Unlike “commodity plastics” primarily used for mass-produced items like bottles and packaging, “engineering plastics” constitute a distinct class of materials tailored for specific and demanding requirements in terms of physical properties, thermal resilience, and chemical resistance.
Engineering plastics stand out due to their remarkable adaptability in challenging environments. These specialized materials offer a diverse array of properties, including enhanced mechanical strength, excellent dimensional stability, superior thermal resistance, and a remarkable capacity to withstand corrosive elements. They’re engineered to excel in applications requiring a combination of specific properties not typically found in common plastic materials.
The distinct nature of engineering plastics allows them to serve in critical roles across various industries, from aerospace and automotive to electronics and medical devices. Their resilience and adaptability make them the cornerstone of numerous technological advancements and critical applications.
At Atlas Seals, we harness the vast potential of engineering plastics to tailor solutions that precisely meet the demands of your most challenging applications, ensuring unparalleled performance and durability.
Machinable Plastics Make Superior Engineering Seals
In the realm of engineering seals, the choice of materials plays a pivotal role in determining the efficiency, longevity, and resilience of the seal in demanding applications. While elastomers have conventionally been the go-to material for sealing solutions in many industries, the emergence of machinable plastics—specifically PTFE—has revolutionized the capabilities of high quality seals, offering a new realm of advantages for industrial-grade seals. PTFE is the engineering seal material of choice at Atlas Seals for its advantages over common elastomers that translate into high quality and unbeatable performance in custom-machined engineering seals.
Polytetrafluoroethylene, commonly known as PTFE, stands out as a remarkable material for engineering seals, redefining the standards of performance and durability in adverse conditions across a variety of applications. Its distinct properties make it a preferred choice over traditional elastomers, especially in industrial settings where precision is crucial and operating conditions are highly demanding.
The unparalleled benefits of PTFE for engineering seals are rooted in its exceptional characteristics, both chemical and physical. PTFE exhibits remarkable chemical resistance, withstanding harsh solvents, acids, and corrosive substances—a feature that sets it apart from most elastomeric materials. Its ability to maintain its structural integrity even in the presence of aggressive chemicals ensures longevity and reliability in critical applications.
PTFE boasts exceptional thermal stability, allowing it to function reliably across a broad temperature range. It can withstand extreme temperatures without compromising its sealing properties, a crucial factor in applications where temperature differentials are a norm such as the industrial and oil & gas sectors.
Furthermore, the low friction coefficient of PTFE significantly reduces wear and tear, extending the lifespan of the seal and ensuring consistent performance over time. Its non-stick properties make it resistant to adhesion, contributing to increased efficiency during operation and reduced maintenance, leading to cost savings in the reduction of downtime.
The machinability of PTFE allows for precise customization and the creation of intricate designs, catering to specific application requirements with unparalleled accuracy. This adaptability in design and manufacturing ensures that PTFE seals can be tailored to fit a variety of complex and challenging applications. Atlas Seals leverages the machinability of this highly durable material to create the best quality seals for industrial, medical, and FDA-approved applications alike.
The transition from conventional elastomers to machinable plastics like PTFE for engineering seals presents a paradigm shift, elevating the performance, durability, and versatility of seals in various industries. The utilization of PTFE empowers engineers and manufacturers at Atlas Seals to create seals that exceed the rigorous demands of industrial applications, setting new benchmarks for efficiency and reliability in performance.
In essence, the use of machinable plastics like PTFE for engineering seals signifies a strategic leap toward the pinnacle of sealing performance, prolonged longevity, and superior resilience in the ever-evolving landscape of industrial applications.
Engineered Plastics Trade Names
Engineering plastics often carry standardized chemical designation abbreviations. These designations, like PTFE for polytetrafluoroethylene, serve as industry-standard abbreviations. However, many of these materials are more commonly known by their trade names rather than their abbreviated designations. For instance, Teflon is a well-known trade name for a specific supplier of PTFE.
Atlas Seals work extensively with a variety of engineering plastics, leveraging expertise to navigate the extensive landscape of trade names and designations. Our proficiency extends beyond the mere understanding of these trade names; we can not only procure these materials from their respective owners but also offer viable alternative sources to meet your specific requirements.