Non-stick coatings – the smart choice for our cities…
Robot helpers? Hoverboards? Flying cars? These may no longer be things only seen in science fiction movies…
We still don’t have flying cars zooming across the sky, but world technology has evolved at such a fast pace that the smart lives that we’re living now would have been hard to imagine even 50 years ago.
Some of the most exciting developments in current times is the building of smart cities.
And surprisingly, non-stick coatings will play a vital role in making these smart cities a reality.
What is a Smart City?
According to TWI, independent research and technology organisations:
“A smart city uses information and communication technology (ICT) to improve operational efficiency, share information with the public and provide a better quality of government service and citizen welfare.”
Or, in other words, a Smart City is ‘always connected.’
Data is collected using strategically placed sensors everywhere, from cars and buildings, to utility infrastructure. This data flows through reliable communication channels to ensure solutions to civic issues are found and solved more quickly.
What does that mean for citizens?
The benefits are many, but a few examples are:
- Fewer parking issues because parking spaces are managed by artificial intelligence
- Lower energy bills as your smart meters automatically control appliances and reduce energy wastage
- Fixing gas leaks, water leaks, and building damages more quickly through connected smart sensors
Plus much more…
Overall, a smart city would mean more peace of mind, greater connection, and improved urbanisation of the globe.
So, how do non-stick coatings help?
The goal of an impeccably maintained smart city is to improve the quality of life of its residents. There are three key industries that will be critical for this to happen in which non-stick coatings play a part.
Self-driven cars are already making news headlines now. and are one of the main building blocks of the smart city of tomorrow.
To design the cars of tomorrow, manufacturers of today need the right infrastructure to drive productivity, too.
Non-stick coatings are used in several areas of a car to reduce friction and improve longevity. Starting with fuel tanks, through brake systems, to the interiors and the chassis, non-stick polymers play a role in building a number of elements in today’s modern cars.
These coatings are also beneficial on several sections of the manufacturing floor, such as the paint booth, where efficiency needs to be high and maintenance low.
With the need to connect virtually everything in the smart city comes the requirement of cutting-edge telecom technology.
The likes of 5G wireless connections and ultra-fast wired LAN connections need smooth, free-flowing infrastructure that carries data collected from sensors at a incredible speed.
Fluoropolymers have a plethora of unique characteristics such as chemical inertness, crack resistance, low friction, low reflective index, and temperature resistance. These properties make them ideal for telecom cables and display technology.
All of which will play a part in consumer electronic appliances and infrastructure so a smart city stays connected.
The concept of smart cities has materialised only because of the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT).
And the IoT requires countless chips to keep things running. From your refrigerator, through your credit card, to your smartwatch.
These chips have to be manufactured quickly in state-of-the-art facilities to enable smart cities to grow.
Semiconductor manufacturing requires intricate handling of the circuit boards and their components both during and after manufacturing. Even the slightest impurities can cause the final device to function incorrectly.
Certain non-stick materials and their chemical inert characteristics help during production, which will keep up with the demand that future smart cities world require.
Smart Is the New Way of Life
Thanks to smart innovations, routine activities such as driving, parking, grocery shopping, bill payment, and so on can be managed through automated devices. And these smart innovations all add up to make the smart cities that are already being built throughout the world.
It’s these elements, which rely on non-stick coatings, which will allow greater things can be achieved in technology and hopefully lead to a more convenient, safer, more peaceful, and better-connected world.
If you would like to know more about how we could help with your non-stick coating needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.