Lathe cut rubber gaskets and seals are a high quality and precise solution to custom size or OEM specifications. Our lathe cutting process allows us to produce parts quickly and accurately. This process is not limited to traditional shaped gaskets. We can cut any type of bevel into the OD of the part. Combine this process with our ability to die cut and we truly produce custom parts.
Among gaskets, this process can also be used for rubber hoses, washers, spacers, bumpers, or any type of round part our customer may have need for.
Lathe cutting rubber begins when a ground rubber tubes reach the cutting department, the cutting operator checks the Shop Order to identify the cut dimension(s). These cut dimensions include the cut thickness and possibly one or more bevel angles.
The operator then slips the rubber tube onto a cutting mandrel and mounts it onto a cutting lathe. Once again the tube is rapidly rotated on the lathe; only this time, one or more knives are pressed through the tubes giving each piece its final shape.
As the order is being run, the operator will check and chart the critical attributes being imposed by the cutting process to ensure the process remains in spec. Finally, when the pieces have been cut from the tubes, they are then sent to Final Audit where they will be carefully evaluated for total spec compliance.