Garlock Sealing Technologies” MULTI-SWELL gasket is a proprietary gasketing material, which creates its own load when it comes into contact with oil or water. The material performs equally well in oil or water, does not degrade in contact with oils, and supports all types of flange designs. Particularly well-suited for MRO applications, the MULTI-SWELL gasket seals flanges in less than perfect condition, minimizing maintenance. According to Garlock, the MULTI-SWELL gasket is twice as soft as conventional gaskets and features extremely high crush strength, which helps it install safely in applications that typically crush rubber gaskets. Where vibration often causes bolt load loss or where load loss occurs because of bolt relaxation, such as in applications such as transmissions and air conditioning systems, the self-loading gasket is designed to counter that loss, preventing leakage and weeping. Because it performs well under low-load conditions, Garlock says the MULTI-SWELL gasket can be used with confidence even with plastic or cast iron flanges. The gasket is a good fit for applications such as compressors, pumps, gear boxes, transformers, fuel pumps, and cast water flanges.