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What’s the Difference Between Teflon and PTFE?

When it comes to non-stick coatings and fluoropolymers, the terms “Teflon” and “PTFE” often get used interchangeably. However, there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Let’s dive into the world of these remarkable materials to understand the difference between Teflon and PTFE.   What is Teflon? Teflon is a name that – to some – has become almost synonymous with non-stick coatings. But in reality, it’s just a brand name, and the heart of this story lies in its underlying material—Polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE for short. This is the actual substance that is used to give the reliable, durable,

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Everything you need to know about non-stick coating

From helping your fried eggs avoid an unplanned scrambling, to maintaining the structural integrity of offshore oil rigs, non-stick coatings are a vital part of day to day life. Having been relied upon for over half a century, these coatings are versatile, and their benefits countless. So, what materials can help us to avoid sticky situations, what’s the science behind their repellent nature, and how does something designed not to stick, coat a surface? Read on to find out.

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There’s a better way for foam moulding

What is Moulded Foam and how can we improve it? Moulded foam is commonplace within the automotive industry, and for good reason. Adding comfort – making travelling easier and acting as a noise barrier, making journeys more pleasant, it’s not hard to see why. The moulds however can be expensive, and the production process restricted by the need to non-stick spray them between moulding runs. Messy and time-consuming, there is another way and Sam at Marcote explains how. The current industry standard is for moulds to be sprayed with a wax release agent before the foam is formed. Over time,

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It pays to plan ahead

Demand for specialist coating services is growing With growing demand for specialist coating services, Marcote is reminding its customers to ensure coating experts are involved in the early stages of the construction process. This safeguards your build timeline and ensures the integrity of your coating application.

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The Marcote Process: Sand Blasting

In decades gone by, preparing a material for coating was a laborious, time consuming task that often required treatment by hand. Whilst traditional methods like sanding or wire brushing still exist, busy workshops like ours turn to more modern, time-saving techniques. Enter sand blasting, the surface treatment used to prepare items for coating. How does it work?   Sand blasting works in a way that is unsurprising given its name. During the process of sand blasting, pressurised fluids – such as air, steam, or water – are used to propel abrasive particles towards a surface. This then etches your part

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We’re ISO:9001 Accredited – Find out what that means for you

Marcote is ISO:9001 Accredited We’re really proud to announce that Marcote has achieved ISO:9001 accreditation. We are now accountable to an in-house Quality Manual, a recognition of the fact we have a clear process to follow from a parts arrival to its completion. A key focus of our process is encouraging open communication between our people. Our Quarterly Check-Ins ensure we are constantly engaging our workforce on ways to improve and helping them to realise their ambitions.

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4m cubed grit blaster

We’ve Gone Big

We love every job, big or small, and now our big jobs can be even bigger. We’ve made key upgrades to our equipment and facilities so that we can handle large coating jobs. Grit Blaster We’ve had a bespoke 4m cubed grit blaster built. This means we can handle large parts for coating, using pink aluminium oxide sand which we believe is the best quality media you can use. There’s nothing in it that would encourage corrosion, and when grit blasting parts for the food industry, it’s perfectly safe to use.

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Plasma coating on metal.

Difference between Plasma and Polyurethane for abrasion resistance

Plasma or polyurethane for abrasion resistance – what’s the difference? Plasma coatings and polyurethane coatings are both popular, long established systems for protecting components against abrasion. Knowing which one is right for your facility can prevent costly coating failure, replacement and extensive machine downtime. Marcote’s surface coating specialists have an unrivalled knowledge of each coating system and many years’ experience specifying and applying the right coatings on an application-by-application basis. To help you make the informed choices, we caught up with Sam Woodcock, Managing Director of Marcote, to discover the difference between two often confused coatings – plasma and polyurethane:

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Using Plasma Coating To Improve Web Traction in Printing Applications

Using Plasma Coating To Improve Web Traction in Printing Applications When it comes to serving the printing and packaging industry, delivering to market machinery that can maintain print quality, improve speed of production, and increase profitability is a sure-fire way to stay ahead of the competition as an OEM. Paying careful attention to the web, how it is kept on the rollers and in contact with the printing componentry throughout the printing process, can really help control these variables, and adjusting the traction to suit the type of paper or plastic being printed can add real performance-driven precision to the

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The rise of bespoke surface coatings

The rise of bespoke surface coatings Customer demand, time pressures and factory automation are just some of the drivers shaping today’s manufacturing landscape. Machines are running faster, and for longer, than ever before, and for OEMs this means making adaptations to their machine designs in order to maintain optimal performance in increasingly hostile conditions – keeping quality of output high and waste levels low. One such adaptation is the use of bespoke surface coatings, capable of enhancing the performance of a machine for its intended application. Whether that’s applying a carefully considered surface roughness to improve the traction of a

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