Should you be Using PTFE to Manufacture Your Product? PTFE Processing, Properties and Applications

PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is a synthetic resin derived from the polymerization of tetrafluoroethylene. PTFE is more commonly known by various trademarks such as Teflon, Hostaflon and Polyflon.

Properties of PTFE

PTFE possesses several properties that make it suitable for manufacturing a wide range of products:

  • Chemical resistance to a wide range of substances including vegetable oils, aldehydes, acids and ketones
  • Insolubility
  • Incombustibility (can tolerate temperature up to 260 degrees Celsius)
  • Low coefficient of friction

Some PTFE End-Products

A wide range of products can be made from PTFE. These include:

  • Laboratory equipment – crucibles, evaporating dishes, test tubes
  • Automotive equipment – PTFE coated wire is used in heated seats, power steering systems, air conditioning systems
  • Medical equipment – PTFE coated wires are used in many medical instruments and implants
  • Oil and gas industry equipment – O rings, V rings, reciprocating shaft seals

Glenro and PTFE Processing

Glenro contributes to the manufacture of PTFE containing products with its expertise in sintering, drying and heating PTFE. If you are considering using PTFE for manufacturing, contact our engineers to learn how we can help you. It is likely that you encounter products every day in your own home, car and office that were heat processed during the manufacturing process using Glenro’s PTFE expertise. Glenro has been offering industrial processing equipment and services for more than five decades. Our engineers can take your PTFE manufacturing project from inception to completion.