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Texloc, Ltd. announced the introduction of fluoroethylenepropylene (FEP) heat shrinkable roll covers, that are specifically engineered to extend roller life and eliminate roller build up and picking. The roll covers can reduce down time in a wide spectrum of industries, including textile, packaging, printing, paper, food and photographic.

The unique properties of FEP, used in the heat shrink roll covers, include almost universal chemical resistance, zero moisture absorption and the best anti-stick/release surface possible. Texloc general manager, Dan Rodriguez says, "Most materials will not adhere to FEP but even those that might "cling" to the surface are easily removed with a damp cloth. No other material releases adhesives and glue or prevents picking and build up, as well as FEP."

They produce FEP roll covers with a .020 wall thickness for rollers from ½" to 12" in diameter and lengths up to 10 feet. Their manufacturing process is unique, and produces a cover with no surface imperfections and with significantly greater flex life.

For roll covers in applications where high temperature and/or pressure is encountered, etching and bonding the cover to the roller is suggested. Etched roll covers and special adhesive systems are available upon request. Also, shrinkable covers of perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) are available for applications up to 500° F, on special quotation.

The roll covers are easy to apply utilizing a commercial heat gun capable of 500°F - 750°F. A method of rotating the roller is also needed. In most applications, hand rotation of the roller, on its axis, is all that is required.

For more information, contact Dan Rodriguez, Texloc, Ltd., 4700 Lone Star Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76106, 800-423-6551, Fax: 817-624-9095.

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