CASE STUDY: P-80® Grip-it Quick-Drying Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricant Allows Dishwashers to Pass Critical Drop Test

The following is a case study from a major appliance OEM. It shows how using the proper P-80® assembly lubricant assisted in reducing drop test failures. Assembled dishwashers routinely undergo post assembly drop testing. During testing, a number of failures occurred. P-80® Grip-it was trialed and selected because of its lubrication and adhesive qualities. Switching to P-80® Grip-it solved the problem by significantly reducing drop test failures.

CASE STUDY: P-80® Grip-it Quick-Drying Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricant Allows Dishwashers to Pass Critical Drop Test

Test Results:

  1. P-80® Grip-it reduced failures allowing dishwashers to pass drop tests consistently.
  2. Easier assembly installation.
  3. Greater hose removal force.

Challenges: A dishwashing manufacturer was experiencing failures during their six inch drop test. Specifically, a connection of a return hose to the sump was susceptible to excessive tangential stress when the dishwasher was dropped at a certain orientation. The return hose separated slightly from the sump, causing leaks during the initial operation. In order to simulate any problems during delivery and installation, the drop test is performed to evaluate the robustness of the dishwashers.

Solution: Design engineers trialed P-80® Grip-it as a replacement for the current lubricant. Grip-it’s dual properties of lubrication and adhesion offered a better outcome.

Grip-it passed the prototype test phase and was moved into production. Assembly workers commented on Grip-it’s superior assembly lubrication over the previous product. Also, Grip-it provided detergency, which cleaned the hose assembly and adjacent areas. Most significantly, the slightly tacky residue of dried Grip-it increased the removal force to 33 pounds, which was found to withstand the tangential stress subjected during the drop test.

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 http://www.ipcol.com or email sample@ipcol.com.  P-80® is available for purchase online at http://www.ipcol.com.

P-80® Lubricants are Ideal for Appliance Assembly and Service

Dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, mixers, blenders, and many other appliances have rubber or soft plastic components such as hoses, O-rings, seals, grommets, plugs and more. The slip resistance of these parts makes assembly difficult. P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants significantly reduce friction helping these parts slide easily into place.group-p-80

P-80® lubricants are water-based, and do not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates so they will not cause rubber to dry out or harden. P-80® does not contain silicone or other persistent ingredients, so once dry you have a tight fitting part.

P-80® lubkitchenappliancesricants come in a broad range of formulas and sizes to meet all appliance assembly needs. Two, P-80® Emulsion IFC and P-80® THIX IFC, are approved for Incidental Food Contact applications (meeting FDA regulation 21 CFR 178.3570) and are registered with NSF as USDA H1 lubricants.

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P-80 lubricants enable rubber parts to slide easily into place with minimal force. Kitchen ApplianceOnce 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.

Advantages of using P-80 lubricants:

  • Reduces force required for installation
  • Increases production rates
  • Reduces part breakage and rejects
  • Allows for closer fitting part design
  • Reduces risk of musculoskeletal and slippage related injuries
  • Safe and Ready-to-Use

Comparison of P-80 Formulas
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Read IPC Case Study: dishwasher drop-test.

Contact International Products Corporation for assistance in determining which P-80® formula will best serve your needs. For sales and service in the U.S. call our ISO:9001 certified manufacturing facility at 609-386-8770 or email mkt@ipcol.com. For sales and service in Europe, call 44-0208-857-5678 or email saleseurope@ipcol.com. You may also visit our website at http://www.ipcol.com.

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.

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