What Size Is That O-Ring?

What Size Is That O-Ring?

As the saying goes, if we had a nickel for every time a customer asked this question…. Well, lets just say we’d have a lot of nickels.

Although the size of an o-ring might seem like a simple matter, and the issue of which o-ring fits the groove of a particular fastener might not seem complicated, the answer to the questions rest on information developed by ZaGO over the course of nearly a quarter century. How we determine the size of the o-ring is based on the following:

  • A calculation on the size of the screw involved
  • The intended application of the sealing fastener
  • The clearance hole of the mating part
  • The dimensions of the groove for which the o-ring is intended

As you can see, it’s rarely simply a matter of matching an o-ring size to a screw size. Here at ZaGO, we take great care to make sure that the o-rings applied are perfectly matched to the seal fastener provided to ensure performance of the sealing unit.

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