

When individually cut, a die within our machines stamps out the part needed into its final form cutting through both the material and adhesive liner (as shown below).  This produces the final product cut to shape along with the adhesive and release liner all cut to that same form.  This can sometimes cause a hassle during the final application with trying to peel away the liner.

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However, kiss cutting takes away that annoyance.  The die will cut the material and adhesive but leave the full adhesive liner intact allowing the final applicator to peel away the part easily like a sticker.  The excess webbing of material is removed which leaves behind the final form of the part on a full sheet of release liner (as shown below).  This makes the final application a breeze!

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If you believe that this process sounds perfect for your next project, send us an email at sales@atlanticgasket.com or give us a call at 800-229-8881 or 215-533-6400 and ask to speak with a member of our Atlantic Gasket sales team who would be happy to assist you.

New Increased Electrical Capacity at Atlantic Gasket!

 

Efficiency is something we take very seriously here.  We are always on the lookout for new opportunities to improve our productivity, and this particular advancement is sure to streamline our process.  We are increasing our electrical capacity by installing a larger state-of-the-art electric service, including primary switch gear and many internal panel and wiring upgrades.  This will position our facility for the addition of new manufacturing equipment.

We will also be re-locating some of our existing machinery to achieve a more efficient flow path of material from basic converting processes through to final parts cutting, fabrication, and packaging.  Providing our production team members with the tools to produce and package parts efficiently benefits them and ultimately the most important component of our business – our valued customers.

            We are investing in OUR business to better serve YOUR business!

 

Fly, Phoenix Fly!

The year is 2018 and manufacturers are facing new demands and challenges.  With an increasing demand for same-day turnaround slitting and roll production, Atlantic Gasket had a problem on their hands:

How do we slit and rewind rolls at a faster and more efficient rate?

How can we keep up with our overwhelming volume of orders and still ship finished products out on time?

Well an answer did come, and it was in the form of a new Model 625C Phoenix!  This state-of-the-art duplex slitter/rewinder offers the ability to score or shear slit rolls from ½” minimum to 54” maximum.  With speeds up to 250 feet per minute, the Model 625C has been designed for simplicity of operation.  The Phoenix can handle master rolls up to 1,000 lbs. and 30” in diameter.

It is used to slit a wide range of materials, including:

  • Mechanical Rubber
  • Sponge & Foam
  • Films & Fibers
  • Cork & Cork-Rubber
  • PSA-Backed Materials
  • Non-Wovens

This extremely flexible precision machine is at the forefront of slitter technology, and raises Atlantic Gasket’s capabilities and stamina through the roof!  I sat down with Atlantic Gasket’s president Harry Cann to discuss the advancements and productivity made possible with the introduction of the Phoenix…

“You can buy machines all day long – Atlantic’s advantage is what we can do with them” says Harry.  “We’re always looking to expand our capabilities. How can creativity allow us to use our machines to their maximum capability?  What can allow us to be more competitive in the marketplace?”

ASTM

Over the years we have been asked many questions about the ASTM D1056 specification.   To help our customers we have decided to write an ASTM D1056 Summary to provide the basics on this popular specification.

We have also posted an ASTM D1056 Variations section to explain the many changes in terminology to this specification over the past 50 plus years.

The ASTM D1056 Summary and Variations can be viewed here:  http://2153556442.com/atlanticgasket2/htdocs/ASTM-D-1056-information.html

Hopefully these pages will help clear up confusion.  If not, please give us a call at 1-800-229-8881 and a member of our Technical Sales Team will be glad to answer any questions that you may have.

North Slope of Alaska

We recently received a request from a customer who needed a large diameter 60 durometer Nitrile gasket to be delivered to the North Slope of Alaska the next day.  The plane, full of emergency oil equipment was taking off for the job site at noon the next day and this gasket had to be on that plane.  We cut the part on our waterjet cutter and shipped it to the customer the same day so that it would arrive by 10:30 the next morning.  The package was delivered the next morning as promised and was placed on the customer’s chartered flight that was leaving at noon.  This was just another day at Atlantic Gasket.  When a customer has a requirement and needs parts fast, our first questions are “Tell us what you need” and “How quickly do you need them”.  We have most common rubber and gasketing materials in stock and in-house waterjet cutting capability that allows us to cut any shape part within minutes of receiving a CAD file.  Same day shipments and next day delivery is not an unusual request.  Please contact us and let us know how we can make your life a little easier.  We are always glad to help.

Customer Satisfaction!

20150717_095737Atlantic Gasket prides itself on providing superior service to our extensive customer base. A good example is a recent project for a new customer in need of quick turn-around.

The pictured gasket is made from 1/8” high temperature compressed gasket material, and has a complex shape with 12 cutouts, 53 holes, and a tight tolerance requirement.

Using a customer supplied CAD file, Atlantic had material in stock and furnished a prototype part within 24 hours, requiring no expensive tooling as we utilized our programmable high pressure waterjet cutter which can cut virtually any material to high tolerance.

Upon receiving sample approval, we rapidly cut 25 high quality parts, providing our customer every reason to look to Atlantic for their future gasket requirements!

Laboratory Gaskets

We recently received a request from a customer who required a chemically resistant gasket for a laboratory ventilation system and they presented us with a list of thirteen chemicals that this gasket would need to seal at temperatures up to 250 F.  Upon first review we thought that Viton (Fluoroelastomer) would be the ideal material.  However, in analyzing the list of chemicals we realized that Viton was not compatible with oxygenated ketones, one of Viton’s few weaknesses.  We then started to investigate using PTFE (Teflon) but quickly realized that the PTFE would not hold up against acetates at 250 F.

The next material that we investigated was flexible graphite.   We determined that graphite was the best material for this application and would perform well as a gasket in sealing our customer’s list of chemicals.  This material was readily available and we were able to ship parts the next day allowing our customer to meet his tight schedule.

We love being challenged, so please contact us with your design specifications and we will work to find a timely and economical solution.