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Universal Rod or Piston U-Cups

Universal Rod or Piston U-Cups

Universal Rod or Piston U-Cups or U-Rings are popular due to the small gland space required. They are usually specified in low speed, low pressure environments for both pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders. The symmetrical design seal is obtained by means of the flared, flexible lips coming in contact with the rod or cylinder wall. Clearance is provided at the heel for minimum friction. Seal effectiveness is increased as internal pressure increases against the inner surface of the lips. Many different U-Cup configurations exist to properly seal that demanding application. The O-Ring Store LLC offers a wide range of U-Cup designs and produces them from a broad range of materials. Loaded U-Cups, Non loaded U-Cups, Hydraulic or Pneumatic U-Cups We make getting U-Cups easy!

What are the most common O-ring compounds?

We stock O-Rings in over 20 different compounds and durometers the following six are the standard rubber materials in a range of durometers (Shore A) hardness to satisfy practically any service condition:

Buna-N O-Rings / Nitrile O-Rings / NBR: Nitrile (Buna-N) is the most widely used elastomer due to its excellent resistance to petroleum products, operating temperature range (-40°F to +257°F) and one of the best performance-to-cost values. It's an ideal material for aerospace, automotive, propane and natural gas applications. Special Hydrogenated Nitrile (HNBR) compounds can improve resistance to direct ozone, sunlight, and weather exposure while increasing temperature range to +300°F.
AS-568 Buna-N O-Rings | Metric Buna-N O-Rings

Viton® O-Rings / FKM: Fluorocarbon (Viton®) exhibits exceptional resistance to chemicals, oils, temperature extremes (-13°F to +446°F), low compression set, low gas permeability and excellent aging characteristics. Applications include: aircraft engines, automotive fuel handling systems, and chemical processing industries. FKM is also suitable for high vacuum applications. It is not recommended for exposure to ketones, alkalis, and Skydrol® fluids. Custom compounds are available with improved chemical and low temperature resistance.
AS-568 Viton® O-Rings | Metric Viton® O-Rings

Ethylene-Propylene / EPDM O-Rings: EPDM has outstanding resistance to heat, water and steam, alkali, mild acidic and oxygenated solvents, ozone, and sunlight (-40ºF to +275ºF); but it is not recommended for gasoline, petroleum oil and grease, and hydrocarbon environments. This popular rubber compound is usually the first choice for low torque drive belt applications.
AS-568 EPDM O-Rings | Metric EPDM O-Rings

Silicone O-Rings / VMQ: In the Silicone family, you will find compounds which are superior as static seals in extreme temperature conditions. Standard compounds handle operating temperatures -85º to +400ºF. Silicone compounds are popular in food and medical applications because they are very clean and do not impart odor or taste. Special Phenyl silicones can be used down to -148°F.
AS-568 Silicone O-Rings | Metric Silicone O-Rings

Neoprene® O-Rings / CR: Neoprene (-40º to +250ºF) is reasonably priced and features good resistance to petroleum oils, ozone, sunlight and oxygen aging, relatively low compression set, good resilience and outstanding physical toughness. It is the preferred sealing material for the refrigeration industry because of its resistance to ammonia and Freon®.
AS-568 Neoprene® O-Rings



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