We have successfully developed best available manufacturing processes to offer a versatile range of PTFE micropowders – INOLUB™ T. The excellent dispersibility of these products confers the classic low coefficient of friction characteristics of PTFE, enhancing the properties of a variety of substrates including thermoplastics, thermosets, inks, paints, coatings, and elastomers.
The INOLUB™ T-200 series are PTFE micropowders manufactured through direct polymerization (PMP). As a consequence, the resulting product does not require any degradation and milling steps. The observed particles are agglomerates of very fine particles (<< 1 µm). These agglomerates can be easily broken up to their primary particles by applying shear, providing excellent mixing and dispersion in the desired medium. Our best available polymerization technology ensures there is absolutely no PFOA contained in the PTFE micropowders.
The INOLUB™ T-300 series are PTFE micropowders manufactured from high molecular weight PTFE by degradation using thermal extrusion under controlled environment (XMP). This process considerably reduces the formation of PFOA and results in a clean PTFE micropowder. The PTFE polymer can then be conveniently milled to particles in the micro-meter range. We guarantee that the PFOA level in the INOLUB™ T-300 series will remain well below the limit imposed by REACH.
The INOLUB™ T-100 series are PTFE micropowders manufactured from high molecular weight PTFE by degradation using irradiation. The level of irradiation depends strongly on the desired properties for the applications. The irradiation process causes formation of PFOA inside the PTFE polymers. The PFOA content is reduced to levels compliant with the REACH regulation (< 25 ppb) through an additional proprietary treatment ensuring environment protection, safe operations and proper waste disposal.
INOLUB™ R Series & I-SAN are high molecular weight PTFE based additives designed to increase melt viscosity. They are effective at low concentrations and are typically used to contain fire-spread by the elimination of flaming droplets falling from plastic articles. As a drip suppressant additive, they are usually combined with flame retardants in low enough concentrations, in order that a polymer may be classified as “zero halogen”. In addition, this product class is used to enhance melt strength of difficult-to-process polymers. They may be successfully incorporated directly, provided that special handling conditions are employed, or more easily by first incorporating into a masterbatch.