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Full Service Sodium Ammonia Fluoropolymer Etching

Creating the strongest bondable surfaces on any fluoropolymer

ISO 9001:2008 certified and with over 45 years experience, we are a leader in sodium ammonia fluoropolymer etching, ensuring you receive the long lasting, durable, uniform surface modification you require. When compared to sodium naptolene processes, our sodium ammonia etching have been proven to be the preferred solution with its superior performance and design to give you the bondable surfaces you need on any fluoropolymer quickly and efficiently.

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Capabilities

Whatever type of virgin or filled fluoropolymer you are using, (PTFE, PFA, FEP, ETFE, PCTFE, PVDF, ECTFE, etc) our innovative etching techniques deliver the precise surface treatment required for an excellent bond every time. Treatment can be accomplished on one or more surfaces, or selectively within close tolerances on films, sheets, tubing or other three-dimensional shapes. Our compounds react with only the surface layer of fluoropolymers ensuring dimension and other properties remain largely unaffected.

We can treat one or more surfaces — including 1 sided or 2 sided etching on continuous skived rolls and flat sheets, full immersion selective spot etching on compound contours of three-dimensional parts. Our equipment can accommodate most commonly used formats, including:

  • Film rolls up to 50” wide
  • Narrow tapes and thin-walled tubing
  • Irregularly shaped items as large as 5 cubic ft in volume, up to 48” x 96” x 3/4”

Applications

As the leaders of sodium ammonia etching, our application process and etchant formula have been perfected over the last 45 years. We pride ourselves on our standard application processes and our customization processes. So you, our customer, receive exactly what you need.

Industry Standards & Customized Solutions

Continuous- Etched complete from beginning to end.

Skived Rolls & Film

  • Up to .125” thick
  • 1” to 50” wide
  • 1 or 2 sided

  • Skived & Molded Sheets

  • Up to ¾” X 48” X 96”
  • 1 or 2 sided

  • We will take the time to talk out all the details of your specifications one on one to meet your particular job requirements. Our staff can design and produce customized:

  • Jigs
  • Masking Techniques
  • Fixtures
  • Tooling
  • Documentation

    • Water Wettability Testing
    • AMS 2491-E Certification
    • Certificate of Compliance
    • Sheer Strength Testing (at additional charge)
    • ISO 9001:2008 Certified

      Lead Time/On Time Delivery

      We achieved 100% on-time delivery in 2016. We understand that if we’re late with our products, you’re late with yours, so we implement a range of advanced manufacturing processes to ensure timely delivery. Our usual lead time, depending on the complexity, is 3-5 business days after we receive your material.

      Storing Recommendations for Etched Surfaces

      Etched surfaces of fluoropolymers virtually have an unlimited shelf life as long as they are handled and stored properly. The proper storage conditions are:

      • Clean – So there is no material to tie-up bond sites
      • Dry – So there are no –OH molecules to bond to
      • Cool (less than 100ºF (38ºC)) - higher temps cause molecules to migrate to the surface where they can tie-up bonds
      • Away from UV light

      Technical Support

      Technetics PTFE & Polymer Solutions offers complete technical support to ensure you feel comfortable at every step of the in-house etching process. We can be reached at 215-855-9916; etching@technetics.com.

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