FaBLINE GP is the ‘General Purpose’ grade, for use in all applications where fluids or gases are being conveyed which do not generate a risk of static charge development (see “AS”).
FaBLINE GP is a virgin PTFE liner, manufactured from hose grade PTFE which conforms to the requirements of:
FDA 21 CFR 177.1550
FaBLINE GP and AS PTFE Liner Tubes have also been tested for Leachables and Extractables in accordance with BPSA recommendations, and were found to be satisfactory.
EC - Electrical Continuity (Also known as ‘Electrically Bonded’)
All FaBLINE hose assemblies are electrically continuous. Electrical Continuity requires that the hose assembly supplied is electrically continuous, or conductive, between metal end fittings at each end of the hose (whether GP or AS grade).
The requirements for this are specified in the German Document BRG 132 and EN 16643, when tested in accordance with EN ISO 8031, which requires that the resistance between end fittings shall be.
FaBLINE AS is an essential requirement in applications where there is the risk of an electrostatic charge build-up on the inside surface of the PTFE tube which may then discharge through the tube wall. Media passing through which create such a risk are fluids which have a Conductance of less than 10-8 S/m (Siemens per Metre), or 104 pS/m such as fuels, solvents, freons, some WFI (ultra-pure “Water for Injection”) and non-polar organics which are being transferred at a medium to high flow velocity.
All twin or multi phase media, and any non-mixing media, such as powder in air, or water droplets in steam, in gases or in oil, also colloidal fluids constitute a particular hazard for static charge generation, and always require grade AS.
If in doubt, either order AS grade, or consult Aflex Hose.
FaBLINE AS is an anti-static PTFE liner manufactured from FDA 21 CFR 177.1550 approved PTFE, mixed with less than 2.5% of ‘high purity’ Carbon Black material to FDA requirement 21 CFR 178.3297. FaBLINE AS grade also meets the requirements of EC Directive 2007/19/EC. The carbon is encapsulated by the PTFE, and in normal, non-abrasive applications will not come loose to contaminate any fluid passing through.
When “AS” (Antistatic) grade hose is specified, then the hose or hose assembly supplied will be tested in accordance with EN ISO 8031 and meet the Antistatic requirements of EN 16643. This requires, for an antistatic liner or antistatic cover, that the resistance between an appropriately placed foam electrode and a metallic end fitting will be between 103 to 108 ohms per assembly. For hose assemblies which meet these requirements an appropriate Grade “Ω” marking is applied in accordance with EN 16643.
Note: When in service, at least one end fitting must be connected to earth, to permit dissipation of the static charge from the end fitting.