Common Gasket Materials, Uses and Applications

Choosing the right gasket for your particular application can be a daunting task. Thankfully, there is an easy way to find out which type of gasket will work best.   Gaskets are classified in three common ways: by the material they are made of, by their function and specific application. Gaskets are a part that’s cut from some form of flexible material. The gasket is placed between two other surfaces, most commonly to create a seal between them. The purpose is to prevent the leakage of some type of liquid, stopping vibration or mounting items to walls or the outsides of buildings.   Common Gasket… Read more »


WE HAVE A NEW CLOSING TIME…

Time for a change….   BSCL now have a new closing time which will take effect from 1st August. We will now be open for business between the hours of 08:00am – 16:30pm, Monday to Friday. If you require any assistance or need any advice about our products, please call our sales team on 01922 646 716 or email at sales@birminghamseals.co.uk   Thank you for your cooperation!            


Should You Buy Remanufactured or Re-engineered Hydraulic Components?

All hydraulic components need replacing at some point in time. And for those machines that are more than a decade old, OEM parts can be difficult to find. This is one reason why so many machine owners choose parts that have been re-engineered. Parts can be had both from OEMs and independent aftermarket suppliers. But are re-engineered components really the best option?     Performance and Sourcing The purchase of re-engineered hydraulic gaskets and other components allows machine owners the opportunity to give their equipment a better chance of performing at optimal levels. And equipment which may have been obsolete can be difficult to get… Read more »


Is it time to replace your hydraulic hose??

Is It Time To Replace Your Hydraulic Hoses? Here’s how   It’s inevitable that eventually, the components of your equipment will fail. Although it may not be the easiest task to remove and replace a hose and fittings, it’s a necessary job.  Otherwise, a hose will eventually begin to leak oil or other fluid, which can cause damage to other parts of your equipment, costing your business even more.   Steps to Replacing Hoses   1) Locating the Leak The first thing to do is to locate the hose that’s leaking the oil or other fluid. Of course, a hose that has burst will be… Read more »


How do Rubber O-Rings Seal Components?

How do Rubber O-Rings Seal Components? O-rings and rubber O-rings are employed where the pressure differential between the components of the system are static and/or the pressure differential between components is considerably less than that produced in hydraulic systems. The size of a rubber O-ring is delimited by the internal diameter (where the endpoints are the internal surface of the ring) and the cross-sectional area (where the endpoints are the external surface of the ring). In the UK, all O-rings and rubber O-rings are classified according to British standard sizes which extend from BS001 to BS932.     Sealing components Fluid dynamics is the study… Read more »


Why Choose BSCL?!

Choosing a suitable supplier – Why choose BSCL?   Rubber o rings are used in a broad range of applications and are amongst the most common types of seals used in a range of applications such as machine design. In order to ensure that you get maximum functionality and efficiency from your o rings, it is important to ensure you select quality products that are hardwearing and well suited to your needs. In order to do this, you need to ensure you also find the most suitable supplier of o rings – thankfully, we’re here to help!   While you can purchase these products from… Read more »


All You Need To Know About Gaskets!

Which Gasket Materials Offer The Best Resistance to Weather?   If a gasket will be exposed to several different kinds of weather, it only makes sense that it be made from materials that will ensure a long life. But weather resistance means many things, including resistance to the sun, ozone and temperature as well as actual weather conditions. When a gasket is able to resist weather, chemicals and other similar items, it is called an environmental gasket or environmental seal. Here at BSCL we provide gaskets to fit all weather conditions, you can always speak to a member of our team who can give advice… Read more »


A BIG thanks from BSCL!

There’s a lot changing at BSCL! We have had a revamp here at BSCL with help from old and new friends and we must say we are VERY happy with the results so far! As we have mentioned in recent newsletters, we now have a BRAND NEW WEBSITE, so make sure you are visiting regularly for news and updates! We have also updated our logo for a more modern look, along with new uniform which the team are very pleased with! The Transformation.. Although we’d love to, we cannot take credit for our new website! Our friends at Bluflame Design have worked their magic once… Read more »


BSCL Easter News

Happy Easter from everyone at BSCL! As Easter is fast approaching, BSCL are giving away a bundle of goodies for the customer with the best Easter message! For a chance of winning our eggcellent prize, send us your best Easter message along with your order! To stand out you will need to make your message as funny and as eggstravagant as you can! A member of our Sales Team will pick the winner and this will be featured on our website. So if you’re a fan of chocs then get your message sent over along with your next order!     Easter closing times! BSCL will be… Read more »


Addressing and Fixing Hydraulic Oil Leaks

A constant cost of operating any type of hydraulic equipment is the purchase of replacement fluid. And this cost can really add up over time. Although the integrity of hydraulic seals can sometimes be to blame for leakage, the reliability of any hydraulic system is due to more than one factor. The Downtime Downside A lot of leaky hydraulic equipment goes unrepaired because of the large amount of downtime that’s usually required for fixing. As a result, oftentimes leakage is allowed to continue until the cost of replacement oil becomes enough of a cost to justify the cost of repair and downtime. However, there are… Read more »


How to Avoid Overheating in Hydraulic Systems

On the list of the most common causes of hydraulic equipment failure, overheating ranks at number two. Unfortunately, the general understanding about how to identify and address overheating issues is all too often misunderstood. Overheating’s main cause is the general inefficiency of the system. Any inefficiency will cause input power to be lost. These losses undergo a conversion to heat, which is important, as the total power lost is equal to a system’s heat load. If heat dissipates at a rate that’s less than the total input power lost, overheating will eventually occur. Target Temperature for Seal Damage The compounds that hydraulic seals and o-rings… Read more »