We have recently received a question from a client on an old product called Oilon PV80. This was one of the first attempts to make a plastic ‘slicker’, and they achieved this by adding an oil agent to Acetal resin. The Oilon PV 80 material failed miserably due to the oil additive not blending well with the base Acetal. The product had vastly uneven oil content throughout the extrusion. Don’t let this failure sway you away from Acetal products, as they are excellent machining and wear resistant materials, Acetal just doesn’t take the blending with oil. It does blend well with PTFE, and that is the very popular Delrin® AF (also known as LF13) product and this is a common replacement for the Oilon PV 80.
Since then, our factories have figured it out, and they now use Nylon as a base. The Nylon has made this a widely accepted success providing excellent performance and longevity. With a few different versions, this product line works extremely well in OEM, Manufacturing and many Food Processing applications. Check out this and other Nylon varieties on the Nylon page. Look in the upper right corner for the variety of material you are interested in.
Oilon PV80 vs. Nylon
Nylon provides the best of all worlds when it comes to filled wear resistant materials. It is a rigid material with natural wear resistance. In addition, Nylon can be cast with a variety of fillers and additives (ie. Oil, Glass, Pigments, Graphite, etc.) that extend and improve many properties – and they are equally dispersed through out the material. The Nylon is superior in this blending process, whereas the Oilon PV80 did not blend well at all. Cast Nylon also is available in a huge range of sizes and shapes.
Also, let us know if you want more info on the old, antiquated and abandoned materials of old. Most of those old materials have been replaced by superior performance materials. Some of the older call outs were just trade names, like Bakelite (the first high pressure laminate – phenolic sheet). Some members of our team remember the first materials invented, and of course all the materials that followed. Give us a try.
While Nylon has been a staple for many years, the casting process has been perfected and is made in huge range of sizes and grades. Take a step up to one of the newer high tech grades of Nylon. Most Cast Nylons can be produced with a variety of fillers to meet the demanding design requirements you need.
Choose a newer and superior material, and forget the old Oilon PV80.
**Note: Delrin® is a registered Trademark of Dupont