MRO Magazine

Saint-Gobain Introduces FKM White Laboratory Tubing

December 1, 2015
By Business Wire News


Saint-Gobain, a global leader in high-performance components and solutions using engineered polymers, introduces FKM White laboratory tubing. Manufactured from one of the latest specialty types of fluoroelastomer with advanced polymer architecture, the new tubing is suitable for demanding applications and has excellent chemical resistance to acids, alcohols, fuel, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons. It also shows superior fluid resistance to commercial cleaning fluids.

Compared to Viton® tubing, this flexible tubing with a durometer of 64 provides an extended pump life of up to 300hr at 0 psi, thus reducing downtime. Opaque white in color, Saint-Gobain FKM White can be used in pharmaceutical and laboratory environments where the use of traditional Viton tubing containing carbon black is unacceptable.

Saint-Gobain FKM White withstands operating temperatures between -25°F (-32°C) and 400°F (204°C) and has outstanding resistance to ozone and weathering which prevents premature cracking or aging. The new tubing is autoclavable by steam 30 minutes at 15 psi at 250°F (121°C) and has good chemical resistance to 5% sodium hydroxide, making it suitable for CIP (Clean-In-Place) for pharmaceutical applications. Saint-Gobain FKM White meets USP Class VI per GLP and FDA 21 CFR 177.2600 for food contact requirements. It is available in six standard stock sizes.

Viton is a registered trademark of DuPont Performance Elastomers LLC.

About Saint-Gobain in North America

For 350 years, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people the world over. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement for three and a half centuries – and 2015 is the company’s commemorative year.

In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pa., Saint-Gobain has more than 250 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.2 billion in 2014. Join Saint-Gobain in a celebration of the company’s 350 years of innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting and or connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.

Saint-Gobain’s Performance Plastics business is headquartered in Aurora, Ohio, and employs approximately 6,000 people in 22 countries. It is a world leader in high-performance plastics, including flexible tubing, seals, coated fabrics, foams, window film, barrier/release films, tapes, medical components, fluid handling systems and bearings.

For more information about Saint-Gobain’s Performance Plastics business, visit, and

Katia May, 216-539-4342