Processes used in pharmaceutical, biotechnological, and food production are subject to stringent standards and regulatory oversight and control. Gaskets and seals for pharmaceutical and food applications must provide maximum biological safety and sanitary performance, preventing product contamination and ensuring compliance with regulations.

Standards that must often be supported by gaskets and seals for pharmaceutical and food applications include FDA regulations, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) issued by regulatory agencies, and standards issued by independent bodies, such as the 3-A Sanitary Standards.

Gaskets and Seals for Pharmaceutical and Food Applications: Selection Criteria

When selecting gaskets and seals for pharmaceutical and food applications, process engineers and buyers should consider the following:

  1. The life expectancy of the gasket or seal. Sealing materials vary in the expected life expectancy they can provide within a given application. Because shorter life cycles mean more frequent seal replacements, it is better from a total cost perspective to choose a material which has a longer life expectancy within a given application.
  2. Resistance to chemical attack. Because gaskets and seals for pharmaceutical and food applications are often exposed to aggressive media, it is important to select sealing materials that can withstand the chemical attack without breakdown or degradation.
  3. Ability to support regulatory compliance. As noted above, sealing materials should be chosen which support compliance to applicable regulations and standards.

Gaskets and Seals for Pharmaceutical and Food Applications: Materials

CRG can produce precision cut gaskets and seals for pharmaceutical and food applications from the following materials. These materials satisfy the three selection criteria noted above:

CRG can produce gaskets and seals for pharmaceutical and food applications from the above materials, as well as others that we have in our material portfolio. CRG sales specialists will be pleased to review your application and provide guidance on selecting the most appropriate material. All gaskets and seals CRG produces are custom fabricated using the latest CNC production equipment in our ISO 9001-certified facility. To find out more about CRG gaskets and seals for pharmaceutical and food applications, please contact our sales team at crg@canadarubbergroup.com.

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