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How to Open and Dispense From a Drum in 7 Easy Steps

Why Buy Drums?
For companies that use large amounts of liquid products, ordering drums makes sense. Buying one drum, rather than numerous smaller containers, can be a more economical way to purchase liquid chemicals such as Specialty Cleaners and Temporary Assembly Lubricants. Cost savings may be realized in reductions in product cost, packaging cost, and shipping cost.

What’s the Correct Way to Open a Drum?
There are a variety of different drums on the market and a wide array of drum manufacturers, so it’s always a good idea to follow the best operating procedures for the particular type of container in your possession. At International Products Corporation (IPC) we use sturdy, yet lightweight, plastic drums for our products. Our customers often ask us for easy methods of opening and dispensing products from drums. We recommend using either a pump or the faucet that is attached to each drum. Watch our detailed videos for step by step instructions for both methods or follow the guidelines below.

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Opening a Drum and Dispensing with a Pump

  1. Remove caps and bung seals
  2. Choose the correct bung for your pump – either a fine/ NPT thread or a course buttress
  3. Insert pump into bung opening
  4. Use pump to mix the product
  5. Dispense product into a container
  6. Remove pump
  7. Replace drum bungs for storage

Opening a Drum and Dispensing with a Faucet

  1. Remove caps and bung seals
  2. Loosen upper bung for air
  3. Screw faucet into the other bung
  4. Face faucet toward dolly and tilt drum onto dolly
  5. Dispense with faucet into container
  6. Close faucet and vent
  7. Replace drum bungs and stand container upright for storage

Check out IPC’s series of “How-To” videos for other helpful tips on using Specialty Cleaners and Temporary Assembly LubricantsContact IPC’s technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly or precision cleaning needs.

A Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Approach to Selecting Assembly Lubricants

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International Products Corporation (IPC) is giving a presentation at the SAE World Congress Experience at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, April 11th at 2:30 PM (EST). Thomas McGuckin, IPC’s VP of Research, Quality and Safety, will discuss “A Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Approach to Selecting Assembly Lubricants”. The presentation will focus on the benefits of using assembly lubricants in manufacturing, and will discuss how Design Engineers, Lubricant Engineers and Ergonomic Engineers all work together to select assembly lubricants. Show attendees are encouraged to attend the presentation. Visit IPC at booth #6019 for expert technical support and advice on ways to ease rubber assembly operations.

 P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants significantly reduce the force required to assemble rubber and plastic parts.  Six unique water-based formulas are truly temporary – once dry the lubrication is gone.  IPC’s on-site laboratory offers FREE technical assistance and compatibility testing.

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  • Significantly reduce the force required for assembly
  • Reduce part damage
  • Reduce worker slippage and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Temporary – once dry, the lubrication is gone
  • Non-toxic, biodegradable
  • Ready-to-use

FREE SAMPLES are available for testing.

The slip resistant nature of rubber or soft plastic components makes assembly difficult. P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants significantly reduce friction, helping parts slide easily into place. P-80® lubricants are water-based and do not contain solvents, silicon or petroleum distillates, so they are temporary and compatible with many materials.

IPC manufactures specialty chemical products, including cleaners and assembly lubricants.  Their P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants are uniquely formulated for the installation of belts, bushings, grips, grommets, hoses, O-rings, seals, and other parts. All of IPC’s products are made in the USA, and are sold worldwide.

Read more about temporary rubber assembly lubricants including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant. Or, contact IPC’s technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

Rubber Lubricants Make Helicopter Maintenance A Breeze

Assembly and repair of helicopters can be difficult. Helicopters are composed of numerous rubber parts, many of which can be hard to install or replace. Rotor blades, shafts, landing skids, control rods, stabilizer bars, pitch levers, blade grips, isolators, bushings, hoses, rotor seals, and tail booms are some of the many helicopter parts that are either composed of rubber or connected with rubber parts.

Unlike traditional airplanes, helicopters have a unique ability to land and take off vertically and to hover in place. A helicopter’s ability to lift and thrust comes from its rotors. These unique properties must be designed to exacting standards, with no room for compromise. High quality materials should be used to ensure that parts are properly installed and assemblies are completed perfectly every time. Reliance on anything other than specialty lubricants, formulated specifically for rubber assembly, creates risks for failure from the onset.

Rubber is naturally slip resistant, making it difficult to work with. Installing, removing or manipulating tight fitting rubber components can be a real challenge. Parts that are improperly aligned or installed may result in performance or safety issues. Temporary assembly lubricants make rubber installation easy.

This diagram shows some of the many helicopter parts that can benefit from using a temporary assembly lubricant for installation.

P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants significantly reduce friction helping rubber parts slide easily into place. And, P-80 lubricants do not contain any hazardous ingredients, making them safe for workers and the environment. P-80’s unique, water-based formula is temporary; once dry, P-80 stops lubricating and parts remain in place.

Advantages of using P-80® lubricants:
• Reduce the force required for installation
• Increase production rates
• Reduce part breakage and rejects
• Allow for closer fitting part design
• Reduce risk of musculoskeletal and slippage related injuries

Try using a rubber assembly aid the next time you’re installing rotor blades, seals or dampers and see how much easier the job becomes. Want to try P-80 for your assembly or repair needs? Request a free sample.

Read more about temporary rubber assembly lubricants, including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant. Or, contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

What’s the Proper Way to Handle and Store P-80® Lubricants?

P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants decrease the installation force needed to install rubber parts, enabling them to slide easily into place. These lubricants provide a high degree of lubricity when wet, but once dry the slipping action goes away. P-80 lubricants are used throughout the automotive, appliance, pump, aerospace, bus & truck, wire & cable, heavy equipment, agriculture, rail, and marine industries.

All P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous and non-flammable, making them safe for workers and most plastics, rubbers and metals. But, as with any product, it’s important to follow proper procedures for usage, handling and storage.

P-80 storage and handling guidelines:

Storage conditions:

  • Store P-80 at temperatures between 2°C – 30°C (36°F – 86°F)
  • Do not store outdoors in direct sunlight during warm weather
  • Store in original sealed container when not in use
  • Do not allow P-80 to freeze
  • Use oldest material first for proper inventory control
    • Use the lot number to determine the date of manufacture

Usage instructions:

  • Check for compatibility with your assembly materials
  • When dispensing P-80 Emulsion, P-80 Emulsion IFC and P-80 RediLube
    • Shake or stir before use
    • Use a recirculation pump or folding propeller mixer for drums and totes
    • Do not use air agitation to mix P-80
  • P-80 is packaged ready for use, do not dilute
  • Use a dedicated pump for dispensing and mixing
  • Do not pour dispensed product back into the original container
  • Do not add fresh P-80 to used P-80
  • Do not mix P-80 with other chemicals
  • Apply a thin film of P-80 to the rubber/plastic part
  • Use either an automatic or manual application method best suited to your specific needs
    • Dip/dunk
    • Brush
    • Spray
    • Sponge
    • Squirt
    • By hand, with gloves
  • Work area and equipment should be cleaned after each use
    • Excess P-80 can be wiped away with soap and water

Preventative Maintenance

  • All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized at least once a month
  • Cleaning frequency should be adjusted based on the following:
    • Temperature of the work environment
    • Cleanliness of the plant
    • Frequency and length of downtime

Once a preventative maintenance program is established, the system will remain effective and problem free.

Set yourself up for success! Follow these simple guidelines for use and discover how P-80 can ease your rubber assembly applications. P-80 is classified as non-hazardous according to GHS, making it safe for workers and the environment. In fact, most P-80 formulas are biodegradable. Refer to the individual product SDS’s and the P-80 standard operating procedures for more details.

Learn more about P-80 lubricants here. Or contact one of IPC’s technical specialists for assistance.

Stop Struggling … See How Temporary Lubricants Make Rubber Assembly Easier!

Have you ever struggled with rubber assembly? If so, you’ve probably experienced for yourself the excessive force needed to properly install hoses, seals, gaskets, O-rings and many other rubber parts. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone came up with a better way?

Your wishes have been granted! Temporary rubber assembly lubricants were developed specifically to solve this common problem. Temporary rubber lubricants can ease assembly processes and significantly reduce the force needed to assemble rubber parts.

So, how effective are temporary assembly lubricants? Why not see for yourself? International Products Corporation (IPC), manufacturer of P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants, put together this short video showing the reduction in force obtained by using P-80® Emulsion to assemble a rubber hose.

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The results of this test are dramatic. A 63% reduction of force was achieved by using P-80 Emulsion for this assembly. A digital force gauge manufactured by Mecmesin was used for measurement. The amount of force needed to assemble a dry piece of hose was 196 Newtons. IPC’s test lab then lubricated the same hose with P-80 Emulsion and the amount of force needed for the same assembly dropped to 72 Newtons. That represents a reduction of force of 124 Newtons or 63%.

What are some of the advantages of reducing the force required to install rubber parts?
• Allow for tighter fitting part design
• Improve product performance
• Increase production rates by allowing for faster assembly
• Reduce worker injuries by decreasing the assembly force required
• Reduce part rejection

The next time you’re having trouble with hoses, seals, gaskets, O-Rings or any other rubber part, remember to use a temporary rubber assembly lubricant and watch the parts slide into place with much less force. 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? Contact IPC for help finding the best solution for your assembly needs.

 

Which P-80® Lubricant Is The Right Choice For My Job?

What is P-80®?

P-80® is a line of temporary rubber assembly lubricants designed to decrease the installation force needed to install rubber parts, enabling them to slide easily into place.

P-80 lubricants are water-based and do not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates, so they will not cause rubber to swell, dry out or harden. P-80 does not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry the slipping action goes away and parts stay in place.

P-80 lubricants do not contain any hazardous ingredients, making them safe for workers and the environment. Most P-80 products are biodegradable.

Emulsion?  THIX?  Grip-It?  RediLube? … What’s the Difference?

All P-80 products provide temporary lubrication needed to reduce friction during rubber assembly to make it easier to install parts. Since each assembly application is unique, IPC has developed different P-80 formulas so workers can choose the product that will work best for their particular application.

  • P-80® Emulsion is a biodegradable blend of synthetic esters and water. P-80 Emulsion provides a thin film of lubrication to significantly reduce friction when assembling rubber or soft plastic parts.
  • P-80® THIX is a biodegradable, non-drip thixotropic gel that remains where it is applied without dripping. P-80 THIX is especially useful in overhead and vertical assembly applications, and when prolonged drying times are desired.
  • P-80® Grip-It provides lubricity to ease rubber assembly operations and then dries quickly to allow the natural tight fit of rubber to return. P-80 Grip-it leaves a tacky finish to help parts stay in place. Excellent for use on pressure-tested hoses.
  • P-80® RediLube is a biodegradable, quick-drying, low residue formula. P-80 RediLube dries quickly and completely, making it ideal for use on parts with low surrounding air flow and on non-porous and coated rubber and soft plastic parts.
  • P-80® Emulsion IFC and P-80® THIX IFC®: Both lubricants are registered with NSF for use in USDA H1 applications and meet FDA regulation 21 CFR 178.3570, which controls lubricants used for incidental food contact applications.
    • P-80 Emulsion IFC: Has the same lubricating properties as P-80 Emulsion but it is specially formulated for use in incidental food contact applications. Typical applications include assembly of appliances, pumps, and food-processing equipment.
    • P-80 THIX IFC: Has similar properties to P-80 THIX but is formulated for use in incidental food contact applications. P-80 THIX IFC is a thixotropic gel that remains where it is applied without dripping, making it especially useful in overhead and vertical applications.

Which P-80 is right for my application? 

Each P-80 formula has unique properties designed to meet the needs of specific types of rubber and soft plastic assembly applications. Consider these factors to figure out which P-80 product will work best for your application:

  • amount of lubricity required
  • method of application
  • PVT testing or other dry-time requirements
  • type of rubber or plastic being used
  • user preference

Specifications for each P-80 formula are listed in the chart below.   

For some assemblies, only one P-80 formula may resolve the assembly challenge. In many instances, more than one P-80 formula might work well.  The choice is often based on user preference.

Want more information about temporary rubber assembly lubricants, including how to use them and assistance in determining which P-80 formula will best serve your needs?  Download IPC’s free P-80 webinar. Or contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

Contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

 

Frustrated by Heavy Duty Truck Assembly and Repair?

What is one of the most frustrating tasks of heavy duty truck assembly and repair? Installing or replacing rubber parts! Heavy duty trucks and trailers are full of rubber parts. O-rings, bushings, leaf springs, seals, hoses, engine mounts, belts and gaskets are truck_assembliesjust some of the parts that can be difficult to install or replace. Many of the chassis, engine and suspension components are made of rubber or plastic.

Rubber is naturally slip resistant, making it difficult to work with. 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 avoid these types of problems.

P-80 temporary rubber assembly lubricants are designed to decrease the installation force needed to install rubber parts, enabling them to slide easily into place with minimal force. And, P-80 lubricants do not contain any hazardous ingredients, making them safe for workers and the environment. P-80’s unique, water-based formula is temporary; once dry, P-80 stops lubricating and parts remain in place.

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

Want to try P-80 for your heavy duty truck assembly or repair needs? Request a free sample.

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.

Contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

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