Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fluorosint® 500 a Sacrifice Gasket Material and More

Taking a Closer Look at Fluorosint® Materials
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Fluorosint® 500?

Do you have a part where precision is highly critical and it will be under high pressure? Fluorosint® 500 could be just the material you need.

Fluorosint® 500 is a PTFE enhanced with a synthetic mica. This enhancement means more  opportunities to improve efficiency without sacrificing wear resistance. It also makes an excellent sacrificial wear surface that can help to prevent catastrophic system failures.

In testing there are a few things that really stand out about this material. One is it’s CLTE (in/in/˚F) of 2.5×10-5. Fluorosint® 500 is also 1/3 harder than PTFE and it also has a deformation under load of just 1.10%, that is 9 times lower than virgin PTFE. In fact, the overall performance of Fluorosint® 500 is similar to that of aluminum. Lastly, this material has very low frictional properties so it mates very well with many other materials.

For a complete technical data sheet on Fluorosint® 500 click here to download.

Does this have you thinking about how you might use Fluorosint® 500? Here are a few of the most common uses. If you know of more – drop a comment on our blog!
• Split and one-piece seals
• Valve seats
• Shrouds
• Slide bearings
• Wear strips
• Sacrificial seals
• Abradable mating parts where the parts are allowed to “cut” their own running clearance
• Thrust washers
• A replacement for metal or aluminum seals and shrouds in compressors

To sum it all up – Fluorosint® 500 by Quadrant Engineering Plastics can be another great option to keep in mind if you need a material for a high load applications. It can have  some clear advantages over virgin PTFE and, like other PTFEs it possess chemical resistance. The next time you have a demanding application it maybe worth a look!

See you in the blogosphere again soon!

Lisa Anderson

Marketing Manager
ThyssenKrupp Materials, NA
AIN Plastics Division



Fluorosint® 207 FDA Compliant for Seals and Gaskets

Taking a Closer Look at Fluorosint® Materials
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Fluorosint 207?

When it comes to temperature and pressure resistance Fluorosint® 207C falls between  TIVAR® and Duratron® materials. It offers very good wear resistance and Fluorosint® 207 has a very low coefficient of friction.

Where this material really shines is in two areas. It works successfully where virgin PTFE may not. Even more importantly this material is FDA compliant so it’s excellent for food service applications. Basically if you need a seal or gasket material that is temperature resistant, chemical resistant, and FDA compliant Fluorosint® 207 is a great option. In addition this material has been shown to last longer than unfilled PTFE’s in wear applications and it works well against most mating surfaces.

Test Method Result
Tensile Strength (psi) 1,500
Hardness D65
CLTE (in/in/˚F) 5.7 x 10-5
COF 0.10
Limiting PV (ft-lbs. in2-min) 8,000
K-Factor 85
Deformation under load 5.00%
FDA Compliant Yes

 For a more complete look at test results you can download a technical data sheet.

Common Applications Include:

Valve Seats
Commercial Beverage Filling Systems

Is Fluorosint® 207 right for your application? Are you using it now? Let us know how it’s working for you.

Don’t forget to share! If you this information would be helpful to someone you know, please pass it along!

We’ll see you in the blogosphere again very soon!

Lisa Anderson

Marketing Manager
ThyssenKrupp Materials, NA
AIN Plastics Division

Glass>Acrylic>Polycarbonate = Progression

Glass or Acrylic or Polycarbonate:
A Quick Guide on how to Select the Right Material for Your Application

Glass, Acrylic, or Polycarbonate? Which one is right?

Glass has been the obvious traditional choice when a clear material is needed. Glass is optically clear and, as we all know, it’s great in many applications.  The exception to that is when it comes to safety and weight considerations. In these cases Acrylic often becomes the material of choice. Like glass it has excellent clarity and, with coatings, it can have scratch resistance. It is also available in colors of all kinds.

Is Safety a Concern?

When safety is the primary concern polycarbonate is the logical choice.  Polycarbonate has come a long way over the years.  It comes in many colors. It is similar in clarity to Acrylic but it has the added safety and security of additional impact performance.

Coated or Uncoated Polycarbonate – There Is a Difference!

In order to get the impact performance that polycarbonate offers, something has to give; polycarbonate is softer than acrylic so it can scratch.  However, you can get polycarbonate material with a coating that is water clear and will extend the life of the product by increasing the hardness of the surface.  This is great for applications from machine guards to windscreens, to touch screens.  Consider coated polycarbonate material for added protection. If scratching isn’t an issue the uncoated polycarbonate can typically save you a little bit of cost.

So, as you can see, selection of clear materials is often a progression of going from glass to acrylic to polycarbonate based on the needs of your project.

 Scott Reed

ThyssenKrupp Materials, NA
AIN Plastics Division
Sales & Market Manager
Bayer Market Development

Phone: 214.548.0567