Posts Tagged ‘clear plastic tubing’

The Progress of Biopolymers

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

For any reader who isn’t aware, most of the world’s plastic is currently made from crude oil. The process involves several steps, depending on the polymer that one is creating, but the total cost is still a fraction of the cost needed to create biopolymers of the same quality. Biopolymers are created by having a culture of bacteria consume large amounts of biomass. When the bacteria are mature, the culture is sterilized and the biopolymer is extracted directly. Many factors are now causing chemical and plastic companies to consider possible ways to reduce their reliance on crude oil, so reducing the cost of biopolymer production has become a greater priority. Since the polymer-using world cannot simply pay double or triple for things like plastic bags, plastic bottles, and plastic tubing, achieving this cost reduction is the missing critical factor to wide scale use of biopolymers.

The difference in cost between standard polymer production and biopolymer production is not caused by any one factor. Since the world uses such a large amount of plastic, existing polymer production facilities are huge, whereas biopolymers are mainly produced by small specialty groups and laboratories. Several companies are now considering the construction of large scale biopolymer factories, but they are waiting on the researchers to bring down the other areas of cost first. At present, it requires 3 times the weight in biomass to create a unit of biopolymer. This is because the bacteria being used are only able to consume certain nutrients from the biomass, leaving the rest behind as unusable waste material. Efforts are underway to find or engineer a more efficient bacteria for this task. The other side of the coin is to more effectively process the biomass such that a greater portion of it is consumable by the bacteria. Many different areas of research are currently being conducted toward this achieving this end, because labs and universities know the impact of these discoveries will be felt for centuries to come and the shorter-term breakthroughs could easily lead to a Nobel prize.

The ABC(D)’s of PVC clear tubing

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The benefits of PVC clear tubing are evident if you ever used it—but if not, and you’re looking for a clear choice, no pun intended, when selecting the appropriate tubing for the job, PVC clear tubing should be on the top of your list.

Some key reasons why people choose PVC clear tubing:
(A) Suitable for multitude of applications due to its ease of use and installation such as for medical devices, air lines, and pools and spas, to name a few.

(B) Provides for a versatile and inexpensive choice to replace many other plastic piping applications, especially when it is necessary in circumstances where visual monitoring is necessary, as in potable water systems.  And when the necessity for “glass-like” clarity such as that found in clear PVC tubing is critical—such as for chemical companies.

(C) PVC clear tubing is resistant to corrosion. This makes clear plastic tubing an ideal choice for medical and hospital use.

(D) PVC tubing provides outstanding flow characteristics which assists in the prevention of bacteria and sediment buildup in the clear tubes, which makes it a top choice for food processing facilities.

And another simple fact, and often times a driving factor as to why companies select PVC clear tubing concerns new EPA regulations. For many industries, such as the automotive and industrial sectors, complying with new standards for safety and energy efficiency require that they replace older tubing or pipes that transport hazardous materials—and PVC tubing is the suitable choice.

The reasons are simple and the list numerous other than these few key attributes of clear PVC tubing listed here.  But if you need more information, contact a reliable PVC clear custom tubing manufacturer.


Plastic Tubing … A Clear Choice

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Flexible. Tough. Resistant.  Environmentally-Friendly. And recognized by nearly every industry in the world, clear plastic tubing has been a product of choice by worldwide manufacturing companies to small businesses to pet owners.
So what makes a seemingly simple product like clear plastic tubing so desirable to such a diverse audience?

-  First, whatever the industry or the application, the choice to use clear plastic tubing to perform various functions—from flow lines to transport liquids to using it for air supply on 200-gallon fish tank—PVC clear tubing (how it’s also known) consistently delivers reliable performance time and again.

-Second, clear plastic tubing is available in a wide range of sizes, thicknesses, and lengths that makes it easier to adapt to the need.

-Third, the properties of clear plastic tube make it more durable than most alloys for certain applications, and as a result clear plastic tubes can also be more cost-effective, as well as a “green” choice.  By using such a long-lasting product like clear (transparent) plastic tubing, companies are essentially decreasing their expenses as a result of not needing to replace the polyethylene (plastic) clear tubing as frequently on their equipment due to its strength and resistance to wear and tear. And also, it reduces their yearly waste disposal that essentially eases the negative effects on landfills and the environment.

After all, in today’s new business economy, what company isn’t trying to reduce expenses and their carbon footprint?

And to think, it’s all possible because of clear plastic tubing.


The Wizard of Rods…Extruded Plastic Rods that is…

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

There’s no one hiding behind a curtain in the manufacturing facility of custom tubing companies, but what should be visible is their breadth of capabilities, to ensure that the extruded plastic rods required for your project are developed using high quality control standards.

If you’re a design engineer in the process of new product development and the specifications call for a specialized small diameter extruded plastic rod—how do you select a custom manufacturer who can deliver a superior end product?

If you’re unsure, ask key questions suited to your industry standards before you order extruded plastic rod. Such as for those in the medical industry who need extruded medical tubing for over the wire catheters. Are the extruded medical tubes manufactured in a Class10,000 Clean Room?

If you’re in food and beverage industry and need extruded PVC to transfer liquids, is the manufacturer complying with FDA regulations?

Of course, the uses of small diameter extruded plastic rod are quite diverse, and are needed for other applications other than those noted above. Extruded plastic rods and pipe can be manufactured in a wide range of sizes and colors to best suit the application, and can me made in a variety of thermoplastic materials.

Regardless of your extruded plastic rod requirements, whether you need extruded polystyrene or extruded polypropylene, do your research first. As there really is a manufacturer out there who is the Wizard of Rods to get you where you need to go.