More facts about fluoroplastics
At Altaflo, we produce innovative and high performance fluoroplastic tubing and pipes that can be used in a wide variety of industries and applications.
Known for their versatility, strength and durability, fluoroplastics are used in numerous industries. We’ve put together a few facts about this innovative material — read on for more about how it is processed, what types we have on offer, and what it can be used for.
What are fluoroplastics, exactly?
Fluoroplastics are fluorocarbon-based polymers, which contain multiple carbon-fluorine bonds. Because of these strong bonds, fluoroplastics are characterised by their strength and durability, and are an incredibly versatile material. Best known for its use as a coating on non-stick cookware, fluoropolymer can also be used in a broad range of other applications in various industries.
What is the purpose of fluoroplastics?
Fluoroplastics have multiple uses. Because they have an extremely high temperature resistance, the material can be very helpful in reducing the risk of fire when used to insulate wires and cables. They are also resistant to corrosive chemicals, and for this reason, are often used in the production of protective garments.
Some other uses of fluoroplastics include their role in fire-retardant fabrics; pollution control; data transmission cables; heat trace cables; cable connectors; and alternative power applications. They are also widely used in automotive, aircraft, and common household applications, thanks to their innovative and unique properties.
At Altaflo, however, we focus on tubing on pipes, so the fluoroplastics we offer come in the following forms:
The most flexible fluoroplastic available, this type has the broadest temperature range of any material of its kind and can resist highly corrosive liquids and gases even at elevated temperatures. Find out about the PTFE tubing we have available here.
FEP has a lower maximum operating temperature than PTFE, but it has very good chemical resistance and offers excellent clarity. Find out more about the FEP tubing and pipe we can provide here.
PFA was developed as a version of FEP with higher temperature resistance. It boasts an extreme chemical resistance. Our PFA tubing and pipe are made exclusively from the highest molecular weight resins available — find out more about them here.
- Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)
PVDF is an abrasion resistant material and is suitable for use in applications that require chemical resistance with low permeability. Our PVDF tubing and pipe provide excellent abrasion resistance and mechanical strength in use with chemicals and solvents. Find out more about the PVFD products we offer here.
How are fluoroplastics produced?
Fluoroplastics are manufactured in various ways, depending on their intended application and the desired properties. The most common processes include extrusion, which is used to process a material that is best suited to high-performance tubing and pipe; molding, which is best for machine parts, linings and complex shapes; and coatings for industrial fabrics and metals.
For a complete list of the products we have on offer at Altaflo, have a look here.
We also welcome the opportunity to provide our customers with products for their specific requirements. If you need a custom size or a non-listed fluoropolymer or fluoroplastic material, please have a look at our custom services page, or feel free to contact us directly.
If you’re working with a tight deadline and need a fast turnaround on orders, please let us know. We have a large inventory, so we are often able to make same-day shipments on orders.