Palm kernel fatty acid, also known as Palm Oil Fatty Acid (POFA), is a fatty acid derived from the oil palm fruit. It is often used as a surfactant in the manufacture of soaps, detergents, shampoos, and cosmetics. POFA is also used as a lubricant, a solvent, and an emulsifying agent in food processing.
Exposure to POFA can cause rubber components to swell and soften due to the presence of fatty acids. This can lead to decreased flexibility, reduced tear strength, and cracking. Over time, the rubber may also become brittle and prone to failure. Additionally, POFA can cause discoloration and leaching of plasticizers, resulting in a decrease of the rubber's overall performance.
Viton ® o-rings from Marco Rubber offer excellent compatibility with a range of chemicals, oils and resist high temperatures up to 400F. Viton ® is also known as FKM made of fluoroelastomer one of the most versatile and widely used sealing materials.
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