Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) is a chemical copolymer that includes hexafluoropropylene and tetrafluoroethylene. This copolymer is valuable because it possesses a variety of beneficial chemical and mechanical properties as well as friction-resisting capabilities. These properties make FEP very beneficial for industrial applications as well as technical applications when utilizing cables. In today’s blog post, Coating Systems will take a look at one of the most common uses of FEP in cables.
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What Are the Benefits of FEP?
As noted earlier, FEP is beneficial in many applications because of certain chemical and mechanical properties. However, the biggest benefits of FEP are contextual and can be better seen when compared to polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE. PTFE is a synthetic fluoropolymer known for being incredibly versatile in many applications and perhaps best known for its non-stick properties.
FEP is often compared with PTFE because they have some overlapping applications, but they are very different. For starters, FEP is more flexible, which makes it more versatile and gives it more potential applications. If you add the chemical resistance and resistance to extreme temperatures, FEP becomes an obvious pick for high-friction applications.
How is FEP Used in Cables?
Another benefit of FEP that we see specifically in cables is its resistance to corrosion, which is very similar to PTFE’s without losing friction resistance. This will keep your cables functioning optimally for a longer period of time. It also has strong flexibility, which will protect the wiring inside your cables and keep them functioning at a high level. When it comes to cables, FEP is most commonly used to help with wire and cable insulation, keeping your cables functioning well in high-stress environments.
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Contact Coating Systems for More Information
If you have cables and you need a good coating solution for high-stress and high-friction applications, FEP might be the perfect solution. For more information on our coating offerings, give Coating Systems a call at 1(800) 593-7754 or contact us online today.