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Thinking Laterally to Create Custom Quantities of Specialist FEP Tubing

Thinking Laterally to Create Custom Quantities of Specialist FEP Tubing

At Adtech, we produce plastic tubing products of every possible size, shape and form.

While we are able to produce large quantities of plastic products for our customers, we also specialise in producing in-house impressively small batches of custom components for many different functions. 

Take for example this square-profile tubing which we created for a university project in Malaysia. For this project, our client required very small volumes of FEP tube with a 2mm x 2mm square profile x 0.2mm wall thickness. The overall length of each tube was to be 100mm in total, and they required a batch size of just 20-50 units per year.

Typically, square tubing is usually created using injection moulding or standard extrusion processes, but in this case, we felt that this traditional method would be too expensive for the project to justify. It costs a significant amount to create the initial dye mould, and therefore a large minimum extrusion quantity is required. Therefore, because the customer only wanted a very small quantity of the tubing, we decided upon another method to keep production as cost effective as possible for them.

However, our engineers at Adtech had a solution. By taking production in-house, we were able to reform the existing circular stock FEP tubing to fit our customer’s specifications.

Using entirely in-house tooling and processing techniques, this dramatically reduced production costs, enabling us to produce the small batches of square tubing much more efficiently, meeting the exact specifications that the customer had requested. 

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We're hiring!  We require a trainee to join our Customer Service Team.

We're hiring! We require a trainee to join our Customer Service Team.

We are looking for a trainee to join our enthusiastic and busy customer service team at our Stroud office. 

If you are motivated, reliable, enjoy interacting with people and are keen to learn new skills then this is the role for you! 

No previous experience is necessary, as this is a trainee role and you will learn our specialist products and how to deliver excellent customer service.  Full training is provided.

Would suit candidates of Higher Education or Graduate level.

Key skills required:

  • Maths and English GCSE pass
  • Understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel is beneficial
  • Passion for learning new skills
  • Desire for your own personal development
  • Good organisation and time management skills
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Custom Fluoroplastic Fabrications - What Can We offer?

Custom Fluoroplastic Fabrications - What Can We offer?

Here at Adtech, we pride ourselves on being as flexible as possible for our customers’ needs. We hold extensive knowledge and expertise in advanced fluoroplastic production, and our services are in much demand across a wide range of sectors.

We offer a fast turnaround on development and proto-type projects for bespoke components. As we have developed our unique processing techniques in house, we also build our own equipment. This enables us to move projects forward quickly as we have total control over the project from start to finish.

The beauty of the fluoroplastic materials with which Adtech works means that we can produce bespoke, custom products made from PTFE, FEP, PFA, ETFE and PVDF tubing, and FEP and PTFE heat-shrink sleeving and sheet plastic for a wide range of industrial uses.

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What are Fluoroplastics and Why Would I Use Them?

What are Fluoroplastics and Why Would I Use Them?

Fluoroplastics may not be not widely known, but in many ways, they are the super heroes of the plastics industry, and incredibly strong.

A normal plastic polythene molecule consists of a carbon chain with hydrogen atoms attached. Yet in fluoroplastics, hydrogen atoms are replaced with fluorine atoms, which dramatically changes their properties, so that they have non-stick characteristics, very high resistance to chemicals and solvents, very high electrical resistance, and incredibly, are ideal for use in very low and very high working temperatures from -200°C right up to +260°C.

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Unplanned interruption to Adtech's email service - 15th November 2016

Unplanned interruption to Adtech's email service - 15th November 2016

Our ISP provider is experiencing power and network issues and therefore we cannot access email.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience, they are working hard to resolve the issues.

In the meantime our customer service team can be contacted on +44 (0) 1285 762000.

We will endeavour to respond to all emails as quickly as possible once they are received.

We thank you for your patience.

Case Study - PTFE Tube & Vintage Car Restoration

Case Study - PTFE Tube & Vintage Car Restoration

Well here's another interesting application for the Adtech 'Petrol Heads'!  Although we're a small team, we have several staff who are extremely passionate about all things motor sport and cars in general.

We were approached by an individual who is restoring a classic car (an HRG), and had a situation where a steering rod was rubbing against a brake cable. The answer: insert a few lengths of 3/4" and 7/16" ID PTFE tube

PTFE is perfect for these non-stick applications as it has an extremely low coefficient of friction and is super slippery.

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New Appointment - Operations Officer at Adtech Scotland

New Appointment - Operations Officer at Adtech Scotland

We're delighted to announce that David Allan has been appointed as Operations Officer at our Scottish production facility.  David has been a member of the Scottish team for over 10 years and has worked in our production and customer service departments.  So there's not much he doesn't know about fluoroplastics! 

David's role has replaced that of Valerie McGregor (Production Manager) who retired earlier this year after 19 years of service.

Ring marked PTFE tube

Ring marked PTFE tube

The extrusion factory are now able to offer PTFE tube with a ring marking around the circumference of the tube.  These types of tube are generally used as markers in medical applications for endoscope devices.

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Case Study - FEP Chamber for Environmental Monitoring

Case Study - FEP Chamber for Environmental Monitoring

We were approached by UMIST to create a cuboid gas sampling chamber 3 metres x 5 metres from FEP 50 micron film.

The main problem we had to overcome was how to create a 3 dimensional corner profile and ensure the integrity of the welded seam.

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Case Study - Large capacity gas sample bags for a VOC testing project.

Case Study - Large capacity gas sample bags for a VOC testing project.

We have recently supplied Tedlar® bags for VOC testing of in-cabin automotive components.  These needed to be tested for volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and carbonyl traces at elevated temperatures.

The customers wish list was:

  • A large capacity gas sample bag suitable for VOC testing.
  • The gas sample bag needed to be open on three sides, so the components to be tested could easily be inserted.
  • The customer needed the ability to seal the bag once the components were inside.
  • The sample bag needed to large enough and robust enough for re-use.
  • The bag needed to be suitable for temperature cycling.

 

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