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Go Easy with P-80 for Appliance Assembly

Dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, mixers, blenders, and many other appliances are composed of numerous rubber and soft plastic parts. Hoses, O-rings, seals, grommets, plugs, belts and valves are just some of the many parts that can be found in common household appliances. CommonApplianceAssmbly

Rubber’s slip resistant nature can make appliance assembly difficult. Using a temporary rubber lubricant during assembly can make appliance manufacturing much easier. Maintenance and repair of common appliances is also less difficult when temporary assembly lubricants are used to replace belts, O-rings, hoses and seals.

P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants significantly reduce friction helping rubber parts slide easily into place.DISHWASHER-DIAGRAM-WITH CAPTION

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 silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry you have a tight fitting part.

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

Interested in learning more?  Download a case study detailing how one major appliance manufacturer benefited from using P-80® to reduce drop test failures.

Stop struggling with rubber parts during appliance repair and assembly. Contact IPC to discover how you can benefit from using P-80 temporary lubricants for appliance assembly and repair.

What is the dry time of P-80®? (And, why it matters)

Why does dry time matter?
P-80® lubricants are temporary assembly lubricants. When P-80 is wet it provides the needed lubrication to reduce the friction of rubber parts during assembly. Once P-80 dries the lubrication ceases and parts stay in place.IPC Tube Group2-WEB

Some assembly applications may benefit from using a quick-drying lubricant. This is often the case in processes where pressure testing takes place immediately after assembly, such as powertrain hose applications. In other assembly operations, achieving maximum lubrication may be the primary goal and dry time is less important.

What is the average dry time for each of the P-80 lubricants?

While all P-80 products are temporary lubricants, the average dry time varies depending upon which P-80 formula you are using. The table below lists the average dry time for each of the P-80 lubricants.

P-80 Formula Estimated Minimum Dry Time
P-80® Emulsion and P-80® Emulsion IFC 1 hour
P-80® THIX and P-80® THIX IFC 2 hours
P-80® Grip-It 20 minutes
P-80® RediLube 20 minutes

Can I adjust the amount of time it takes for P-80 to dry?

The dry time of each of the P-80 formulas can fluctuate depending on the amount applied, part tolerance, material porosity, and temperature. In some cases it can take up to two days for P-80 to fully dry. The dry time of each P-80 lubricant can be altered by changing the variables listed below:

  • Volume of P-80 applied
  • Tolerance of Fitted Parts
  • Porosity of Materials
  • Temperature

If you have tested the above variables and are still not satisfied with the dry time, you may want to try a different P-80 formula.

For a quicker dry time try P-80 RediLube or P-80 Grip-It. For a longer dry time try P-80 THIX.

Contact us to speak with a specialist and request a sample for testing. Download our free P-80 dry time ePaper for more information.

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.

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.

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.

International Products Corporation Exhibits at Made In New Jersey Day

International Products Corporation (IPC) was one of 28 hand-picked exhibitors at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) sponsored “Made in New Jersey Day” held on March 21, 2013 at the State House in Trenton, NJ.

Judy Shapiro, Sales and Marketing representative and IPC President, Kathy Wyrofsky display products manufactured by company.

Judy Shapiro, Sales and Marketing representative and IPC President, Kathy Wyrofsky display products manufactured by company.

NJBIA’s Made in New Jersey Day is a celebration of New Jersey’s manufacturing industry, featuring 28 manufacturers from throughout the state displaying their products in the halls of the State Capitol. This event provides local manufacturers the opportunity to highlight the contributions manufacturing makes to the state’s economy. Participants are able to engage in meaningful discussions with other NJ based manufacturers, state legislative leaders and policy makers, and the news media.  “It’s always interesting to see what other companies are making in New Jersey and to discuss their successes and challenges. It’s also a great opportunity to discuss State business policy with legislators one-on-one.” says President, Kathy Wyrofsky, who attended this year.

About International Products Corporation:
Founded in 1923, IPC specializes in the manufacture and distribution of environmentally-friendly temporary assembly lubricants and precision cleaners at their ISO 9001-Certified facility in Burlington, New Jersey. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing, packaging, and warehousing facility is equipped with an on-site laboratory for analytical work and consultation on assembly and cleaning processes.

All of IPC’s products are manufactured in Burlington New Jersey and are readily available worldwide through their network of global distributors. For more information or free samples, visit http://www.ipcol.com or call 609-386-8770.

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