They are manufactured in different materials, ranging from concrete to galvanized iron, lead, iron, steel, aluminum and other metals, to rubber, wood, nylon and plastic. Of these, plastic tubes are extremely versatile and are used in a wide variety of industries and domestic and commercial environments. Plastic being lightweight, is easy to transport, handle and assemble. It is also extremely cost-effective since tubes and pipes can be manufactured through mass-production. Plastic does not rust or corrode and hard plastics are very strong and tough, weather-resistant, can maintain a smooth inner surface since plastic does not react to aggressive chemicals and solvents. Jointing and connecting different lengths of plastic tubing is very easy since they can be heat sealed, bonded by fast-acting adhesives or joined together by connectors. Most of these can be done on-site and thus time, money and effort can be reduced.
Another great advantage of plastic tubing is its longevity. Ideally, a plastic tubing system can last for generations, since plastic is very durable and tough. It can withstand great variations in temperature, impact and earth movements. Materials like teflon plastic also provide superior non-adhesive qualities which are ideal in food and beverage industries to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.
The plastics and plastics compounds used for tubing are PVC, chlorinated PVC, polyethylene of different densities, plastics reinforced with other materials, etc. These pipes can be manufactured from high-purity plastics to convey drinking water and sterile materials for homes or medical institutions and pharmaceutical manufacturing units. Highly specialized thermoplastic tubing is used in high-pressure and high temperature environments such as gas and oil turbines. Other materials like fluoropolymers are extensively used in the medical, aerospace, automotive and semiconductor manufacturing industries. Other special polymers like Norprene are excellent for use in steam-pressure cleaning, since they keep their flexibility even with constant exposure to high pressure and temperatures, making this tubing suitable for use in sterilization and autoclaving facilities. Self-lubricating plastic tubing is ideal for use in the food manufacturing industry as it maintains its hard and tough qualities to help food-stuffs move along inside smoothly.
Plastic tubes are available in a variety of colors, clear finishes and textures. They can be purchased in lengths or in rolls and coils. Depending on your needs, you can purchase plastic tubing from your local hardware dealer or you can order it on-line directly from the manufacturers.