Storage and handling of seals
The guidelines for the storage and cleaning of seals are valid for natural and synthetic elastomer materials and are in accordance with ISO 2230 and DIN 7716 standards. The storage guidelines set forth in DIN 7716 are valid for long-term storage.
Unfavourable storage conditions and improper handling can change the physical properties of most products made from natural or synthetic rubber. This can result in hardening or softening, permanent deformation, peeling or cracks, which can lead to a shortened service life or render the products altogether useless. These changes can be brought about by storing the products under stress or load or from the influence of oxygen, ozone, heat, light, moisture or solvents. When stored properly, elastomer products generally retain their properties for several years.