Plastic manufacturers are striving to make other industries aware of the benefits associated with plastic products. Plastic has a growing number of advantages that can be utilized in nearly every single sector of the market. Many companies that develop plastic products are trying to catch the eye of architects for construction purposes. There is a growing trend to create buildings with more sustainability. Plastic solutions are a catalyst for improving the energy efficiency of a building. New and innovated houses are now energy efficient options for people who wish to create less of a carbon footprint. Unique products such as closed-cell spray polyurethane foam and cross-linked polyethylene tubing are beneficial heating solutions. These newer design are also frontrunner the diverse possibilities that manufacturers will create which will be paramount for creating a more environmentally friendly planet.
With all of these new innovations there is an exploding growth in demand for plastic solutions. Not only are plastic items relatively easy to manufacture but they are also simple to install. This simplicity is a major factor regarding to the success in the plastic industry. The easy installation and low maintenance make plastic an ideal choice over steel, copper, concrete or wood for many applications. There are many tasks that may require the strength of stainless steel however plastic tubing products come at a fraction of the cost. Through increased demands for plastic and constantly improving innovations we are guaranteed to see more uses for plastic products in the future.
Plastic tubes are hollow channels of varying lengths, wall thicknesses, diameters and strengths, used for a wide range of tubing and piping applications. The uses of plastic tubing are just as wide as the number of different fabrication materials. These materials include polyurethane, flexible vinyl, low and high-density polyethylene, many varieties of nylon, polycarbonate, rigid vinyl, high impact polystyrene and PETG.
Every different variety of plastic tubing features its own set of special qualities. Vinyl tubing and acrylic tubes can be engineered to be near-transparent or opaque; clear plastic tubing products are some of the most important kinds of medical tubing. Polyethylene tubing, or poly tubing, can be made of any one of the many varieties of raw polyethylene materials available; high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tubes are rigid, strong, durable and used in applications where impact-resistant, sturdy tubing is necessary, while low-density polyethylene (LDPE) can be used to make flexible tubing. Nylon tubing is used in pneumatic equipment applications; certain varieties of nylon tubing can be derived from non-petroleum-based raw nylon. PVC tubing is one of the most widely used varieties of plastic tubing and piping. It can be engineered to be thick and durable, and, because it is a vinyl-based product, it can be engineered to be near-transparent. The many PVC varieties available are used in industrial, commercial and consumer construction, heating and cooling, plumbing and in many other applications. For applications that require tubing with exceptional qualities of strength and durability, pultrusions feature integrated fibers to make plastic tubing stronger. For situations in which cylindrical tubing is not appropriate, some tubing fabricators make square plastic tubing available for their customers.The range of plastic tubing and piping applications is just as wide as the number of different plastic tubing fabrication materials. These materials include polyurethane, flexible vinyl, low and high-density polyethylene, many varieties of nylon, polycarbonate, rigid vinyl, ABS, high impact polystyrene and PETG. Each of these plastic materials lends different qualities to finished plastic tubing products. Acrylic tubes, which are naturally clear and flexible, are excellent for uses in which the flow and volume of materials moving through tubing must be observed easily. Acrylic tubes can also be colored, which makes easier the organization of many different tubes in close proximity to each other. Low density polyethylene can be processed to create flexible tubing, while high-density polyethylene is used to create rigid, strong, impact resistant tubing. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is among the most versatile plastic materials and can be used to make thick plumbing pipes and clear tubes for healthcare applications. PVC's tolerance for a range of extreme temperatures, resistance to changing pressures and its capacity for accommodating high flow volumes make it a good choice for use in industrial applications and in wastewater management contexts.
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Plastic Tubing Terms
- Small cracks close to the surface of
the plastic tubing.
- The amount of strain that plastic tubing can handle before breaking.
- The process in which the diameter of a plastic tubes is enlarged while its wall thickness is reduced. This process is often used to create heat shrinkable tubing.
- A process in which a solid plastic resin is melted and pushed by a screw through a heating chamber.
- A small mass in a transparent material, such as plastic used in plastic tubing, created by incomplete blending.
- A process in which mechanical pressure works to increase the diameter of plastic tubes from the inside.
- The outer part of a heat shrinkable tube's dual wall.
- A solution also referred to as rubber that usually consists of water and polymer.
- The inner part of a heat shrinkable tube's dual wall.
- A process typically carried out by a catalyst in which a large number of simple molecules combine to form a more complex, chain-like compound (polymer).
- A flammable, transparent plastic that is an excellent electrical and thermal insulator because of its high strength and impact resistance.
- A general term for a broad class of thermoplastic polymers that have good resistance to solvents and abrasion and can be either solid or foam (cellular).
- A process that produces reinforced plastic shapes with constant cross sections by pulling the reinforcing fibers, wetted by a thermoset resin mix, through a heated steel die.
- Scale used to measure the hardness of an object. Although there are different scales (plastic tubing uses the "A" scale), they are consistent in that the larger the number, the harder the object.
- A process in which plastic tubing is used as an outer cover for an object in order to reduce the stress that is being placed on the object by providing additional support and stiffness.
- Small cracks, typically found in clusters, which occur in plastic tubing due to mechanical stress.
- A material that remains hardened, even when reheated, due to its having undergone a chemical reaction.
- A rating given to highly-flame retardant plastic tubing by the Underwriter's Laboratories (UL).