SSP Seals offer a complete range of Rulon grades to our clients. Each grade can meet specific plastic material needs for our client's industrial applications. Rulon is the name of a group of PTFE compounds. It is widely used in manufacturing industries for the creation of tier 3 components. The Rulon family of PTFE plastics is produced by Saint Gobain Performance Plastics.
The material is well-known for its industrial applications due to its solution driven features:
It is designed for applications that comprise extreme temperatures. Rulon works extremely well in temperatures ranging from -240°C to 260°C. A few popular applications where the material is used include rings, seals, bearings, pistons, and electrical insulation.
There are various types of Rulon materials that are used in various industries. Some of the more popular types are mentioned below.
This type is the most popular among Rulon grades, and it is used by numerous industries. It is known for providing high resistance against wear and tear. It is also known for its good electrical properties, chemical torpidity, and low friction co-efficient. The material's formulation allows it to be bonded to different types of surfaces. Its formulation also make it maroon in color, which makes it easily recognizable.
This fluoropolymer type is ideal for bonding on soft surfaces and for protection against abrasions. Type J Rulon has the lowest friction coefficient in comparison to the other types. For this reason, this grade is considered as a complete plastic by manufacturers and customers. Rulon J is a versatile application material. Applications involving plastic as well as various types of metals can benefit by using this material. Some of the common application materials that are compatible with Type J are brass and 316 stainless steel. This type is differentiated by its color, which is dull gold.
This plastic material is compliant with the regulations of the Food and Drug Administration. It is designed to provide solutions for the food and beverage industry amongst others. It can run dry without the need of any external lubrication, and is a popular alternative to other materials such as UHMWPE and pure PTFE. Besides industrial bearings and seals, Rulon 641 can also be used in applications such as agricultural components, food and beverage conveyor and handling systems, and medical as well as pharmaceutical products. It is also extremely useful in industries such as appliance manufacturing, semiconductor processing, automotive, and transportation. Rulon 6741 is differentiated by its white color.
This particular grade is the upgraded version of the original Rulon material, which was first introduced in 1952. The material is designed for applications that do not require lubrication. Rulon AR is known for its high chemical inertness, and provides years of reliable service. It has higher flexibility than Rulon LR, which makes it a suitable option for seals and sliding surfaces. It is extremely well-known for applications in industries such as chemical, mechanical, and electrical. Some of the popular industrial applications include fuel pump cups and automotive shaft seals. It is differentiated by the color maroon.
Rulon 142 is perhaps the most ideal material for machine tool applications. It is a low deformation and linear bearing material, which consists of outstanding vibration resistance, immense mechanical strength, and strong dimensional stability. These features provide various application benefits such as consistent friction, elimination of sticking or slipping, and high thermal dissipation. Bearing misalignment in an application can also be prevented to a great extent by utilizing this Rulon grade. It is differentiated by its color, which is turquoise with a bronze tint.
This is a chemical resistant and non-abrasive compound, which is differentiated by its glossy black color. Its beneficial features include self-lubrication design, low friction, exceptional thermal and electrostatic dissipation, and immense protection from deformation. Rulon 123 is FDA, USDA, and NSF compliant, and it can be designed as rods, tubes, sheets, tapes, or even custom designs. We generally recommend this material for applications with low to moderate speeds, where the plastic will be used against metals like stainless steel. Rulon 123 is an excellent choice for wet or underwater applications. This material should not be used for applications that consist of vacuums or extremely dry environments.
Data Sheet for Rulon (Filled PTFE)
|ASTM or UL test||Property||Rulon LR
|D2240||Hardness, Shore D||60-75||60||60||60-75|
|D570||Water Absorption, 24 hrs (%)||0||0||0||0|
|D1457||Tensile Strength (psi)||1,500||2,000||2,000||2,000|
|D1457||Tensile Elongation at Yield (%)||150||180||175||175|
|D256||IZOD Notched Impact (ft-lb/in)||6.0||-||-||6.0|
|D696||Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion
(x 10-5 in./in./°F)
(x 10-4 cal/cm-sec-°C)
|D149||Dielectric Strength (V/mil) short time, .08" thick||400-500||200||-||400-500|
|D150||Dielectric Constant at 1 MHz||2.5||2.4||-||2.5|
|D150||Dissipation Factor at 1 MHz||0.003||0.001||-||0.003|
|D257||Surface Resistivity (ohm-cm) at 50% RH||2 x 1013||6 x 1018||-||2 x 1013|
|D257||Volume Resistivity (ohm-cm) at 50% RH||1 x 1015||8 x 1018||-||1 x 1015|
|RECOMMENDED OPERATING LIMITS|
|Maximum Load (psi)||1,000||1,000||1,000||1,000|
|Maximum Velocity with No Pressure (ft/min)||400||400||400||400|
|Maximum PV Rating (psi x ft/min)||10,000||10,000||10,000||10,000|
|Maximum Operating Temp (°F / °C)||500 / 260||500 / 260||500 / 260||500 / 260|
|Minimum Operating Temp (°F / °C)||-450 / -240||-450 / -240||-450 / -240||-450 / -240|
|Minimum Mating Surface Hardness (Rockwell)||C35||B25||B25||C35|