The use of fluoroplastics for chemical processing
Adtech supplies to the chemical processing industry on a regular basis. At its core, the chemical industry converts raw materials (oil, gas, water, metals, and minerals) into over 70,000 products which, as consumers, we encounter on a daily basis. From fertilisers which support agriculture to the actual cars we drive, almost every facet of our life is made possible by the presence of chemicals and chemical processing.
As expected, however, there are a number of risks associated with the chemical processing industry. Because chemicals are inherently hazardous and a number of them are flammable, explosive, toxic or corrosive, it’s important for processing plants to use materials which can handle the aggressive manufacturing environment. At Adtech, we produce fluoroplastics particularly with this in mind.
Our fluoroplastics have a number of key properties which means that they don’t interfere with chemical processing:
Most importantly, our fluoroplastics are highly chemically resistant. Chemicals that the material is resistant to include, but are not limited to, acetone, formic acid, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, diesel oil, phosphoric acid and sulphur dioxide
Fluoroplastics have fantastic non-stick qualities – this is an added benefit in the chemical processing industry as it prevents a build-up of microbes and bacteria
Adtech’s fluoroplastics are ideal for use in very high and very low working temperatures, and are able to withstand temperatures of up to +260°C and -200°C
At Adtech, we offer a number of products suitable for use in the chemical processing industry. These include:
- PTFE Tubing which can be cut to length, coiled or flared and tipped dependent on your requirements
- Encapsulated temperature and level sensors, ideal for chemical tanks
- FEP and PTFE heat shrink tubing and sleeving for encapsulating components to make them more suitable for aggressive environments
- Custom fluoroplastic components, completely encapsulated to prevent chemical ingress
- PTFE coated springs (see image), sealed at each end and spark-tested to ensure chemical resistance
- PTFE sheet and tape which can be chemically etched to ensure suitability with most adhesives
- ePTFE sealing tape manufactured using a process that expands and orientates the PTFE, making it soft and flexible. Our ePTFE is supplied in flattened cord/thick tape form with a self-adhesive strip, which allows easy installation on vertical surfaces
- Machined parts in PTFE and PVDF
- Granular PTFE tubes and rods available with various fillers (such as anti-static, carbon and ceramic) to offer better insulation and wear resistance for more abrasive applications
If you need help with your choice of material for a particular application, or you require a bespoke component, we can help. Contact our expert technical customer service team on 01285762000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.