Viton ® – Authentic Viton® –
Insist On the Best
Viton ® was introduced in 1958 and ever since scientists and engineers have relied on DuPont™ Viton® for its superior performance and unique properties. However, DuPont is not the only company that manufactures FKM products. Many people in the industry incorrectly refer to any and all FKM elastomers as Viton®. Products that are not made from 100% virgin DuPont™ Viton® may fall short of the expected performance levels afforded by the stringent quality standards DuPont has set for Viton®, which is manufactured at ISO 9002 registered facilities worldwide.
Viton ® is Specified for its Outstanding Performance
- Outstanding resistance to heat, oxidation, weathering, ozone
- Outstanding resistance to a broad variety of fluids, including: aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, halogenated fluids, strong acids
- Outstanding resistance to compression set, providing sealing performance and longevity unmatched by any non-fluorinated elastomer
These characteristics make Viton® fluoroelastomer the perfect choice for demanding sealing applications. Unfortunately, there are several low-cost “fluoroelastomer imposters” on the market that may put your operations at risk of seal failure. A number of manufacturers of finished goods offer products which are being described as “commercial” or “industrial grades” of fluoroelastomer at reduced prices. These so-called “fluoroelastomers” can be offered at lower cost simply because they are not 100% virgin fluoroelastomer. Instead, some of these products are blends of FKM with hydrocarbon elastomers, such as ethylene-propylene, chloroprene or acrylic rubbers.
Many hydrocarbon rubbers can be blended to take advantage of specific features inherent in the individual rubbers. Fluoroelastomers in general can’t be blended with hydrocarbon rubber without significantly degrading the resistance of the resulting vulcanizates to heat, fluids and compression set.
Since Viton® performs better than hydrocarbon rubbers in fluid resistance, blends of other rubbers with Viton® typically perform significantly poorer than 100% FKM. Blends of Viton® with hydrocarbon rubbers do not perform “almost like FKM” or anything close to it. Beware of the “good deal.” Rather than being a “low-cost fluoroelastomer” the blend instead performs like an over-priced hydrocarbon rubber. If your sealing application is one that is best handled by a fluoroelastomer, make sure you are getting 100% Viton® FKM, and not a “low cost” blend of FKM and hydrocarbon rubber. Insist on parts made with Genuine Viton®. Our Genuine Viton® License Program guarantees the end-user that the elastomer portion of finished goods which bear the Genuine Viton® Label consist only of 100% virgin Viton® fluoroelastomer.
Make Detailed Specifications
Specifications that are insufficient, inaccurate or that allow substitutions may lead to quality and performance problems. However, a well-written specification that identifies the type of material and quantifies the critical performance parameters of the desired seal will communicate to your supplier the most cost-effective FKM for your application. When DuPont™ Viton® is specified, product performance may be enhanced since the correct type of Viton® has been tailored for your application needs.
These types or “families” of DuPont™ Viton® enable selection of the most cost-effective elastomer. Each family affords a tailored balance of mechanical properties, as well as specific resistance to various types of process fluids.
How Do You Know You’re Getting Parts Made With Genuine Viton ® fluoroelastomer?
Q. Are all fluoroelastomers “Viton®” fluoroelastomers?
A. No, only DuPont manufactures Viton® fluoroelastomer. Because Viton® is an established industry standard, many people incorrectly refer to any and all fluoroelastomers as Viton®. To ensure the highest quality fluoroelastomer available, insist on products made only with DuPont™ Viton®.
Q. What is FKM?
A. FKM is the ASTM designation for the fluoroelastomer category. It is not a mark of quality. Not all FKMs are equivalent, and some may fall short on desired performance.
Q. What does the “Made With Genuine Viton®” seal mean?
A. The seal means the part has been manufactured and distributed in accordance with DuPont guidelines. Only parts made with 100% virgin Viton® as the sole elastomeric component are labeled with this seal.
Q. Why does the seal matter?
A. It is the guarantee of product integrity. When products carry this emblem, compliance to OSHA Mechanical Integrity Section 1910.119 is assured. The seal means that the parts offer the superior performance that only DuPont™ Viton® fluoroelastomer provides. Other fluoroelastomer parts may include blends and other rubbers that deliver inferior heat and fluid resistance performance.
Q. How can I be sure I’m getting parts made with genuine Viton®?
A. Look and ask! Be sure to make Viton® an element of your part specification. When parts are shipped, look for the Genuine Viton® seal. If the seal is missing, ask for a Certificate of Authenticity or Conformance.
Q. Who can use the label “Made With Genuine Viton®?”
A. Only manufacturers who have signed a formal agreement with DuPont can use this seal on their products. The manufacturers are selected carefully for their knowledge, their quality standards and for their ability to help you select the correct type of Viton® for your application. A well-written specification will communicate your needs to your supplier, who has up-to-date information about the variety of Viton® performance types and who can suggest the most cost-effective recommendation.
To ensure that you always receive the highest quality FKM products available, insist on 100% virgin Viton® and look for the “Made With Genuine Viton®” seal.