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5 Ways Temporary Rubber Lubricants Can Help Ease Assembly

How many times have you tried 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 to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.  Visit us online at www.ipcol.com.

 

Did you know that P-80® Lubricants are available in handy, re-sealable, 10mL tubes?

P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants are ideal for maintenance and repair kits.

Many jobs can benefit from the reduced friction and increased safety provided by P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants. Major manufacturing companies have used P-80 lubricants for years for the assembly of engine mounts, bumpers, seals, belts, bushings, O-rings, hoses, grommets, grips, plugs, moldings, tires and many other rubber or soft plastic engineered parts.

Now, P-80 is available in handy re-sealable tubes making it perfect for maintenance, repair, service or even the dreaded recall. The 10 mL size provides enough lubrication for multiple repairs. They are a perfect size for assembly, maintenance and repair kits.

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P-80 is helpful for pump, HVAC, auto and truck, motorcycle, construction equipment, mechanical seal, pool and spa, appliance, bicycle, plumbing and many other repair jobs. In fact, every fleet or service center can benefit from the use of P-80 for their ongoing maintenance.

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.

Please contact us at mkt@ipcol.com to help you decide which formula will best serve your needs. Free sample kits and technical assistance are available.

Which P-8o® formula should I use?

All P-80® products provide temporary, water-based lubrication. Deciding which P-80® product to use depends on your application, the type of surface involved in the assembly and dry-time.Group-P-80

P-80® Emulsion and P-80® THIX provide a higher degree of lubricity than P-80® Grip-It, and lubricate for a longer period of time. P-80® Grip-It stays slippery for a shorter period of time and leaves parts slightly tacky, which helps them to remain in place. P-80® RediLube is thinner than P-80® Emulsion with a low viscosity that evaporates quickly.

We have resources available to help you decide!

You are also welcome to call and speak to us at 609-386-8770 for additional assistance or visit our website at www.ipcol.com.  Have additional questions?  Drop us a line!

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.

International Products Corporation appoints new CFO, William F. Herbert

International Products Corporation (IPC), a chemical manufacturer of specialty cleaners and temporary rubber assembly lubricants, is proud to announce and welcome William (Bill) F. Herbert as their new Chief Financial Officer, effective October 20, 2016.  bill-herbert-head-shot-hi-res

Bill brings over twenty years of work in Finance and Planning, most recently as CFO – Corporate Stores for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Jersey City, New Jersey where he was responsible for the financial performance of over 1,700 stores that generated over $95 million in revenue.  Prior to his tenure at Jackson Hewitt, Bill spent twelve years at Hess Corporation, Woodbridge, New Jersey, in the areas of Finance, Management and Planning.

Bill received an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee and a B.S. in Engineering from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Bill has also served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.

Bill is “excited and honored to join the IPC team. I look forward to helping accelerate the company’s growth by building on IPC’s award-winning products and processes.” IPC President, Kathy Wyrofsky, believes “Bill’s experience brings to IPC the financial and operational skills necessary to assist in leading the company to substantial growth and success.”   

About International Products Corporation: International Products Corporation (IPC), founded in 1923, manufactures specialty cleaners and temporary assembly lubricants in Burlington, NJ. All of IPC’s products are free of hazardous chemicals and many of their products are biodegradable. They are equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing, packaging, and warehousing equipment, and an on-site laboratory for quality, analytical work, and research and development. IPC is ISO:9001 certified and is dedicated to providing safe, high-quality cleaners and lubricants. All of IPC’s products are made in the USA and are readily available worldwide.

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.

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