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The use of fluoropolymers in the fluidic industries

The use of fluoropolymers in the fluidic industries

Today, virtually every industry will use fluidics to accomplish various tasks. Fluidics is the technology of using liquid and gases to operate a control system. It can be broken down into 2 types: Hydraulics and Pneumatics.

Hydraulics is the technology of using pressurized liquid to transmit force and energy. Pneumatics is the technology of using pressurized gases to transmit force and energy.

Here at Adtech, we supply a wide range of fluoropolymers to partners working in this market.

Are you utilising fluidics?

Though most of us do not realise, we are surrounded by systems that use hydraulics and pneumatics on a daily basis.

Hydraulics, for example, are used to power lifts, and heavy machinery such as cranes and forklifts. If you drive a car, your vehicle’s braking system will be powered by hydraulics. Pressing your foot down on the brake exerts pressure on the brake fluid, emitting a force onto the brake pads and discs, causing the car to slow down. Hydraulic systems can even be found in amusement parks. Ferris Wheels, for example, rely on hydraulics to keep the ride in motion.

Pneumatic systems can similarly be found surrounding us every day. Exercise machines, bicycle pumps, vacuum cleaners, and even a dentist’s drill rely on pneumatics to power them.

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FEP and UVC sterilisation equipment for the food, drink, and medical industry.

FEP and UVC sterilisation equipment for the food, drink, and medical industry.

In an increasingly regulated and safety-conscious market, UVC sterilisation equipment is becoming more and more important. Here at Adtech, we offer a wide range of FEP products that are suitable for use in UVC sterilisation equipment.

Which industries require UVC sterilisation?

The threat of contamination means that UVC sterilisation equipment is vital in the food, drink and medical industries. UVC is the name given to a strong type of ultraviolet light that is used for disinfecting and destroying harmful microorganisms in liquids, food products, surfaces and in the air.

In the food and drink industry this is a necessary practice, as it eliminates pathogens and can extend the shelf life of products. UVC sterilisation, in particular, is widely used to disinfect drinking water, sanitize wastewater and sterilise food contact surfaces.

In the medical sector, UV radiation is used to sterilise hospital equipment, diagnose a range of medical conditions and even treat cancer patients. According to the FDA, UVC is the most effective radiation type for inactivating bacteria and viruses. With UVC technology, it’s possible to destroy 99.9% of bacteria in seconds, without the need for harmful chemicals.

FEP and UVC

The high strength of UVC rays means that most polymers are unsuitable when used alongside them. Here at Adtech, however, we have tried and tested a range of polymers over the years in an attempt to find the most suitable.

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Christmas Shut Down - 2018

Christmas Shut Down - 2018

We'd like to wish all of our partners a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Thank you for your custom and support throughout 2018.

We will be closed from Monday 24th December and will reopen 2nd January 2019.  Our last despatche will be made on Thursday 20th December.

Custom flanged FEP assembly for UVC Sterilisation

Custom flanged FEP assembly for UVC Sterilisation

We were approached by a client looking to create a bespoke assembly for use with UVC.

Application - Water Sterlisation

The material criteria

  • needs to be inert to UVC.
  • have a good transmission rate, so the lamps output is not dramatically reduced.
  • ability to be reformed to apply a flange at one end and various bends along the length.
  • flange diameter required - 15mm nominal.
  • metric off the shelf size tubing, as small batch quantities required in the first instance.
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Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day

Our customer service team at Aston Down are all wearing their festive jumpers for 'Christmas Jumper Day'.

From left to right we have Maisie Usborne, Charlotte Dainty and Sarah Crilley our newest member of the team.

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10 Year Service Celebrations at Aston Down

10 Year Service Celebrations at Aston Down

Congratulations to Don Downes on completing 10 years service. Don looks after our production team at the Aston Down site and initially joined us on a temporary basis for 6 weeks to work on a particular PVC bag project.

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New Production Apprentice joins the Aston Down Adtech Team

New Production Apprentice joins the Aston Down Adtech Team

We're delighted that Megan McInnes has recently joined the Adtech production team at Aston Down as an Apprentice.  She's studying for an Engineering qualification along side working 3 days a week within our production team.

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Adtech Bake Off 2018 - And the Winner is.........................

Adtech Bake Off 2018 - And the Winner is.........................

Congratulations to Caroline Mills who's chocolate brownies pipped the rest of us to the winning post!  Caroline scored highly on taste and creativity.

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FEP coated thermowells

FEP coated thermowells

Here at Adtech, we use a variety of technologies and materials to encapsulate temperature sensors.

In industries where temperature measurement is necessary, such as the food & drink and automotive sectors, the majority of consideration is given to the type of temperature sensor that will be used and not how to protect it. This is where our FEP coated thermowells can help.

What is a thermowell?

A thermowell is a component which is designed to surround a temperature sensor, working to protect it from any harsh process conditions, such as chemicals and high temperatures. A thermowell is permanently mounted into a piece of pipe and the temperature sensor is inserted inside when necessary. Though an often forgotten about accessory when it comes to temperature management, if you emit to using a thermowell it is very likely that the sensor will become damaged and have a lesser life span as a result.

Benefits of FEP coated thermowells:

There are a number of materials that can be used to make a thermowell, but in order to guarantee the best protection, a number of questions must be considered to help you decide.

  • Will the thermowell be able to withstand the very high/low temperatures?
  • Will the thermowell deteriorate during the process?
  • Will the thermowell be strong enough to resist high impact forces?
  • Will the thermowell respond to changes in temperature at a satisfactory speed?

Here at Adtech, our FEP is the ideal material for  encapsulating a thermowell, harbouring a number of beneficial properties, such as:

  • Chemical resistance
  • Weather resistance
  • High impact strength
  • Non-stick coating
  • Thermal functionality
  • Useful in all environments
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Adtech Bake Off 2018 - Seventh and Final  Entry

Adtech Bake Off 2018 - Seventh and Final Entry

As part of our double bake off day, Alice Birch from our accounts team who's the reigning Adtech Bake Off Champion, has tempted us with lemon and raspberry cheese cakes, which are from a Slimming World Recipe!  She's thinking of our waist lines.............

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