Every single day, there’s a high chance that you’ll interact with Teflon or some other non-stick coating in some way or another.
Simply because it plays a significant role in so many industries and processes.
Bottom line it’s near impossible to avoid.
Roy J Plunkett, the inventor of Teflon, summed it up best.
“From stovetops to outer space…Teflon touches every one of us some way almost every day.”
And he was right.
Now, I’m not going to list every modern use of this versatile material, as frankly, it would take too long…
However here are 5 very different industries, where without Telfon and Polytetrafluoroethylene (Or PTFE for short) they would be stuck in their tracks…
Baking & Food Sector
I think we’re all familiar with Teflon when it comes to this industry.
The relationship with food and Teflon really took off in the 1960s when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PTFE for food processing equipment.
With this approval, Tefal, known as T-fal in the U.S., began selling its pans in the United States.
And it wasn’t long before it made its way into baking and revolutionalised that industry as well.
Non-stick coatings allow the release of the loaf or baked products to be quicker and less wasteful. And without it, producing bread at an industrial scale would be entirely unfeasible.
One of the properties of PTFE coatings is they’re less reactive to chemicals. As a result, they stand up to wear and tear for a much longer amount of time.
Chemicals used in any industry, whether in the process itself, transport or cleaning are protected by a PTFE layer, extending the lifespan on the equipment and saving money overall.
In the motor industry, non-stick coatings are prevalent in many manufacturing processes when it comes to building a car from the ground up.
One of the most notable being in the production paint booths, where the vehicle’s body panels are sprayed.
Fans inside the booth are vital to remove the paint in the air and to stop any residue. Without them, excess paint would build up on the surface of the fans and the pipes causing the performance of machines to drop and even fail.
However, when the fans have been treated with a non-stick coating, there is a reduction in the build up, meaning fewer repairs, and more time where the paint booths are fully operational.
Which, of course, means more profit for the car manufacturers.
The main goal of non-stick coatings in the medical industry is to provide the least amount of distress to patients when performing invasive procedures.
This can vary from merely taking a blood sample, to the application of surgical equipment.
These treatments ensure equipment is both sterile and has the lowest amount of friction between the two surfaces allowing operations to go smoothly.
Print and Packaging Sector
Non-stick coatings are essential to keep wastage to a minimum, and in the Print & Packaging industry, this is key.
Build up of ink on rollers can cause production to a halt, as well as adding to expensive wastage costs.
When non-stick coatings are applied, clean up times will be reduced, and adhesive products will not stick to fluoropolymer coatings allowing a smooth production process to take place.
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If you would like to know more about how Product Release could help your industry, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experts, who can discuss your problem and recommend an innovative solution that will not only help you now but will minimise future damage or repairs, giving you peace of mind.