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The Advantages of Replacing Traditional FKM and FFKM Rubber-to-Metal Seals with AFLAS® Fluoroelastomers

FKM is the ASTM designation for a class of fluorinated, carbon-based synthetic rubber, commonly known as fluoroelastomers, which were introduced in the 1950s. FKMs exhibit impressive heat resistance as well as resistance to high pressures, chemicals and other fuels. These performance qualities made them an ideal material for high-performance seals, O-rings and gaskets used in […]

Using PTFE Micropowders to Manufacture Thermoplastic Parts that are as Non-stick as a Frying Pan

The very same chemicals that keep foods from sticking to frying pans can be used to enhance any thermoplastic part or component. Thermoplastic resins made with powerful polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) micropowders provide excellent non-stick properties.  The Power of PTFE PTFE micropowders are synthetic fluoropolymers that act as lubricants in thermoplastic base resins to improve their surface […]

AFLAS® Fluoroelastomer Pre-Compounds Enhance Performance of Parts Used in Harsh Oil Recovery Conditions

Productivity and safety in oil and gas recovery operations depend on the strength of equipment, parts and systems. Downtime or injuries from equipment failure are unacceptable, so machinery must be built with parts and components that will not fail in these harsh environments. Hardworking oilfield equipment parts include durable packers, bladders, seals, gaskets and O-rings. […]

FEVE Resin Technology Protects Amazon’s Spectacular Spheres

In downtown Seattle, there is a new standard for environmentally friendly office space. Amazon has added three sphere-shaped buildings to its headquarters that take architecture and horticulture to a whole new level. The trio of domes made with glass and steel are designed to create an office space that is connected to the natural world […]

AGC to Feature ETFE Film for Innovative Architectural Structures at AIA 2018

If you’re serious about the field of architecture, you’re heading to the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018. This show (A’18 for short) provides full immersion into the latest trends, technologies and designs in the industry. We’re excited to meet the thought leaders who are presenting and attending. And we look forward to discussing our ongoing […]

Developments in Architectural Coatings: New FEVE Resin/Polyester Blends Produce Superior Metallic Finishes

More than 10% of today’s powder coatings use metallic pigments, and color and aesthetic trends show a growing demand. However, it is still very challenging to formulate metallic powder coatings that have the durability and weatherability characteristics required for buildings and structures. That’s because traditional fluoropolymer-based coatings like PTFE and FEP require melt points for […]

Specialty Fluoroelastomers Protect Equipment Components in Oil and Gas Recovery

To extract as much product out of an oil or gas reservoir as possible, exploration and production companies use enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques to operate in high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) downhole conditions. These production methods typically utilize gas, steam or chemical injection to extend the productive life of a reservoir. Although EOR techniques are extremely […]