The Importance of Choosing the Right Gasket for Your Industrial Application

Relied upon to create air-, liquid-, and dust-tight seals between mating components, gaskets are critical for application success. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution, however, and the wrong choice may result in subpar performance or complete failure.

As a leading manufacturer of custom gaskets for demanding uses, Cincinnati Gasket & Industrial Glass understands the importance of optimal sealing solutions. Our team produces gaskets in many sizes, shapes, and materials to meet stringent industry- or client-specific requirements, and they’re happy to help you select the right one for your application.

Benefits Of Gaskets

Put simply, gaskets are components that sit between two surfaces. When installed correctly, they create seals that keep gases, fluids, particulates, and other media from leaking out or getting in during operation. Depending on the application and materials from which they’re made, other advantages include:

  • Reduces Vibration
  • Dampens Sound
  • Minimizes Friction
  • Shields Electronics
  • Resists Chemicals
  • Withstands Extreme Heat Or Cold
  • Mitigates Contamination
  • Boosts Cleanliness

Also called o-rings, washers, or just seals, these components can be manufactured from metal, plastic, rubber, and felt, just to name a few. Exact performance characteristics vary by the material type used as well as design shape and size.

Gasket Performance Factors

No two applications are identical. For example, food and beverage processing lines have different operating parameters than consumer products. Many characteristics should be considered when it comes to gasket selection.

  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Media Type
  • Flange Or Fitting Type

Extreme temperatures can affect material sealing properties, maximum allowable stress, and overall performance. Gaskets must withstand the pressure exerted on them, too. If pressures are too significant, failure will likely occur. There are many different flanges or fittings, which can vary by country and industry. Understanding the type and surface finish can help you pick the right gasket.

Materials Make The Difference

An assembly or process is only as strong as the components from which it’s made. Gaskets are manufactured from a variety of materials, and each one has unique performance characteristics.


Plastic comes in many formulations, making achieving optimal performance characteristics easy. Generally speaking, plastic offers good durability and corrosion resistance at an affordable price. It’s lightweight, mitigates, and offers good sealing and insulation properties.


One of the most common gasket materials, rubber can bend, stretch and be formed into many shapes. Many formulations are available, and they can withstand moisture, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and other environments.


Cork has been used as a sealing material for centuries. As a gasket material, its closed-cell structure provides superb resilience at a low weight. The material can shrink to around half its thickness when a load is applied but still recover when removed. It also resists water, many oils, and ozone.


Another common gasket material is felt. Made from natural or synthetic materials, it resists tearing and fraying. A dense structure provides superior acoustical resilience, making it perfect for sound, architectural, and decorative purposes.

Sponge And Foam

These flexible materials are highly effective at thermal and acoustic insulation, shock absorption, and vibration control. They’re also suitable for sealing out dust and moisture.

If you’re in the market for gaskets but aren’t sure which material is best, please get in touch with the Cincinnati Gasket & Industrial Glass team. With decades of experience, we understand the performance characteristics of these materials.

A Trusted Custom Gasket Manufacturer

Whether you’re looking to control architectural application interior temperatures, eliminate industrial process leak paths, or something else, Cincinnati Gasket & Industrial Glass is your source for high-performance sealing solutions. We combine experience, advanced equipment, and dedication to quality to produce gaskets tailored to your requirements.

We manufacture custom gaskets using your print, specification or purchase order requirements. Those with a unique need but no vetted design are also welcome.

Our experts can work with you to develop a concept and make a prototype. Factors considered include intended purpose, expected operating conditions, and fitment. Once the design is approved, full-scale production kicks off.

As a full-service industrial gasket manufacturer, everything we need to do the job is under one roof. This keeps costs down while increasing turnaround time. Our capabilities include:

  • Precision Die Cutting
  • In-House Die Making
  • Stripping with and without PSA backing
  • Laminating
  • Waterjet Cutting
  • Prototyping
  • Metal Stamping

Client-Tailored Gaskets

At Cincinnati Gasket & Industrial Glass, client satisfaction is our top priority. We take pride in solving the challenging sealing obstacles facing our clients. We can manufacture gaskets in many sizes, shapes, and materials to meet unique requirements.

  • All General Plastics
  • Buna-N
  • Cloth Inserted Rubber
  • Cloth Inserted Silicone
  • Closed Cell Sponges
  • Coated Fabrics
  • Cork
  • Cork and Buna-N
  • Cork and Neoprene
  • Cork and Rubber
  • Diaphragm Rubber
  • Felt
  • Fibre and Fishpaper
  • Fiberglass Cloth and Tape
  • Hycar
  • Leather
  • Manila Paper
  • Mylar
  • Natural Rubber
  • Natural Sponge Rubber
  • Neoprene Sponge Rubber
  • Neoprene Rubber
  • Nylon
  • Polyethylene
  • Polyurethane
  • Silicone Rubber
  • Silicone Sponge
  • Teflon®
  • Teflon® Tape
  • Vellumoid
  • Viton®

Other material types are available upon request.

We Stand Behind Our Work

Cincinnati Gasket & Industrial Glass is driven to produce gaskets that fit, form, and function as intended – every time. That’s clients across many industries partner with us to develop custom sealing solutions for their applications.

  • Scientific
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Military / Defense
  • Power Generation
  • Lighting
  • Transportation
  • Filtration (Water/Air)
  • Food Processing
  • Pump & Valve
  • Electronics
  • Cryogenic Equipment
  • Oil & Gas
  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Instruments & Controls
  • Chemical & Petrochemical
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Cellular Devices
  • HVAC
  • Appliance
  • Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)

Let’s Get Started

Get the best gasket for your application with support from Cincinnati Gasket & Industrial Glass. We’d love to learn more about your needs today.

Contact us to learn more about the importance of selecting the right gasket, including rubber gaskets.