Tag Archive: rubber lubricants

  1. Don’t Get Spooked By Rubber Assembly! Treat Yourself to P-80® Lubricants!

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    Rubber assembly can be scary!  So many parts…all different shapes and sizes. Trying to insert them into proper position without twisting or tearing can be quite a challenge. Don’t be tricked, treat yourself to P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants and slide parts easily into place.

    Rubber 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.

    Help prevent problems such as ill-fitting, misaligned or damaged parts, rolling O-rings, uneven cuts or worker injury by relying on temporary rubber lubricants for assembly.

    What Are P-80 Temporary Assembly Lubricants?

    P-80 lubricants provide temporary lubrication. Once they dry, the lubrication ceases and will not reactivate, even when wet. P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous, and non-flammable, making them safe for workers and most plastics, rubbers, and metals. Most P-80 products are biodegradable.

    Why Use Temporary Assembly Lubricants?

    Reduce Installation Force:

    A thin film of lubricant applied to a part fills in any gaps, holes, or spaces between two surfaces, allowing them to slide across each other. By reducing the tension between the two surfaces, rubber parts can slide into place easily.

    Achieve Closer Fits:

    The force needed to install parts when a lubricant is used is greatly reduced, so engineers can design tighter fitting parts. Since the lubrication is only temporary, once dry, the parts stay in place.

    Improve Product Performance:

    Improper part alignment can lead to part failure and safety issues. Using lubricants is one way to ensure that mated parts are properly installed and will work as anticipated.

    Increase Production Rates:

    Paring the optimal lubricant with the right application technique speeds up production. An increase in lubricity, even by small amounts, is greatly appreciated by line operators required to maintain strict cycle times.

    Help to Avoid Worker Injuries:

    Assembly lubricants ease the installation process of many parts. 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.

    Treat yourself to P-80 Temporary Lubricants to remove the tricks from rubber assembly!

    Want to try P-80 lubricants for your challenging rubber assembly applications? Request a free sample today!

  2. Save Up to 60% by Switching to 20-Liter Pails

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    Do you know how economical it is to purchase IPC’s lubricants and cleaners in bulk? Depending on the product, you can save as much as 60% off list price when you switch to a 20-liter pail. Savings may also be realized in reductions in product cost, packaging cost, and shipping cost. Many of International Products Corporation’s (IPC) customers buy their P-80 lubricants and specialty cleaners in 20-liter pails for these reasons.

    Reduce Environmental Footprint

    In addition to reducing cost, buying larger sized containers is also better for the environment. Less plastic or other raw materials are used to make the containers, labels, and packing materials. Ordering larger sized containers may mean the company needs to order less frequently, so fewer resources are used during transport.

    The size of the 20-liter pail may seem daunting to some, but opening and handling it can be quick and easy.

     

    5 Easy steps for Opening and Dispensing From a 20-Liter Pail

    IPC ships all 20-liter containers inside an outer box for additional protection. Product labels are affixed to both the outer box and the plastic pail for easy identification. Each container is shipped with a plastic faucet that is used for dispensing.

    1. Unscrew the cap

    A wrench is helpful to loosen the cap for removal. We recommend a w397 Rieke70mm screw cap tightening tool. The diameter of the wrench is 3 inches.

    2. Remove the center covering

    Once the cap is removed, the center covering of the cap must be opened so material can be dispensed via the faucet. This covering can be removed with a utility knife or a hacksaw.

    3. Screw in the faucet

    After the hole in the center of the cap is removed, you can screw in the faucet securely. The lever to the faucet controls the flow of material from the container.

    4. Turn container on its side

    The container can be turned on its side to easily control the spigot and dispense material into another reservoir for use. When not in use for an extended period of time, we suggest you turn the container to the upright position.

    5. Use the lever to dispense

    Turn the lever on the faucet to dispense material into your smaller container. The small cap on top of the 20-liter pail can be used to control the air flow into and out of the container. If left closed, the material will flow from the faucet at a slow rate. To open, remove the cap and punch a small hole into the center of the valve. This can be done with an awl, knife or other sharp tool and a hammer.

    Download IPC’s step by step instructions for opening and dispensing from a 20-liter container here.

     

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  3. 5 Step Guide to Choosing The Right Assembly Lubricant

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    Rubber can be difficult to install, remove or manipulate. It’s not unusual for rubber parts to slip or break during assembly or not fit into place: an O-ring may get twisted, a heater hose may not fully insert, or a gap can appear in a waterproof seal. Improper assembly can lead to a multitude of problems including destroyed parts, invalidated warranty claims, product recalls, and worker fatigue or injury.

    Coating rubber parts with a lubricant before assembly helps avoid some of these problems. For convenience, workers often reach for substances that are already present on the manufacturing floor like soap and water, alcohol, gasoline, motor oil, petroleum jelly, or silicone spray. While these products do provide lubrication, they may also introduce health and safety risks, functionality issues, and damage rubber parts.

    The Five-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Temporary Assembly Lubricant:

    1. Lubrication Needed

    Sometimes you need a lot of lubrication, sometimes just a bit. Different lubricants will reduce friction by varying amounts depending upon their chemistry. Find a formula that is right for your application.

    2. Dry Time

    Some temporary lubricants dry quickly while others take longer to fully dry.

    Quick-drying lubricants are frequently used in assembly applications in which the parts undergo pressure testing or movement shortly after assembly. In these cases, it’s important to have the part firmly in place before the next step in the assembly process.

    Other assembly applications may take longer, or the parts may need to be manipulated a few times before the assembly is complete. In these instances, you may benefit from a slower drying temporary lubricant.

    Yet, in other assembly operations, achieving maximum lubrication may be the primary goal and the dry time of the lubricant is less important. This often occurs with extremely tight-fitting parts.

    The dry time of temporary assembly lubricants can be altered by adjusting the amount applied, the method of application, part tolerance, material porosity, and the environment.

    3. Compatibility

    It’s important to check the compatibility of any chemicals that will come in contact with your parts and equipment. What types of surfaces are they made of? Ask the lubricant manufacturer if their product is compatible with the specific type of rubber, metal and/or plastic found in your parts and equipment.

    Lubricants will be absorbed more quickly by porous rubbers, like Buna-N and EPDM, than by plastics and coated rubbers. You may want to choose a quicker drying formula for less porous surfaces.

    Avoid using lubricants that can cause rubber parts to swell or dry out, like alcohol or petroleum-based products. Look for a product that is compatible with the parts it will come in contact with.

    4. Application Method

    What type of application method will work best for your unique process? Common methods of application include dunking and dipping parts, using brushes, sponges and sprays, and using automated solutions. Make sure the lubricant you choose will work well with the best application method for your unique situation.

    5. Safety

    Consider the environmental impact of any lubricants you are using. Look for products that are non-hazardous and non-flammable, making them safe for workers and the environment. Many companies are moving toward biodegradable assembly lubricants.

    Choose an assembly lubricant that will work well, yet meet all of your safety requirements and federal regulations.

    The Manufacturer Matters

    When you select a temporary rubber assembly lubricant you should be equally as concerned with the support provided by the manufacturer as you are with the product performance. An experienced and knowledgeable manufacturer can offer technical guidance and provide the best product to meet your needs. At International Products Corporation, we are committed to assisting customers by providing compatibility studies, toxicology reports, regulatory compliance, free product samples, and technical support.

    Want to try P-80 for your assembly or repair needs? Request a free sample.
    Contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

  4. Vroom…Motorcycle Assembly Just Got Easier

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    Motorcycles and power sports vehicles are full of rubber parts. Assembling these parts can be an arduous task. If you have ever struggled with installing bushings, hoses, engine oil seals, handle grips or footrests, you know firsthand just how difficult it can be to install these rubber parts.

     

     

    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 makes rubber installation easier and helps avoid these types of problems.

    P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants decrease the force needed to install rubber parts, enabling them to slide easily into place. Once dry, P-80 stops lubricating and parts remain in place, resulting in a tight fit.

    P-80 is used by many motorcycle manufacturers, suppliers and repair shops to ease the force needed to install rubber parts such as bushings, hoses, O-rings, belts, gaskets and grips.

    P-80 lubricants are water-based and do not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates, so they will not cause rubber to swell, dry out or harden. P-80 does not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry the slipping action goes away resulting in a tight fit. P-80 lubricants do not contain hazardous ingredients, making them safe for workers and the environment; most are biodegradable.

    What are the Benefits of Using P-80 Temporary Assembly Lubricants?

    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 friction between the two surfaces, rubber parts slide into place easily.

    Achieve Closer Fits

    The force needed to install parts when a lubricant is used is greatly reduced, so engineers can design lower tolerance parts. Since the lubrication is only temporary, once dry, the parts stay in place resulting in a tight fit.

    Improve Product Performance and Reduce Failures

    Improper part alignment can lead to part failure and safety issues. Using lubricants is one way to ensure that mated parts are properly installed and will work as anticipated.

    Increase Production Rates and Accelerate Assembly Processes

    Pairing the optimal lubricant with the right application technique speeds up production. An increase in lubricity, even by small amounts, is greatly appreciated by line operators required to maintain strict cycle times.

    Help Avoid Injuries

    Assembly lubricants ease the installation process of many parts. 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 installing suspension bushings, pushing a hose into place or installing handle grips try using P-80 and see how much easier the job becomes. Temporary lubricants are ideal for motorcycle assembly and repair because they reduce friction without damaging parts.

    Want to try P-80 for your motorcycle and power sports vehicle assembly or repair needs?  Request a free sample.
     Contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

  5. 5 Reasons Why P-80 Is the Best O-Ring Lubricant

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    Remember the last time you had to install an O-ring? Maybe you were assembling new equipment or repairing a pump. Regardless of the type of equipment involved, unless you used an O-ring lubricant chances are you may have struggled with the installation.Common O-ring installation problems include tearing, twisting, turning, pinching and overstretching. Incorrectly installed O-rings may cause leaks which can damage parts and equipment. O-rings that are properly installed can prevent leaks and increase part life.

    Avoid Problems By Using An O-Ring Lubricant

    Using O-ring lubricants during installation helps avoid these problems. Applying a thin film of lubricant to an O-ring will help it slide into place easily.

    Advantages of Using O-ring Lubricants:

    • Reduce force needed for installation
    • Accelerate assembly processes
    • Achieve closer fits by helping to properly seat the O-ring
    • Aid automated assemblies
    • Improve product performance and reduce failures
    • Increase production rates
    • Help avoid worker injuries

    Types of O-Ring Lubricants:

    Common O-ring lubricants include soap and water, petroleum distillates, solvents and ester-based products. While all will provide lubrication to help install O-rings, some of these choices may cause damage to the rubber or present safety concerns.

    Petroleum-based products can cause rubber to swell or dry out. Solvents provide poor lubrication, contain high VOCs, may be flammable, and pose possible health risks. Soap and water, while safe, provide inconsistent, nominal lubrication and may reactivate when wet causing problems after assembly.

    Ester-based lubricants provide excellent reduction in friction, offer temporary lubrication, and are safe for both workers and the environment.

    Here is a comparison of some common lubricant choices:

    5 Reasons Why P-80 Is the Best O-Ring Lubricant

    P-80 Temporary Assembly Lubricants are the ideal choice for installing O-rings.

    1. Reduce Installation Force:
      Applying a thin film of P-80 to O-rings reduces the force needed for installation, allowing them to slide easily into place.
    2. Reduce Part Damage:
      Without proper lubrication, O-rings can tear or twist during installation leading to improper part alignment. Misaligned parts can result in part failure or safety issues. O-rings are less likely to get damaged while using P-80 lubricants. Additionally, P-80 lubricants do not contain any petroleum so they won’t cause O-rings to swell or dry out.
    3. Speed Up Production:
      Applying P-80 lubricants to O-rings makes them slippery, so they can easily slide into place. After the P-80 dries, the lubricity goes away and the O-rings maintain a tight fit. The assembly process becomes more productive because it is easier and quicker.
    4. Reduce Worker Injuries:
      P-80 lubricants reduce the insertion force needed to install O-rings making it easier for workers to push O-rings into place. The occurrence of musculoskeletal, slippage and repetitive stress related injuries that can be caused by using too much force during installation is reduced.
    5. Protect The Environment:
      P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous, and non-flammable, making them safe for workers and most plastics, rubbers, and metals. In fact, most P-80 products are biodegradable.

    Seeing Is Believing

    See for yourself just how well P-80 Temporary Assembly Lubricants work for installing O-rings.

    In the first video, the force needed to install an O-ring without using P-80 is 447.1 Newtons. P-80 is used in the second video to install the same O-ring. The force needed to install the O-ring with P-80 is 43.4 Newtons.

    O-ring installation without lubrication:

    O-ring installation using P-80:

    The results are dramatic. In this example, P-80 reduced the force needed to install the O-ring by 403.7 Newtons.

    Installing O-rings doesn’t have to be a struggle. Use a temporary assembly lubricant to aid the process and protect the part.

    Have an O-ring you need to install? Request a free sample for testing!

  6. International Products Corporation And The US Department Of Commerce Strategize For International Sales Growth

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    International Products Corporation (IPC) helps businesses worldwide ease assembly operations and keep facilities and equipment clean.

    Who is IPC?

    IPC is a specialty chemical company that manufactures safe, water-based, temporary rubber assembly lubricants and precision cleaners.

    P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants are designed to decrease the installation force needed to assemble rubber parts, improving worker safety and plant productivity.

    IPC’s full line of precision cleaning products includes biodegradable, alkaline, acidic, neutral, and enzymatic products used in a broad range of industries and applications.

    Key industries for both product lines include automotive, aerospace, appliance, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, medical device, pump, laboratory, manufacturing, membrane cleaning and wastewater.

    Where Is IPC?

    IPC’s head office and ISO: 9001 manufacturing facility are located in Burlington, NJ. All of IPC’s products are made in the USA.

    In 1984, IPC opened a subsidiary in the United Kingdom to serve the European market.

    Additionally, IPC has a network of foreign distributors to accommodate customers in many parts of the world.

    So yes, international isn’t just a part of our name…IPC is truly an international company.

    US Department Of Commerce Assists IPC For Further Global Growth

    IPC is one of more than 100 American businesses traveling to India as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s largest annual trade mission program, Trade Winds.

    This year’s Trade Winds’ focus is the Indo-Pacific region. The mission encourages U.S. based businesses to explore opportunities and develop strong business ties to India and other countries throughout the region.

    Trade Winds Indo-Pacific features a three-day business forum in New Delhi, India with optional trade mission stops in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. At each mission stop, attending companies will meet directly with government leaders, market experts, and pre-vetted potential business partners.

    IPC’s President, Kathy Wyrofsky, is “looking forward to connecting with prospects and customers with the support and assistance of the Trade Specialists at Tradewinds 2019”.  While IPC already has a presence in the region, Kathy is excited about joining this mission to create additional longstanding relationships with partners and companies in the region.

    What is Tradewinds?

    Trade Winds is the largest annual US Department of Commerce led trade mission. Since 2008, Trade Winds has delivered tangible bottom-line results in demanding markets all over the world. Now in its 11th year, Trade Winds has directly supported more than $3.4 billion in U.S. exports in over 40 countries. To date, Trade Winds has helped U.S. businesses conduct over 4,000 pre-vetted business-to-business meetings and over 6,000 government-to-business meetings around the world.

    Contact our product specialists to learn how IPC’s P-80 Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants and Specialty Cleaners can benefit your manufacturing facility. Whether you’re located right in our backyard or on another continent, IPC can help!

  7. Do You Need P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants?

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    Have You Ever Struggled With Rubber Assembly?

    How many times have you pushed a rubber hose onto a fitting only to find it wouldn’t slide into place because the fit was just too tight? Or, how about all of those seals and O-rings that twisted or tore because it took so much force to seat them? Remember the frustration you felt after pushing a grommet into place and then watching it pop right back out? 

    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. 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. Since these parts play such an integral role in product function and design, it’s important to assemble them properly to avoid future problems with product performance.

    Do Any Of These Assembly Problems Sound Familiar?

    • Rolling O-rings
    • Uneven cuts
    • Misaligned parts
    • Damaged parts
    • Injured workers (sore muscles, slippage, repetitive stress injury)

    If so, P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants may be the answer. When applied to rubber parts, P-80 lubricants reduce friction during assembly to make installation easier. Once dry the slipping action goes away and parts stay in place.

    What Are The Advantages Of P-80 Temporary Assembly Lubricants?

    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 tension between the two surfaces, rubber parts can slide into place easily.

    Achieve Closer Fits:

    The force needed to install parts when a lubricant is used is greatly reduced, so engineers can design lower tolerance parts. Since the lubrication is only temporary, once dry, the parts stay in place resulting in a tight fit.

    Improve Product Performance:

    Improper part alignment can lead to part failure and safety issues. Using lubricants is one way to ensure that mated parts are properly installed and will work as anticipated.

    Increase Production Rates:

    Pairing the optimal lubricant with the right application technique speeds up production. An increase in lubricity, even by small amounts, is greatly appreciated by line operators required to maintain strict cycle times.

    Help to Avoid Worker Injuries:

    Assembly lubricants ease the installation process of many parts. 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.

    How Does P-80 Compare To Other Lubricants?

    P-80 lubricants are temporary assembly lubricants, once dry the lubrication ceases and will not reactivate, even when wet. Additionally, P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous, and non-flammable, making them safe for workers and most plastics, rubbers, and metals. In fact, most P-80 products are biodegradable.

    Which P-80 Lubricant Do I Need?

    Since each assembly application is unique, IPC has developed different P-80 formulas so workers can choose the product that will work best for their particular application. P-80 is available in four ready-to-use industrial formulas, as well as two special formulas that are registered with the NSF as H1 lubricants approved for incidental food contact applications.

    Many jobs can benefit from the reduced friction and increased safety provided by P-80 Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants. Use P-80 the next time you’re having trouble replacing pump seals, installing bushings, assembling O-rings, or pushing hoses onto fittings and you’ll discover for yourself how much easier assembly can be.

    Any time you encounter rubber parts…P-80 can help!

    Want to try P-80 lubricants for your challenging rubber assembly applications? Request a free sample today!

  8. What Is The Shelf Life Of My Assembly Lubricant? (And, Why It Matters)

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    Remember that temporary assembly lubricant that’s been in your cabinet for years? How do you know if it’s still effective and safe to use? These things are good forever, right?

    Absolutely not! Chemical products do indeed have a shelf life. Paying attention to expiration dates helps ensure you are using products at their peak performance levels for optimal results.

    What Is Shelf Life?

    The shelf life of a product is defined as the “length of time that a commodity may be stored without becoming unfit for use, consumption, or sale.” (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelf_life). It’s important to note that manufacturers determine the shelf life of a product based upon expectations of normal use and storage. Failure to follow recommended guidelines can limit the expected shelf life of any product.

    How Is Shelf Life Determined?

    While each product and each manufacturer is unique, shelf life is generally determined by assessing product stability under normal conditions over an extended period of time. Are the active ingredients still effective or have they deteriorated? Chemical composition and anticipated environmental factors both have a role in determining a product’s shelf life.

    Product quality can be assessed by determining the concentration of key ingredients. Once the active ingredients of a product begin to degrade, product strength may be diminished.

    Environmental factors include temperature, moisture and exposure to air. External contaminants or stresses can also affect product quality.

    What Is The Shelf Life of My Lubricant?

    All of IPC’s P-80® Temporary Assembly Lubricants have a two-year shelf life.

    Is This Information On the Product Container?

    All of IPC’s products are stamped with a six-digit lot number that signifies the date of manufacture (YY/MM/DD). For example, a lot number of 190301 signifies that the product was manufactured on March 1, 2019.  The product expiration date is stamped directly below the lot number.

    How Does IPC Calculate Shelf Life?

    The shelf life of IPC’s products is determined by observation and testing. Part of the manufacturing process includes retaining a sample of each lot number produced for quality control.

    To determine the shelf life of its P-80 Temporary Assembly Lubricants, IPC tests for changes in pH and viscosity. IPC also observes the product for any changes in appearance or separation.

    What Other Factors Affect Shelf Life?

    The manner in which products are handled by the end user may also influence shelf life. It’s always a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for storage and handling. Follow these steps to maintain product quality and get the most out of your lubricant:

    • Store at recommended temperatures
    • Properly close containers between use – do not leave bottles uncapped
    • Do not mix with other chemicals
    • Use clean tools to avoid introducing contaminants
    • Do not dilute
    • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use

    What Happens If I Use My Temporary Assembly Lubricant After The Expiration Date?

    Using products beyond their expected expiration date is not recommended. After the expiration date your lubricant may no longer offer the same amount of lubricity which can have an impact on your entire assembly process. If you have questions about whether or not it’s okay to use your product, contact the manufacturer for assistance.

    Have questions about temporary assembly lubricants? Want a free sample for testing? IPC can help!

  9. Ergonomics: A Winning Formula For Improved Quality, Safety And Production

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    International Products Corporation (IPC) recently upgraded their manufacturing facility with the installation of a 20-liter liquid filling line that not only provides for a quicker, more efficient manufacturing process but also provides ergonomic benefits for workers. The new station was engineered, manufactured and installed by Inline Filling Systems.

    our 20-liter liquid filling line

    The new equipment has designated product capabilities and is used to fill 20-liter (5-gallon) sized containers of the company’s lubricants and cleaners.

    Features of the new equipment include:

    • Increased Output
    • Increased Fill Accuracy
    • Increased Worker Safety
      • Assisted lift devices
      • Automatic speed adjustments
      • Automatic case erector

    Ergonomic Improvements Are A Win-Win

    Ergonomics Reduces Injuries

    Worker injuries are frequently the result of repetitive movements and strain caused by moving heavy objects. Lifting, pushing and pulling heavy loads can all cause undue strain leading to injury. Ergonomic lifting equipment helps to eliminate the strain caused in these instances. The assisted lift device on IPC’s new fill line bears almost the entire weight of the heavy bottles.

    Ergonomics Improves Quality

    If line workers are in pain, tired or frustrated, the quality of their work may suffer. By installing ergonomic lifting equipment, the strain and repetitive motion of lifting are removed and workers can more easily focus on the task at hand. In addition to providing ergonomic benefits, IPC’s new filling line provides increased automation which reduces the likelihood of human error.

    Ergonomics Increases Productivity

    With ergonomic improvements in place, jobs can be completed with less strain and fewer motions leading to a quicker, more efficient production process. Adding to the ergonomic benefits, IPC’s new filling equipment has the capacity to fill three to four times the number of bottles as the equipment previously used.

    Ergonomic improvements in the workplace are beneficial to companies and their employees. Improvements in quality, production and employee well being all contribute to reduced costs and a safer work environment. A win-win for everyone!

     

  10. How To Assemble Hoses And Seals With P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants

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    Cars, trucks, buses, locomotives, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, pumps, construction equipment, conveyor belts, cable assemblies, and machines…What do all of these familiar items have in common?

    All of them are composed of countless rubber parts that help them function properly and efficiently. Have you ever considered all of the uses for rubber hoses and seals? Without hoses, seals, grommets, O-rings and so many other rubber parts, most everyday items would leak, fall apart or otherwise malfunction.

    Since rubber parts play such an integral role in product function and design, manufacturers have to be careful to assemble them properly to avoid problems down the line. While this sounds simple enough in theory, the reality is that assembling rubber parts can be quite difficult.

    The slip-resistant nature of rubber makes it difficult to install, cut, remove or manipulate. Improper part alignment or installation can lead to part failure and safety issues. Repair and installation of rubber parts can take considerable physical effort and time.

    Temporary assembly lubricants help solve this problem. When applied to rubber parts, temporary assembly lubricants reduce friction during assembly to make installation easier. Once dry the slipping action goes away and parts stay in place.

    What is the best way to apply temporary lubricants to rubber parts?  Brushing, sponging, spraying, dunking and dipping are all effective manual application methods. Since each assembly process is unique, the best method is often based on personal preference.

    Watch this short video for International Products Corporation’s (IPC) suggestions for assembling hoses and seals with P-80® temporary assembly lubricants:

    P-80 temporary assembly lubricants are water-based and do not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates, so they will not cause rubber to swell, dry out or harden. And, they do not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry the slipping action goes away and parts stay in place. P-80 lubricants are free of hazardous ingredients, making them safe for workers and the environment. Most P-80 products are biodegradable.

    Want to learn more about P-80 temporary assembly lubricants?
    Contact IPC’s technical team or request a free sample.

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