The Combifit T-ring, Tri-clamp sealing rings are composed of a stainless steel outer ring with a T-shaped cross-sectional profile and a rubber inner ring vulcanized onto the stainless steel ring. They are specially designed to provide a hygienic seal in pipe systems and at connections to devices used in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The locations of the couplings in the process are often the foci of bacterial colonies and for this reason they must be regularly disassembled and cleaned.
Usually the sealing ring is made entirely of one type of rubber, but when the coupling is tightened, it is deformed or crushed. This often creates a breeding ground for bacteria with all its consequences.
The use of the Combifit hygienic seal rings prevents deformation and busting of the seal and enables full "Cleaning- or Steam-In-Place" (CIP or SIP).
The T-profile of the ring automatically aligns the connecting coupling parts, and the solid stainless steel outer ring ensures that the Combifit T-ring snaps into place and is easily removed.
During tightening of the coupling, the rubber inner ring can only be compressed 14%, after which the stop of metal to metal follows. So besides the rubber seal, there is also a metal to metal seal so a damaged ring can never cause a serious leakage. The Combifit T-ring, Flat ring and Tri-Clamp ring have a longer life and thus a longer service life.
male part Combifit T-seal liner
The inside is tight without liquid remains
Stainless steel outer ring
Like single rubber seals, the Combifit hygienic seal rings cannot be blown out of its seat by the process pressure. The rubber inner ring is enclosed in the installed coupling by metal walls of stainless steel. For this reason, it is possible to apply (fragile) silicone rubber, which is important when using high temperatures, for example when sterilizing the installation at 140-150°C. The Combifit T-ring, size 1½", underwent a pressure test of 250 bar and was found to be leak-proof and tight.
The Combifit T-ring can be installed in all existing ISO-2852, ISO-2853, DIN, IDF Unions - BS 4825 (parts 3 and 4) and ASA systems.
Our Combifit T-ring has been subjected (installed) to a severe bacteria test, then flushed into the pipe and come out completely clean. The rubber grades EPDM, Silicone and FKM (grade 1) are FDA, EC 1035/2004 compliant and thus meet current food industry requirements.
The use of our rings and quick installation saves time. In addition, sterilization times are reduced because cleaning can be done at higher temperatures. On top of that, maintenance and downtime costs are saved. Enough reasons why the Combifit T-rings, tri-clamp - and flat rings have been used for over 20 years with excellent results by, among others:
Rubber technical data sheets are available upon request but are also sent with each initial order. They meet at least the following requirements:
FDA 177.2600 (incl E&F) , EC 1935/2004.
In addition, we provide the rings with coding so we can trace and return the rings to customer, production date, rubber batch, and rubber type at all times.
CIP or SIP cleaning with different cleaning agents, duration of contact with the cleaning agent or base materials, temperature, pressure of the production process or cleaning procedures, frequency and sequence of cleaning all affect the quality of the rubber and thus the life of the ring.
Therefore, we cannot advise which CIP/SIP cleaning is suitable for which rubber and how many cleaning cycles the ring can handle before it needs to be replaced. At all times the choice for the specific rubber should be presented to a CIP/SIP specialist and tested in practice regarding its durability. This is because of the number of variables that affect rubber quality and it has been found that theory and practice do not always match.
If an item does not appear in our standard program, please contact us. In fact, we can also make custom rings. For this we charge a one-time fee for making the molds.
We may be able to meet your needs.