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Tuf-Steel® Gasket our latest blockbuster product

Brought to you by:
Garlock/Rubber Fab

A story of trust is the theme for an industry that needs to keep its materials safe and clean, the Tuf-Steel® Gasket is a character you can rely on.

“If you’re not careful, your processing can be in serious peril. The Tuf-Steel® Gasket stands up to the villain of Abrasive Materials and the henchmen of Aggressive Wear.”

“If you’re not careful, your processing can be in serious peril. The TUF-STEEL® GASKET stands up to the villain of Abrasive Materials and the henchmen of Aggressive Wear.”

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Tuf-Steel® Gasket’s backstory

You’ll be amazed by what the Tuf-Steel® Gasket can stand up to. It’s designed to deal with some tricky characters like thick liquids and dense materials. Safely processing it through machinery, it’s the toughest in the business. Some say tougher than Bruce Willis.

Without the right gasket, whatever you’re processing can be in serious danger – contaminated by bits of plastic and rubber. The Tuf-Steel® Gasket stands up to any adversary – abrasive materials and aggressive wear and tear. It doesn’t degrade, keeping your materials safe, sterile, and ready for sale.

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The plot thickens

Choosing the wrong gasket causes big obsticals throughout the manufacturing story. The Tuf-Steel® Gasket is robust enough to keep going no matter what. Plus, it’s compatible with all the cleaning agents you’ll already use. No degradation means no product recalls and lots of happy customers.

Our 5 star review

This gasket is one of our biggest, toughest leading legends for a reason. You can always rely on Rubber Fab to bring it when it comes to functional, durable materials that bring in numbers at the box office. We love it, and we think you will too.

Paul Murphy

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Gylon Bio-Pro®, our latest blockbuster product

Gylon Bio-Pro® Brought to you by:
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These gaskets are designed to resist all the problems that make other gaskets crumble, from over-tightening to wear and tear.

“Manufacturers that install these gaskets can often be heard to say that the production lines that use our gaskets are issue free”

Paul Murphy

The Gylon Bio-Pro® Backstory

Pharmaceutical businesses that don’t use GYLON Bio-Pro® regularly have to replace their gaskets because they’re unreliable divas – they need too much attention, maintenance, contaminate the product, stick to expensive equipment, and (spoiler alert) create leaks. Contamination is obviously a no-go in any industry, but particularly pharmaceuticals. It can mean downtime, product recalls, quarantining, and even throwing out a whole batch – that’s not the happy ending we all crave. A quality gasket you can trust makes all the difference.

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The plot thickens

Gaskets are up against it in pharmaceuticals. They have to withstand tough cleaning and sterilisation, and seamlessly process extreme acid and alkaline materials without breaking a sweat. They’re carrying the whole production on their shoulders! For factories processing lots of different materials, it’s important to be able to rely on something failsafe and sanitary. That’s exactly what GLYON Bio-Pro® provides. Manufacturers that install these gaskets can often be heard to say that the production lines that use our gaskets are issue free. They’re a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination too.

Our 5 star review

Pharmaceutical grade products demand pharmaceutical grade equipment. The GYLON Bio-Pro® is a gasket manufacturers, audiences, and reviewers can really trust. It withstands high temperatures, tough conditions, and never lets you down. She’s so good you could kiss her (not until the last scene though).

Paul Murphy
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Pure Transfer, where anything hose

Being ‘pigeon-holed’, that’s what they call it. 

All of a sudden you’re known for doing something really well and everyone expects you to carry on doing that ‘thing’ forever. Personally, I know exactly how Arnold Schwarzenegger felt when he was only offered tough-guy roles. Not that I’m regularly offered the starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters – which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is their loss. What I’m saying is a similar degree of pigeon-holing occurred to us, here at Pure Transfer, when we became so well known as ‘The Gasket People’. 

It’s perfectly understandable why we’ve become synonymous with gaskets in so many people’s minds. We have a lot of passion for high purity gaskets. 

But here’s the newsflash: We’re also passionate about our high purity hose range. 

In fact, we manufacture our own high purity hose assemblies right here at Pure Transfer HQ.

So, to firmly rid everyone of the idea that our know-how only applies to gaskets, we wanted to share some of our hard-earned hose savvy with you. Before we start, let’s get technical for a moment, when we say ‘Hose’, what we actually mean is high purity hose assemblies – which, you’ll agree, is a bit of a mouthful. 

Everyone happy? Off we go… 

Where are high purity hoses used?

At Pure Transfer, we’re proud to manufacture the high purity hose assemblies that are so vital within the pharmaceutical and biotech process lines that create medicines, vaccines and biologics.  

Our hoses are designed to thrive in these highly sensitive working environments where excellence is more than an abstract concept, it’s a daily necessity. We work tirelessly to ensure all aspects of our hose product range, from design and construction to installation and operation, are free of any element that could contaminate the final product. Falling below a standard of perfection could create catastrophic outcomes and is completely unacceptable. 

Thankfully, here at Pure Transfer, avoiding contamination and maintaining purity is something we excel at.  

Q: Where are high purity hoses used? 

Answer: In environments where nothing less than perfection will do.

What does a high purity hose do? (The hugely simplified version)

The high purity hoses we manufacture, here at Pure Transfer, are used to join two high purity components together. Hoses are used for many reasons, such as ease of assembly and disassembly, the practicalities of daily usage and the requirements of load cells. As a general rule, hoses are usually found in those places where traditional stainless-steel pipework won’t fit or where flexibility is paramount to the purity process line. 

Put simply, our hoses are the bendy bits between bits of kit. 

It might sound obvious, but it’s vital that a high purity hose is fitted correctly. A common mistake is to put too much strain on the hose’s connections, which will result in leakage. Failure to install a hose assembly in the right way can lead to catastrophic effects, both in terms of pollution of the final product and the financial costs of assembly downtime.

Q: What does a high purity hose do? 

Answer: It provides a flexible connection between two high purity components. 

What are high purity hoses made of?

It’s not as simple a question as it may sound. A variety of materials are used in the high purity hoses we manufacture. What these materials have in common is they have characteristics that ensure contamination is not possible. Our hoses comply with many biocompatibility standards, such as FDA CFR 21, FDA CFR 177 and USP Class VI. Not only that, every end connection we use is compatible with the process fluids and cleaning solutions, without degrading the purity of the line. 

Q: What are our high purity hoses made of?

Answer: The right stuff. 

The price of peace of mind

We’re justifiably proud of the way our hose assemblies are designed, tested and manufactured. With hoses, as with our gaskets, we have a well-deserved reputation for supplying the best. 

Our clients understand that our hoses don’t come with bargain basement price tags. What they come with is a guarantee of reliability and quality, which provide a peace of mind which is truly priceless. 

Leveraging our know-how leaves our customers so relaxed that, if you listen carefully, you can probably hear the sound of stress leaving their bodies. 

At least, we think that’s stress. 

Getting the right hose for the job

Choosing the correct hose means a careful process of selection. At a basic level, picking the ‘right’ hose means matching the material it’s made of to the demands of the particular part of process assembly where it will be used. Questions must include:

  • How resistant to solvents must the material be?
  • How easy to clean does the material need to be?
  • How flexible does the material need to be?
  • STAMPED FORM…

The list goes on. 

At Pure Transfer, our team has the hose know-how to guide you through the process of choosing the right hose for your needs. We’ll move heaven and earth to help. 

So that’s hoses…

At Pure Transfer we’re proud to be ‘The Gasket People’ but we’re so much more than that. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger, we have range. Our high purity hoses set the standard for an industry that is obsessed with perfection. That said, there’s one thing that we don’t mind being pigeon-holed about, the quality of our customer service. We make a simple promise: our customers’ problems become our problems, until we solve them.

Paul Murphy

PS – if you want to find out EVEN MORE about high purity hoses, then check out our industry insights page ‘Life is a bed of hoses’.

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What is a Gasket Worth?

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Dalai Lama

I like that quote from the Dalai Lama. It really speaks to me. 

Why? 

Because, in my job, it’s often the little things, I mean really little, that make the biggest impact. Over the years I’ve discovered that ‘sweating the small stuff’ isn’t a character flaw. 

Far from it. 

In fact, it’s only through attention to detail, especially in regards to seemingly insignificant parts of a process, that true success is found. 

Let’s examine attention to detail in the context of high purity gaskets. Do you know what a gasket is? There’s no problem if you don’t. ‘Gasket’ is one of those words that most people have stored in the back of their head, with the vague idea of its technical meaning. Yet, because the topic rarely comes up in conversation, most of us never get the chance to discover if our definition is actually correct. 

So, what are gaskets?

In my work (that of high purity process components) they are, more often than not, little ‘O’s. Usually made of a rubber-like polymer, these circles form seals between two ‘mating’ surfaces or flanges within a process or transfer line. Visually, they’re quite underwhelming bits of kit. It would take a really niche connoisseur to even consider a hobby of collecting gaskets. And, before you ask, I don’t. 

The thing is, these unglamourous polymer circles form a very important function. Without them high purity process assemblies just wouldn’t work. Simple as that. Gaskets are integral to creating high purity flow paths. It’s difficult to overstate the degree to which process manufacturing industries rely upon gaskets. 

And yet, gaskets fail. They fail a lot more frequently than they should. 

Why do gaskets fail?

Why? In the main part, it’s down to user error. Gaskets are consistently used in the wrong context. Not only that, the ‘right’ gaskets are often installed poorly, which means they can’t do their job properly. This persistent failure to see the importance of using the correct gasket, properly installed, frequently leads to unnecessary downtime.

You don’t need to be a genius to understand that downtime is costly. Failing gaskets are a major, and often totally unnecessary, expense across both the biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors. 

It’s time to ask ourselves: “What is a gasket really worth?” 

What is a gasket really worth?

Here at Pure Transfer, it’s our mission to raise awareness of the issues that arise when gaskets, admittedly a low value component, aren’t treated with respect. Let me walk you through a hypothetical situation, based around the type of issue that (unfortunately) frequently occurs. 

  • A gasket fails in a high purity manufacturing environment, leading to the production assembly shutting down for an unspecified period. The implications of this stoppage are far reaching. 
  • An investigation into the failure is triggered.
  • Supplier(s) are contacted to discuss the situation surrounding the gasket failure. 
  • Questions are raised by both the affected high purity manufacturer and those who supply them. 
  • It soon becomes clear that pinpointing the origin of the fault is difficult. The manufacturers routinely buy generic gaskets from a wide range of suppliers. With so many suppliers involved, it’s impossible to define where the failed gasket came from.
  • Both sides seek answers: 
  • The high purity manufacturer wants to know why the gasket failed and who is going to compensate them for their loss. This could potentially mean £100,000s.
  • The suppliers want to know the context in which the gasket was used. How long had it been used in that way? When was the gasket installed? Who installed it? How can the manufacturer prove the gasket in question was purchased from the supplier? 
  • The customer seeks damages for lost earnings as a result of the failed gasket. However it’s not certain who supplied or created the gasket that’s at fault. 
  • Furthermore, the investigation shows the gasket was being used for a duty it wasn’t designed to fulfill. 
  • The whole sorry episode ends in an expensive mess, with no clear route for the manufacturer to follow in order to recoup any money. 

So, what’s the moral of this story? Let’s think back to the Dalai Lama and the seemingly insignificant mosquito that caused so much irritation. The only effective way to deal with a mosquito is to look beyond its seemingly insignificant size and take it seriously. A wise person obtains mosquito nets, insect repellent and ear plugs in order to neutralize the insect’s impact. 

Similarly, at Pure Transfer, we strongly believe that the only way to stop a seemingly insignificant £1 gasket costing a company more than £1,000,000 is to take it seriously, through high standards of education and traceability.   

What do I mean?

Education:

Time and again, problems occur because of a lack of understanding. Education is vital to stop gaskets from being used in an inappropriate context. A gasket should be fitted into a production assembly by someone who is specially trained to do so. This person should understand the importance of the material the gasket is made of, relative to its situation. They should be aware of the temperatures a gasket will experience and the pressures it must function under. In addition, the gasket should only be fitted by someone who understands the intricacies of forming a seal that is unlikely to fail. This type of training costs money, but who could argue against such expenditure when it’s compared to the vast losses potentially incurred due to a failing or misused gasket?

Traceability:

At Pure Transfer, we regularly find ourselves brought in to resolve an issue within a process, only to discover there is no paper trail to show the age, model and provenance of the gaskets involved. In short, we’re left with no clue as to where these gaskets came from, why they are used, who fitted them and when. How anyone is expected to effectively assign culpability for a part’s failure in an environment where there is no oversight of the individual elements at play, I’ve no idea. For this reason, we continue to preach that traceability is essential and spending a little extra on the types of gaskets that can be easily traced back to their origin, is always money well spent. We encourage our customers to purchase laser-engraved gaskets. Why? These gaskets clearly display their manufacturing origin – as such total traceability is guaranteed. That said, even a laser-engraved gasket can be incorrectly installed or used in an inappropriate context – another reason why training around the proper application of gaskets is vital. 

Final thoughts on the worth of a gasket

So, what is a gasket worth? The failure of a £1 gasket can lead to lost earnings of 6 figures or more. Yet, despite this, getting people to understand the importance of taking something so small and (seemingly) insignificant seriously is always an uphill battle. 

Here at Pure Transfer, our philosophy is gaskets should be treated with respect, because failing to do so could end up costing a fortune. Our mantra makes a lot of sense, although I doubt it’ll end up next to the Dalai Lama’s musings in a collection of ‘wise words’ any time soon. 

Paul Murphy