PTFE* is the name trademarked by Dupont for polytetrafluoroethylene. It is a synthetic fluoropolymer. PTFE is better known to consumers as “Teflon*” — possibly the most popular and revolutionary plastic material ever created. Product Components Corporation offers a wide variety of fasteners in this iconic material.
PTFE has many positive characteristics, resulting in a vast array of applications. These include, among others:
• Excellent temperature stability (a working range from -350º to 500ºf) and heat/flame resistance, hence its frequent use in semiconductor manufacturing, chip manufacturing, quartz heaters, the automotive industry, water purification, defense, communications, aerospace, computing, pharmaceutical research, biotech, chemical handling, valves and pumps, electrical insulating – particularly to separate conductive surfaces in capacitors, and in high voltage situations
• Unparalleled corrosion and wide-ranging chemical resistance, as proven in its use for gaskets, washers, rings, seals and spacers in chemical processing and petrochemical well-drilling components; compatibility with many acids, chemicals and everyday products such as propane gas, turpentine, vegetable oils; unaffected by large doses of radiation
• Of course, its world-famous non-stick surface, with minimal to no surface wear over time and impact
• FDA approved for use in the food (processing and containing), beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, inside baking and drying ovens and other heated food industry applications
• UV stabilization in both virgin and mechanical grades
• Extremely low coefficient of friction
• UL 94 V-0 standard compliant
In summary, PTFE has no known solvents. No other solid material maintains its dielectric constant over such a wide range of temperature and frequency, resulting in zero loss properties. PTFE suffers no ill effects in extreme hot or cold weather or under intense UV light. It is entirely water resistant – moisture absorption in zero! Lastly, it will not burn, crack, or warp under any conditions. It is the ideal plastic material for most industrial, manufacturing and everyday uses.
To learn more about PTFE and its many attributes and applications, please call Product Components Corporation at (800) 336-0406, and ask for Mary.
(*PLEASE NOTE: PTFE® and Teflon® are registered, trademarked products – wholly created and administered by the Dupont Corporation. PCC intends no copyright infringement or proprietary claim with its use of the terms PTFE and Teflon. They are used here solely for editorial purposes.)