The most common types of fluoropolymers found in the beverage and food industry are types of FEP, PFA, and PTFE products. A lot of these are utilized in the products that help keep things like food conveyor belts clean. Cleanliness is obviously of huge importance in the food industry. In addition to cleanliness, these fluoropolymers are often utilized in different coatings on heat lamps to prevent them from shattering at high temperatures.
General purpose plastics are unable to withstand many common conditions within a facility that produces mass quantities of food and drink. Take for instance, the importance of the integrity of the wiring within a conveyor belt. In some cases, extreme temperatures call upon wiring to stand up to the heat – and at others they call upon wires to stand up to the cold. Wiring wrapped in general purpose plastic would deteriorate rapidly, exposing the food to everything it touches that it should not be touching.
Fluoropolymers can withstand extreme temperatures and keep important wires secure. The same logic can be applied to weather as well. Greenhouses rely on sprinkler systems and other tools that may be exposed to weather. It’s imperative that plastics are leveraged that are resistant to weather and can withstand common corrosion issues.