Parker’s New Extreme High Temperature Fluorocarbon (FKM) Material Offers Drastic Improvement on Compression Set Over Traditional FKMs

VA179 is an innovative rubber technology providing vast application potential with increased continuous high temperature limits

LEXINGTON, Ky., September 25, 2018 – The O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced the launch of VA179, a new extreme high temperature fluorocarbon (FKM) compound. VA179 is an innovative, 70 durometer rubber seal material providing increased high temperature limits while maintaining chemical resistance and low temperature sealing consistent with standard FKMs.

VA179 consists of a breakthrough rubber technology increasing the FKM continuous high temperature limit an additional 20°C over standard FKM materials on the market today. This provides a new industry sealing solution to long-term compression set issues for customers using traditional fluorocarbons and silicones.

"In markets such as aerospace, automotive, and heavy-duty, we are frequently challenged to expand the temperature capabilities of our rubber compounds,” says Nathaniel Sowder, aerospace, military and chemical processing business development engineer, O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division, “With the launch of VA179, we now have a solution that will reach higher temperatures without sacrificing the low temperature and chemical resistance attributes that make standard FKM such a popular choice.”

VA179 provides a wide range of market and application potential with its competitive cost structure compared to more expensive sealing options. For decades, customers have used more expensive FFKM materials and metal seals for applications requiring temperatures greater than 200°C continuous.

"Semiconductor equipment engineers are constantly tasked to reduce the cost of running their tools. In high temperature processes, they often pay a premium for FFKM materials thinking it is the only option to reach the PM interval,” says Justin Byarski, life science, microelectronics, and general industrial business development engineer, O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division, “VA179 is a great new addition to our offering in those areas where FFKM is overkill."

VA179 is available in custom molded and O-ring products. Watch for future blogs highlighting this material later this year. For more information on VA179, please chat with us at www.parker.com/oes.

About Parker O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division
Parker O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division provides cutting edge elastomeric technology, designing precision-engineered sealing solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The division offers a broad spectrum of materials ranging from chemically resistant, high temperature FFKM’s to a variety of premium sealing compounds. Whether it is an "off-the-shelf" industrial standard O-ring or a custom shape engineered to customer specifications, our commitment to service is designed to minimize downtime and maximize quality. For more information, visit www.parker.com/oes or www.parkerorings.com.

About Parker Hannifin
Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. Learn more at www.parker.com or @parkerhannifin.

 

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