Gasket & Seal Manufacturing Services - The Advantages and Disadvantages of Teflon (PTFE) for Your Custom Gaskets
One of the most well-known and widely-used artificial substances in the world is Polytetrafluoroethylene, better known as PTFE or by its common brand name, Teflon. PTFE is seen in a vast variety of applications, from acting as an anti-stick coating in home cookware, to acting as insulation in wiring for a vast array of computer applications.
PTFE is also an extremely popular material for use in gasket and seal manufacturing services.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of PTFE Custom Gaskets
The benefits of PTFE for custom gasket work are mostly due to its unique inherent chemical properties.
High chemical resistance. It can survive a wide variety of chemicals which would make other materials unusable.
Hydrophobia. PTFE is excellent in applications where it's absolutely vital to keep water and other liquids out. Almost no liquid can penetrate a PTFE seal.
Excellent heat tolerance. PTFE can withstand temperatures up to about 500F, which is well beyond many rubber and compressed gasket materials. This makes it a good choice for industrial usage.
Electrical resistance. Similarly, PTFE has almost no electrical conductivity, making it a good insulator in specific applications.
FDA compliance. PTFE in most forms is FDA compliant and provides an excellent product of food contact applications.
These properties, and more, make PTFE a surprisingly versatile material which can be called upon successfully even in unusual situations. This makes it a highly reliable option for custom gasket and seal manufacturing services.
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