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Viton O-rings vs. Fluorocarbon O-rings

  • Posted by Parco Inc on January 30, 2012

What is the difference between Viton® and fluorocarbon O-rings?

We are often asked what the difference is between Viton O-rings and fluorocarbon O-rings. An easy way to understand the difference is to compare them to an iPad and a tablet. In many ways, an iPad and a tablet from a manufacturer other than Apple will perform many of the same functions. However, what name do you hear most often when people talk about tablets and which tablet is your child, spouse, or friend asking for as a gift? Most likely, you answered, “An iPad.” Why? The main reason is the iPad is a brand name that’s recognized so well among consumers. Apple has done a great job innovating and advertising their product. In much the same way, we can view Viton as the iPad and fluorocarbon as the other tablets. iPad is a registered trademark of Apple and Viton is a registered trademark of Dupont Performance Elastomers. Like Apple, Dupont has offered significant advances over the years in its products and has extensively advertised its various brands.


Are Viton O-rings better than fluorocarbon O-rings?

So now that you have a better understanding of the difference between Viton and fluorocarbon, you might be asking yourself which is better. Should you buy Viton O-rings or fluorocarbon O-rings? Well, that brings us back to the iPad versus tablet example. Not all consumers have the same needs. Most consumers will likely consider various tablet features such as price, durability, apps, and operating systems before making a purchase. Someone deciding whether to buy Viton or fluorocarbon O-rings should also look at all the options before specifying a particular material. Things to consider include a seal’s temperature capabilities, fluid compatibility, abrasion and tear resistance, differential pressure resistance, and price.

For help deciding which fluorocarbon is right for your application, download a copy of Parco’s Fluorocarbon Selection Guide. That guide includes the characteristics of fluorocarbon types and an overview of Parco’s popular fluorocarbon compounds.

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