CHEMFAB® products are used in a wide range of polymer processing applications, ranging from the casting and curing of thermoplastics, such as polyurethane foams used as carpet underlay, to welding of PVC window and door to heat sealing of plastic packaging including bio-degradable shopping bags. In many of these applications the role of the CHEMFAB® fabric or belt will be as a process aid.
The selection of material is driven by consideration of the user’s equipment productivity. CHEMFAB® fabrics and belt offer consistent long-lasting performance and maximize equipment up-time, product throughput and product quality.
CHEMFAB PTFE coated fabrics are a great process aid for the production of different foam products. They allow the transport over a wide temperature range and avoid sticking tendencies of the soft polymeric materials, while being in the expansion process. The post curing on the belt is uncomplicated and there is no risk of interference between the belt and the final product. The final curing can continuously run up to 260°C (500°F) and for a limited time even up to 300°C (572°F) to assure a fantastic final product. The variety of products you can process on the belts is nearly unlimited as PTFE (Teflon™) represents one of the most inert materials you can find. Basically the right CHEMFAB product provides you with a unique solution offering high abrasion resistance and a huge production output per belt.
In this application the non-stick properties of CHEMFAB PTFE coated fabrics are the essence for use. By avoiding polymeric residuals on the surface the continuous production process is not disturbed and the casted and cured material can be released at the end of line in smooth manner. Furthermore the surface texture of CHEMFAB materials can be adjusted based on the expected surface roughness of your final product. There are absolutely smooth and even grades available offering a flat surface finish, but also textured versions are possible if needed. The severe chemical nature of the rubber curing represents a real challenge for processing aids like transportation belts. CHEMFAB PTFE coated fabric are customized to offer the longest lasting and very consistent solution for your production process.
In that application PTFE coated fabrics are widely used and a common and approved process aid. CHEMFAB PTFE coated fabrics are available as standard grades offering basic non-stick properties for such transportation belts. Alternatively and game changing, differentiating CHEMFAB grades with specially treated surfaces, or laminated materials with an additional amount of PTFE cast film on top, offer a unique lifetime ratio compared to those standard grades. The excellent surface quality of our materials help you to avoid sticking of the polymers, secure high abrasion resistance against different fiber materials and avoid any material transfer between different production batches. The severe mixture of processed composites, based on different abrasive fibers, e.g. glass or carbon, combined with different polymers implicate the need of a chemical and abrasion resistant material. CHEMFAB PTFE coated fabrics can help you here to secure an outstanding performance, minimizing maintenance cost due to a long lifespan resulting in low cost per produced final part.