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PTFE Streamlines Your Production Process

How Technetics PTFE can be used in your critical applications

What is PTFE?

PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) is more than non-stick coating on cookware. It’s grown into a worldwide staple of industrial applications. And for good reason. With great temperature range, chemical and corrosion resistance, and excellent electrical, non-stick and anti-microbial properties, PTFE products have the ability to be formed into many different components.

Wherever there’s a need for moving, vibrating or rotating parts, our reputably sourced PTFE will improve your production process by reducing friction, wear and energy consumption in many types of machinery.

PTFE Composition

Constructed of carbon and fluorine molecules, PTFE is a high molecular weight compound that is chemically inert, UV resistant, offers a low coefficient of friction, withstands hot and cold temperature extremes, resists moisture and possesses excellent insulating properties. PTFE material is used to produce rods, cylinders, sheets, tapes, fibers, yarns and films, which perform in a variety of diverse applications across many industries.

Types of PTFE

Premium Virgin PTFE is the purest, cleanest form of the material. Technetics high purity PTFE is processed, packaged and labeled in a strictly controlled clean environment to create the highest purity products possible.

Modified PTFE is a less porous, copolymer resin. Modified PTFE is manufactured by adding a small percentage of a melt-processable fluoropolymer to enhance the final product for improved strength and lubricity, sealability, weldability and permeation resistance.

PTFE can be formed or machined into gaskets, tapes, films, fibers, component parts, laminates and seals. A variety of shapes, sizes and colors are available for both virgin and modified PTFE.

  • Premium Virgin PTFE: Style 8764 THP™
  • Modified PTFE: Style 8790 THP™

How PTFE is Made

The methods used in forming component parts for machining include:

  • Compression molding
  • Granular ram extrusion
  • Isostatic
  • Automatic compression molding
  • Fine powder extrusion

Industry Applications

Originally created to meet critical needs in the medical and semiconductor industries, Technetics PTFE material is now widely used in many applications and in various markets, including:

PTFE Advantages

  • Chemical resistance
  • Electrical insulation
  • Water resistance
  • Hot and cold temperature tolerance
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • UV resistant

Benefits of PTFE

Versatility: Different types of PTFE are available to meet the performance and economic requirements of a wide range of products and applications.

Customized solutions: PTFE can be enhanced, molded and machined into precision components.

Performance attributes: Chemical resistance, thermal stability, cryogenic properties, low coefficient of friction, high surface resistivity, flame resistance and low dielectric constant.

Critically clean applications: Suited for applications where product purity and cleanliness are essential.

Environmentally improved: Since its discovery nearly 80 years ago, PTFE material has been reformulated to make it more environmentally friendly while still maintaining its exceptional operating properties.

Examples of PTFE in Use

  • Aerospace - for protecting general wiring systems on commercial aircraft
  • Chemical processing - construction of expansion joints, filtration bags, and straining material to remove impurities from chemicals
  • Construction - architectural membranes such as stadium roofs or building roofs
  • Industrial - compression packing for valve stem sealing applications, and flexible convoluted hoses, machined components of all types and hose liners for use in aerospace, automotive, compressed natural gas transmission, and general industries.
  • Life sciences- films for protection of artifacts in museums, fibers used for dental floss and medical textiles
  • Color coded thread seal tape applications:
    • Standard white plumber’s tape is used for all industrial applications including: water, oil, chemical, medical, food processing
    • Yellow indicates use in gas applications (natural, butane and propane)
    • Pink indicates a heavier use tape for plumbers and pipe fitters configuring high pressure plumbing and piping applications
    • Gray or stainless steel tape is used on all stainless steel fittings to prevent galling, seizing and corrosion
    • Green PTFE tape is grease-free for oxygen applications

Teflon™ Products

Teflon™ coatings, resins, additives and films offer exceptional resistance to high temperatures, chemicals, corrosion and stress cracking. See which of our Teflon™ products may be suitable for your application.

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