Why Are We the Best in the Business? 

Frank M. Chapman is the founder of Fluoron, who is known for developing original fluoropolymer technologies with countless applications for different industries. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. 

 

After his graduation, Chapman worked at DuPont for the next nine years in Delaware. During his time there, he worked on the first branded versions of polytetrafluoroethylene(PTFE), also known as TeflonⓇ. In 1961, he left Dupont to work under the Plastics Department of Parco Corporation in Los Angeles, then later Mather Company in Michigan.

 

Following his time working under other companies, Chapman helped found Fluorodynamics Inc. and Chapman Industries Inc. Both corporations were sold to an abrasives company, Carborundum. In 1979, he was elected chairman of the Fluoropolymer Division of the Society of the Plastics Industry (now PLASTICS).

 

Here is a timeline of Chapman’s most prominent accomplishments:

 

1957

Developed automated shrinkage and molding techniques for PTFE(TeflonⓇ) at DuPont. 

This engineering allows PTFE to be manipulated to fit a product or machine’s shape and function.

 

1958

Studied and reported the frictional properties of PTFE material and its ability to be enhanced by inorganic additives such as resin.

This was an essential discovery for today’s fluoroplastic products because most fluoroplastics are mixed with other material to enhance the properties of virgin fluoroplastic. 

 

1959

Started the most thorough study on the unique physical properties of PTFE which is still used to this day.

 

1960

Refined an isostatic molding process and made the first missile nose cone using PTFE. 

 

1964

Built the first sealer to get fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), a non – stick plastic, to stick itself.  These seals are as strong and protective as the base material. 

This led to creating the first FEP heat shrinkable cover used on pulp and paper machine rollers. The heat shrinkable rollers can now also be applied on many other industries that require rollers in its processing machines. For instance, pulp and paper, confectionery, food, textile, and others. 

 

1965

Developed effective techniques in lining chemical processing vessels with fluoropolymers such as PTFE, FEP, and PFA. 

Examples of chemical processing vessels include tanks that take part in storing or mixing toxic and corrosive chemicals. The fluoroplastic lining is useful in protecting the container or tank which comes in contact with the chemical.

 

1967

Engineered another grade of fluoropolymer sheets that is glass – backed and melt – processable, improving durability. 

This grade of PTFE is FDA approved for use in materials contacting food, drinkable water, and pharmaceutical products.

 

1981

Began development in ultra – thick, wet – spray PTFE and PFA coatings.

This product is ideally used in industries such as paper mills and bakeries in order to prevent dry substances from mixing with wet substances.

 

1988

Founded our company, Fluoron Inc., with his son Randall Frank Chapman. 

 

Throughout Chapman’s career, he has invented or co-invented a total of ten patents in both the U.S. and abroad.  Frank was memorialized in history when he was inducted into the Plastics Hall Of Fame in 1988 for his pioneering work in the advancement of folyoropolymers.  This makes Fluoron’s staff some of the most experienced in the fluoropolymer field. 

Fluoron has developed anti-static heat shrinkable fluoroplastic sleeves, applicable to any textile factories or industries that have an issue with static interfering production processes. With a wide selection of products produced with PTFE, FEP, or PFA, we have the resources to cater to your specific fluoroplastic needs.

If you are looking for a non-stick solution or need a quick, quality cleaning service for your industrial machines, we have the resources to assist you in investing in longer term solutions to help you save. To learn more about Fluoron’s non-stick products and how we can help you solve your buildup problems, give us a call at (+1) 800-785-4491 and explore our website for further inquiries.