The Best Solution for Easy Automotive Rubber Assembly

There are an amazing number of rubber parts in a single automobile. It can be mindboggling to think of the various rubber components that are involved in the assembly of a car. O-rings, bushings, seals, hoses, engine mounts, belts, gaskets…any number of chassis, engine and suspension components are made of rubber or plastic. 

Rubber is naturally slip resistant, making it difficult to work with at times. Trying to install, remove or manipulate tight fitting rubber components can be a real challenge. Parts that are improperly aligned or installed may result in performance or safety issues. Using a temporary assembly lubricant, like P-80®, makes rubber installation easier and helps to avoid these types of problems.

P-80 temporary rubber assembly lubricants are designed to decrease the installation force needed to install rubber parts. 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. Since P-80 does not contain silicon or any other persistent ingredients, once dry the slipping action goes away.

P-80 is used by many automotive OEM’s, suppliers and repair shops to ease the force needed to install rubber parts such as bushings, hoses, O-rings, belts and gaskets. Some common automotive applications are illustrated here:

P-80 lubricants work so well for automotive assembly applications that the full line of P-80 lubricants was awarded with the 2012 North American Automotive Assembly Lubricants Product Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan. Read the full report here.

The next time you’re having trouble pushing a hose into place, inserting a window seal or installing suspension bushings try using P-80 lubricants and see how much easier the job becomes. Temporary lubricants are ideal for automotive use because they reduce the friction needed for assembly and repair without damaging the parts.

Want more information about temporary rubber assembly lubricants, including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant?  Download IPC’s free P-80® webinar.  Want to try P-80 for your automotive assembly needs?  Request a free sample. Or contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

5 Ways Temporary Rubber Lubricants Can Help Ease Assembly

How many times have you tried to push an O-ring into place only to have it pop right back out? Or tried to push a rubber hose into a pipe only to find it wouldn’t slide into place because the fit was just too tight? These tasks can be very frustrating and can often require considerable physical effort and time.

Rubber materials are inherently difficult to install, remove, or otherwise manipulate – even when wet. The slip resistant nature of rubber creates a challenge during the assembly and repair of rubber parts. Common assembly problems that may occur include ill-fitting, misaligned or damaged parts, rolling O-rings, uneven cuts, and worker injury. Using temporary rubber assembly lubricants can solve these problems.

Temporary rubber assembly lubricants can:

1. Reduce Installation Force:
A thin film of lubricant applied to a part fills in any gaps, holes, or spaces between two separate surfaces, allowing them to slide across each other. By reducing the surface tension between the two surfaces, rubber parts can slide into place easily, providing a tight fit.

2. Achieve Closer Fits:
Engineers can design lower tolerance parts. The force needed to install the parts when a lubricant is used is greatly reduced. Since the lubrication is only temporary, once dry, the parts stay in place resulting in a tight fit.

3. Improve Product Performance:
Improper part alignment can lead to part failure and safety issues. Using a rubber assembly lubricant, which enables the parts to slide easily into place, can solve these problems by reducing or eliminating damage to parts.

4. Increase Production Rates:
Applying an assembly lubricant to the rubber part makes the rubber slippery, so parts can easily slide into place. After the lubricant dries, the lubricity goes away and mated parts maintain a tight fit. The assembly process becomes more productive because it is easier and quicker.

5. Help to Avoid Worker Injuries:
Lubricants reduce the insertion force needed for rubber assembly. Workers can more easily push parts into place, reducing the amount of musculoskeletal, slippage, and repetitive stress related injuries that can be caused by using too much force to insert a rubber part.

The next time you’re having trouble replacing a pump seal, inserting a grommet, or pushing a hose into place, try using a temporary rubber assembly lubricant and see how much easier the job becomes. Temporary lubricants are ideal for rubber assembly because they reduce the friction needed to assemble parts.

Want more information about temporary rubber assembly lubricants, including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant? Download IPC’s free P-80 webinar. Or contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.  Visit us online at www.ipcol.com.

 

Did you know that P-80® Lubricants are available in handy, re-sealable, 10mL tubes?

P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants are ideal for maintenance and repair kits.

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.

Now, 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.

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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.

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.

Please contact us at mkt@ipcol.com to help you decide which formula will best serve your needs. Free sample kits and technical assistance are available.

Have you Tried P-80 for Automotive Assembly?

P-80 temporary rubber lubricants have been proven effective for a wide range of automotive assembly operations.  P-80 lubricants are a great aid for the installation of boots, bumpers, bushings, diaphragms, grommets, hoses, insulators, mounts, O-rings, plugs, rubber moldings, seals, sleeves, tires, rubber washers, wire harnesses, and hundreds of other rubber and soft plastic parts.Automotive Assembly Applications

What are your most successful automotive applications for P-80?  What assembly challenges are you facing?

Which P-8o® formula should I use?

All P-80® products provide temporary, water-based lubrication. Deciding which P-80® product to use depends on your application, the type of surface involved in the assembly and dry-time.Group-P-80

P-80® Emulsion and P-80® THIX provide a higher degree of lubricity than P-80® Grip-It, and lubricate for a longer period of time. P-80® Grip-It stays slippery for a shorter period of time and leaves parts slightly tacky, which helps them to remain in place. P-80® RediLube is thinner than P-80® Emulsion with a low viscosity that evaporates quickly.

We have resources available to help you decide!

You are also welcome to call and speak to us at 609-386-8770 for additional assistance or visit our website at www.ipcol.com.  Have additional questions?  Drop us a line!

Pump Maintenance in 7 Easy Steps

When things are running smoothly it’s easy to overlook common maintenance chores and rationalize that it’s not worth the time to regularly inspect and replace parts. But nothing could be farther from the truth. The reality is that most facilities have several pumps performing a variety of functions that are integral to the successful operationpump-image of the plant. If a pump malfunctions it can be the cause of an entire plant shut down.

Pumps are the cogs in the wheel that keep your facility functioning efficiently, whether they are used for manufacturing processes, HVAC, or water treatment. To keep pumps running properly, a regular maintenance schedule should be implemented and followed.

  1. DETERMINE MAINTENANCE FREQUENCY
    Consult the original manufacturer’s guidelines. Consider the timing to schedule your maintenance. Will lines or pumps have to be disabled? Select a time when the system is down and use common sense when deciding the time and frequency.
  2. OBSERVATION IS KEY
    Get to know your system and make a point to observe your pump while it is still running. Make note of leaks, unusual sounds or vibrations and unusual odors.
  3. SAFETY FIRST
    Make sure machines are properly shut-down before performing your maintenance and/or systems check. Proper isolation is important not only for electrical systems, but for hydraulic systems as well.
  4. MECHANICAL INSPECTION
    1. Check that mounting points are secure
    2. Inspect the mechanical seal and packing
    3. Inspect the pump flanges for leaks
    4. Inspect the couplings
    5. Inspect and clean filters
  5. LUBRICATION
    Lubricate the motor and pump bearing per manufacturer’s guidelines. Be sure not to over lubricate. More bearing damage occurs as a result of over greasing than under greasing. If the bearing has a vent cap, remove the cap and run the pump for 30 minutes before reinstalling cap. This will allow excess grease to work its way out of the bearing.
  6. ELECTRICAL/MOTOR INSPECTION
    1. Check that all terminations are tight
    2. Inspect motor vents and windings for dust/dirt build-up and clean according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
    3. Inspect starter/contractor for arcing, overheating, etc.
    4. Use a megohmmeter on the windings to check for insulation failure
  7. REPLACE DAMAGED SEALS AND HOSES
    If any hoses, seals, or O-rings show wear or damage, replace immediately. Using a temporary rubber assembly lubricant will ensure a tight fit and prevent leaks or slips.

International Products Corporation (IPC) offers a unique line of temporary rubber lubricants. Our P-80® lubricants are available in six water-based formulagroup-p-80s that offer superior lubrication and are compatible with a variety of surfaces. P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, most are biodegradable.
There are numerous lubricants out there, including good old soap and water, so why do you need specially formulated rubber lubricants?  The facts speak for themselves:

P-80 Lubricants

  • Reduces Friction by 70%
  • Provides superior temporary lubrication, is environmentally friendly, is safe for workers, and comes in many biodegradable formulas

Solvents

  • Reduces Friction by 30%
  • Provides poor lubrication, contains high VOCs, may be flammable, and poses possible health risks

Soaps and Detergents

  • Reduces Friction by 30%
  • Provides inconsistent, nominal lubrication and may reactivate when wet

Petroleum Distillates

  • Reduces Friction by 60%
  • Provides sustained lubrication
  • Often incompatible with materials
  • Leaves a heavy residue

P-80 rubber lubricants are temporary, once dry the lubrication ceases and parts stay in place. Additionally, these lubricants will not reactivate in the presence of water and they will not dry out rubber parts.

Keep your facilities running smoothly. Try P-80 temporary rubber assembly lubricants for your pump maintenance needs. Visit http://www.ipcol.com to speak with a specialist and request a sample for testing. Download our free ePaper and case study discussing P-80 for pump seal maintenance.

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 parts@ipcol.com.  P-80 is available for purchase online at www.ipcol.com.

The Synergy of Membrane Cleaners

Water treatment facilities across a variety of industries are often challenged by membrane cleaning. As membranes become fouled from use they become less effective. Clean membranes allow for the proper flow of water. Keeping membranes clean is key to maintaining an optimal flux rate and helps to ensure that the treatment plant is operating effectively.

THE ECONOMICS OF MAINTENANCE
Treatment plant operators realize the importance of implementing a regular membrane cleaning regimen, but are often challenged to find the right cleaning products. Ideally they will want to find a cleaner that will restore membrane flux (which will in turn prolong the life of the membrane), reduce the cleaning frequency needed, be safe for both the membranes and the environment, and prove easy to use. Using the right membrane cleaner is a good economic decision as it minimizes downtime and prolongs membrane life. Since membranes are extremely expensive most facilities try their best to keep them operational for as long as possible.

Many membranes are sensitive to harsh chemicals and extreme pH levels. It is important for treatment plant operators to choose cleaners that will not be harmful to the membranes. Many specialty cleaners with mild pH ranges and safe ingredients are formulated to be effective, non-harmful cleaning agents for membranes.

THE RIGHT CHEMICAL IS KEY
Another consideration in choosing the proper membrane cleaner is the type of soil found in the water that is being treated. Alkaline cleaners dissolve oils and greases; some also contain chelants that can suspend metals and minerals. Citric acid cleaners are excellent at dissolving scale, like calcium carbonate or iron oxide. Hazardous acid cleaners, such as sulfuric, hydrochloric, and phosphoric, will serve the same purpose, but citric acid is much safer and has a broader range of filter compatibilities. A citric acid cleaner that also contains surfactants can go after many oils and greases that might be present in addition to the scale. In the food processing industry, soils can contain proteins and starches; in this case enzymatic cleaners might be needed. Most foulants are combinations of various soils; therefore choosing a formulated cleaning product with multifunctional ingredients is usually best.

AN UPSETTING PROBLEM
One U.S. wastewater treatment plant has an auxiliary effluent re-use facility constructed specifically to produce reverse osmosis quality water destined for ethanol production. The plant requires approximately 1,000,000 gallons (3.8 million liters) of reverse osmosis water per day above the wastewater treatment plant’s normal processing volumes. The wastewater control systems manager, manages the effluent re-use facility to ensure this additional volume is met on a daily basis. A key component of the effluent re-use facility is the ultra-filtration process, which uses 0.4μ polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membranes with an upper pH limit of 10.0. These membranes are fouled primarily with petroleum sulfonates and bacterial secretions. Particularly in cold weather, the upstream BOD step has frequent “upsets,” where the bacteria die and secrete a water soluble foulant that adheres strongly to the PVDF polymer and significantly increases the trans-membrane pressure (TMP). These “upsets” must be resolved quickly to ensure a plentiful supply of pure water.

PASSING THE TEST
In order to determine the optimal cleaning regimen, the plant manager systematically evaluated the performance of twenty different cleaners and hundreds of differentmembrane_art_beaker combinations and concentrations, including commonly used commodities and many formulated membrane cleaners. The results found International Products Corporation’s Micro-90® was one of the top performing cleaners in the study. Micro-90® stood out because the product performed better than all of the commodities and other formulated membrane cleaners, particularly on the bacterial secretions. Micro-90® worked effectively without the use of phosphates, silicates, and strong alkalis, at a membrane-compatible pH of only 9.5, and at a 0.3 percent concentration.

THE SYNERGY OF MICRO-90®
Micro-90® is a mild, yet powerful, multipurpose, alkaline cleaning concentrate that has long been used in laboratories, industrial applications, and critical cleaning processes. Micro-90® is a unique chelating detergent that contains ionic and non-ionic ingredients, which combine to produce a variety of cleaning actions. Micro-90® lifts, disperses, emulsifies, sequesters, suspends, and decomposes soils, then rinses away leaving the surface absolutely clean.
Micro-90®’s target soils include oil, grease, wax, tar, flux, particulates, hard water stains, and biological debris. Micro-90® is highly effective at defouling filter membranes and can be validated in critical cleaning applications.

A MODEL FOR THE FUTURE
Micro-90® has been in use at the effluent re-use facility since October 2010. Some of the original PVDF membranes are still used and continue to smembrane_m90ee significant TMP drops after cleaning with Micro-90®. Although the bacterial upsets cannot be prevented, their fouling can be resolved in a predictable manner with the use of Micro-90®. Since the initial use of Micro-90®, the effluent re-use facility design engineers have recommended the cleaner to other similarly designed effluent re-use facilities nationwide because of the product’s effectiveness, safe profile, compatibility, and economical cost per use.

Because so many variables can exist in choosing the right cleaning product for each facility, it is important for treatment plant operators to work with cleaner manufacturers that can offer them technical guidance and a variety of products to best meet their needs. When selecting a membrane cleaner find a company that provides a range of proven products, referrals, free technical support, free product samples, and on-site assistance.

Micro-90® is manufactured in the USA by International Products Corporation (IPC) and is readily available worldwide through a network of global distributors. Contact IPC for a no-obligation evaluation and offer of free samples by visiting http://www.ipcol.com or email membrane@ipcol.com.  Micro-90® is available for purchase online at http://www.ipcol.com.

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