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PTFE benefits

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Most of the world know PTFE as the trademark name, Teflon, which is a non-stick coating on cookware such as non-stick pans. But uses for PTFE and the applications it plays into goes much further than just cookware.

PTFE has grown popularity worldwide and is found in services worldwide in many critical industries such as aerospace, fouls, semi-conductors and pharmaceuticals, just to name a few. Examples of applications can range from aircraft wiring to computer circuit boards.

Constructed of Carbon and Fluorine molecules, PTFE has characteristics that include the resistance to corrosive chemicals, water and UV rays. It has the ability to withstand extremely hot and cold temperatures and possesses a low coefficient of friction. It is also a great insulator from electricity.

There are many types of PTFE available in the marketplace and understanding each ones characteristics will make it easy for you to make your pick. They include;

  • Virgin PTFE – this is the purest and cleanest form of PTFE. It is excellent for applications that require a clean material such as semi-conductor equipment components or pharmaceutical valve liners
  • Modified PTFE – this is a less porous copolymer resin and is enhanced to improve strength, lubricity and seal-ability. Uses include ultrapure fittings and valve bodies
  • Filled PTFE – this is a virgin PTFE that is blended with a filler to add strength, duplicity or color identification
  • Reprocessed PTFE – this a reclaimed sintered PTFE that is chopped off and cleaned for reuse. It is used for cost savings as it costs less than virgin PTFE and is popular for applications for cleanliness is not necessarily required such as for gaskets and chemical refinery.

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