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  1. What’s The Proper Way to Handle and Store P-80® Lubricants?

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    P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants decrease the installation force needed to install rubber parts, enabling them to slide easily into place. These lubricants provide a high degree of lubricity when wet, but once dry the slipping action goes away. P-80 lubricants are used throughout the automotive, appliance, pump, aerospace, bus & truck, wire & cable, heavy equipment, agriculture, rail, and marine industries.

    All P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous and non-flammable, making them safe for workers and most plastics, rubbers and metals. But, as with any product, it’s important to follow proper procedures for usage, handling and storage.

    P-80 storage and handling guidelines:

    Storage conditions:

    • Store P-80 at temperatures between 2°C – 30°C (36°F – 86°F)
    • Do not store outdoors in direct sunlight during warm weather
    • Store in original sealed container when not in use
    • Do not allow P-80 to freeze
    • Use oldest material first for proper inventory control
      • Use the lot number to determine the date of manufacture

    Usage instructions:

    • Check for compatibility with your assembly materials
    • When dispensing P-80 Emulsion, P-80 Emulsion IFC and P-80 RediLube
      • Shake or stir before use
      • Use a recirculation pump or folding propeller mixer for drums and totes
      • Do not use air agitation to mix P-80
    • P-80 is packaged ready for use, do not dilute
    • Use a dedicated pump for dispensing and mixing
    • Do not pour dispensed product back into the original container
    • Do not add fresh P-80 to used P-80
    • Do not mix P-80 with other chemicals
    • Apply a thin film of P-80 to the rubber/plastic part
    • Use either an automatic or manual application method best suited to your specific needs
      • Dip/dunk
      • Brush
      • Spray
      • Sponge
      • Squirt
      • By hand, with gloves
    • Work area and equipment should be cleaned after each use
      • Excess P-80 can be wiped away with soap and water

    Preventative Maintenance

    • All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized at least once a month
    • Cleaning frequency should be adjusted based on the following:
      • Temperature of the work environment
      • Cleanliness of the plant
      • Frequency and length of downtime

    Once a preventative maintenance program is established, the system will remain effective and problem free.

    Set yourself up for success! Follow these simple guidelines for use and discover how P-80 can ease your rubber assembly applications. P-80 is classified as non-hazardous according to GHS, making it safe for workers and the environment. In fact, most P-80 formulas are biodegradable. Refer to the individual product SDS’s and the P-80 standard operating procedures for more details.

    Learn more about P-80 lubricants here. Or contact one of IPC’s technical specialists for assistance.

  2. You asked…We listened!

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    IPC enhances expiration date format to better fulfill customer needs!

    What is the expiration date of my cleaner or assembly lubricant?

    One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is “What is the expiration date of my product?”  The shelf-life of our temporary assembly lubricants is 2 years from the date of manufacture; the shelf life of our specialty cleaners ranges from 2 years to 5 years from the date of manufacture, depending upon the specific product. This information can be found on the product Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

    Is this information on the container?

    Each of our products has always been stamped with a six digit lot number signifying the date of manufacture (YY/MM/DD). For example, a lot number of 170601 signifies that the product was manufactured on June 1, 2017.

    Historically, this information has then been used by our customers to calculate the expiration date of their product. If the product they were using has a five year shelf life, they would be able to figure out that the expiration date would be June 1, 2022.

    Life just became a little bit easier…

    Starting on June 1, 2017, IPC will begin to include the expiration date right on the package. Each bottle will now include a 2 line stamp:

    The top line signifies the six digit lot number as described above. The bottom line is the actual expiration date of the product.

    Why make this enhancement?

    Many of our customers, particularly those in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, have asked us to include the expiration date, in addition to the lot number, on the package. At IPC we make every attempt to be responsive to our customer’s needs.  YOU asked…WE listened!

    We hope you embrace this improvement as a positive label enhancement and continue to reap the benefits of using our specialty cleaners and temporary assembly lubricants.

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