Teflon, the commonly used name for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), is viewed by the market as a technical plastic.
The term technical plastic refers to plastic materials that are perfectly suited to a particular application thanks to their characteristics. Certain technical plastics have been chemically modified in order to achieve the desired characteristics, so that the product is not only suitable for its specific application but is also simple to process. An excellent example of technical plastic is Teflon, or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
PTFE has an excellent reputation due to its high temperature range of between -200°C and 260°C, and its very low friction coefficient. Teflon has low flammability, high insulation value and high chemical resistance, and as a result is often used in the paint industry, food industry and for medical purposes. The material is also often used in bearing technology as Teflon gaskets or Teflon sealing rings due to its very high ‘memory’ Teflon is often also used for sliding plates and sliding bearings because Teflon sliding plates and sliding bearings demonstrate no stick slip, unlike for example a POM, Peek or Nylon sliding bearing.
Our Teclite 300 composite bearing material or Teclite 600R composite bearing material may be viewed as a superior alternative to Teflon. Above all in heavy-duty applications, composite sliding bearings and composite sliding plates demonstrate greater wear resistance, in many cases tying in with the higher load levels.
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) characteristics:
- Suitable for the food industry.
- No stick slip
- Very low moisture absorption
- High temperature range
- Chemically resistant
- Flame extinguishing
Range: PTFE is available with additives, aimed at improving specific characteristics.
We can produce tailor-made solutions for practically every specific application from Teflon sheet material and Teflon tube / rod material, for example for Teflon sliding bearings of Teflon sliding plates. We also supply unmachined material for clients with their own machining facilities.