Author Archives: Patti O'Brien

  1. P-80 for Bushing Pressing

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    Bushing pressing is a tough job.  It takes a lot of force to get the insert seated correctly.  In addition, the lubricant cannot be so strong that it slips back out.  Our P-80®line of water-based temporary rubber assembly lubricants makes bushing pressing easy.

    Our P-80 lubricants are available in six unique water-based formulas that provide superior lubrication without silicon or petroleum distillates, making them temporary and compatible with many surfaces, such as rubbers, plastics, and metals.

    P-80® lubricants provide a thin film of lubrication to significantly reduce friction during bushing pressing, enabling the parts to slide into place. And then, P-80 dries completely, resulting in a tight fit.

    Silicon products are permanent and can cause slippage after assembly. Soaps may reduce friction to some extent but may have compatibility issues or leave an undesirable residue. Oil- and petroleum-based products may swell the rubber or leave behind a sticky residue and harm the environment. Our products are water-based and biodegradable.

    Dry times vary depending on which P-80 lubricant you use.

    One customer wrote: “We had a design that required a tight-fitting rubber sleeve to slide 5 inches down a plastic handle. There was no way we could use a regular lubricant as the material left behind would damage the internal components. P-80 not only made the assembly insanely easier, but it also dried and disappeared inside. Great product!”

    Another told us that he’d done a job without P-80, then did the same job again using P-80. “We will NEVER do any rubber assembly without P-80 again,” he said. “It is a time and labor saver.”

    International Products Corporation ensures that our products are non-toxic and environmentally friendly, but when a customer told us: “It looks like you just rubbed plain water on it, but it smells like perfume,” we had to laugh.

    He went on: “Twenty minutes after using P-80, it’s gone, evaporated. The first time I tried it, I thought it was the wrong seal. It went in so easily! Had to stop, get the manual out and check the numbers. NO comparison to oils or grease. And non-hazardous!

    The people at IPC are super helpful, couldn’t be nicer, too,” he added, which made us super happy!

    Our staff is ready to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (EST). You can call us at 609-386-8770 or go to the Contact Us tab to fill out a form requesting information. You can also request a free sample of one of our products or schedule a presentation on P-80 lubricants at your convenience.

  2. Need to Validate Your Cleaning Procedures? We Can Help!

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    If you work in a regulated industry, you already know, there’s more than one way to validate a cleaning process. But which one is best for your process?

    The Bulk Pharmaceutical Chemicals and the Biotechnology Inspection Guide has established the expectation that cleaning procedures be validated—meaning that scientific data must show that the systems work exactly as expected and produce a result that consistently meets predetermined specifications.

    Many reports on the cleaning validation of drug residues have been published in recent years, but reports related to the cleaning validation of cleaning agent residues are not as common. One reason for this is that most cleaning agents are proprietary formulated products, so the suppliers are not willing to disclose the ingredients. Without knowing the nature of each ingredient, it’s difficult for end-users to develop a specific cleaning validation method.

    At International Products Corporation, we provide a variety of validation methods designed for use in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated establishments complying with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). These methods include: High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), ion-mobility spectrometry (IMS), total organic carbon (TOC) analysis, and ultra-violet spectroscopy (UVS).

    HPLC—with all types of detectors—is the most popular method used due to its convenience and the availability of instruments. When we use this method for the cleaning validation of MICRO-90® residue, the results show good resolution and absence of interference from the matrices and the common excipients.

    Test our cleaning products and let our technical experts provide you with relevant validation information.

     

  3. Micro® Green Clean: Perfect for Cleaning Applications in the Brewery Industry

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    Let’s face it: when you’re talking about beer, you’re talking about taste. Which is  why it’s imperative—to ensure a quality, delicious beer every time—to prevent contamination of the tanks and brewing equipment.

    And cleaning hops resin off of stainless steel can be tough, because resin is sticky and not water-soluble.

    Seeing the need for something that would work every time, we conducted a study of different cleaners. Our variables: cleaner, time, concentration and temperature. The results came in with a ringing endorsement for Micro Green Biodegradable Cleaner, which not only performed with precision with hops resin, but also with cannabis and other similar resins.

    The optimal conditions for removal of hops resin with Micro Green Clean are to use a

    1—2% concentration in water at a temperature of 65o C for 15 minutes.

    Test results for Micro Green Clean:

     

    Our products are created to make life easier for brewers. You can skip the acid/caustic solutions and disinfectants. Micro Green Clean does the job!

    All of our cleaners are NSF registered as USDA-A1 Cleaners and can be validated in FDA processes. Validation methods and health and safety data are available upon request. All cleaners are free of solvents, phosphates, silicates, phenols, and Substances of Very High Concern.

  4. Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

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    As this difficult year comes to an end, we are optimistic for a healthier 2021. We hope that you are able to find some joy during this quiet 2020 holiday season.

    We wish you peace and good health now and in the new year, and thank you for your support and continued business.

     

    From all of us here at International Products Corporation,

    may your holidays be merry and bright.

    And may 2021 be your best year yet!

     

     

  5. Cleaning for Botanical Soils

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    A botanical extract is a substance derived from a plant. Some commonly used botanical extracts are  vanilla, echinacea, gingko biloba, cranberry, and aloe vera. They are used in a wide variety of industries—from nutritional supplements to cosmetics—and for many purposes, including fragrance and medicinal properties, or to add flavor to food.

    In the U.S., botanicals may be used in any regulatory category for which the requirements can be met, such as food and dietary ingredients, drugs, devices, cosmetics, flavorings, color additives, fragrances, and medicine.[1]

    An effective cleaning method is critical to this industry. The most important component of developing an effective cleaning protocol is the selection of an appropriate cleaner. Other important variables include dwell time, temperature, mechanical force, and cleaner concentration. When certain variables are restricted, like when high temperatures cannot be achieved, the other variables can be manipulated to compensate.

    International Products Corporation (IPC) in Burlington, NJ, tested various cleaning temperatures, dwell times, and concentrations for each of IPC’s cleaning products to determine which combinations were best at removing hops resin (a sticky, difficult-to-remove brewery soil), and hemp oil (a less-difficult cannabis industry soil). The results proved that IPC’s cleaners are effective at cleaning residues and soils left behind by processing oils, extracts, powders, and other botanical byproducts.

    IPC manufactures many cleaners that are effective and economical and can be validated in regulated industries. All are NSF registered A1 cleaners. So, whether you’re cleaning harvesting tools, extraction equipment, labware or hard surfaces and tanks, IPC has a cleaner for you. Biodegradable formulas are available too!

    Read our Hops Resin Report and Hemp Oil Report here.

    [1] Tamayo, Carmen, and Freddie Ann Hoffman. “Botanical Regulation: Comparison of the United States and Canada.” Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs: Open Access, vol. 06, no. 01, 2017, doi:10.4172/2167-7689.1000189.

     

     

  6. Good News for the New Year!

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    That’s right! In our continuing efforts to provide not only the best cleaning and lubricant products but the best customer service, we are sticking with our 2020 pricing into 2021.

    It’s been a heck of a year for all of us. The world has experienced a pestilence not before seen in our lifetimes. We have worried, mourned and hidden in our homes, some of us under a blanket watching Netflix ’til our eyes went blurry and our pants no longer fit.

    But through it all, International Products Corporation has continued to serve its customers, providing not only the best products in the industry, but offering education, support and understanding. And in an effort to further support our loyal customers, we will not be increasing our prices in January 2021.

    We will need to continue to monitor our costs throughout the year, and will give you adequate notice if any changes become necessary. Until then, we thank you for your patronage, wish you Happy Holidays, and a successful new year!

  7. Cleaning for the Cannabis Industry

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    The cannabis industry is growing rapidly as more states across the US legalize cannabis use. And, as with any industry, an effective cleaning protocol is necessary.

    The most important factor in developing one is the selection of an appropriate cleaner. Other important variables include dwell time, temperature, mechanical force, and cleaner concentration. When certain factors are restricted—like when high temperatures cannot be achieved—the other variables can be manipulated to compensate.

    International Products Corporation (IPC), Burlington, NJ, performed experiments testing various temperatures, dwell times, and concentrations with each of IPC’s cleaning products to determine which combinations are best at cleaning hops resin on stainless steel.

    Before the recent election, cannabis use was illegal in New Jersey, so detergency tests could not be  performed with cannabis soils. Instead, hops resin was tested as a substitute for cannabis resin. Hops are the flower of the plant Humulus lupulus, whose resin is used to impart flavor and bitterness in beer. This resin was selected for testing because the hops plant is the most closely related plant to cannabis: both are members of the Cannabaceae family and share many of the same terpenes; further, hops resin is a difficult soil to clean, as it is very sticky and not water soluble.

    In another IPC study, hemp-oil was tested as a soil, but hemp oil is much easier to clean than resin. Determining that a cleaner is effective at cleaning the toughest soils assures the user the selected cleaner will be effective against the easier soils.

    The results obtained gave us confidence that IPC’s cleaners will be effective at cleaning residues and soils left behind from processing cannabis, CBD, hemp oil, extracts, and other botanical products. In addition, IPC offers biodegradable plant-based formulas, especially desirable for this industry:

    Micro® Green Clean

    Micro® A07 Citric Acid Cleaner

    Zymit® Pro Enzyme Cleaner

     

    IPC offers validation assistance to customers for all of their cleaning products. Since there are no federal cGMP regulations for the cannabis industry, we recommend following the cGMP of their target industries—cosmetics, edibles, dietary supplements, extracts, etc. Cleaning surfaces prior to disinfecting is critical. If residual cannabis resin remains on the equipment, this residue becomes a microbial threat to future batches.

    Here are links to the studies:

    Hops Resin Report

    Hemp Oil Report

     

      Contact International Products Corporation at www.ipcol.com or mkt@ipcol.com

    for more information or to request a free product sample.

     

  8. Holiday Parties during COVID-19: What’s the New Normal?

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    So, what is your business doing to celebrate the holidays?

    International Products Corporation (IPC) president, Kathy Wyrofsky, has always enjoyed celebrating the holidays with everyone who works with her. Traditionally, IPC hosts a large holiday party at a local venue for employees, support professionals, and their guests.  However, this year the party has been cancelled due to COVID19.

    The CDC is warning against public parties:

    • Indoor gatherings generally pose a greater risk, especially those without good ventilation like restaurants.
    • Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.
    • Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability to reduce or limit contact between attendees, the risk of spread between attendees, and state, local, territorial or tribal safety laws, rules and regulations.
    • Gatherings with attendees (for example, spouses who accompany workers) who are not adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than gatherings with attendees who are engaging in these preventative behaviors.

    With that in mind, Kathy is wondering what she can plan instead of the party to thank her employees for their year of hard work and support. If IPC was in San Francisco, she could check out The Winery SF. With its partner catering companies, they’re  offering a drive-in holiday experience. Guests can enjoy the “party” from the safety of their cars, enjoying gourmet food while interacting with their colleagues interfacing in “rooms” or enjoying a classic movie. The Winery SF has nearly 100,000 square feet of outdoor area to host a “drive-in” corporate event with full audio/video capabilities and a variety of experiences to select from.

    But most event planners recommend taking your annual holiday party online with a virtual event. While they offer a full range of services including virtual venue creation, content, exclusive entertainment and swag goodies, you can always do it yourself. Let the tech department go nuts, encourage the staff to create fun backgrounds for Zoom, and virtually “clink” your glasses in a cheer!

    Virtual Holiday Parties

    To begin, craft some nifty invitations. You can DIY or use a site like Canva to create bright, festive virtual invites.

    Then write up an inspiring introduction—including a gratitude ceremony—to begin the festivities. Be funny, sincere or serious, but keep it short and sweet. Your online guests will be eager to get to the activities like trivia contests and scavenger hunts (see who has the weirdest stuff on-hand!). And remember to allow for some time for guests to just chat.

    Examples of holiday scavenger hunt prompts:

    • Pet dressed up in Christmas clothes
    • Drunken Santa
    • Family photo gone wrong
    • Terrible present
    • Elaborate decoration
    • Heartwarming story
    • Rich person Christmas
    • Definitely getting a stocking full of coal

    You can split the group into teams and turn the hunt into a race, or you can award points based on the originality and absurdity of the answers.

    For a virtual trivia game, prepare your questions, split the group into teams, and quiz your crew on holiday knowledge. For an extra festive flair, you can ask teams to choose holiday-centric names like “The Grinches,” or “The Wisemen.”

    Here’s a list of starter questions: virtual holiday trivia questions.

    Decorations, Music and More

    You may not be decorating an office this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have ornaments! Ornament making is a fun holiday activity that can easily carry over to virtual Christmas parties. While on the call, the gang can design and decorate ornaments together by following a lesson video, such as this YouTube tutorial. Or send your team ornament kits a week early to work on at home, then share them online during the zoom party.

    To put your group into the Christmas mood, you’ll need an upbeat holiday playlist. The whole team can join in on the fun by adding songs to a playlist on a platform like Spotify or Pandora, or you can just enjoy carols as background music. Stream lyrics on youtube.com so everyone can sing along—they just might do it if they’re in the comfort of their own homes!

    How about a festive Holiday Cocktail? Though your remote team may not be mingling at the bar, you can still enjoy a delicious drink together by booking Winter Cocktail Party. A virtual bartender host will lead the group through lessons to mix up two seasonally appropriate cocktails, followed by games and social time. And since no one has to drive home, you can put your own lampshade on your head and party on!

    There’s no reason you can’t still have a Secret Santa activity. Set a budget, pick a swap date, and gather participants. You can match them yourself or use sites like Elfster or Giftster to do it for you. Presents should be mailed well ahead of the party date, so recipients can open them during the online party.

    Who Really Needs an Ugly Sweater, Anyway?

    If you decide to have a masked, socially-distanced party inside, why not have an Ugly Mask competition? Purchase a bunch of plain masks and hand them out about a week before the party. While your guests are social-distancing, they can at least have something fun to look at. Give out some really nice masks as prizes. Then go wash your hands 😉

    And if you’re just not in a party mood, there’s always the standby that gives everyone what they really want for Christmas:

    Cheers to a Happy Holiday season, however you end up celebrating!

     

     

  9. Good News for 2021

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    That’s right! In our continuing efforts to provide not only the best cleaning and lubricant products but the best customer service, we are sticking with our 2020 pricing into 2021.

    It’s been a heck of a year for all of us. The world has experienced a pestilence not before seen in our lifetimes. We have worried, mourned and hidden in our homes, some of us under a blanket watching Netflix ’til our eyes went blurry and our pants no longer fit.

    But through it all, International Products Corporation has continued to serve its customers, providing not only the best products in the industry, but offering education, support and understanding. And in an effort to further support our loyal customers, we will not be increasing our prices in January 2021.

    We will need to continue to monitor our costs throughout the year, and will give you adequate notice if any changes become necessary. Until then, we thank you for your patronage, wish you Happy Holidays, and a successful new year!

  10. STOP the Rubber Flubber! Use P-80® Lubricants for Appliance Assembly and Maintenance

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    Whether you’re a design engineer, an ergonomist, or a repair and maintenance technician, you’ll come up against challenges in appliance assembly and maintenance—especially with countless rubber and soft plastic components. And you might need a specially approved H1 lubricant like P-80® IFC (for incidental food contact applications).

    • Dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, mixers, blenders, and many other appliances have rubber or soft plastic components such as O-rings, Hoses, Grommets, Seals, Pumps, Sensors, Sleeves, Drain hoses, and Intake hoses. 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. P-80® lubricants are water-based, and do not contain alcohol. Unlike petroleum-based lubricants, silicone or Vaseline, P-80® lubricants are temporary—once dry, the lubrication is gone—and compatible with elastomers, metals and most plastics. They will not crack and harden, or swell rubber. They contain no CFCs, are non-corrosive, and provide up to 70% reduction in friction. And a little goes a long way.

    A Bevy of Choices

    P-80® lubricants come in a broad range of formulas and sizes to meet all appliance assembly needs.

     Advantages of Using P-80® Lubricants

    • Reduce 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
    • Choose from a variety of ready-to-use biodegradable formulas

    Please click or call us at 609-386-8770, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (EST)  if you have any further questions or if you’d like to test one of our products.  As always, we’re happy to provide you with free samples.

     

     

     

     

Detergent Selection Guide

= Used ; = Preferred
SOILS Micro-90® Micro® Green Clean Micro® A07 Surface-Cleanse/930® LF2100® Zymit® Low-Foam Zymit® Pro
Adhesives
Biofilm
Biological soils: Blood, Feces, Mucous, Sebum, Sweat, Urine
Dyes, Inks
Eggs, Butter, Fruit Stains
Emulsifiers
Fat
Fingerprints
Flavor, Fragrances
Gelatin
Gels
Grass
Insoluble Salts
Milkstone
Oils
Oxides
Paraffins
Petrolatum
Proteins
Scale
Shop Dusts, Soldering Flux
Silicons
Starch
Tar
Tissue
Titanium Dioxides