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Fluoroplastic materials offer a wide variety of desirable characteristics in industrial applications where wear resistance, sealing, filtration, and high temperature performance are required. When used as an additive, coating or in a compound, fluoropolymers contribute their unique PTFE or Melts based properties to the host material to which they are paired with, providing non-stick properties, improved lubricity, anti-drip and better wear resistance.
Because of their temperature/chemical resistance, electrical performance and low flammability, fluoroplastics are the material of choice in vital electrical, sealing, and fluid handling systems in many aerospace and military applications.
Fluoropolymers are specified in many local area network, computer, and mobile telephony applications due to their outstanding electrical performance and fire/temperature resistance — vital for system critical equipment and devices. This has become increasingly important as more and more interactions in society become technology-dependent.
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The semiconductor industry is almost entirely dependent on fluoroplastics as they are the only materials that can hold and transport the harsh chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Without them, electronic equipment such as personal computers, cellular phones, LCD, Plasma and LED displays could not be produced.
As relatively lightweight plastics with exceptional chemical resistance, fluoroplastics help aircraft and auto makers meet ever-increasing standards for weight, fuel economy and emissions. Their ability to withstand the harshest environments, from high-temperature sealing and electrical systems to fluid handling, is critical.
Inert, corrosion-resistant fluoroplastics preserve equipment and system integrity for the chemical processing industry. They not only help protect workers, but also provide valuable benefits to business, including higher productivity and less potential liability.
Fluoropolymers are used in power generation and pollution control systems. With low permeability and chemical and temperature resistance, they help protect people and avoid emissions to the environment, while also ensuring system reliability when used in applications from filters to wire insulation to process components.
Chemical and corrosion resistant fluoroplastics used in fluid handling or component carriage systems help ensure a process free of contaminants. Industries that depend on high-purity environments have also begun considering fluoroplastics as an alternative to traditional stainless steel in their operations.