May 15 2011

What is Teflon®? What are its uses?

Category: Industrial


Teflon by DuPontTeflon® is the registered trademark (owned by DuPont) of a polymer known as PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene. It consists of carbon and fluorine and is used in a number of industrial and consumer products and applications. Products that have been developed with Teflon® fluoropolymer resins, coatings, films, and additives have excellent resistance to chemical reaction, high temperatures (up to 500°F), stress cracking, and corrosion. These properties make Teflon® a preferred solution for a number of applications and processing techniques. It is widely known by consumers for its use in cookware as a non-stick lubricant. Some of the other uses of Teflon® include:

  • Ammunition
  • Rugs
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Food & Beverage
  • Piping & Fluid Systems
  • Medical Equipment
  • Adhesives
  • Corrosives
  • Wire Insulation
  • Robotics
  • Flame Retardants
  • Paint Spray Systems
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Cosmetics
  • Computer Equipment
  • Jewelry
  • Automotive
  • And Many, Many more

Teflon® is considered one of the most versatile engineering materials and since its accidental discovery in the late 1930’s it has been utilized in virtually every field of modern technology, science, and industry.

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