Plates for Food and Plates for Graphite
When I think of plates, I tend to think of something that will serve me my next meal. Maybe this is because I am always hungry, I don’t know. In reality, there are more options for plates than the food industry. Although, here there are a lot of varieties, different sizes, shapes, colors, materials, patterns… But in addition to this there are plates for all kinds of industrial and other applications. Graphite plates alone can be used in a variety of contexts including structural ribs, zinc and aluminum extrusion machines, components of kilns, cable manufacturing, electrodes, plastic injection, lubricating and sealing plates.
The reason graphite plates are often chosen for industrial applications is because they are chemically inert, have high temperature resistance and are electrically and thermally conductive. Steel and titanium are often chosen for their strength and durability, but even these metals do not compare to graphite when it comes to temperature resistance. Additional benefits to these products are that they are relatively low cost to create and are simple to manufacture.
To create graphite plates, the graphite undergoes an extrusion process that will result in a uniformly thick, smooth and flat product. The graphite used can be pure, natural graphite, carbon graphite or a mixture of materials, depending on the final qualities that the finished product should contain. Often, the plates themselves are composed of layers that have been sandwiched together. To avoid finished products that are porous the plates can be permeated with wax, resin or high purity linseed oil. These tactics will result in a gas-tight seal that will help prevent impurities from arising. Additional treatments can be taken to make the product textured, or give it layers such as gloss woven carbon fabric or a corrugated, engraved or patterned design.