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Thermoforming Norton® Fluoropolymer Films

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Aug 18, 2015 2:15:48 PM

High-Performance Plastics in 3D

It’s a process often taken for granted for something that has almost endless applications. Thermoforming involves shaping plastics into a variety of products. But you know that already. And you know it is a tried and true method for heating a sheet of plastic almost to its melting point, then shaping it with a form or a mold to create custom products for very specific requirements. The process itself utilizes vacuum to pull the plastic towards the mold or form, which is why it is also often referred to as vacuum forming. 

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Topics: High-Performance Plastics, Norton Films, Norton Fluoropolymer Films

High-Performance Kapton® Film Lamination Capability

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Jun 19, 2015 11:14:02 AM

Teflon® FEP, Teflon® PFA, and Tefzel® ETFE Options as Well!

Your high-performance film product options just got even better! American Durafilm® already offers custom rewinding, slitting, and packaging services and can satisfy any converting request—with quick responses and fast lead times. Add lamination of high-performance films to that list, and your application choices have just increased.

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Topics: Kapton Films, Kapton Film, Adhesive Lamination for High-Performance Films

PTFE Applications for Mold Release

Posted by Jon Goodwin on May 12, 2015 5:38:44 PM

The Diversity of Fluoropolymers

What do ravioli and dog biscuits have in common? Well, nothing, really. But—to meet the need of their inherent forms and functions, they share some of the same requirements on the production line.

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Topics: Fluropolymer Coatings, Mold Release

FDA Compliance and Fluoropolymer Coatings

Posted by Jon Goodwin on Mar 17, 2015 10:21:53 AM

These Coatings Are So Good You Can Eat Off Them!

When a fluoropolymer coating is FDA compliant, it means it can be used for food contact. Aside from that favorite frying pan you use every time you sauté your most delicious chicken dinner, the applications that fluoropolymer coatings are used for span far beyond the confines of your kitchen or culinary imagination.

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Topics: Fluropolymer Coatings

Why Dielectric Strength of Kapton® Film Matters

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Mar 12, 2015 4:41:42 PM

The Big and Small Electrical Jobs—It Protects them All

If you care that airplanes fly as they should, and rocket ships launch and orbit as engineered, and educational scientific photos of such exploits make their way back to us via satellites floating in the ethers of deep space—then the reliable dielectric strength of Kapton® film not only matters, it’s vital.

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Does Kapton® Film Excel Under Extreme Temperature?

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Feb 26, 2015 9:57:00 AM

Top-4-Properties-KaptonExtreme Temperature Resistance Is a Hallmark Property of Kapton® Films. We are often asked about the temperature range capabilities of Kapton® film. Kapton® film is known for its ability—and relied on—to withstand extreme temperatures. With operating temperature ratings from -269°C (-452°F) to 400°C (752°F), Kapton® films have an incredibly wide range.

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Why Polyimide Tubing Is the Top Choice Across Industries

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Jan 30, 2015 11:15:00 AM

Durable and Diverse Features of Large Diameter Polyimide Tubing 

polyimide_large_diameter_tubingBecause polyimide tubing is a thermoset polymer, it cannot be re-flowed or melted. Thermoset materials are typically durable materials due to their strong covalent chemical bonds that hold the structural units together on the molecular level. This means that polyimide tubing, among its other impressive characteristics, cannot be melted. That’s a preferential property for large diameter polyimide tubing that is used so often in such a wide range of applications—from medical devices and industrial applications to the electrical and aerospace industries. Polyimide tubing is chosen across various industries for its many other properties, because it also offers superior thermal resistance, high voltage resistance, chemical corrosion resistance, along with other capabilities like outgassing, anti-nuclear radiation, and optimal flexibility.

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Kapton Film and the Rosetta Mission

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Nov 25, 2014 9:39:00 AM

The Philae Lander Wants its Time in the Sun

As you might imagine, we are as fascinated with Rosetta’s success as are any of the scientists that have worked on or observed this mission for the last 10-plus years. It’s as riveting a thriller as any sci-fi movie—only this isn’t made of the stuff of someone’s imagination (well, it was at some point!). It is now a reality and made, in part, of material we handle every day at American Durafilm: Kapton® film.

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Topics: Kapton Films

Kapton Film and the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Nov 11, 2014 1:32:00 PM

At Work on the Rosetta Mission: Innovation and Exploration at its Core

You know that expression, “We can send a man to the moon; why can’t we …?” Then fill in the blank with any perceived world problem that perplexes us because it remains unanswered. Sorry, you won’t find the answers to those conundrums here, but we can tell you about one amazing product that integrally assists in getting man to the moon: Kapton® film

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Topics: Kapton Films, Kapton Film

Kapton Film Functionality in the Electrical Industry

Posted by Mack Hendrick on Oct 9, 2014 2:27:00 PM

Exploring Kapton’s Unparalleled Versatility and Reliability

It’s widely known how versatile Kapton® film is across a multitude of industries: medical, military, aerospace, and you may have read our recent blog about Kapton®’s application in the medical field for its use in critical storage and preservation in materials like cryogenic storage bags. Another industry that relies on the versatility and high-performance of Kapton® is the electrical industry.

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Topics: Kapton Films, Kapton Film, Polyimide Film

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