Category Archives: Locomotive

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants

How many times have you trepair-troublesried 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 at mkt@ipcol.com to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

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.

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.

Best Practices Research Report for Automotive Assembly Lubricants

Based on its recent analysis of the automotive assembly lubricants market, Frost & Sullivan, an independent global research organization, awarded International Products Corporation (IPC) with the 2012 North American Product Leadership Award in Automotive Assembly Lubricants for its line of P-80® temporary assembly lubricants.

Many industries rely heavily on natural and synthetic rubber.  The slip resistant nature of rubber makes it difficult to install, remove or manipulate.  The installation of rubber components can take up considerable time on the assembly line.  Improper alignment or installation may lead to a reduction in the life-cycle of the component and result in inherent safety issues.  Ergonomics and worker safety are also concerns.  There are many assembly applications that can benefit from reduced friction and increased safety including, but not limited to, the installation of belts, bumpers, seals, gaskets, grommets, bushings, O-rings, tires and hoses.

Frost & Sullivan used the following criteria to evaluate P-80®’s performance versus that of key competitive products:

  • Product Features / Functionality
  • Innovative Elements of the Product
  • Product Acceptance in the Marketplace
  • Customer Value Enhancements
  • Product Quality

The results of the study indicated that P-80® ranked highest in every category  P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants reduce assembly time and part failure, while increasing safety.

P-80® can be used to:

  • Reduce installation force
  • Achieve closer fits
  • Increase production rates
  • Improve product performance
  • Reduce rejects
  • Avoid slippage related injuries

The detailed report can be downloaded at www.ipcol.com/pdfs/FSAWARD.pdf.  Email me to send you a hard copy of this report at mchristian@ipcol.com.

Tips on using P-80 Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricant

P-80 is very simple to use.  All that is required is that enough of the liquid be applied to the part to create a thin film over its surface.  This can be done manually or automatically with a bath, brush, spray, sponge or squirt technique.  The best approach is determined by the size of the piece and the nature of the task.  Be sure to shake or stir P-80 well before using to assure maximum effectiveness.

If you need to cut rubber by hand or machine, apply P-80 to the knife blade and/or the rubber itself.  Cut the rubber while the surfaces are still wet.  Because P-80 keeps rubber from squirming, it allows clean, straight cutting.  Your cuts will be more precise, and you’ll waste less material.

Have questions or want free P-80 samples? 
Telephone: 609-386-8770  Fax: 609-386-8438  Web: www.ipcol.com Email: mkt@ipcol.com

P-80 Lubricants Flyer

P-80 is a liquid assembly aid that improves the production and assembly operations involving rubber and soft plastic parts. P-80 does not dry out or deteriorate rubber. It does not contain silicon and will not reactivate, even in the presence of water. This flyer gives a great overview of each formula and specifications.  P80_Flyer_12
Contact us for free samples to test in your assembly application.