Plastic Tubes Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory is a top industrial directory listing of leading industrial plastic tube manufacturers and suppliers. Access our comprehensive index to review and source plastic tube manufacturers with preview ads and detailed product descriptions. These plastic tube companies can design, engineer and manufacture plastic tubes to your specifications and application need. A quick and easy to use request for quote form is provided for you to contact these plastic tube manufacturers and suppliers. Each company has detailed profile information, locations, phone number, website links, product videos and product information defined. Read customer reviews and product specific news articles. We are the right resource for your information requirement whether its for a manufacturer of plastic test tubes, polycarbonate tubing, clear poly tubing.

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  • Rigid Plastic Tubing vs Flexible Plastic Tubing

    In our last post, we discussed why flexible plastic tubing is in such high demand in medical contexts. The main point was this: human beings move around a lot, and if a human being has to be connected to a tube, that tube had better not inhibit that motion or be susceptible to damage because of it. Flexible tubing is an excellent choice when there is a need for tubing that connects two things that are likely to move relative to each other. However, there are many situations in which...

  • Absolute Custom Extrusions, Inc. - Affordable Custom Plastic Tubing

    Absolute Custom Extrusions, Inc. is proud to say that we are a woman-owned small business with manufacturing experiences dating back to 1986. We are dedicated to providing high quality plastic profiles, tubing, coated wire and cable for a wide range of industries. These reliable products are made with precision and you can count on the experts at Absolute Custom Extrusions, Inc. to provide you with specialized components. Read More......

  • Plastic vs Glass Test Tubes

    Small plastic tubes have many different uses, both in the home and in industrial settings. One use for plastic tubes is in the scientific industry, where plastic tubes are replacing some traditional glass test tubes. Not all small plastic tubes can replace glass test tubes, but there are some uses where plastic tubes have advantages over traditional glass tubes. Consider the following benefits that plastic test tubes can bring to the scientific industry: Inexpensive: The cost of manufacturing plastic tubes is much less than that of glass tubes. Plastic tube...

  • Summertime and Every Time with Plastic Tubing

    by Breana Cronk, IQS Editor April showers bring May flowers. May flowers signal spring, which is just a jump, skip and a hop away from summer. Summer means swimming pools, milkshakes and do not forget the sunscreen or the tanning oil, depending on your prerogative. While it may be the most recognizable connection, sunshine is not the only thing that all of these warm weather staples have in common. Though basking in the summer sun may steal all the glory, plastic tubing makes each of these things possible. Far from...

  • NewAge(R) Industries Introduces New Hoses Designed for Food and Beverage Applications; Includes Styles for Beer and Wine Processing, Milk, Dairy and Dry Bulk Foods

    New from NewAge Industries are hoses lined with Butyl and Nitrile for food and beverage processing. Both styles offer smooth liners for problem-free fluid flow, plus reinforcement for pressure and vacuum applications. The hoses meet FDA and other standards and will impart no taste or odor to products flowing through them. Applications include potable water, juices, wine, beer, milk and dairy products, oily or fatty foods, dry bulk foods, and non-alcoholic beverages. Tubing and hose manufacturer NewAge Industries has introduced two new hose transfer solutions for the food and...

  • Polyurethane Tubing from NewAge® Industries Available in Three Styles Offers Durability for Air & Fluid Transfer

    Southampton, Pa. — NewAge Industries manufactures three versions of polyurethane tubing: unreinforced, braid reinforced and a style designed for pneumatic applications. All three offer the traits polyurethane is known for, namely durability, natural flexibility, excellent weathering characteristics and good chemical resistance. Typical uses include air and liquid transfer, granular material and abrasive powder lines, cable jacketing, insulation sleeves, and petroleum product transfer. Polyurethane, also known as PU or PUR, combines properties of both plastic and rubber. It blends abrasion and tear resistance, plus high tensile values, with nearly...

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Plastic Tubes

Plastic tubes are hollow shafts of plastic. They can be used to transport materials in liquid, gas and solid states (though most solids that pass through tubing are granulated or otherwise free-flowing). There are many possible plastic tubing fabrication materials, and different materials are chosen for different applications depending on the plastic’s intended use.

Specific qualities of strength, reactivity, and transparency differ between varieties of plastic materials, varying the types of plastic tubes produced. Acrylic tubing, for example, is fairly durable, inexpensively manufactured and is often near-transparent. Polyvinyl carbonate (PVC) is often opaque and is widely used in plumbing applications for that reason, though it can be engineered to be near-transparent. Many other varieties of plastic are used to create tubing. High and low density polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE), polypropylene, polystyrene, PET, nylon, ABS and polyurethane are just a few examples. Major consumers of plastic tubing products include the healthcare products industry, heating and cooling products and services industries, municipalities, laboratories, home and garden products manufacturers, pool supply companies, petrochemical processing operations and farms. Plastic tubing is so widely used because of the versatility, easy manufacturing and relative low cost of plastic products compared to other materials. Glass tubing, for example, is heavier, more easily broken and more expensive.

There are several processes by which plastic tubing can be produced, but the most efficient method is plastic extrusion. Plastic extrusion is a thermoforming process; thermoforming involves heating a plastic and forming it. At the beginning of the extrusion process, a collection of raw plastic material, which is called stock, is gathered in a hopper. The hopper is placed above a conveyance channel into which the stock is released. Within the channel a large screw turns and moves the stock toward a die. Dies are specially designed shapes that form raw materials into usable products; a die for plastic tube extrusion is a plate with a hole and pin through which molten plastic is forced. The turning of the screw in the conveyance channel creates friction that, combined with heat generated by heating elements along the channel, causes the plastic to become molten. At that point, the molten plastic is forced through the hole in the die, taking that shape. When the plastic emerges on the other side of the die, it becomes a tube. It is allowed to cool and harden, at which point it can be cut to length and prepared for shipment or sent for further processing like labeling or painting.

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