Post written by Jim Stuelke, CEO and Owner, LPF High Performance Coatings
LPF High Performance Coatings began as a pioneer in the coatings market in 1959 when its founder became one of the first companies in the U.S. to manufacturer the Teflon® coated frying pan which he marketed under the name the “Happy Pan”.
A little over a half century later, LPF continues to innovate and is co-developing new coating products that will offer game changing efficiencies and value to a number of industries such as our “non-stick coating technology” that has no rival in the marketplace today.
We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new nano-ceramic technology which exibits the non-stick capabilities of fluoropolymers (such as Teflon®), but doesn’t have either the operating or curing temperature limitations of silicones and fluoropolymer products.
Specifically, our new Nano-Ceramic Mold Release coating offers these advantages:
- Highly Cost Effective due to:
- Ultra-thin film application of 3-5 microns (25 microns equals a “mil”, or 25,400 microns in an inch)
- 100% Non-Transfer from mold tooling to part (no silicones in our release)
- Saves on labor & part preparation costs for secondary coatings
- Quick and easy part removal from the tooling
- Helps to reduce mold wear and maintenance
- Faster mold clean-up means more parts and less downtime
- OVERALL: Increase production, reduced re-works, and less mold damage
- Easy to apply wipe-on or spray-on application methods and low odor.
- The Air Dry (ambient cure) system works fantastic; but for superior properties, oven curing at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes will deliver the coating’s ultimate properties.
- Works on all forms of mold tooling; metal, graphite, composite, and more without extensive mold tooling surface pre-treatment.
- Provides long lasting surface corrosion protection compared to most other materials.
- Easy to apply additional coatings without affecting tooling tolerances.
- Designed to work well under autoclave pressures and heat with repeated pulls.
- Optically clear coating so mold inspections can be performed as needed, then another coat can be reapplied (wiped on) after repairs have been performed.
- Working temperatures in excess of 800 F. continuous.
- Environmentally friendly, VOC compliant, RoHS compliant.
What’s not to like about our technology? If you like your composite and plastic parts sticking in the molds and/or spraying release agents on your molds during production every day… we aren’t for you.
LPF is currently the sole and “exclusive” applicator of these technologies. By the end of 2012, we will begin licensing others to apply the material as well.