RapidRelease

RapidRelease is applied from the gas phase, producing a solvent-free coating that grows directly on the mold surface. Many shapes and designs can be accommodated, including tread segments, puzzle molds, sidewall plates and bead rings for most passenger, light truck and commercial tire sizes. The coating adheres by a molecular-level coverage of the mold surface, without the need for primers or binders that add unnecessary thickness that smooths out the mold's surface finish. RapidRelease is a new form of polytetrafluoroethylene, known as PTFE or Teflon. They key difference is how we apply the coating; our polymer vapor deposition process gives our customers a major competitive advantage that they won't find with conventional release coatings.

Fouling Resistance

RapidRelease's resistance to fouling is due to the tightly packed CF2 molecular chains that are too unreactive and slippery for rubber compounds and filler materials to stick to. Because the coating is pure PTFE, there are no other resins or binders that reduce it's intrinsic non-stick properties. Coatings that require these binder materials foul quickly, causing surface finish defects, and require cleaning at frequent intervals. RapidRelease, due to being pure PTFE, resists fouling through the life of the coating. This fouling resistance, in addition to the coating's thinness, means a tire's surface finish doesn't significantly change from the first to the last tire cured by a RapidRelease coated mold. Consistent, high quality tires are produced through the life of the coating.

Low Maintenance

A great advantage to RapidRelease is that it is a "set it and forget it" solution. After RapidRelease has been applied, the mold requires no additional intervention such as cleaning or coating reapplication. This reduces manual labor required on the manufacturing floor, mitigates operator-error related to cleaning and release coatings such as undercleaning or overspraying, and reduces press downtime resulting in more tires manufactured.

Vent Compatibility

Introduction of spring vents and micro-vents have dramatically improved the look and quality tires, but it's also created additional burden for mold maintenance. When applying a typical permanent release coating, the spring vents must be removed to avoid damage to the spring element and micro-vents must be re-drilled, both processes are time-consuming and expensive. The RapidRelease coating process is compatible with spring vents and requires no high-temperature cure, unlike other permanent release coatings. RapidRelease is thin enough not to block either spring vent or mirco-vent, which don't require redrilling after RapidRelease has been applied.