GYLON EPIX™ is a newly developed family of PTFE gaskets. It is manufactured using a patented, profiled surface based on our proven Fawn, Off-White, and Blue GYLON® to create highly conformable materials for optimum sealing performance.
THE EPIX™ DIFFERENCE
GYLON EPIX™ and a traditional full face gasket were installed in a 3”-150# flat face flange at 120 ft.lbs. with pressure sensitive film. The film revealed that the traditional material saw heavier loading-near and around the bolts, and lighter loading at the points furthest from the bolts. The GYLON EPIX™ was able to distribute the load more evenly and prevent the low loading phenomenon.
The pressure sensitive film was then analyzed with special software that translate the various shades of red into a full color spectrum that provides a better visualization of the stresses that were developed on each of the gaskets. Again, while the traditional gasket saw areas of lower stress (green and blue areas), the hexagonal pattern in the GYLON EPIX™ concentrated and distributed the stress more evenly across the entire gasket.
The innovative GYLON EPIX™, provides superior functional performance by combining the traditional attributes of GYLON® with an innovative surface design. It offers a broader range of applications than traditional PTFE gaskets used in worn and pitted flanges. In addition, it delivers the sealing and load retention properties of 1/16” and the conformability of 1/8”. The hexagonal profile provides improved compressibility and recovery. The profiled surface reduces the contact area during initial compression to concentrate the compressive force of the flange for improved sealability.
Designed for increased compressibility, GYLON EPIX™ improves performance in misaligned flanges. The consolidation of two thicknesses to one reduces the need to inventory multiple thicknesses. Garlock is dedicated to providing real sealing solutions that meet real world sealing needs. With an improved design, color-coded materials and a single thickness, GYLON EPIX™ makes sealing easier.
GYLON EPIX™ has been awarded in excess of 15 patents.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
- One thickness does the job of two.
- Seal performance and load retention equal of 1/16”.
- Compressibility and forgiveness/conformability of 1/8”.
- Patented hexagonal profile creates superb sealing and ability to conform to imperfect flange surfaces.
- Same materials as traditional GYLON®.
Gallagher is your source for all of your Garlock sealing needs. If you have further questions regarding GYLON EPIX™, or any other Garlock products, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our engineering department is always ready to help you design a sealing solution for your toughest application!