O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division

Parker’s Base Resistant Fluorocarbon Elastomers (BRE) Offer Broad Characteristics for Multiple Sealing Applications in the Oil and Gas Industry

LEXINGTON, KY, March 26, 2019 –The O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced the launch of a new Base Resistant Fluorocarbon Elastomer (BRE) technology that offers a broad spectrum of properties to replace current HNBR, A-Type FKM and AFLAS® seals, creating a one-size-fits-all material for oil and gas applications.


Parker’s new BRE-FKMs, VP306-80 and VP316-90 provide resistance to a broad range of fluids and offer temperature flexibility as low as -10°F, while still maintaining cost effectiveness.


“The development of the VP306 and VP316 compounds stemmed from a market need for broad performance across multiple areas,” said Nathaniel Sowder, Oil & Gas Business Development Engineer, Parker O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division. “These compounds provide a chemical compatibility spectrum that includes hydrocarbons and high pH fluids that were only previously obtainable with very specialized families that were either very expensive or required compromises in other areas, such as low temperature flexibility or compression set resistance.”


The seal industry offers HNBR, A-Type FKMs, low temperature FKM’s, AFLAS and FFKM, but these only address a specific niche of a customer’s needs. Parker’s proprietary BRE-FKM material technology offers an extremely broad range of performance for customers requiring simplicity in specifying a material for several different application environments. Additionally, Parker offers a wide range of custom molded shapes and sizes, packer elements, bonded parts, as well as traditional O-rings.


Parker’s new Base Resistant Fluorocarbon Elastomers will be on display at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2019 on May 6-9, 2019 in booth 3639.


For material test data or to learn more, visit www.parker.com/OES or contact our Applications Engineering Team at 859-335-5101 or oesmailbox@parker.com.


About O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division

Parker O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division provides cutting edge elastomeric technology, designing precision-engineered sealing solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The division offers a broad spectrum of materials ranging from chemically resistant, high temperature FFKM’s to a variety of premium sealing compounds. Whether it is an "off-the-shelf" industrial standard O-ring or a custom shape engineered to customer specifications, our commitment to service is designed to minimize downtime and maximize quality.  For more information, visit the division's web site at www.parker.com/oes or www.parkerorings.com.


About Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For more than 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. Learn more at www.parker.com or @parkerhannifin.





*AFLAS® is a registered trademark of Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.

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Samantha Sexton

                        Parker O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division

                        Phone 859 268 5075