Garlock Sealing Technologies has launched Multi-Swell™, a proprietary new gasketing material that is the world’s first self-loading general service gasket, according to the manufacturer. Multi-Swell creates its own load when it comes into contact with oil or water, virtually eliminating the most common cause of gasket failure – insufficient load. This new material performs equally well in oil or water, does not degrade in contact with oils, and adapts easily to all types of flange designs, making Multi-Swell an ideal gasket for a broad range of other applications –– all at a cost comparable to conventional gasket materials. As it seals flanges in less than perfect conditions minimizing maintenance, Multi-Swell is particularly well-suited for MRO applications. Multi-Swell features extremely high crush strength and can be safely installed in applications that would typically crush elastomeric gaskets.