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Friday, October 21, 2016

Thank You to our Customer Service Team!

Here at Intech, we have an outstanding Customer Service team. They allow Intech Services to run smoothly and efficiently, making the customer experience a pleasant one. Our team ensures that phones are always answered after a maximum of two rings and that customers are connected with the specific person they need, right away!

Customer Service Week is an international celebration of the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on a daily basis. In honor of this special week, we would like to thank our customer service team here at Intech Services. We are proud of the work and skill of our team.  Karen Nardo, Elaina Fisher, Mary Hartsoe, and Vicki Bobeck are all important contributers to the success of our company as a whole. Click each link to read more about these great employees, and join us in our admiration and appreciation.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Look into the Specialty 2-Coat Reinforced Teflon™ Coating System

A premiere coating system for end-uses that require durability, non-stick, thermal stability, and abrasion-resistant properties.

Product Overview
Decades of innovation and technology for the Teflon™ brand have led to significant improvements for this specific coating line. The system is water-based, and a unique blend of PTFE, PFA, and FEP fluoropolymer chemisty. On-smooth technology is utilized for easy adhesion to smooth surfaces when necessary. If your application requires superior durability and ultimate release, we recommend trying the 2-Coat reinforced system.

  • Extended service life due to excellent durability
  • Excellent nonstick properties
  • FDA approved for direct food contact regulations in 21CFR
  • Chemical and abrasion resistant
Additional Features
Some additional features of the coating line include thin film primer topcoat for quick application and cure, a water base that contributes to easy cleaning and meets low emission environmental standards, and a maximum use temperature of 500° F. Additionally, this line of coatings has excellent non-stick properties, extended service life due to excellent durability, FDA approval for direct food contact, and chemical and abrasion resistance.

Application Process
For best application, apply to aluminum oxide grit blasted metal substrate. If grit blasting is not appropriate, the coating can be applied to a smooth, clean surface. Spray applied primer is force-dried (Ref. 5-8 min. at 120–150 °C (248–302 °F). The temperature of the primer should be between 35–45 °C (95–113 °F) before application of the topcoat. The total system should include a minimum of 5 min. at 428 °C (802 °F) or 3 min. at 435 °C (815 °F) (metal temperature). Peak temperature should not exceed 440 °C (824 °F). See Fact Sheet for complete application information.

Marketing Material
To download this information in a PDF, click here.

For more information on this coating system, call Intech Services, Inc. at (302)366-8530 or visit our website here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

What to do with Waste?

Ever wonder about what you should really be doing with the waste that comes from the pretreatment process?
  • Oil, grease, metals, and pH are the most common environmental reporting concerns
  • Sludge and contaminant buildup may call for a regular clean-out of the cleaner and phosphate stages
  • The waste treatment process usually just needs adjustments in pH and flocculation
For accurate information on acceptable results, contact a treatment chemical or waste equipment supplier.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Automotive Industry Market Segment Interview: Chris Lord

Chris Lord is the segment leader for Teflon™ applications in the Automotive industry. We sat down and talked to him about applications of Teflon finishes in the automotive world. Read on to find out about current and future uses of Teflon coatings within this industry.

Q: What are the most common problems within the Automotive industry?

A main reason automotive manufacturers and suppliers consider Teflon™ products is to resolve noise, vibration, and hardness (NVH) situations which are common with automobiles. NVH are sources of complaints or results of premature wear that can greatly affect quality ratings and future sales of automotive manufacturers.

There are also opportunities to create efficiencies in the automotive plants where tooling maintenance is frequent. Reducing this maintenance can lead to increased plant safety and cost savings.

Q: How do Teflon™ coatings solve these problems
Flagship Teflon™ S products such as 958G-303 and 958G-203 provide inexpensive options that are a perfect fit for intricate automotive components produced in high volumes. For in-car parts, OEM’s are looking for coatings with high lubricity, thermal stability, and durability that can be applied in a relatively simple manner. Our one-coat Teflon™ S products fit these requirements.

Q: What is one specific coating or coating system that provides lubricity with great abrasion resistance?Chris: Our PTFE dry lubrication line is very robust with a variety of thick and thin film options to choose from. 958G-303 is an industry standard and has been used for dry lubrication for many years. In 2016, Intech Services began offering the abrasion resistant version of 958G-303 called 958G-313, and the response to this coating has been very favorable. For thicker film applications, we recommend using 958G-414. This coating system would be the ultimate option for applications that allow 2 mils dry film thickness (dft) or more.

Q: What trends are you seeing in the automotive industry?
CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards continually push automobile manufacturers to improve miles per gallon (mpg), which is why Ford transitioned to using aluminum (lighter metal) for the F-150. By 2025, automobile manufacturers are required to average 54.5 mpg across their fleet of vehicles. Because of these standards, more and more alternative fuel vehicles are being introduced into the market. Additionally, improved resistance to corrosion will always be stressed within the automotive market.

For further information on Teflon coatings in the automotive industry, contact market segment leader Chris Lord at (302) 366-8530 x 104 or

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Meeting Salt Spray Performance Requirements

Have you been having trouble achieving Salt Spray performance requirements? Are you unsure what to do or where to look?

Improving the process line can be confusing and complicated. Take these steps to enhance Salt Spray performance:
  1. Evaluate the process and establish if anything has changed about the incoming piece (either the incoming soil or the metal).
  2. Determine if anything has changed within the wash process (focus on the cleaning stage).
  3. Check for correct concentrations, nozzle performance and alignment, temperatures, and bath cleanliness.
  4. Make sure that the pretreatment coating is still up to the desired conditions (differences in color, blotchiness, etc.)
  5. Ensure quality of rinse water.
Many problems with Salt Spray performance can be traced back to an inefficiency of cleaning. Signs of this inefficiency are often found at the exit stage of the rinse cycle. In terms of the rinse water, the coating will be as clean as the last fluid it encountered. Rinses that are contaminated can result in salt deposits that reduce Salt Spray performance radically and interfere with the adhesion of coating.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Teflon™ Product & Market Guide!

Need an ultimate guide to everything Teflon™? We know that choosing just the right coating for your products can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. It is important to us to share input and educate our customers so they can use Teflon™ coatings to the best of their abilities.

This desire to always keep our coaters up-to-date with the latest information was the driving force for the creation of the Teflon™ Product & Market Guide. This guide is filled with valuable information about Teflon™ products, property data, and markets that the coatings may be used in. If you’re looking for answers and want to know what the most effective coating for your application is, we’ve got you covered. Additionally, this guide will help you to ensure that the coating you choose is within your shop’s capabilities. To download the Teflon™ Product & Market Guide for free now, visit this registration page!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oil and Gas Industry Segment Interview: Chris Dohl

Q: What are the common problems within your industry?
Chris: Corrosion is the most common issue in the Oil and Gas industry, particularly in subsea applications. Along with corrosion, lubricity for metal on metal surfaces also poses a problem. Many steel components are exposed to harsh environmental conditions that cause galling and overall component failures. Corroded threaded fasteners and other large componentry cause massive down time and costly maintenance.

Q: How do Teflon™ coatings solve these problems?
Chris: We have a series of coatings that prevent corrosion and provide enough slip to prevent galling that frequently occurs on threaded bolts, fasteners, and large oil and gas equipment.

Q: What is one specific coating or coating system that has impressive resistance against corrosion for oil and gas industry applications?
Chris: The 857G series has impressive corrosion resistance at very thin levels. Depending on your basecoat, achieving 3000 hours of salt spray is possible with the 857G at a thickness of only .8mils. This coating is also resistant to hydraulic fluids, aggressive rig wash products, has very good UV stability, and has a consistently lower coefficient of friction than uncoated threaded components and fasteners. Chemours developed a water based coating series specifically designed for Oil and Gas applications. These one coat systems can be coated as thin as .8mils but can be coated as thick as 4.5 mils to prevent corrosion in harsh environments like the Gulf Coast, Northern Africa, the North Sea, and other corrosive coast lines.

Q: What new coating applications are on the horizon in the oil and gas industry?
Chris: Currently the R&D team is working to develop a cermet primer and topcoat system that will enable fasteners and other componentry to withstand upwards of 10,000 salt spray hours. Enhancing the coating system’s corrosion protection while maintaining a very thin build up is a constant challenge for the R&D team.

Q: Are there new technologies in development for this industry?
Chris: Chemours is currently evaluating how traditional coatings in the Teflon™ product line can replace linings and other exotic metal and coating systems to prevent corrosion. Chemours recently developed a process to properly apply corrosion protection coatings inside of very narrow diameter tubes.  This process has the potential to save OEM’s significant money on existing applications.

Q: What associations are you involved in within the industry?
Chris: NACE, the National Association of Corrosion Engineering has been an excellent organization in understanding the latest industrial trends, test methodology, products, and applications that focus on corrosion protection. Regardless of the economy, rust never stops, and NACE allows the industries brightest engineers, chemists, and general technologist members to focus on preventing corrosion.

If you may have any questions or inquiries for Chris about the oil and gas industry, email or call (302)366-8530 x 103.