Surprising Ways PTFE Can Streamline and Optimize your Process
Polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE was first invented in 1938 Chemours Jackson Laboratory in New Jersey. Over 80 years later when most people think of PTFE, they still think of one very specific application: its use as a non-stick coating on pans and other types of kitchen materials. A lot of people don’t realize that PTFE actually brings with them a number of major advantages to production and processing lines that are certainly worth a closer look.
Using PTFE Materials for Process Improvement: Breaking Things Down
PTFE fluoropolymers are known for their superior dielectric properties when compared to other materials – making it ideal for use as an insulator in certain types of cables and connector assemblies. It’s also commonly used as a material used to construct printed circuit boards when the boards themselves are used at or near microwave frequencies. For this reason, people are surrounded by PTFE fluoropolymers every day without ever realizing it.
While many maintenance managers and production engineers may not realize it, Heat shrinkable PTFE tubing made from Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) is a quite common solution to reduce operating costs and increase production, particularly in sophisticated types of industrial processing. Common processes including paper manufacturing, aerospace, chemical, printing, (and due to PTFE polymers being FDA approved) even industrial baking applications. This type of tubing is used to provide an additional layer of jacketing protection to items that will themselves be forced to operate in conditions with extreme heat or moisture, or in environments where sticking and process build-up are concerns. Heat shrink tubing can be fabricated to the exact dimensions of the roller in question, thus guaranteeing the best possible fit (and the lowest cost to the customer) as well.
Heat shrinkable PTFE tubing can not only dramatically extend the lifespan of the production items, but it can also help them maintain peak performance under some fairly demanding conditions, too. High Wear Heat shrinkable roller covers are one of the best examples of this, as they are fabricated from Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a high wear type of fluoropolymer and can promise up to ten times the service life of standard FEP materials. There are roller covers available designed for extremely abrasive environments, environments with elevated temperatures and high compression (like nip rollers) and more. They can even be fabricated out of conductive PTFE material to ensure a safe static-free application in dry environments.
All told, it’s important to remember that PTFE fluoropolymers are used in a wide range of different environments beyond the kitchen, even if that is the application that it is commonly most famous for. PTFE products have been used to support and empower manufacturing companies for many years and will continue to be the material of choice to improve several processes and reduce operating costs for the foreseeable future.
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