Advantages of Felt
Felt is a unique engineering material:
- Its properties can be controlled and varied to produce what are essentially different materials.
- Characteristics may range from those of a soft, supple padding to a hard, dense material ideal for imparting highly polished surfaces to glass and metal.
- At the proper density and firmness, felt can seal in lubricants and seal out contamination.
- It can act as a vibration and sound dampening material.
- In many cases, despite modern technological advances in chemical and mechanical engineering, it is the only material that will perform satisfactorily on a cost effective basis for many lubrication metering, packing and insulating applications.
- Felt's inherent characteristics also make it ideal for a wide range of controlled filtering applications.
While Felt may be considered one of the more mature engineering materials, its potential for industrial applications has only been marginally tapped. Following are some areas where felts of various compositions and densities have found successful applications.
- Architectural Applications: wall coverings, murals, furniture, decorative elements
- Automotive Components: drive mechanism grease retainers, noise and vibration absorption, transmission fluid filters
- Electric Motors: felt wicks and packing deliver constant, metered oil supply
- Home Appliances: lint and air seals, rotating shaft lubricators, anti-rattle bumpers
- Polishing and Wiping: lenses, glass, pottery, floor scrubbers and polishers, metal tubing, rolled sheet steel and aluminum, liquid and semi-liquid coating application
- Power Tools: felt lubricators, pressure pads for sanding machines, fuel filters
- Seals and Bearings: seal out dirt and dust while effectively lubricating bearing internally
- Other Applications: lamp bases, stamp pads, anti-scratch pads, weather stripping, various cushioning