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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Intech Celebrates Father's Day!

On Tuesday, June 21st, the female employees at Intech Services prepared appetizers, lunch, and desserts as a special treat to celebrate and show appreciation for all the fathers at Intech. Everyone enjoyed healthy foods such as quinoa salad, buffalo chicken wraps, marinated chicken, nachos, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

Intech makes it a point to acknowledge and honor the roles our employees play beyond those during normal work hours. To all the fathers and father figures, we thank you for being role models and setting an excellent example for the future. We hope you had a fantastic Father’s Day!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Our GoApe! Adventure

On June 14th, the Intech Services team went wild with the GoApe! zip lining and treetop adventure at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, Delaware. The activity promoted corporate culture and team building and helped the Intech employees bond in a different environment.

While some employees raced up ladders and across obstacles with glee, others bravely conquered their fear and apprehension to finish the course. The teams cheered, encouraged, and playfully ribbed individuals through the bonding experience. Everyone had a great time and workout. Intech employees loved getting the opportunity to prove something to themselves and help others do more than they thought possible. Happy adventuring!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

General Market Segment Interview with Mark Berry

Mark Berry is the segment leader for Teflon™ applications in the General industry. We sat down and spoke with him about applications of Teflon finishes. Read on to find out about current and future uses of Teflon coatings in the general industry.

Q: What are the common problems within the general market segment?
Mark: There are many common issues in the general industry. Some barriers to quality results include corrosion, harsh chemical effects, high manufacturing temperatures, and over-use of petroleum-based products. Coaters and end-users strive to find materials that combat excessive corrosion, are heat and chemical resistant, and provide a dry film, non-grease, permanent solution. Repetitive, over-use of petroleum-based products calls for more manual labor and increased overall maintenance costs. For example, too often, companies repeatedly use a petroleum-based epoxy. After several instances of the chemicals eating through the epoxy, coaters search for something strong and long-lasting.

Q: How do Teflon™ coatings solve these problems?

Teflon™ finishes provide a more permanent solution for many of these challenges instead of repetitive use of low-quality solutions that work for a short time. These varied products and services fill our customers’ industrial needs and help them overcome barriers to success.

When should people use Teflon coatings in the general market segment?
Mark: Customers should use Teflon products when they are looking for a long-term solution. The use of a higher quality material, such as Teflon, yields greater value than a cheaper, short-term solution that will call for repeated application.

Q: What Teflon coating systems work best for general industry applications?
Our “one-coat” products satisfy the many coating needs of our general industry customers. These products utilize hybrid technology and have high level performance and durability characteristics.

Q: Are there new areas that could benefit from the use of Teflon products?
Mark: Much of my work involves exploring new industries and new applications for Teflon, and one of my ongoing tasks is to educate materials scientists and process engineers on the characteristics and benefits of Teflon coatings. Since these scientists and engineers are involved in industries that do not traditionally use Teflon, it is important to help them better understand how Teflon products can truly benefit their processes, save them time, and decrease their overall costs.

Q: What trade shows have you attended within the industry?
Mark: This past year I attended both the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) tradeshow as well as FABTECH, a general industry metal fabrication trade show.I am always looking for and exploring information on trade shows for industries that have not historically used Teflon. There are many trade shows that I would like to attend in the future to further the education and reach of Teflon products.

For further information on Teflon coatings in the general market segment, contact General Market Segment Leader Mark Berry at (302) 366-8530 x 132 or

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Heatin' Up

The Effects of Humid Conditions

As the warm weather approaches the US and Canada, heat conditions create a unique challenge to coaters: the need to manage humidity in shops. Depending on what region you do business in and whether you coat with solvent or water-based Teflon™ coatings, conditions can be more or less challenging. If humid conditions persist over a period of time, these coatings can pull in and trap moisture from the air onto your coated part prior to curing. Once parts are cured, the trapped moisture in the coating can disturb adhesion to the substrate. This moisture can also cause intra-coat adhesion failure (between multiple coats), staining, and negatively affect appearance of parts. Read on to find the best preventative actions and solutions to save you time and money when coating in humid conditions.

There are several solutions to mitigate the effects of humidity in your coating facility.
  • Basic Solution: Plan the application of your coatings during less humid hours of the day, such as early morning or late afternoon.
  • Costly solution: Process parts in an air conditioned environment.
  • Common solution: Preheat your part to 150°-175°F prior to coating. After this pre-heating step, spray the part as soon as possible.

Additionally, be mindful of the environment where your parts are stored, and check that the parts are not “sweating” prior to coating. If you spray these sweating parts, the moisture will become trapped under the coating. Should you find parts are sweating, use the pre-heating method mentioned above to remove the moisture prior to spraying.

The Intech Team would like to wish you an exciting, happy, and prosperous summer!

For more industrial coating application information and tips, visit
Application Overview for Teflon™ Industrial Coatings on our website.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Clean Parts: How to Spot Them

Several tests exist to help you to determine the cleanliness of your parts. The most common test is the “water break free” test. This test is used to observe whether the liquid draws away from or beads on the cleaned parts, or if it fully sheets over them.
Alternative assessments to the “water break free” test include:
  • Wiping with a white cloth
  • Alcohol drop tests
  • Coulometry (organic soil burned off substrate, measured)
To get recommendations on evaluating the cleanliness of parts, never hesitate to contact a pretreatment supplier.