Category Archives: Heavy Duty

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.

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.

How Engineers Choose Rubber Lubricants

A Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Approach to Selecting Assembly Lubricants

Rubber is everywhere! Have you ever stopped to consider how many rubber parts are in your car? Or your dishwasher? Or the airplane flying you away to your dream vacation? So many items that we use every day are composed of thousands of rubber parts of varying size and shape. Each of these components plays an integral role in how that item functions and performs down the road.

Rubber is truly a unique material. It is elastic yet strong, smooth yet tacky, lightweight yet insulates and protects, and soft yet abrasion-resistaRubberPartsnt. Rubber stretches and compresses, waterproofs no matter its thickness, and remains flexible over a wide temperature range. What’s more amazing is that any of these properties can be optimized by compounding rubber articles using select elastomers, fillers, processing aids, activators and vulcanizing agents. Rubber’s versatility is only limited by one’s imagination. It’s no wonder rubber is so valuable in many industries for an unlimited number of applications including vibration and sound dampening, sealing, electrical and thermal insulation, chemical transport and waterproofing.

Rubber is quite versatile. It can be pushed, pulled, stretched, compressed, or heated to fit in, on, or over anything. Rubber is inherently tacky and can be squeezed into tight areas, but it is naturally slip resistant making it difficult to install, remove or manipulate. It’s not unusual for rubber parts to slip during assembly and not go exactly where they’re intended: an O-ring may get twisted, a heater hose may not be fully inserted, a gap can appear in a waterproof seam. Successful assembly can be tricky. Improper assembly can lead to a multitude of problems including destroyed parts, warranty claims, recalls and worker fatigue or injury.

So, why has rubber installation always seemed to be an afterthought?
Coating rubber parts with a liquid to provide lubrication prior to assembly helps avoid some of the aforementioned problems. Traditionally, lubricant choice was based on convenience. Line workers would find whatever substances were in the plant and use them for rubber assembly. Some common choices were soap and water, alcohol, gasoline, motor oil, petroleum jelly and silicone spray. While these products do provide lubrication, they also introduce health and safety risks and may damage rubber parts.


Enter the Engineers…
To protect product integrity and ensure environmental and worker safety, engineers became involved in the lubricant selection process. Design Engineers, Lubricant Engineers and Ergonomic Engineers all take part in choosing the proper lubricant for each assembly process.  Design Engineers are concerned with design tolerance, part breakage, production rates, dry time and material compatibility.  Lubricant Engineers are more focused on performance, cost, regulatory compliance and toxicity approval.  Ergonomic Engineers remain focused on worker safety and consider factors such as friction and effort reduction, production rates, quality and consistency, and health and safety hazards.


Lubricants Are a Part of the Design Process
As a result of these concerns, lubricants are now included in the initial design phase of many engineered parts. In addition to detailing all facets of the part, material specifications now include the accompanying assembly lubricant and its proper assembly technique. Design stages include a battery of lubricant trials and choices are made based on performance, cost and safety. More and more frequently, water-based lubricants are the product of choice.

The Power of Water-Based Lubricants
A well-formulated oil-in-water emulsion overpowers the low surface energy of rubber. This means the emulsion completely coats the surface without beading up. The oil portion has a natural affinity to the rubber surface and the water is exposed to the environment, facilitating evaporation. Only a thin layer of oil contacts the rubber, an ample volume for successful assembly. The thin coating ensures no residue, temporary lubrication, no compatibility issues and a safe working environment. Once assembled, the water evaporates and the lubrication ceases.

Water-based lubricants can be formulated with different properties making them ideal for essentially any assembly application. Lubricant properties such as viscosity, dry time, biodegradability, compatibility, and surface residue (such as adhesiveness) are all taken into consideration. Engineers can now choose a lubricant tailored exactly to their needs before production begins, eliminating many of the problems that used to occur after assembly.


The lubricant selection process has evolved so that it is now a true collaboration between Design, Lubricant and Ergonomic Engineers.  Download our presentation here, and learn more about this multi-disciplinary engineering approach to selecting assembly lubricants. Contact IPC’s technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.


Hassled By Hose Assembly? P-80® Lubricants Can Help!

Rubber hoses are everywhere! Have you ever stopped to consider how many everyday items have hoses? Cars, trucks, buses, planes, boats, motorcycles, construction equipment, appliances, pumps, and medical equipment all contain hoses.

So, what exactly is a hose? Hoses are flexible hollow tubes that transport fluids, or gases, from one location to another. It’s easy to see how hoses are an integral part of all of the items mentioned above. Hoses allow gas to travel from the fuel tank of your car to the engine, water to move from the water line in your home to the dispenser on your refrigerator, and medicine to flow through an IV unit.


Most hoses are attached to other parts of an assembly by some type of connector, usually referred to as a coupling or a fitting. Hose fittings are typically made of metal or plastic. Anyone who has ever worked with rubber parts knows they can be difficult to assemble. Trying to install, remove or manipulate tight fitting rubber components can be a real challenge.

Since hoses are so vital, it’s important to make sure they are assembled properly to avoid problems later on. Parts that are improperly aligned or installed may result in performance or safety issues. Hoses and couplings are designed with a tight fit so they stay together after assembly to function properly and avoid leakage. The insertion force needed to complete the assembly can be extreme, sometimes causing worker injury.

So, how do you make hose assembly easier? P-80® temporary assembly lubricants can help! P-80 temporary rubber assembly lubricants significantly reduce friction to help rubber parts 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 dry out, swell or harden. P-80 does not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry you have a tight fitting part.

What are the advantages of using P-80 lubricants?
• Reduce the force required for installation
• Increase production rates
• Reduce part breakage, leaks and rejects
• Allow for closer fitting part design
• Reduce risk of musculoskeletal and slippage related injuries

What if my hoses undergo pressure testing immediately after assembly? P-80 lubricants provide temporary lubrication, once dry the lubrication ceases and parts stay in place. International Products Corporation (IPC) recommends using P-80® Grip-It for hose assemblies that are pressure tested or drop tested immediately after assembly. P-80 Grip-It provides the lubricity needed to complete your assembly and then dries quickly to allow the natural tight fit of rubber to return. When dry, P-80 Grip-it leaves a tacky finish to help parts stay in place, making it an excellent choice for use on pressure-tested hoses. Download our case study detailing how one major appliance manufacturer benefited from using P-80® Grip-It for dishwasher hose assembly to reduce drop test failures.

In addition to Grip-It, P-80 is available in five additional water-based formulas, including two that are approved for use in incidental food contact applications. P-80 lubricants offer superior lubrication and are compatible with a variety of surfaces. They are environmentally friendly, most are biodegradable.

Make hose assembly easier with P-80! Contact IPC’s technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.



How To Install Rubber Grips in 5 Easy Steps (And maybe even improve your golf game!)

Need to replace the rubber grips on your bicycle or golf clubs? Sounds easy, right? If you’ve ever tried replacing grips on golf clubs, bicycles, motorcycles, tools or exercise equipment you know first-hand how difficult it can be.

Foam grips and rubber grips are purposely designed to fit snuggly so they don’t wiggle once in place. Properly installed, tight fitting grips won’t slip when the equipment is in use. But getting them in place, without ripping, tearing or using excessive force, can be a real challenge.

Traditional methods of installing grips include using petroleum based products, hairspray, solvents, grease and even soap and water. While these solutions might provide the lubrication needed to install the grip, they can degrade the rubber or they may not dry completely. Both of these scenarios can cause the grips to slip or spin later on while the equipment is in use. Imagine your frustration if you miss that hole-in-one because the new grip on your golf club moved while you were swinging?

frustrated_golfer-500x614Experience the Easy Way to Install Rubber Grips with P-80® Grip-It. Grip-It is a quick-drying temporary assembly lubricant that eases installation of tight-fitting rubber and plastic parts by reducing the force needed for assembly. Once assembly is complete, Grip-It dries quickly and provides resistance that helps keep parts in place. Watch below to see how grips slide easily into place (and then stay put) with P-80-Grip-It.

5 Easy Steps For Replacing Grips
Whether you are replacing an old grip on a bicycle or golf club, or installing a new grip on a tool or motorcycle, use this no-struggle method for assembly.

  1. Remove the old grip completely. Use a utility knife to carefully cut a slit in the grip. Be sure to cut away from yourself to avoid injury.
  2. Thoroughly clean the handle. It’s important to remove any residue left by the old grip. Clean the surface thoroughly and wipe dry. This will make it easier to apply the new grips.
  3. Squirt inside of new grip with P-80 Grip-It. Apply Grip-It to the interior of the grip. This can be done easily with a spray bottle. Dipping or brushing application methods also work well.
  4. Slide grip easily into place. Once Grip-it is applied the grip should slide into place. Push, rather than pull, the grip onto the handle. Pushing a grip will slightly enlarge the opening, whereas using a pulling motion will decrease it. Be sure to position the grip exactly where you want it, facing in the right direction. Reposition if necessary while the grip is still wet.
  5. Allow completed assembly to dry before use. Let the assembly dry thoroughly. Once dry the grip stays in place.

Rejuvenate your old gear with new grips. Grips provide cushioning and support on many types of equipment. In addition to making your apparatus look newer, replacing the grips on your bicycle or golf clubs provides better grip control. Some grips, especially on power tools and motorcycles, protect the user’s hands from vibration and shock. Installing new grips provides you with an opportunity to tailor the size, cushioning, texture and firmness of the grip to best meet your needs.

For more information about using P-80 Grip-It to install rubber grips contact one of IPC’s technical specialists.

A Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Approach to Selecting Assembly Lubricants


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.

P-80® lubricants:Group-P-80

  • 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.

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.


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.


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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