NewAge Industries now offers Vitube tubing made of DuPont Performance Elastomer’s Viton synthetic rubber. The material provides a wide range of chemical resistance and performs at high temperatures. Applications include fuel and oil lines, chemical transfer, peristaltic pumps, appliances, seals and o-rings, automotive fluids, hot lubrication and solvents.
Vitube has the flexibility and mechanical properties of conventional synthetic rubbers, but its heat and chemical resistance go beyond the range of other rubber materials, according to the company. Vitube handles temperatures between -30°F and 400°F (-34°C and 204°C) and has withstood temperatures as high as 600°F (315°C) for limited time periods.
Certain fluids, particularly those that are petroleum based, can act as solvents on rubber, disintegrating the material and leading to tubing failure. Vitube withstands many of these fluids, even when temperatures are elevated.
Vitube is 100 percent virgin Viton material and contains no regrind or blends of other elastomers. This purity enables it to resist oils, fuels, lubricants and most mineral acids; aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons such as carbon tetrachloride, benzene, toluene and xylene; and sunlight and ozone exposure.
NewAge’s Vitube is matte black in color and available in both type A and type B formulations, the latter of which is formulated for peristaltic pump use. Type A offers a Shore A durometer of 75; type B, Shore A durometer 60. Both are stocked in sizes ranging from 1/32” through 7/8” I.D.