CASE STUDY: P-80® THIX RUBBER LUBRICANT GEL

P-80 THIX Rubber Lubricant Gel Solves many Hydraulic Line Assembly Problems

Accomplishments:

  1. Eliminate false positive hydraulic leaks and contamination.
  2. Allow easier thread starts and aligned joint assemblies; achieve torque specification.

Additional Benefits:

  1. Non-hazardous product
  2. Biodegradable
  3. Temporary lubrication technology
  4. Rubber-compatible, thixotropic & synthetic

Challenges:
A crane manufacturer experienced problems with hydraulic systems; namely, contamination, rolled O-rings, leaks, and line shut-downs because of many false-positive leak detections. Multiple petroleum-based lubricants were used over the years for the assembly of hydraulic hoses and thread starts. While these lubricants eased the assembly of the hydraulic lines and facilitated thread starts, the lubricants, if not applied meticulously, slowed production, increased cost of quality, and increased rework. Over-application of these lubricants caused residue to remain in and around hydraulic lines attracting dirt, contaminating hydraulic systems, fluorescing brightly during black light leak inspections – leading to false positive results, and reducing installation torque over time. When used sparingly, the lubricants caused leaks from rough thread starts, rolled O-rings, friction-related damage, misaligned parts, and low installation torques.

Solution:
A cross-functional leak-prevention team of design and material engineers and hydraulic line assemblers trialed P-80 THIX Rubber Lubricant Gel for assembly of hydraulic lines and coating of threads for wet torque starts. Since THIX is a water-based emulsified thixotropic gel, the volume applied was not critical. Once applied, THIX remained in place regardless of the part’s orientation. The gel as a whole reduced assembly friction by 70% thereby eliminating rolled O-rings and misaligned parts. Installation torques was achieved consistently. After assembly, THIX begins to evaporate and loses its lubrication – leaving at most a negligible residue, which will not attract dirt or contaminate the hydraulic system, will not fluoresce, and cannot reduce torque over time.

THIX biodegrades over time, and because it is not petroleum-based, will not swell or soften elastomers. THIX is made from plant-derived, renewable resources and is non-hazardous based on lab tests.

The crane manufacturer experienced an immediate improvement in cost of quality and on-time delivery metrics. THIX has been implemented throughout the entire assembly floor and is currently being trialed at other locations worldwide.

All P-80 products are manufactured in the USA by International Products Corporation (IPC) and are readily available worldwide through a network of global distributors.
Contact IPC for a free P-80® sample kit by visiting www.ipcol.com or email sample@ipcol.com.  P-80 is available for purchase online at www.ipcol.com.

P-80 Emulsion Pump & Seal Lubricant

P-80® Emulsion is the perfect solution for pump and seal assembly. P-80® Emulsion P80-Emulsion-Spray_croppedis a ready-to-use assembly aide that makes rubber and soft plastic easy to install, remove, cut or manipulate. It allows rubber parts to slide easily into place and stay there, securing a tight fit.

The benefits of P-80® Emulsion:

  • Eases parts into place.
  • Reduces damage to parts.
  • Temporary – Once dry the lubrication is gone.
  • Alcohol free – will not dry out rubber or otherwise impair its performance.
  • Non-toxic and biodegradable.
  • Ready to use, requires no mixing.
  • Silicon, Petroleum and Solvent Free.

Rubber is a core material used in manufacturing. It’s inherent qualities make it the first choice for mountings, bumpers, seals, protective boots, belts, bushings, o-rings and hoses, just to name a few. Unfortunately, rubber’s non-slip surface often makes the installation, removal, and general manipulation of rubber components a difficult task. Tight-fitting rubber components can slow production and affect quality and safety.

The assembly of rubber parts should be evaluated at the design stage to take into consideration the assembly process and the excessive force that may be required to position them. This may result in damage to the parts themselves, damage to the surrounding area, or a poor fit. The traditional solution is to lubricate parts during assembly. However, some lubricants leave residues that may result in functional, health and safety, or aesthetic problems.

For this reason, International Products Corporation has developed a line of P-80® temporary rubber lubricants that allow rubber parts to slide easily into place and stay there. P-80® Lubricants are temporary in nature as a result of their chemical composition. They provide a high degree of lubricity when wet, but because they do not contain any silicon or other persistent ingredients, once they are dry there is no slippage.

Once applied, the water in P-80® evaporates and the oils are absorbed into the elastomer. As this evaporation/absorption process progresses, the lubrication diminishes, and when complete, the assembled part is dry to the touch and does not slide apart. No lubricity or greasiness returns, even in moist working environments, and the functionality and appearance of treated parts are unaffected. P-80® can also be used to lubricate rubber parts that are being cut or formed.

People working with rubber parts are often injured as a result of the force used in assembly. P-80® lubricants can substantially reduce the pressure needed to complete an assembly job, thereby improving worker safety. For example, a hose-to-cap fitting that originally would have taken 100 pounds of pressure to install, requires only 30 pounds of pressure when P-80® is used. This dramatic reduction of friction lessens the impact on workers’ hands and the likelihood of slippage-related injuries.

P-80® also improves product quality. It minimizes the force needed to assemble rubber and decreases the chances of a part or its surrounding area being ripped or otherwise damaged during assembly. Using P-80® can improve rubber assemblies, speed up productivity, reduce waste, and help to ensure a high-quality end product.
Unlike many other lubricants, P-80® products are water-based, non-toxic, non-flammable, easy to dispose of and ready to use. P-80® is NFPA-rated at 0-0-0 and contains negligible VOCs. Spills can be cleaned up with a cloth or sponge.

Only a small amount of P-80® is needed to achieve the required lubricity, and all products are available in multiple sizes, ranging from tubes to drums. P-80® is available in four different industrial formulas, as well as two additional formulas that are registered with NSF as H1 lubricants approved for incidental food contact applications.

All P-80 products are manufactured in the USA by International Products Corporation (IPC) and are readily available worldwide through a network of global distributors.
Contact IPC for a free P-80® sample kit by visiting www.ipcol.com or email sample@ipcol.comOur new case size of six bottles with sprayer tops are now available for sale!

P-80 Emulsion is available to purchase online.

New and Improved Packaging and Label Design for the P-80® Emulsion 1 Pint Containers

IP80-Emulsion_croppednternational Products Corporation (IPC) is pleased to announce the debut of a new   metric container and updated package design for the pint size of P-80® Emulsion temporary rubber assembly lubricant. A new 475 mL bottle will replace the 1 pint container; it will be available in cases of 6 and 12. For those wishing to utilize a sprayer with the new bottle, a case of 6 containers packed with 6 spray tops will also be available. Additional spray tops can be purchased separately, and are sold in cases of 12.

A few years ago, IPC replaced its quart and gallon sizes with similar P80-Emulsion-Spray_croppedmetric containers and induction sealed caps which greatly cut down on any leaking or damage caused during shipping. The transition to the new 475 mL bottle will begin in early 2016. Once the transition is complete, the pint containers will no longer be sold. Although the container will be changing, the P-80® product composition will remain the same. P-80® lubricants are specially formulated assembly aids that enable rubber parts to slide easily into place with minimal force. Once dry, P-80® stops lubricating and parts remain in place, resulting in a tight fit.

Advantages of the new 475 mL bottle include:

  • Stronger bottle and cap induction seals prevent leaking and reduce in-transit damage. Passed drop test: ISTA-6-FedEx-A.
  • Easy-to-store containers – The rectangular base allows for optimal use of warehouse and shipping space.
  • New sprayer option may enhance ease of use.
  • Global metric sizing.
  • Updated appearance and more detailed, informative label.
  • No current price change for the improved package.

P-80® lubricants enable rubber parts to slide easily into place with minimal force. Once dry, P-80® stops lubricating and parts remain in place, resulting in a tight fit. P-80® lubricants are compatible with most plastics, rubbers and metals. They are safe for workers and the environment. P-80® is water based and does not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates so it will not cause rubber to dry out or harden. Since P-80® does not contain silicon or any other persistent ingredients, once dry the slipping action goes away.

Contact us with your assembly challenge to help determine which P-80® formula will best serve your needs. Free samples are available for trial testing; sample@ipcol.com

For sales and service in the U.S. call our ISO:9001 certified manufacturing facility at 609-386-8770 or email mkt@ipcol.com. You may also visit our website at www.ipcol.com.

P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants – Now Available in 10ml tubes – Ideal for maintenance and repair kits!

The slip resistant nature of rubber makes it difficult to install, cut, remove or manipulate. Repair and installation of rubber parts can take considerable physical effort and time. In addition, improper part alignment or installation can lead to part failure and safety issues. Many jobs can benefit from the reduced friction and increased safety provided by P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants. Major manufacturing companies have used P-80 lubricants for years for the assembly of engine mounts, bumpers, seals, belts, bushings, O-rings, hoses, grommets, grips, plugs, moldings, tires and many other rubber or soft plastic engineered parts.

P-80 Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants - tube sizesNow, P-80 is available in handy re-sealable tubes making it perfect for maintenance, repair, service or even the dreaded recall. The 10 mL size provides enough lubrication for multiple repairs. They are a perfect size for assembly, maintenance and repair kits.

P-80 is helpful for pump, HVAC, auto and truck, motorcycle, construction equipment, mechanical seal, pool and spa, appliance, bicycle, plumbing and many other repair jobs. In fact, every fleet or service center can benefit from the use of P-80 for their ongoing maintenance. Most automotive OEMs have already approved P-80 for assembly, so specification numbers already exist making ordering easier for dealers and suppliers.

P-80 lubricants enable rubber parts to slide easily into place with minimal force. Once dry, P-80 stops lubricating and parts remain in place, resulting in a tight fit.

P-80 lubricants are compatible with most plastics, rubbers and metals. They are safe for workers and the environment. P-80 is water based and does not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates so it will not cause rubber to dry out or harden. Since P-80 does not contain silicon or any other persistent ingredients, once dry the slipping action goes away.

P-80 is available in four different industrial formulas, as well as two special formulas that are registered with NSF as H1 lubricants approved for incidental food contact applications. Most P-80 products are biodegradable and all are manufactured in the USA.

Please contact us to help you decide which formula will best serve your needs. Free sample kits and technical assistance are available by phone: 609-386-8770, by email: sample@ipcol.com, or visit our website at http://www.ipcol.com.

P-80 Lubricants can be used for assembly applications in major automotive OEMs

P-80 lubricants are more effective than soap and water and a safer alternative to alcohol and harmful solvent based lubricants. P-80 lubricants provide a high degree of lubricity when wet, but because they do not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, once dry the slipping action goes away. P-80 is free of petroleum distillates, so they will not dry, crack or otherwise harm rubber parts. P-80 lubricants are compatible with most metals, plastics and natural and synthetic elastomers.

There are a number of rubber and plastic parts that can benefit from using P-80 in the assembly process. Below are a list of rubber assembly applications in major automotive OEMs;

  • Heater hose
  • Windshield wiper hose
  • Upper and lower rad hose
  • Brake line
  • Window surround
  • Trunk seals
  • Grommets – automated and manual
  • Drive shaft boots
  • HVAC hoses
  • Wire harness pull throughs
  • Isolator brackets
  • Door harness
  • Automated o-ring and sleeve application

P-80 lubricants are available in four (4) industrial formulas; P-80 Emulsion, P-80 THIX, P-80 Grip-it and P-80 RediLube.  Contact us for recommendations on the best formula for your assembly application.  Free samples are available upon request by sending an email to mkt@ipcol.com or calling 609-386-8770..

View the entire line of P-80 lubricants at http://www.ipcol.com.

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