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Product Focus: Gore Sta-Pure Pump Tubing

May 29, 2019

In today’s post we are going to take a look at the Gore Sta-Pure peristaltic pump tubing. The Gore Sta-Pure product line offers two series of products; the Series PFL and the Series PCS. Gore’s pump tubing products are engineered to deliver consistent flow even at high pressures (up to 100 psig) and chemically aggressive applications. Let us dive into what distinguishes each product.

The Gore Sta-Pure Pump Tubing Series PFL is manufactured with a patented composite of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) and platinum-cured perfluoroelastomer for increased reliability with aggressive chemicals in peristaltic pumps. It is free from plasticizers, acid acceptors and other processing aids, making it one of the most pure tubing products available. The Series PFL handles nearly all aggressive chemicals, including organic solvents such as methyl ethyl ketone, toluene, and acetone. Let’s find out why…

PFL Tubing

Gore Sta-Pure Series PFL Tubing

 

Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene is created when PTFE—a linear polymer consisting of a carbon backbone completely surrounded and protected by fluorine atoms—is expanded, creating a microporous structure with desirable characteristics such as a high strength-to-weight ratio, biocompatibility, and high thermal resistance. This expansion process, innovated by W.L. Gore & Associates in 1969, is what makes GORE products so unique. This unique process significantly improves the mechanical properties while also maintaining the positive chemical attributes of the PTFE base material.

 

PTFE

PTFE Structure. The Carbon-Fluorine bond is among the strongest and most stable bond in organic chemistry.a caption

A perfluoroelastomer, represented by the letters FFKM or FFPM (ASTM and ISO designations, respectively), is very similar to PTFE except that PTFE is a more crystalline, or plastic, material while FFKMs can be thought of as the elastomeric form of PTFE in that it is soft and flexible at room temperature. Given the chemical structure and performance similarities between perfluoroelastomers and PTFE, it should be no surprise that perfluoroelastomers are used in sealing applications involving high temperature and/or aggressive chemicals.

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Perfluoroelastomer Structure

Combining the two compounds provides better chemical compatibility than silicone and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) tubing. In addition, the patented structure of the composite enables consistent flow rates over extended production cycles up to 60 psig. The Series PFL also withstands the rigors of clean-in-place and steam-in-place (CIP/SIP) processing, which helps simplify sterile fluid applications.

PCS

Series PCS Tubing

The Series PCS is a composite of platinum-cured silicone and reinforced with expanded polytetrafluoroelthylene (ePTFE) for added strength and resilience. With a unique composition of silicone and PTFE, the Series PCS has superior burst resistance up to 100 psi. This tubing is widely used for ultra-pure applications such as ultra-filtration, live cell transfer, fermentation, and bioreactor feed.

While platinum-cured silicone products are known for their extremely low levels of extractables and leachables and have gained a reputation for being the highest purity products, they may balloon or rupture under high pressure. The Series PCS employs a unique composite structure that overcomes this limitation and provides greater reliability and security against rupture. In a peristaltic pump, at a back pressure of 60 psi (4 atm), Series PCS tubing lasts over 1,000 hours under continuous use at 200 rpm. Under transfer conditions, it lasts more than 18 times longer than silicone rubber tubing, and almost twice as long as thermoplastic elastomer tubing at 360 rpm. The Series PCS has also been validated to operate after steam-in-place/clean-in-place (SIP/CIP) and autoclave sterilization.

Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, or ePTFE, is the core material in many of Gore’s solutions. You likely may be familiar with the many products Gore has to offer. Today, we have seen that Gore can tailor ePTFE for chemically aggressive high purity applications in their Series PFL tubing, or high-pressure and physically demanding applications in their Series PCS.

If you have any questions on your peristaltic pump application or any of our single use products, contact a Holland Sales Engineer today.

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