ICS carries a wide varity of O'Rings for Compressed Gas, Fire, and Scuba applications.
Aflas® - Aflas® is the trade name (Asahi Glass Co.) for a non-conventional fluoroelastomer (FKM) material which has a different chemical structure than other fluoroelastomers. It is considered a "cousin" of the fluoroelastomers, but offers significant advantages over them. Aflas® exhibits excellent heat resistance; 3 months @ 446F, 30 days @ 500F and intermittent tolerance @ +572F. It also offers excellent chemical resistance to high concentrations of acids, alkali and oxidants under high temperatures. In addition, it offers exceptional electrical insulation properties, similar to those of Silicone and EPDM rubber. Aflas® is primarily used for automotive oil sealing components.
Butyl (IIR) - Butyl, also known as isobutylene isoprene, has exceptional resistance to gas permeation, along with excellent water and steam resistance. Butyl has a temperature range of -65F to +200F. For most O-Ring applications, Ethylene Propylene (EP) has replaced Butyl due to similar properties, but with better heat and compression set resistance.
Chloroprene, Neoprene® (CR) - Chloroprene (Neoprene®) was one of the first synthetic materials developed as an air-oil resistant substitute for Natural Rubber. It has the unusual characteristic of being resistant to both petroleum lubricants and oxygen over a temperature range of -40F to +225F. It also provides good resilience and flex resistance.
Epichlorohydrin, Hydrin® (ECO) - Hydrin® is a specialty compound, acceptable for use over a temperature range of -40F to + 275F. This compound combines good petroleum oil and fuel resistance, with good resistance to sunlight, ozone and weathering. Hydrin® has good chemical resistance, but may be corrosive to adjacent metal parts. It is frequently used for fuel and oil seals which may be exposed to weather.
Ethylene Acrylic, Vamac® (AEM) - Ethylene acrylic (Vamac®) is a specialty Dupont-Dow Elastomer offering a temperature range of -40F to +300F. It provides low temperature flexibility for automotive applications including automatic transmission seals, power steering seals and gear box seals. It also exhibits excellent resistance to weathering, ozone and air aging.
Ethylene Propylene, EPDM, or EP (EP) - EP is a copolymer of ethylene and propylene, while EPDM is a terpolymer combining ethylene, propylene and a diene monomer. EP materials offer a temperature range of -65F to +300F and offer excellent resistance to ozone, weathering, steam, water and phosphate ester type hydraulic fluids. EP can be manufactured to conform to FDA requirements, making it ideal for use with foods and medical devices.
Fluorocarbon, VITON® (FKM) - VITON® is the trade name for DuPont-Dow Elastomers Fluorocarbon or FKM material. VITON® has a temperature range of -20F to +400F, and provides excellent resistance to a wide variety of chemicals, weather and compression set requirements. The relatively high level of fluorine in VITON® materials allows for exceptional resistance to chemical attack, but with limited low temperature capabilities. Intermittent exposure to +600F can be tolerated for brief periods of time. Many industrial products are now switching to O-Rings made of VITON®, making it the most significant elastomer development in 50 years.
Fluorosilicone (FVMQ) - Fluorosilicones combine the best properties of fluorocarbons and silicones. Fluorosilicones resist solvents, fuel and oil (similar to Viton®); but also provide stability over a broad temperature range of -100F to +350F. This elastomer is frequently used in aircraft fuel systems. However, it is limited to static seal applications due to poor tear resistance.
Hydrogenated Nitrile, HNBR - HNBR, sometimes referred to as Highly Saturated Nitrile (HSN), offers a temperature range of -40F to +350F. HNBR is often used in automotive refrigeration systems using Freon 134A, and in power steering seals using Type A Fluid. To manufacture HNBR, Nitrile is first dissolved in a solvent, then a catalyst is used and hydrogen gas hydrogenates the Nitrile. While HNBR is in the Nitrile family, it undergoes this extensive, and consequently expensive, process to become HNBR.
Nitrile, Buna-N (NBR) - Nitrile, also known as Buna-N or NBR, is a copolymer of Butadiene and Acrylonitirle. It is the most commonly used elastomer for sealing products. It has a temperature range of -40F to +250F and is exceptionally resistant to petroleum base oils and hydrocarbon fuels. Nitrile materials also exhibit excellent tensile strength and abrasion resistance properties. The material performs well with most dilute acids, silicone oils and lubricants and in water applications. It is not recommended for use with ketones, aromatic hydrocarbons and phosphate ester hydraulic fluids. Ozone resistant Nitriles are recommended where extended exposure to air and ozone are anticipated. More than 50% of the O-Rings sold are Nitrile O-Rings, commonly used in hydraulic/pneumatic motors, cylinders, pumps and valves.
Polyacrylate (ACM) - Polyacrylate offers a broad temperature range of -20F to +350F. Often used in automobile transmissions and power steering seals using Type A Fluid, it has excellent resistance to petroleum fuel and oils. It also exhibits good ozone and oxidation resistance, as well as good flex cracking resistance.
Polyurethane (AU / AE) - Polyurethane compounds offer exceptional abrasion and wear resistance and are offered in two distinctively different variations. For use in oil, use a polyester type which has low volume swell, but softens dramatically when exposed to water. For water sealing applications, use the polyether type which retains its integrity in water, but swells significantly when exposed to oil. A hybrid version that is acceptable for both applications is available at a substantially higher cost.
Silicone (VMQ) - Silicone materials offer outstanding temperature resistance across a broad range, from -80F to +400F. Silicone materials provide excellent resistance to sunlight, ozone, oxygen, UV light and moisture. It's inert qualities make it the preferred material for use with food handling and medical applications. Silicones offers poor tensile, tear and abrasion resistance, and are not recommend for use in dynamic applications.
SBR - SBR, styrene butadiene, or Buna-S, was originally developed to replace natural rubber in tires. While sometimes used for automobile brake system seals, it has been replaced in most applications by Ethylene Propylene which offers superior heat and compression set resistance.
PTFE - PTFE is an outstanding O-Ring material not affected by most chemicals. PTFE O-Rings are best for chemical and heat resistance up to 500oF because they are shiny smooth without chips or marks which could cause leakage. It also conforms to MS28774.