When specifying gaskets for applications, one of the primary concerns is typically, ‘will this particular material stand up to the process media to which it will be exposed’?
There is not often much consideration for the inverse effect of how the gasket material itself could impact the process. For most industrial applications, this is justified by the fact that there is little risk of any particulate from the gasket material adversely affecting the final product in a substantial or significant way. Exceptions apply of course, such as discoloration concerns for particular products and highly sensitive applications; for example, plastics used in semiconductor and microchip production.
However, gasket materials utilized in applications where products are being produced or processed for human consumption are more closely scrutinized, and for good reason.
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