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April 2014

Critical Fluid Handling: Your Guide to Requirements, Materials and Production Requirements

PFA tubing is often the resin of choice when additional clarity, flexibility and a higher continuous service temperature are required.

The primary aim of critical fluid handling is to transport uncontaminated fluids. Any tubing that is used must protect the fluid from contamination, either from external sources or from the tubing itself. Limiting contamination is often called materials integrity management.

Click here to learn more about what plastics are available for critical fluid handling and considerations for various industries.

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PTFE Fluid Handling Components Support Semiconductor Advancements

Electronic devices get smaller and faster all the time, thanks to the semiconductor manufacturers’ ability to reduce the size of features that are etched on silicon wafers. As these feature sizes have been reduced, processing fluid purity requirements and reactivity have increased. This combination of cleanliness requirements and chemical reactivity present many challenges to fluid handling component materials. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is one material that, when processed correctly, easily meets increasing fluid handling requirements in the semiconductor industry.

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Technical Advisory: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

PTFE was the first fluorocarbon. It is the most chemically resistant plastic known. Only a few chemicals react with it. Its mechanical properties are low compared to other engineering plastics, but its properties remain at a useful level over a great temperature range. Mechanical properties can be improved by the addition of fillers. PTFE has excellent thermal and electrical insulation properties and it has a low coefficient of friction. It is difficult to make anything adhere to PTFE.

Click here to learn more about plastics from IAPD’s Introduction to Plastics, a manual about the behavior and properties of plastic materials.


Plastics are MIssion-Critical for Fluid Handling

How do you ensure that your lab, semoconductor or food-processing applications won’t be contaminated by materials in transport? It’s easy ... use plastics!

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