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New Video for our Elmotherm Air Dry Varnish

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Because of its outstanding electrical properties, smooth surface finish and reliable performance, Elmotherm Air Dry Varnish has become exceptionally popular throughout the electrical industry. Available in easy to use spray cans as well as bulk liquid containers, this alkyd resin based varnish is widely used for a range of surface coating tasks including coating insulating boards and painting exposed metal and motor casings.

Manufactured by Elantas, Elmotherm Air Dry Varnish is available in Red, Black, Grey, Clear and White as standard (the white is available as a liquid only). It has proven to be an excellent alternative to the old Isonel 300 Spray and is used in applications up to Class H (180°C).

To further demonstrate the large range of applications for this very high quality spray-on varnish, we put together this video. It details a few more of the uses for this varnish as well as giving you a bit more of an idea about the surface finish that can be achieved.

Available Sizes and Colours of Elmotherm Air Dry Varnish.

Associated Gaskets is pleased to offer our Air Dry Varnish in a selection of sizes and colours. We carry very large stocks of all of these and are usually able to offer fast delivery to meet your requirements. The table below details that standard range. For custom requirements, or to learn more about this or any other product in our expanding range of electrical varnishes and resins, please do not hesitate to contact your local Associated Gaskets branch.

Grade

Colour

400gm Aerosols

5KG Tins

20KG Drums

Elmotherm VA00

Clear

Elmotherm VA39

Grey

Elmotherm VA42

Red

Elmotherm VA63

Black

Elmotherm VA643

White

N/A






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Our New Sydney Sales Manager

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Associated Gaskets is very pleased to welcome Tim Dominguez to our team. Tim is joining us as our new Sydney sales manager and brings with him a real wealth of experience and a proven track record of providing great service that we think will serve him very well here at AG.

Unfortunately, Tim’s hiring did come about because of a departure; Paul Zanus has now left Associated Gaskets after 23+ years. Many of you may know Paul from his time in his most recent role as National Sales Manager which he served in for the last 5 years. Before that he held a number of different positions and his knowledge, passion and commitment will be surely missed. We’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank Paul for everything he has done over the years and wish him all the very best as he takes on a new challenge in the construction industry.

While it is always a little sad for us to see someone go, we are very happy to be able to welcome Tim aboard. Many of you in Sydney will likely hear from him in the coming months. In the meantime, Tim’s contact details are now published on our Sydney contact information page for anyone who would like to get in touch.






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Top-Sticks, Slot-Sticks or Preformed Slot Wedges

Nomex and DMD Slot Wedges, Top Sticks and Slot Sticks at Associated Gaskets

Half used bundles of Preformed Slot Wedges are a common sight in any motor rewinding workshop. Sometimes known as top-sticks, slot-sticks or simply as wedges, these are a popular choice for filling slot voids in smaller types of electric motors that don’t require a machined epoxy, polyester or magnetic solution.

Throughout our decades of experience working with the electric motor rewinding industry, Associated Gaskets has learned that there’s one key feature that matters above all else when it comes to these wedges; having them when you need them. To help, we’ve committed to holding each type in our range of preformed slot wedges in stock in a range of sizes.

This page breaks down the differences between each of the 3-main materials stock by AG and provides a brief overview of what each is used for. Whether you require curved or square Nomex wedges, 180°C rated DMD or good old-fashioned wood slot sticks for your repair job, we’ve got you covered.

Preformed Slot Wedges Made from Nomex

Preformed Slot Wedges made from Nomex (Square and Round) Wedges Only

♦ Manufactured from genuine, DuPont Nomex™

♦ Suitable for use in high temperature electrical applications up to 220°C

♦ Available in either 0.020″ or 0.030″ thick, round or square and a huge selection of sizes.

♦ Supplied in 914mm lengths. 250 Feet (76 Metres approx.) per pack.

AG’s Preformed Slot Wedges made from Nomex® combine convenience with reliable, long lasting performance. Available in a wide range of sizes, these wedges are pressure formed so that they retain their designed shape without exhibiting any of Nomex’s® usual tendency to “spring back”.

Preformed Slot Wedges Made from DMD

DMD Preformed Slot Wedges for Class H Electric Motors

♦ Manufactured from premium grade DMD and are able to be used in Class H (180°C) electrical applications.

♦ Available in a large selection of sizes (including both square and round type wedges).

♦ Good physical characteristics including strength and shape retention for easy fitting.

♦ Supplied in 914mm lengths. 250 Feet (76 Metres approx.) per pack.

Preformed Slot Wedges made from Premium DMD are economical, convenient and reliable insulation options for the slots of low and medium voltage electric motors. Unlike most grades of DMD on the market, Associated Gaskets’ premium grade of DMD, from which these wedges are formed, is able to withstand the rigours of Class H, or 180ºC, electrical applications.

Wooden Slot Sticks

Wooden Slot Sticks for low voltage electric motors

♦ Extremely Economical

♦ Available in a selection of sizes (all half-round).

♦ 3.2mm Wide to 12.7mm Wide available as standard.

♦ Each stick is 600mm long. 100mtrs worth per pack.

AG’s Wooden Slot Sticks are highly economical, pre-fabricated sticks available in a range of sizes to suit different slot dimensions. Used in the electric motor rewind and repair industries on low voltage machines, these sticks are inserted into the slots to secure the copper conductor. Our DMD wedges are all 0.020″ thick as standard.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE REST OF OUR RANGE OF ELECTRICAL INSULATION AND CONDUCTORS?

AG stocks, fabricates and customises a huge range of solutions for electrical applications. This includes a variety of tapes, rigid insulation materials, varnishes, compounds, sleevings and much, much more. Contact Us today for more information on how we can assist.






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Sealon PTFE Gasket Tape Demonstrated In Our New Video

Sealon PTFE Gasket Tape is an incredibly versatile product. Made from expanded PTFE (AKA Teflon), Sealon replaces conventional gaskets and can be applied directly to the flange face. It’s a simple, fast, and permanent alternative to using a cut-gasket and is versatile enough to cover many different sealing applications.

One of the things we’ve come across over the years though is the misconception that it would be hard to install. After all, a tape replacing a gasket; there has to be some trick to it right? Not really. You definitely need to ensure that Sealon is ok for your application (pressure, temperature, medium, compression all continue to play a part) but apart from that it’s really quite simple.

Sealon PTFE Instant Gasket Tape from Associated Gaskets Australia

Rather than try to explain in words how easy it is to seal a flange with Sealon, we decided the best thing we could do is to show it. To do this, we’ve put together the video below.

Every roll of Sealon is produced for pure PTFE which allows it to offer exceptional chemical resistance. In fact, it’s resistant to most chemicals with the exceptions of elemental fluorine and molten alkali metals. It’s also DVGW rated for use in sealing gas and meets FDA requirements for food application. A variant (without the adhesive backing) is also available for oxygen sealing (BAM approved).

Sealon withstands anything between -232°C and +315°C and is soft enough to compress at minimal torque.

Sealon PTFE Gasket Tape Sizes

Width (Metric) Width (Imperial) Length
3mm 1/8″ 30 Metres
5mm 3/16″ 20 Metres
7mm 1/4″ 15 Metres
10mm 3/8″ 8 Metres
14mm 1/2″ 5 Metres
17mm 5/8″ 5 Metres
20mm 3/4″ 5 Metres
25mm 1″ 5 Metres
Sealon Expanded PTFE Gasket Tape at Associated Gaskets Australia

More Information

If you’d like more information on our Sealon PTFE Gasket Tape please do not hesitate to contact your local Associated Gaskets. Our team has worked with Sealon for years and are ready to help in determining its suitability or the size you need for your application. We also have a product page dedicated solely to this versatile gasket material.

We really hope you enjoyed this video. We’re going to keep making these as a way of showing how many of our products work and the problems they can solve. If you’d like to stay up to date with all our latest releases we really so recommend subscribing to our monthly newsletter. We’ll never annoy you more than once a month and each issue will be packed with new resources and value. Signing up is free and easy and can be completed via the following form.

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Christmas Holiday Trading Hours

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AG will remain open throughout the Christmas and New Year period, only closing on the public holidays. Our branches also remain open during this time, so should you require any goods or have an emergency break down over this period we will be on hand to help.

We would like to wish all of our customers a safe and happy festive season and a prosperous new year in 2017!






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Everything you need to know about Bakelite

‘Bakelite’ is a name that is commonly used to refer to a family of fully synthetic plastics that were first invented by Leo Baekeland back in 1907. The common feature with all these materials is that they are formed by a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde resulting in a thermosetting resin which is then mixed with a variety of filler materials and cured. Due to the range of fillers available, there are several varieties of Bakelite’s on the market each with their own unique properties. Generally though, all types and styles have good mechanical strength are resistant to elevated temperatures and provide good insulation against electrical current.

Synthetic Resin Bonded Fabric (SRBF)

Fabric Bakelite

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SRBF, otherwise known as fabric Bakelite employs layers of cotton cloth as a filler which gives the material increased mechanical strength. It can also handle higher temperatures than other available grades and is offered in both natural brown (SRBF-N) and black (SRBF-B) colour options.

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Synthetic Resin Bonded Paper (SRBP)

Paper Bakelite

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SRBP is also referred to as paper Bakelite due to it’s filler material which is a paper or pulp type material. This economical grade can be used in applications where temperatures reach up to 115ºC and provides good insulation from electrical current. SRBP is also available from AG in a natural brown colour (SRBP-N) or in black (SRBP-B)

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Bakelite Tube, Rod and Pultrusions

SRBF Tube, Rod & Section

AG also stocks both SRBF and SRBP Bakelite in tube and rod form. Available in a range of different sizes, these tubes can also be easily machined to form long lasting isolating sleeves, washers, bushes, spaces or line guides.

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Click here to find out more about SRBF Tube
Click here to find out more about SRBP Tube

Custom Fabricated Bakelite Parts

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AG’s production staff have enormous experience producing custom fabricated components. Not only do we have the machinery and facilities to do the job, we can reproduce custom parts from a sample or develop a prototype right from scratch.

Get in contact with us to find out how we can help you.

 

Want to learn more?

Bakelite is just one of the many types of rigid insulation materials we stock here at AG. Like our Bakelite sheet, many of these can be supplied in various forms or cut / machined to suit your required.

For more information about the available types, styles and sizes, or to discuss whether this economical and versatile material will be suitable for your application, please contact your local Associated Gaskets.






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7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Type of Rubber Sheet

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No matter what your intended application, choosing the correct style of rubber sheet material will help you achieve the longest functional life of the application and mitigate any issues that could arise during its operation. This article explains the 7 main factors that should be considered in order to guide your choice. We have also put together a quick reference chart detailing 8 of the most common rubber types on the market that cover the majority of applications you may come across. But first, a little about the history of rubber.

The invention of the first useful rubber compound is credited to Charles Goodyear who experimented with mixing natural rubber with Sulphur. Even today companies continue to mix chemicals with rubber to further improve its performance and achieve specifically desired characteristics (such as increasing its maximum operating temperature or resistance to particular chemical combinations). This has lead to a wide variety of rubber styles on the market causing headaches for anybody with little experience buying rubber sheet or looking for fast answers on what’s best for their application. Hence, we put together this guide.

1. Thickness

One of the first considerations that you should make when choosing a rubber sheet is how thick the rubber needs to be. This is especially important when choosing rubber for gasket and sealing applications, however since it will also need to be considered in every other application at some point, it is a good place to start. Thickness requirement can also play a part in narrowing down the range of alternatives available as not all varieties of rubber are readily available in all thicknesses and some may require special ordering. For example, if your application requires a rubber thicker than 12.7mm, the list of rubbers that are readily available is much more limited.

2. Temperature

Another very important factor is the temperature that your rubber will be exposed to. It is important that you consider both the upper and lower limit as these vary between rubbers. If exposed to conditions where temperatures exceed the rubbers maximum rating it will become sticky and ultimately melt and burn up. If exposed to temperatures lower than its minimum it will begin to become more solid, making it brittle and prone to cracking. Some rubbers handle temperature better than others, for example Silicone Rubber can handle constant temperatures between -70ºC and 200ºC making it a popular choice in many extreme temperature environments.

Custom Fabricated Red Silicone Rubber Seals
High Temperature Red Silicone Seals

 

3. Abrasion Resistance

Not all formulations of rubber offer the same level of resilience against abrasion. The abrasion resistance of a rubber refers to its ability to resist mechanical action such as rubbing, scraping or erosion that ultimately results in the removal of material from the rubbers surface. In applications where this is a critical factor, the best choice of rubber would be an Abrasion Resistant Red Rubber, which is sometimes referred to by the brand names Chutex® or Linatex®, designed for the harsh abrasive conditions associated with ore and slurry chutes on mine sites. Natural Rubber Insertion is another popular option as an abrasion resistant rubber offering good durability for an affordable price.

4. Ozone / UV Resistance

Exposure to Ultra-violet (UV) rays and ozone is detrimental to many types of rubber including natural rubber, nitrile rubber and other rubbers where double bonds form a majority of their polymer chain. When these rubbers are exposed to the elements for extended periods, they break down and experience occurrences such as stress corrosion or ozone cracking. Consideration should be taken to only use UV / Ozone resistant rubbers in these cases, the best being Viton, silicone or EPDM. It is especially important to consider ozone and UV resistance in critical service applications such as gaskets as breakdown can begin to occur even in environments where ozone is less than 1 part per million (i.e. not much!).


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5. Oil Resistance

Although a resistance to oil may only be required in some applications, it is generally a very important factor to consider. Most common rubbers on the market will be attacked by oil. This is because natural rubber (the basis of many types of rubbers) is attacked by hydrocarbons leading to severe degradation. Nitrile rubber was developed specifically to withstand oil. It incorporates an acrylonitrile polymer to specifically provide resistance to hydrocarbon based oils, greases and solvents. Nitrile has far greater hydrocarbon resistance than Neoprene and has far superior resistance than natural rubber. Nitrile is also resistant to some synthetic based oils, greases and solvents. Viton® is another rubber that has an excellent resistance to a wide variety of oils and also has a higher temperature rating.

6. Acid Resistance

The pH scale is a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration in a solution. It is used to determine how acidic or basic (alkaline) a solution is. Almost all rubbers are attacked by acids, however some stand up better than others. Acid resistance is another consideration that may not be relevant in all applications, however it pays to consider it. We need to remember that almost all solutions that the rubber will come in contact with will lie somewhere on the pH scale and over time, even low levels of acidity can affect some rubbers. If the rubber in your intended application will be exposed to highly acidic solutions, some rubbers like Viton® offer resistance to a wide range of acidic chemicals, however not all, such as in the case of acetones and ethyl ethers. We recommend that you seek specific advice from experienced technical personnel in this instance.

7. Hardness

The final consideration to make when selecting a rubber is the hardness. This is often referred to as the shore durometer or “duro” of the rubber, named after Albert F. Shore the man who defined it. Some rubbers such as Natural Rubber Insertion are only available in a small range of durometers, whereas others such as silicone are more readily able to be produced in a wider range of hardness’s. Hardness will generally need to be considered in most applications, especially sealing applications where hardness can affect compression and pressure.

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A durometer guage for measuring the hardness of rubber parts and sheets

 

Reaching a Final Decision on a Rubber Sheet

In many cases you may find it difficult to find a rubber sheet that perfectly fits all of the criteria that your application requires. In this case, we advise that you determine which of these 7 factors contribute the most to your application. For instance, a person who is looking to purchase some rubber sheet to protect and line the steel tray of his truck or utility vehicle would likely weigh Abrasion Resistance, UV / Ozone Resistance and Thickness above the other factors as these are the ones that will have most impact on the rubber in that particular application.

To help you compare the grades of rubber available we have put together this chart that tables some specific technical and performance characteristics of the 8 most popular rubber sheet varieties on the market. The table also includes some extra information such as pros and cons and some examples of the applications that each are use generally used for.

Click here to open the Sheet Rubber Selection Chart

Associated Gaskets carries large amounts of stock of all the rubbers explained in this article and included in the table (plus many, many more). We can supply it in roll form, by the metre or converted into cut components such as gaskets, strips or tape. To speak to one of our experienced rubber customer service representatives, find the details of your nearest AG branch by clicking here.






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Why you should be using the world’s best masking tapes from 3M

3M Masking Tape Range

Most people know that masking tapes are generally used to cover or “mask” particular areas that do not require surface coating or painting. As well as this, their relatively low cost and easy removal properties also make them attractive for use in a range of other applications across many industries, offices and as at home for things like holding, bundling, labelling and sealing applications.

What most people don’t know however is that not all masking tapes are created equal. Masking tapes are generally graded by the quality and performance of their pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) (which is determines the amount of time the tape can stay attached and still be removed cleanly without damaging the surface) and their carrier materials abilities. Unfortunately, the masking tape market is flooded with cheap, low quality variants which although may perform satisfactorily in some applications, others require a professional quality tape that will definitely not allow bleed-through, will stick where it’s put and remove cleanly after use.

The 3M Difference

Did you know that masking tape was invented in 1925 by a 3M employee named Richard Drew? Hence it is no surprise that since then, 3M have continued producing the world’s highest quality range of masking tapes, adapting their range to suit many demanding applications. Here at AG, we are proud to operate a 3M approved tape conversion department, allowing us to offer the full range of 3M masking tapes slit to the exact width you require for your application.

Read on to find out more about the some of the varieties of 3M masking tape available from AG. We have provided some quick information as well as a small summary of their key features and areas of application for each.


3M 2214 Paper Masking Tape

 

3M™ 2214 Paper Masking Tape

 

Construction: Crepe Paper with rubber-based PSA
Applications: General masking, holding & bundling applications
Temperature Rating: Short-term up to 93ºC for 30 minutes

When most people think of masking tape, they are picturing something similar to 3M 2214 Paper Masking Tape. This grade is manufactured from a crepe paper backing with a rubber based adhesive is suitable for most general, non-critical masking applications. It is highly conformable and can removed cleanly even after exposure to temperatures up to 93ºC for 30 minutes. 3M 2214 is the most economical and popular of the range and is available in 55 metre rolls slit to whichever width you require. Care should be taken when using this grade externally as if left long periods of time it may become difficult to remove.


3M 2308 Performance Masking Tape

 

3M™ 2308 Performance Masking Tape

Construction: Crepe Paper with rubber-based PSA
Applications: General masking, holding & bundling applications
Temperature Rating: Short-term up to 121ºC for 30 minutes

Although similar in construction to the general purpose 3M 2214 grade, this tape is a higher-quality grade of tape for general masking applications. The tape features a higher temperature classication of 121ºC and controlled unwind properties. It is also highly conformable and the adhesive offers superior holding power when compared to the 2214 grade. As with the 2214 be careful when leaving attached externally for long periods of time as it may become difficult to remove.


3M 233+ Premium Masking Tape

 

3M 233+ Premium Masking Tape

Construction: Green Crepe Paper with special proprietary PSA
Applications: Critical masking, holding & bundling applications
Temperature Rating: Short-term up to 121ºC for 30 minutes

This premium grade of masking tape has been designed especially for professionals performing complex and demanding masking applications. 233+ is noted for its ability to be removed cleanly even from surface types that are generally considered difficult such as EPDM rubber. This grade of tape is used extensively in the auto-body repair and manufacture industry and will perform better than most conventional tapes withstanding sunlight. Scotch 233+ is bright green in colour which makes visual inspection of masked areas quick and easy.


3M 8901 High Temp Masking Tape

 

3M™ 8901 High Temp Masking Tape

Construction: Polyester with silicone adhesive
Applications: High temperature masking applications
Temperature Rating: 204ºC (Short-Term) Up  to 177ºC for up to a 5 hour bake cycle (based on stainless steel)

3M 8901 is designed specifically for high temperature applications. Its unique construction consisting of a polyester backing combined with a silicone adhesive allows the tape to perform in applications with temperatures reaching up to 204ºC. These properties have seen the tape used extensively in composite and metal bonding processes as well as in the powder coating industry. The tape itself is only 0.06mm thick and highly conformable, its polyester construction provides a nice clean edge when being used for masking applications.






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Important info on our Ceramic Fibre Insulation Blankets

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Over the past few months many of our customer service representatives have received numerous enquiries for ceramic fibre insulation blankets. For many years AG has supplied Refractory Ceramic Fibre (RCF) (familiar brands are Kaowool® or Cerablanket®), however in light of some recent developments, we are phasing out supply of these products. To shed a little light on why we’re doing this, we have put together this article which provides a brief overview of the origins of RCF, why it’s being phased out and what’s available to replace it.

The Evolution of Refractory Ceramic Fibre Insulation Blankets

Since its commercialisation in the 1950’s up until around the turn of the century, Refractory Ceramic Fibre was one of the primary forms of insulation chosen for use in high temperature applications requiring a non-rigid, blanket-type insulation. RCF is produced from a naturally occurring alumino-silicate clay or a synthetic mix of alumina and refined beach sand. RCF was immediately popular because of its high temperature resistance, good thermal shock resistance, low thermal conductivity and good tensile strength.

Since then it has been used for countless applications such as furnace lining, chimney insulation, boiler and water heater insulation and anything else requiring a blanket that will provide efficient heat containment.

Health Considerations

During the 1990’s studies began to confirm the suspicion that aside from causing skin, eye and throat irritation, RCF’s and other fibres with a high bio-persistence have the potential to cause cancer by inhalation. Their high bio-persistence means they are unable to breakdown in the lungs making them very unsafe for unprotected human exposure.

Hazardous Sign

Since this discovery regulatory bodies have sought to ensure that these products are clearly marked as hazardous, as well as establishing provisions (in Australia under the Workplace Health and Safety Act) for safe exposure levels to airborne particles, administrative controls and personal protective equipment required during handling etc.

Hence when using RCF or other high bio-persistent materials it is important to take into account several considerations including the correct use of PPE, safe exposure limits for workers and other controls that may be necessary such as exhaust systems etc, or you could substitute the product for a healthier alternative.

SuperWool® – A Safer, Healthier Option

SuperWool® is blanket manufactured by Morgan Advanced Materials that falls under the AES (Alkaline Earth Silicate) family. AES materials have a low bio-persistence and have been confirmed as safe by in-vitro studies. The materials used to make Superwool® are even found in many food products in their non-fibrous form.

To read more about the key health properties of Superwool you can click here, the results of it’s toxicology study can also be viewed here.

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SuperWool® is in fact the only low bio persistence fibre available with a classification temperature of 1300°C (2372°F). The best part is it also offers superior performance (when compared to various standard forms of ceramic fibre blanket) with studies proving it offers up to 20% improved insulation over both RCF and competitor AES materials. It has also found to be equal in tensile strength to RCF products and stronger than competitor AES materials as it contains up to 30% more fibres.

Using an AES product like SuperWool® also helps you proactively meet environmental and safety standards and can even save you money as it can be disposed of in non-hazardous waste landfill.

Available Sizes

Superwool Plus (Classification Temperature 1200°C) Fibre Insulation Blankets are available in the following sizes and densities:

96 kg/m³ Density
13mm thick, 610mm wide x 14.6 metres
25mm thick 610mm wide x 7.2 metres
50mm thick 610mm wide x 3.6 metres

128 kg/m³ Density
13mm thick, 610mm wide x 14.6 metres
25mm thick 610mm wide x 7.2 metres
50mm thick 610mm wide x 3.6 metres

Superwool HT (Classification temperature 1300ºC) is also available in the same sizes and densities.

In addition to these full roll sizes, Associated Gaskets is pleased to offer SuperWool cut or fabricated to meet your needs. Whether it’s high temperature gaskets, strips or fully sewn composite heat blankets we’ve got the ability and experience to assist. Contact your local Associated Gaskets branch for more info.






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An update on our TDS & SDS publishing

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Over the last few months, we’ve been significantly expanding the number of technical data sheets (TDS) and safety data sheets (SDS) available on our website. Today, we wanted to share our progress with you, show where you can find them and explain why we’re doing this.

Why publish this information?

Here at Associated Gaskets we believe one of the most important services we can provide is in helping Australian industries select the best product for their specific and individual needs. This means providing comprehensive information on the huge range of products we have available.

Turns out, this is easier said than done. As many of you would know, our range includes everything from standard run of the mill rubber materials to complex composites, cyanoacrylates and custom fabricated solutions. The sheer size, breadth and diversity in the range is a challenge in and of itself; one made even more daunting when you account for the fact that our range is constantly (and we mean that literally) expanding as we work to find new solutions to new problems. We’re sure many of you can sympathize with these challenges.

Nevertheless, we’re strongly of the belief that in order for us to help everyone select the best product, we need to make comprehensive product details freely and easily available and this means publishing all of our TDS and SDS.

How are we doing?

Today, we’re proud to say that we’re making progress and we wanted to share this with you. Right now, here’s where we’re up to.

TDS & SDS Progress

As you can see from these two charts, we’ve still got a long way to go. That said, right now for any given product, you’re more likely than not to find the associated TDS right here on our website and have about a 1 in 3 chance of having the SDS. We’re committed to improving these numbers and won’t stop until we hit 100%.

Where can you find them?

Data sheets and other relevant product literature such as product information sheets and brochures can be found in the downloads section on each individual product page (see below).

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But remember, in the event that you find a product on our website for which there is no technical or safety data available, or there is not enough information available for you to make your choice, simply contact your local AG branch and speak to one of our friendly sales staff.






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