At Alflow, we always store our goods in the best possible way and in accordance with the manufacturer's regulations and standards.
When we receive gaskets/rubber from our suppliers, they undergo quality control in accordance with our quality system, are packed in black, light-proof bags and placed in stock - if they are not already on their way to the customer.
We are regularly asked about the durability/service life of these gaskets/rubber - even when they are in our customers' warehouses. That is to say, the time from when they are produced until they are installed in various valves, pumps, etc.
Over time, many tests have been performed on how long rubber can last when in stock. Especially in the Aerospace industry, many standards have been created.
At Alflow, we follow the instructions described in the American standard ARP5316 (where most types of rubber last indefinitely under the right storage conditions) and store the most common rubber compositions for max. 10 years - after which we discard them.
In our warehouse, where we store these gaskets/rubber, we have the facilities to ensure:
- that the temperature does not exceed 35°C
- that shelves with these gaskets/rubber are not exposed to direct sunlight
- that the humidity in storage areas does not exceed 75%
- and otherwise all gaskets are sealed in black bags.