Posts Tagged ‘poly tubing’

Polycarbonate tubing…it’s for the birds

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Polycarbonate tubing may have a tough exterior, but you can see right through it for all the durable characteristics clear polycarbonate tubing offers, even from your living room window.

Now the birds may not thank you, but you can be assured that next time you notice one of them safely feasting off the seed contained in your birdfeeder, it’s was all because of the polycarbonate tubing.

Recognized for its “chew-proof” qualities is only one of the reasons why polycarbonate tubes are chosen for use in bird feeders. This durable clear polycarbonate tube is designed to keep seed safe from squirrels, cats or other predators. Better yet—clear polycarbonate is eco-friendly and safe to use; and given the growing number of consumers who are opting for eco-friendly products, it would seem reasonable that the market demand for polycarbonate tubing would increase.

Of course, polycarbonate tubes are not only applicable for use in birdfeeders by environmentally-conscious consumers.

In many other applications that require that the tubing be unbreakable, multiwall polycarbonate is an ideal choice due to its dielectric strength and ability to withstand high temperatures. As such, polycarbonate tubing is ideal for use in electronic appliances were its components may be subjected to conditions that could compromise its function.

But whether you’re an a distributor of bird-feeder supplies, like polycarbonate rod or are looking to custom manufacture your companies own line of polycarbonate tubing for a variety of other industries, you can be assured that the polycarbonate tube will provide your customers with a lifetime of use.

Which Poly Tubing is right for you?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Poly tubing means different things to different users because it covers such a wide breadth of products.

Do you require an extrusion with radiopaque materials? Then single lumen tubing is an ideal poly tubing selection.

Perhaps you need limitless options in manufacturing poly tubing because your application is complex and requires multiple channels—then multi-lumen clear tubing may work best.

The ability for customer tubing manufacturers to make poly tubing from a variety of thermoplastic materials adds to it being adaptable for a number of other uses. For example:

  • Polycarbonate is chosen when customers need toughness, clarity and high-heat tolerance are need from the poly tubing. This thermoplastic is often selected for poly tubing used in conduits or appliances.
  • Polyethylene is specified when small diameter poly clear tubing needs to be flexible and withstand repeated flexing with marginal negative impact. It has excellent chemical and gas resistance which makes it perfect for those in the medical industry.
  • Polypropylene tubing is quite versatile with a high heat tolerance and therefore is a perfect material for fiber spinning, laminating, injection molding, etc.
  • And when the poly tubing is going to be exposed to potential harsh conditions, polyurethane is select as it is abrasion and tear-resistant.

One of the key benefits of custom manufacturing poly tubing is its relatively low costs, and its compliance with FDA, USDA, NSF, and UL regulations. This makes it an ideal choice for leading industries when they need high performance and quality from their poly tubing.

Polypropylene tubing vs. Steel tubes in solar heating systems…and the job goes to?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Curiosity may have killed the cat! But curiosity about the benefits of polypropylene tubing used in solar heaters is a different story altogether. This is particularly true whether you’re a design engineer responsible for making decisions concerning the tubing material for solar heating equipment, or a homeowner deciding to install a solar heating system.

Here’s why.

While polypropylene tubing may be used in a number of applications, its potential use in solar water heaters spawned scientific interest.  A recent study reported on its experimentation of testing whether polypropylene tubing would perform better than steel tubes in the heat transfer rates.   It was concluded that polypropylene tubes would in fact be the ideal choice, over steel tubes, as the polypropylene rod increased the rate of heat transfer by 10 degrees Celsius.

Based on these results, one could conclude that design engineers may specify polypropylene rod in the design of solar heating systems; passing those benefits on to the end user, in this case, the homeowner. As not only is installing a solar heating system with polypropylene tubing suggested to be environmentally beneficial, it also offers a cost-savings benefit in two distinct ways: First, users will save on energy costs by using solar heating, and second, they can also take advantage of a federal tax credit offered to taxpayers for installing energy efficient systems.

Of course, this is simply a cursory view of the benefits of polypropylene tubing.  But it may just be your link to your finding a custom tubing manufacturing source that will serve your polypropylene tube needs — whether for a solar heating system or any other application deemed appropriate.

Polyethylene tubing is child’s play

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Whether you’re a baby boomer or a Gen Xer, everyone knows what a Hula-Hoop™ is—even if you never took on the challenge of keeping this simple polyethylene extrusion balanced on your hips.

But imagine that because of this accidental invention of polyethylene (well polymer) it spawned a host of products—from polyethylene tubes used for automotives to well, the aforementioned toy developed by Wham-O. Interesting side note: in six months this flexible new poly tubing produced the sale of 20 million polyethylene tubes that were sold for a measly $1.98! And these polyethylene tubes are still produced today. As a matter of fact, these colorful polyethylene plastic tubes—OK better known as Hula-Hoops—have developed a following that has sustained itself for 50 years.

Now one can surmise that the relatively popularity of the Hula-Hoop was based purely on its novelty—but it could also be assumed that it was desirable because of the inherent durability of poly tubing.

While this trip down the polyethylene tubing memory lane may not suit your specific industry it is a testament to the fact that polyethylene plastic tubing because of its high level of inertness is virtually indestructible. It can withstand conditions that are suited to a variety of applications—particularly where it is critical that it perform reliably despite certain conditions, such as extreme high/low temperatures, stresses that cause cracks, and can undergo repeated flexing with marginal impact.

But on a less “playful note” — of course polyethylene tubing is perfect for use in laboratories, hospitals, food and beverage industries, particularly in industries that must meet certain FDA standards and where permeable tubing is undesirable.

Manufactured as both semi-rigid and flexible—polyethylene tubes are a cultural icon that will endure as long as the Hula-Hoop itself.