In 2012, Fluoramics once again leveraged its PTFE chemistry’s boundary film management to introduce HinderRUST, a rust inhibitor and lubricant that aggressively wets and spreads across all metal surfaces. Solvent-free, HinderRUST, does not evaporate away, but rather forms a lasting, rust-stopping bond on everything from firearms and hand tools, to vehicles, machined parts, and wire cables. Today, Fluoramics markets a full line of HinderRUST products, ranging from short-term rust protection used in manufacturing to long-term rust inhibitors used in marine environments.
In the late 1970s, Fluoramics continued to leverage its unique sub-micron PTFE suspension chemistries when it introduced Tufoil Engine Treatment. When added to conventional or synthetic motor oil, Tufoil increases overall lubricity, which decreases engine wear and tear, and increases both horsepower and efficiency. In 1996 and in 1997, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Tufoil as “the world’s most efficient lubricant.” Today, Fluoramics has a broad line of Tufoil Technology products with applications in gasoline and diesel engines, industrial settings, robotics, weapons lubrication, plus a variety of household and recreational needs.
In 1967, the year the company was founded, Fluoramics introduced Formula-8, the world’s first PTFE thread sealant. Marketed as an alternative to Teflon tape, this white shear-sensitive paste was designed to sheet out into PTFE strings as a fitting was torqued. This process packed the threads with an impervious seal that could withstand temperatures of -240° to +260°C and could be used in liquid and gaseous oxygen systems — also a world’s first. In the 1970s, Fluoramics expanded its sealant business when it introduced LOX-8 Paste, a waterproof thread sealant de- signed for severe high-pressure, high-temperature applications, and environments where oxygen, powerful oxidizers and caustic
Also known as Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a hydrophobic synthetic fluoropolymer that cannot be wetted by water. Often used for its non-stick coating on cookware, the casings of communications devices, to provide an antibacterial barrier for catheters, as a non-reactive barrier in the pipework of corrosive chemicals and as a lubricant to reduce friction, Southbourne Rubber makes the most of PTFE to manufacture a wide variety of parts for numerous applications.
With its good mechanical properties and resistance to oil, gas, hot water and abrasion, HNBR is used widely in the transport, industrial and oil and gas sectors. Offering heat resistance up to 140°C as well as standing up to adverse environmental conditions, Southbourne Rubber often uses HBNR in the manufacture of rubber seals for gear boxes and rubber gaskets with a long service life.
Similar to silicone rubber, this elastomer has a better resistance to fuels, oils and lubricants. However, while it performs well at a wide range of working temperatures, its resistance to hot air is not as good as that of silicone. That said, it holds its own when it comes to weathering and ozone exposure and has sound electrical strength, making it an excellent choice for use in aerospace fuel systems [Industry]. Southbourne Rubber manufactures high quality gaskets, seals and o-rings made from fluorosilicone rubber in a number of sizes and for a number of technologically advanced industries.
An elastomer with first-rate resistance to weathering and ozone – like FKMs – FFKMs are used to manufacture the likes of o-rings, gaskets, seals and fuel pipes [Products] that need to withstand extreme environments and aggressive chemical processing. Though it has poor low temperature properties, this super synthetic rubber smashes its counterparts out of the park with resistance of more than 320°C. Kalrez® is another trademark of DuPont and has ISO 9000 and AS 9100 registered production facilities.
Ideal for manufacturing rubber gaskets, o-rings and seals, fluoroelastomers, fluorocarbons or fluoro rubber boast a strong resistance to chemicals, oils and fuels with exceptional performance at high temperatures. Fluroelastomer rubber is also known as Viton®, the trademark of DuPont Performance Elastomers who first brought it to market. Known for its flame resistance, Viton is categorised under the ASTM D1418 and ISO 1629 designation of FKM.
A brand of chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSM), this synthetic rubber is resistant to chemicals, weathering and water. With a temperature range of -35ºC to +125ºC and the ability to self-extinguish, Hypalon or CSM rubber sheeting is used at Southbourne Rubber to make static rubber seals and are the ideal option when manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
With its hard-wearing and non-conductive nature, polybutadiene is an ideal compound for creating tough rubber parts, and coating parts particularly for electronic assembly. The second largest volume synthetic rubber produced after SBR and performing well at low temperatures, the elastomer of polybutadiene is of particular use in the transport industry [Industries] to improve the tread of car and truck tyres.