F10PTFE AND FLUOROPOLYMERS
F10PTFE is a fluoropolymer normally considered a thermoplastic material but with chemical and physical characteristics that require specific machining techniques. Fluorten uses modern systems (extruders, presses, ovens with controlled sintering cycles) to produce semi-finished products (tubes, rods, sheets, tape, etc.) supported by cutting-edge machine tools (CNC lathes and milling machines) suitable for of small or large finished pieces.
To improve the already exceptional characteristics, especially when used in high-stress applications, F10PTFE is modified with the addition of different fillers, including: glass fibre, graphite, ceramic, nickel, stainless steel, bronze, MoS2, polyimide, etc., which improve certain mechanical characteristics, such as compressive strength and thermal conductivity, or reduce the tendency to creep under load. This means we can manufacture parts that allow considerable improvements both in design and in operation (e.g. piston rings and guide shoes for compressors).
This fluoropolymer has extraordinary characteristics that enable it to be used continuously in a high temperature range (-240 ÷ +288 °C). Other peculiarities include stiffness, chemical resistance and low friction with self-lubricating properties, which make it the ideal solution in extreme applications. The main markets for RULON® products are the automotive industry, railways, shipbuilding, industry, agriculture, chemicals, food and pharmaceuticals.
RULON® is a registered trademark of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.
Fluorten is able to develop and manufacture, always upon customer request for specific applications, semi-finished and finished technical components in materials including:
(perfluoroalkoxy), a veritable thermoplastic material with exceptional characteristics similar to those of F10PTFE. The main characteristic is that it can be processed by injection and transfer moulding. We use PFA to produce technical components and coat chemical equipment on a specially designed and constructed system.
This is a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and hexafluoropropylene. It has characteristics similar to those of PFA and is also transformed on injection and transfer presses.
(polyvinylidene (di)fluoride). We produce a wide range of semi-finished products (tubes, rods, sheets, etc.) by extrusion and transfer moulding. Injection moulding of technical components even of considerable size.
(ethylene tetrafluoroethylene copolymer). Thermoplastic material such as PFA, but with lower thermal and chemical resistance. The mechanical characteristics, especially hardness and abrasion resistance, are instead considerably higher than those of the above-mentioned materials. Tefzel® is mainly used in the electrotechnical and electromechanical industries. Due to its resistance to abrasion, it is also used in coatings for valves and fittings with high chemical and mechanical characteristics.
(polychlorotrifluoroethylene homopolymer). Used with increasing frequency, particularly in cryogenics, it is matched by our commitment to produce of an increasingly broad range of semi-finished and finished products. In fact, the particular machining cycles to produce plates, rods, rings and sleeves require the use of specially designed and manufactured equipment and machinery.
Fluorten has a modern PTFE etching plant that complies with the strictest regulations in force on environmental protection. Once etched, the F10PTFE products are ready for bonding.