Housing Seals

The Superior Alternative to Gaskets

Our housing (face) seals outperform flat gaskets and other gasketing methods for a wide variety of applications. Custom designed to your exact specifications, they feature a round cross-section and are molded to hold superior tolerances to die-cut, flat gaskets. Unlike flat gaskets, the round cross section of housing seals ensures sealing of any potential leak paths.

system pressure in flat gasket vs o-ring housing seal

Flat Gasket

  • Die cut tolerances
  • Large surface contact area
  • High fastener loading required to achieve seal
  • Limited to two-dimensional geometry

O-Ring Housing Seal

  • Molded precision tolerances
  • Point load contact area
  • Lower compressive force required
  • Will better absorb variations in surface flatness

Housing Seals vs. Flat Gaskets

Feature/Benefit Housing Seal Flat Gasket
Round o-ring cross section to seal better Yes No
Reusable after disassembly Yes No
Choice of colors Yes Limited
Complex shapes Many Limited
Design assistance Yes No
Buy direct – no middlemen Yes Not likely
Low compression set Yes Not likely
Precision level tolerances Yes No

Meeting Your Exact Specifications

Though available in a durometer range of 20-80 Shore A, the housing seal can also be made even softer to match compression set requirements of plastic or metal housing applications. Apple Rubber can produce your seal in the most complex shapes and color-match the silicone material in solid or translucent colors.

Advanced Manufacturing Processes for Cost-Effective Solutions

Apple Rubber's Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) systems provide consistent, high-quality and cost-effective housing seals essentially flash-free. We can also utilize the latest compression and transfer molding technologies to meet your requirements.

Fast Prototype and Engineering Assistance

In-house tooling capabilities and an experienced design engineering staff enable Apple Rubber to deliver housing seal prototypes fast. Our engineers have the expertise in polymer technology – with a particular emphasis on silicone and liquid silicone rubber (LSR) – as well as plastics, metals and other materials to assist you in creating the right housing seal solution for your needs.

Wide Range of Standard Colors

Housing seals from Apple Rubber are available in a wide range of colors (solid or translucent) to match application requirements.

For more information on housing (face) seals, contact Apple Rubber today.