Teflon™ is the brand name for a type of chemical coating called polytetrafluoroethylene, thankfully shortened to PTFE. It’s one of the most well-known brands for this type of chemical coating and is used in a variety of products today, including cookware, personal care products, and manufacturing. When most people think of Teflon™, they think of non-stick cookware such as frying pans.
In this article, we’re going to take a quick look at some of the key benefits of Teflon™ and what makes PTFE coating the chemical of choice for industries such as automotive, construction, aerospace, and others.
It’s Heat and Cold Resistant
Teflon™ (or PTFE), can withstand extreme temperatures which makes it a great choice of chemical coating in industries that regularly encounter such temperatures like aerospace and automotive. PTFE’s melting point is 627°F, but it can comfortably withstand temperatures up to 550°F, while going as low as -328°F.
Its high melting point also means it’s great for home and industrial cooking, while durability against lower temperatures prevents equipment from cracking.
Non-Stick and Chemical Resistant
Whatever business you’re in, and whatever you’re using, you’ll need to regularly clean equipment. The great thing about PTFE coating is that it makes this process as easy as possible. How? Because of its non-stick properties.
And because Teflon™ coating isn’t very reactive to most chemicals, it makes things easier when cleaning as you don’t need to worry about the effect of using harsh chemicals. This resistance to harsh chemicals makes Teflon™ perfect for valves and pipes which often transfer corrosive gasses and liquids.
Rust can ruin any metal, which can be a huge problem for construction and manufacturing equipment. If coming into contact with water is a concern, then Teflon™ coating could be the answer. It’s hydrophobic, which means that it repels water. If you have products or equipment coated in Teflon™, water will just slide off without causing any issues.
Teflon™ has an extremely low coefficient of friction. In fact, PTFE has the third lowest coefficient of friction of any known solid material. What does this mean? That it’s ideal to use as a coating when there are lots of moving parts involved, such as complex machinery.
When moving parts glide over each other with less friction, it creates less heat, which in turn reduces energy wastage. Less friction also means less corrosion of parts, which can help increase the lifespan of a product and keep it in good condition.
PTFE has some of the strongest known chemical bonds, making it extremely durable. It’s not affected by ultraviolet rays, oxidation, discoloration or embrittlement. And you shouldn’t need to worry about cracking or deformation either. So if you need a chemical coating that is sure to last and withstand any conditions, Teflon™ is your best bet.
Unique Electrical Properties
Teflon™ has outstanding dielectric properties. Any material that has high dielectric strength is able to withstand a greater electric field without experiencing failure of its insulating properties and becoming electrically conductive. The higher the strength, the greater the maximum electric field it can withstand. This makes it a safe material to use to prevent your equipment from breaking down due to too much voltage.
Using Teflon™ will save you money on equipment, repairs, and replacements in the long run, simply because a PTFE coating helps to protect and increase the lifespan of your existing equipment.
It’s durable and long-lasting, increases the longevity of parts, reduces corrosion, and keeps repair and maintenance costs down.
In short, it’s one of the most cost-effective investments you can make for your equipment.
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