Atlantic Gasket Becomes a 3M™ Associate Converter

Associate Color-Tranparent Background LogoWe here at Atlantic Gasket Corporation are extremely happy and excited to announce that we are now a 3M™ Associate Converter.  Our company already has an extensive product line, and we’re now adding 3M™ products to that list.  We have access to roughly 53,000 products from their line which can be converted into high-quality custom-cut parts and stripping for our customers.

Our title as a 3M™ Associate Converter allows us to expand on our great line of products.  For decades we’ve been known for providing quality custom-cut parts and stripping, and now we can provide 3M™ adhesives alone or converted into our products.  Atlantic Gasket can convert 3M™ adhesives slit to width or applied to materials and die-cut, kiss-cut, or water jet cut.

The list of materials that we supply and can have 3M™ adhesives applied to is virtually endless and include closed cell sponges, open cell sponges, foams, mechanical rubbers (such as Neoprene, EPDM, Silicone, Nitrile/Buna-N, Viton, etc,), corks, cork rubbers, felts, and plastics.  We’re proud of the first-rate products that we currently produce and are excited to continue that production as we expand our product line due to our partnership with 3M™.

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.

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.

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.