We stock a large range of FEP or PFA encapsulated o-rings with Silicone or Viton inner core, and in circular, square or hollow cross sections. We can provide both metric and imperial as well as Kamlock sizes.
We are proud to distribute high quality and UK supplied products with same day dispatch (before 2pm), next day delivery (UK) and Global Shipping Options.
If you would like to discuss your seal requirement please get in touch via email or you can give us a call on (+44) 02921 251 998.
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Totally Seals® Encapsulated O-rings Guide
Encapsulated ‘O’-Rings consist of an elastomer core with a thin FEP or PFA sheath. The encapsulation is a hard material with limited flexibility compared to a fully elastomeric ‘O’-Ring.
Encapsulated O-Rings are commonly used in the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and others where high chemical resistance and/or hygiene are required. They are better suited to static applications; however, they can be used in a dynamic applications if the movement is slow and short.
The elastomer core is either fluorocarbon (FKM) or silicone (VMQ) and can come in round, hollow or square/rectangular section.
An encapsulated O-ring is often recommended in certain circumstances where:
- A standard O-ring has poor chemical resistance for a desired application
- A solid PTFE O-ring does not offer the sufficient softness for the application
If these requirements describe your application then an encapsulated o-ring may be your answer. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements
FEP / PFA Encapsulation Comparison
FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene)
|Standard material for all applications up to 205°C, resistant to virtually all chemicals and joined by an advanced heat moulding process to give a seamless encapsulation.
||Same properties as FEP encapsulation but with greater heat resistance for applications above 205°C. Also resistant to virtually all chemicals and joined seamlessly via advanced heat moulding process.
- Water Absorption: 0.3%
- Dielectric Strength: NULL volts per meter
- Flammability Rating (UL94 Rating): V-0
- Toughness: NULL
- Water Absorption: 0.1%
- Dielectric Strength: 1350 volts per meter
- Flammability Rating (UL94 Rating): V-0
- Toughness: R25
Silicone (VMQ) vs Viton (FKM) Inner Core Material
|Recommended for extreme Temperatures (High or Low)
||Recommended for chemical resistance
|Softer shore hardness - better suited to static applications
||Generally better suited to dynamic applications
|Resistant to Ozone
||Resistant to Ozone
|Compression set Resistant
||Compression set Resistant
Inner Core Types
Silicone Solid Core
Commercially Silicone is the best material option combined with lower Shore Hardness and greater elasticity than Viton®, providing an excellent material choice for the majority of applications.
Viton Solid Core
As opposed to Silicone, Inner Viton® has greater chemical resistance than Silicone. If encapsulation is damaged, Viton® provides greater resilience to chemical attack.
Hollow core flexibility means less firmness to further increase its sealing abilities. Recommend for delicate applications using sensitive materials such as glass or light plastic. Available in Silicone or Viton Materials.
IMPORTANT NOTE! Not to be applied within vacuum applications. Negative air pressure within the hollow core can cause a rupture.
Square Section Core
Specifically designed to be a gasket seal, square shaped encapsulated seals are more suited to specific requirements and are available in Silicone or Viton materials.
Rectangular Core / Kamlock
The rectangular shape cross-section is designed to be a universal fit and precludes the need to specify different elastomers for different applications. This in turn also helps prevent coupling leakage due to a chemical attack or cold extrusion of a solid PTFE gasket seal.
These are also available in Kamlock™ sizes.
Do you have Encapsulated ‘O’-ring Requirements?
If you can't find what you need please get in touch to speak to an adviser.