What are Fluoroplastics and Why Would I Use Them?
Fluoroplastics may not be not widely known, but in many ways, they are the super heroes of the plastics industry, and incredibly strong.
A normal plastic polythene molecule consists of a carbon chain with hydrogen atoms attached. Yet in fluoroplastics, hydrogen atoms are replaced with fluorine atoms, which dramatically changes their properties, so that they have non-stick characteristics, very high resistance to chemicals and solvents, very high electrical resistance, and incredibly, are ideal for use in very low and very high working temperatures from -200°C right up to +260°C.
In addition, by adding extra fillers to the mix such as glass fibre, carbon, graphite, anti-static, ceramic and bismuth trioxide, it is possible to boost these fluoroplastic properties even further! Click here for details:
Typically, fluoroplastics do not melt, so they need to be processed using special tooling and techniques. But once this is done, there are many different industries that Fluoroplastics can be used in to great effect:
Being able to function in extremely high temperatures and non-corrosive to all acids, fluoroplastics are often used to make gaskets, vessel linings, pump interiors, washers, rings, seals, spacers, dip tubes and well-drilling components.
They are well used in heated processes within manufacturing and laboratory test environments
In electrics, they are used as excellent insulators for wire and cable wrapping
Being inert, they can be used for chip manufacturing and encapsulating heaters
Their non-toxic, completely smooth surface means that they are often used in the medical, food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, as microbes just cannot gain a foothold
We work with many different types of Fluoroplastics, including PTFE, FEP, PFA, ETFE, E-CTFE and PVDF. The subtle differences in each of these fluoroplastics, if chosen carefully, can lead to very great price and performance benefits. To find out more about these types, please click here.
We can apply a wide variety of processing techniques to all of the fluoroplastic tubular, heat shrinkable and sheet products to create all manner of custom fluoroplastic products for every purpose. And through our experience in processing these different fluoropolymers, we can create solutions for a wide variety of product and application issues.
So whatever you may require fluoroplastics for, using a combination of custom 'in-house' fabrication techniques and custom built tooling, we can work with you to create a bespoke product which exactly matches your needs.
We are also specialists in serving the medical device field, with a dedicated clean production area on site for processing products which need to be used in this industry. Our digital verniers are regularly calibrated to ISO 9001:2008 and all our medical products also come with full resin data traceability and certificates of conformity.
Or, if you are not quite sure which material and fabrication process will best suit your application, please don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable technical sales department on +44 (0)1285 762000 or firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can discuss your particular requirements in more detail.