DetectElast Elastomers

DetectElast Elastomers

If you are involved in production or production equipment for the Food, Beverage, Pharma/Bio & Life Science Industries industry you will be acutely aware of the necessary Health & Safety legislation that governs the use of Seals, Gaskets, O Rings, and similar items. 

Certifications – EU1935: 2004, FDA 21 and NSF / ANSI 51

EMI Seals & Gaskets Ltd offer a wide range of sealing products that are certified to meet these requirements including EU1935: 2004 and FDA 21 CFR part 177 Section 2600 Allowable Substances. We also have our own NSF / ANSI 51 certification for Seals and Gaskets that come into direct contact with food on equipment and follow the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) principles and application guidelines. 

So, to compliment our NSF / ANSI 51 certified materials, EMI have also developed a range of Metal Detectable Food Safe Rubber materials under the name of DetectElast. 

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Birth of C Wrap

C Wrap – Environmental seal and Shielding seal Combination

If you make or are involved in Cabinets, Enclosures or Doors do you find that you have to make two or even three different configurations, depending on whether your client wants an environmental seal, a shielded seal or a combination of both.

Traditionally you might have fitted a sponge strip, or you use a form in place gasket for the environmental seal or finger stock for shielding or a combination of sponge strip and finger stock or maybe a knitted wire and sponge arrangement top meet the combination of both.

Problem with traditional sealing methods:

The trouble with this is time, planning and money, having to alter your principal design every time a client wants something slightly different, and having to hold stock of different seals and gaskets and expensive shielding materials.

What happens if the client then wants a V-0 fire rating or an ATEx/IECEx approval or a DEF-STAN grade or they need multiple gland plates or access plate covers that need Sealing and Shielding?

One company has a simple, cost effective, easily fitted and highly adaptable solution that can fulfil all your requirements and more.

  • V-0 fire rating – no problem,
  • ATEx/IECEx approval – no problem or
  • DEF-STAN grade – no problem.

Solution – Birth of C wrap

For just this type of application EMI Seals & Gaskets Ltd invented ‘C’ Wrap, a combination Environmental seal and Shielding seal, that can be configured to meet even the most demanding client requirements but that can be fitted in seconds and made to fit your existing closure gaps.

‘C’ Wrap comes with a self-adhesive backing and is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses, as well as variable fabric widths to meet knife edge and flange configurations. It is available as a strip or a one-piece gasket, as well as ready-to-install door/panel kits.

Closed cell or Open Cell, Silicone, Neoprene, EPDM, almost any elastomeric material, Full face wrap, partial face wrap, V-0, ATEx, made to your requirements.

Our C-wrap allows enterprises to use a single build design but still offer multiple solutions without the need to modify a single fixture or fitting.

‘C’ Wraps Complement Product –  Bake & Peel

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Importance of UKAS ISO (Re)certification

UKAS ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 recertified

EMI Seals and Gaskets is constantly aiming to uphold the industry’s best standards in Value, Quality, Safety & Health, Services, Delivery, Technologies, and the Environment. In order to ensure that these aims are meet we recently decided to recertify our ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 standards with Interface, a UKAS accredited certification body.

ISO 9001 is appreciated for its capacity to assist in the creation of consistently high-quality products and services that assure customer happiness, boost customer retention rates, and provide other advantages to organisations.

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Not All Rubbers Created Equal - EMI Seals and Gaskets

Not all rubbers are created equal

Why Test houses want full disclosure of elastomer contents and why you should too!

Commercial Quality Rubber and Regrind, Do you really know what you’re buying?

When you buy rubber sheet or specify Rubber parts you usually say “I want X rubber in Y hardness” but do you question your supplier as to where your rubber was made and what’s its composition. Unless you specify a specific rubber grade like BS2751 or BS2752 you will be quoted and given Commercial Quality Grade Rubber and that’s where your problems could be starting, Do You Really Know What You Are Buying? Continue reading “Not all rubbers are created equal”

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Toxic smoke inhalation – the Silent Killer

Importance of UL94 V0 certification for Seals, Gaskets, and Mouldings

Were you aware that people are much more likely to die from smoke than burns during a fire?

Toxic fumes obstruct eyesight, irritate the eyes and lungs, and makes it difficult to breathe. Mental capacity loss, dizziness, fear, and finally unconsciousness leading to death are the end consequences of inhaling toxic smoke. The London Kings Cross fire incident in 1987 is one such example, the official findings stated that, “A jet of flame roared into the ticket hall, which quickly filled with toxic smoke so that even many of those who escaped the flames were overcome and died” (1), all because of toxic smoke inhalation.  Statistics reveal that 41% of fire-related deaths in the UK (2) were caused when people were overpowered by gas, smoke, or poisonous fumes. Continue reading “Toxic smoke inhalation – the Silent Killer”

JOSCAR REG - EMI certificate

JOSCAR supplier accreditation

Do you have responsibility for the Design, Specification or Purchase of Seals, Gaskets, O Rings or Shielding products for any piece of equipment or application?

How do you know who to contact? A search engine will give you endless companies to choose from, but who you can rely on? Who will ensure the quality, service, design, product range and competitive edge that you need to guarantee?

In a world where everything is changing and evolving, including the requirements of your own products, how do you ensure that you are using the best designs, materials and expertise to keep your products not just up to date but actually ahead of the competition. Please read below.

In the Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space sectors a group of the industry leading companies came up with a simple solution, the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register or JOSCAR.

JOSCAR is a collaborative platform for industries and vetted suppliers. It serves as a consolidated repository of compliance information and pre-qualification of trusted suppliers in the defence, aerospace, military, and security industries. This means that by using JOSCAR, you can see if a supplier is a good fit for your business. As a collaborative resource, this cross-sector resource eliminates duplication, lowering costs and shortening the time it takes to find relevant items and information.

In order to obtain a position on the JOSCAR register, this central list of approved suppliers used by a number of major defence organisations including BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Babcock and the Ministry of Defence, is strictly by invitation only and involves effective completion of a rigorous qualification process. The register is intended to guarantee that businesses only employ the highest-quality products and services while adhering to best practises, hence increasing the total supply chain efficiency on both sides.

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Elastomer Compression

Optimum Elastomer Gasket Compression

The question of what is the optimum compression for an elastomer gasket, seal or O-ring is one that we are regularly asked. It is one that we also like to be asked as merely torquing any elastomer seal up as hard as can be is not the answer (this will just break down the cell structure and remove the properties for which it was chosen), and we always advise the use of compression stops, where possible, to limit torque. Continue reading “Optimum Elastomer Gasket Compression”