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The use of fluoropolymers in the fluidic industry


Today, every industry uses fluidics to accomplish various tasks. Fluidics is the technology of using pressurised liquid and gases to operate a control system. It can be broken down into 2 types: Hydraulics for using liquid and Pneumatics for using gases. Every fluidic application, hydraulics and pneumatics, can benefit from the unique properties of fluoropolymers.

Fluidic uses in everyday life

Though most of us do not realise, we are surrounded by systems that use hydraulics and pneumatics daily. Hydraulics is used to power lifts and heavy machinery such as cranes and forklifts. If you drive a car, your vehicle’s braking system will be powered by hydraulics. Pressing your foot down on the brake exerts pressure on the brake fluid, emitting a force onto the brake pads and discs, causing the car to slow down.

Hydraulic systems can also be found in amusement parks. Ferris Wheels, for example, rely on hydraulics to keep the ride in motion. Pneumatic systems can similarly be found surrounding us every day. Exercise machines, bicycle pumps, vacuum cleaners, and even a dentist’s drill rely on pneumatics to power them.

Benefits of fluoropolymers for fluidic applications

Advantageous to fluidic and pneumatic applications, PTFE, FEP and PFA enjoy a range of unique properties:

  • Thermal: Resistant to low and high working temperatures

  • Chemical: Total resistance to chemicals and solvents

  • Mechanical: Tensile strength and resistant to high working pressures

  • Environmental: Resistant to weather, UV light and corrosion

  • Purity: Non-toxic, high clarity and high purity

Suitable in a variety of environments, fluoroplastics are the most reliable material for fluidic applications. 

Fluidic applications benefiting from fluoroplastics

Fluoropolymers find many applications in the fluidic and pneumatic industry. Thanks to their resistance to low and high temperatures, chemicals and high pressures, fluoroplastics find use in cryogenic, chemical handling and chromatography applications.

PTFE, FEP and PFA are widely used in fluid delivery systems, from storage tanks to pumps, valves, vessels, pipes and fittings. What’s more, flow monitoring, dosing, sampling, filtering and cleaning systems also benefit from fluoroplastics. The unique properties of these exceptional polymers keep the fluids safe and pure throughout the transfer.

​​​​​Fluoropolymer products used in fluidic applications

To provide a safe and pure fluid transfer, a wide range of PTFE, FEP and PFA products are used in fluidic industry:

Here at Adtech, we hold a wide range of metric and imperial PTFE and FEP tubing in stock and we can manufacture bespoke assemblies to your requirements. All our retractable coils and tubing assemblies can be volume checked for critical applications and the ends can be supplied flanged or flared if required.

We are specialists in delivering innovative fluoropolymer solutions for your technical applications. Find out more about Fluoropolymers and the Fluidic Industry.

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