Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Where is Halocarbon located?

Halocarbon has a strategic presence along the East Coast of the United States. Our corporate offices are located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia (within the Atlanta Metropolitan Area). Our technology center and manufacturing facilities are located in North Augusta, South Carolina (along the Savannah River).

For directions to one of our locations, mailing addresses, or for further assistance, please refer to our contact page.

How can I purchase your products?

You can place an order for our products directly from our website or contact our Customer Service department ([email protected]). If you would like to place an order by phone, you can reach us toll-free (from within the U.S.) at 1-800-338-5803 or by using our caller-paid number +1-470-419-6364.

What safety precautions should I take when handling your products?

Halocarbon products are intended for use by persons trained in the proper handling of these and related materials. We recommend that you always refer to the specific SDS for a product prior to use. You can contact our Customer Service by email ([email protected]) at any time to obtain an SDS.

Do you have any additional information beyond the SDS for select products?

As a Responsible Care © company we want to provide good information about our products properties and how to safely handle them. On select products, we offer product safety summaries that compliment the SDS. They can be found here.

What are your office hours?

Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time, UTC –5). Our offices are closed in observation of the following U.S. Holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and day after, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Can I buy with a credit card?

Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card for orders less than $20,000 USD.

Is my product normally in stock?

Halocarbon prides itself on our responsiveness. Most of our standard products are in stock and ready to ship.

How long will it take for my order to be shipped?

Our goal is to ship standard items out of our manufacturing plant in North Augusta, SC in 2 to 3 business days.

What is your return policy?

We allow limited return of our products with a restocking charge and subject to other requirements. Please contact Customer Service by email ([email protected]) for specific information.

Product and Application Specific Questions

What are the advantages of having fluorine in my product?

There are numerous benefits to adding fluorine to your products, including increased biological activity for pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, greater thermal and oxidative stability and increased chemical resistance. To find out more about how Halocarbon can put the power of fluorine to work for you, click here to read our introduction to fluorine chemistry entitled, “Fluorine 101.”

What are the proper storage conditions for your products?

Always consult the product’s SDS for detailed storage conditions. The following popular products are considered flammable and must be stored in accordance with all applicable fire regulations:

• Trifluoroethanol
• Ethyl trifluoroacetate
• Isopropyl trifluoroacetate
• Methyl trifluoroacetate
• Methyl chlorodifluoroacetate
• Trifluoroacetaldehyde ethylhemiacetal
• Trifluoroacetaldehyde methylhemiacetal
• Trifluoroethylamine
• Trifluoroethylene
• Bromotrifluoroethylene

Nonflammable products can be stored under ambient conditions.

Do you offer off-spec or lower quality products than we see on the website?

All our products meet the industry leading specifications listed in this website. Generally, the processing complications and lower volumes resulting from production of a lower grade product will not offer significant cost savings.

What are the standard packaging sizes available for your products?

Our packaging size standards vary depending upon the specific product and the quantities being purchased. To find a packaging size that is right for you, please contact our Customer Service department by email ([email protected]).

Do you have specs for the containers used?

Yes, please contact our Customer Service department by email ([email protected]).

Do you have specifications for the Isotainers used for TFA, TFE and TFAC?

Yes, please contact our Customer Service department by email ([email protected]).

What makes Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants so unique?

Halocarbon oils, greases and waxes are synthetic fluorinated lubricants. They are inert because they are fully saturated, hydrocarbon-free, and are carefully manufactured to a very high degree of purity to ensure maximum safety and reliability.

Why are Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants safe with oxygen, chlorine, nitric acid, etc.?

Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants are fully halogenated and are essentially free of carbon-hydrogen bonds.

To learn more about the general benefits of fluorine chemistry, read our Fluorine 101 Section.

What solvents are miscible with Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants?

The following are miscible:

• Ethyl Alcohol
• Methyl Alcohol
• Acetone
• Methyl ethyl ketone
• Hexane
• Methyl isobutyl ketone
• Kerosene
• Mineral oils

In what applications should I avoid using Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants?

These materials should not be used with sodium or potassium metals, amines including amine additives, liquid fluorine and liquid chlorine trifluoride. Silica-thickened greases should not be used in contact with alkalis, hydrofluoric acid and fluorinating agents. If you are using hydrofluoric acid or fluorinating agents, the Halocarbon polymer-thickened greases should be used.

Can Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants be used with aluminum?

Caution should be used under conditions of large shear forces such as those found in threaded connections or in any lubricated contact allowing for metal-to-metal contact (boundary lubrication). This is a concern with all fluorinated inert lubricants.

Have Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants been tested for oxygen compatibility?

Halocarbon lubricants have been tested by NASA and the German Federal Institute for Materials Testing (BAM) and to ASTM standards.

What is the upper temperature limit for Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants?

The maximum safe operating temperature for Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants will depend on the specific application conditions. Any application over about 200°C requires careful consideration, with 260°C being a practical temperature maximum for PCTFE-based lubricants.

Which elastomers and plastics are compatible with Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants?

The following elastomers and plastics have been found to be compatible with Halocarbon inert lubricants. Since formulations vary by manufacturer, it is recommended that a compatibility test be conducted.

• Ethylene propylene rubber
• Polymides
• Polyvinyl alcohol
• Polycarbonates
• Neoprene
• Flurosilicones
• Teflon type plastics
• Cured epoxies
• Rigid PVC
• Urethanes
• Rigid CPVC
• Viton type plastics

Can Halocarbon Fluorinated Lubricants be recycled?

With proper use and maintenance, Halocarbon Fluorinated Oils can be recycled. This helps to reduce the cost of using our oils.

We are aware of the following recyclers:
• Inland Vacuum
• Kurt J Lesker
• PMZ Products
• TMC Industries

Halocarbon has not approved or audited these recyclers – any company wishing to recycle their oil is responsible for the appropriate due diligence.

What should I do before I switch to a Halocarbon Fluorinated Oil or Grease?

There are two main considerations when switching to a Halocarbon Fluorinated Oil or Grease to ensure long-term performance. The first is to make sure that the system is clean and all traces of the previous not-in-kind oils and/or greases (or other potentially reactive compounds) have been removed. The second is to verify compatibility with all materials of construction.

Do Halocarbon greases contain silicone?

No, although we have silica-thickened greases, silica and silicone lubricants are completely different.

What is the “NLGI” system?

This system is used to define the thickness or consistency of a grease. A grease with a “1” rating is a very soft grease. A hard grease would have a rating of “4”. Most of the time, the equipment manufacturer will suggest which grade to use.

Is there a general-purpose Halocarbon Fluorinated Grease?

Halocarbon 25-5S grease is considered to be a general purpose inert grease. It can be used for most applications that require an inert grease. If there is a chance that the grease may come into contact with an alkali, hydrofluoric acid or a fluorinating agent, a polymer-thickened grease should be used instead.

What is Halocarbon MT-3I grease?

This grease contains a rust inhibitor, molybdenum disulfide and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). These ingredients make it an outstanding thread sealant. It will help to prevent thread galling and act as a thread sealant where oxygen compatibility is required. It was tested by NASA and passed their oxygen compatibility.

Where can I get your anesthetics if I am a researcher?

Please contact our Customer Service department by email ([email protected]).

Does your company produce both human label and veterinary label Isoflurane?


Where can a veterinarian order your veterinary label Isoflurane, USP?

It is stocked and sold by most veterinary distributors. For more information, please contact our Customer Service department by email ([email protected]).

Why did Halocarbon decide to stop producing Halothane?

Worldwide usage of Halothane has been declining for years and continued production was no longer economically viable.

What is the recommended way to dispose of Halocarbon anesthetics?

Please refer to the specific SDS for your product.

Can I get my Halothane Vaporizer converted to an Isoflurane Vaporizer?

Yes, please contact our Customer Service department by email ([email protected]) for further information.

Where can I purchase a Key Fill Adaptor?

Call G.A.S. at 1-800-717-5955 (U.S. only) or Southmedic at 1-800-463-7146 (U.S. and Canada).

Does Halocarbon manufacture its own Sevoflurane?

Yes, Halocarbon manufactures its Sevoflurane in its plant in South Carolina, USA. In addition, unlike other Sevoflurane suppliers, Halocarbon is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the key precursor to Sevoflurane, Hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP).

Is Halocarbon® Sevoflurane FDA approved as a therapeutic equivalent to the branded drug and is it listed in the “Orange Book”?

Yes, the US FDA has approved Halocarbon Sevoflurane as a therapeutic equivalent to Ultane® and lists Halocarbon Sevoflurane in their “Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations” (the “Orange Book”).

How is Halocarbon Sevoflurane packaged?

Halocarbon Sevoflurane is packaged in 250 ml USP Type III amber glass containers with a water content of not more than 70 parts per million (ppm). In order to receive FDA approval, a drug’s manufacturer must demonstrate its product’s stability in the sale container. Data submitted to the FDA showed Halocarbon Sevoflurane in glass bottles was stable under standard accelerated conditions (bottles stored at 40ºC and 75% relative humidity for 3 months) and hotter and drier conditions (60ºC and less than 5% relative humidity for 3 months). Halocarbon’s stability testing and other research has produced no evidence that storing Sevoflurane in type III glass results in Lewis Acid formation or otherwise contributes to decomposition of Sevoflurane, or that the addition of water is necessary to promote stability.

What is the shelf life of Halocarbon Sevoflurane?

24 months.

Why are there different types of containers for Sevoflurane?

Packaging is a matter of patents and/or marketing preference and each container type has its advantages and disadvantages. While a glass bottle can break, the primary advantage of this packaging type is visibility of the Sevoflurane level. Sevoflurane in plastic bottles has been recalled due to pinhole leaks in the plastic. As previously noted, in order to receive FDA approval, a drug must be shown to be stable in whatever container it is supplied.

Are there any labeling differences between the branded drug and Halocarbon Sevoflurane?

No, other than company names.

Can Halocarbon Sevoflurane be used the same as the branded drug?

Yes, Halocarbon Sevoflurane is listed by the FDA as a therapeutic equivalent to Ultane®.

What information do I need prior to using Halocarbon Sevoflurane?

As with all inhalation anesthetics, product handling, storage and administration information must be thoroughly reviewed prior to any use of drug. Please consult both the product insert and the SDS.