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There are many possible plastic tubing fabrication materials, and different materials are chosen for different applications depending on the plastic’s intended use. Read More…

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).
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Southampton, PA  |  800-506-3924

A leading manufacturer and fabricator of flexible plastic tubing and hose, we produce and stock large quantities of a wide variety of materials, including PVC, polyurethane, silicone, nylon and many more.

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NewAge® Industries, Inc. $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  440-238-3009

GSH is a manufacturer of plastic, extruded, nylon, polycarbonate and polyethylene tubing. We serve a variety of industries with our products, including automotive, consumer, electrical and marine.

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GSH Industries, Inc. $$$

Milwaukee, WI  |  414-332-8133

At Absolute Custom Extrusions, we specialize in plastic tubing, while providing custom plastic extrusions and profiles. Products include distributor tubes, hot or cold water tubes, automotive tubing, medical tubing, shipping tubes and golf club tubes.

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Absolute Custom Extrusions, Inc. $$$

Middlesex, NJ  |  800-229-3338

Petro specializes in plastic tubing, offering custom extruded tubing, coiling & angle cutting. Our clear & color plastic tubing is available in Polycarbonate, Acrylic & PE-PP-Nylon.

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Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc. $$$

Johns Creek, GA  |  770-777-8540

We are a leading custom extruder of plastic shrink tubing, flexible as well as rigid tubing and profiles. Pexco offers tubing in a wide range of standard and custom colors in a multitude of material options like Polysulfone, PVC, polyurethane, nylon and more. We use state-of-the-art machinery and perform secondary operations on site, such as drilling, slotting, notching, etc. Pexco is ISO 9001 certified.

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Pexco $$$

St. Charles, IL  |  630-584-8282

If you are in search of quality plastic tubing then you have found the company that can meet your needs. We have a wide variety of stock plastic tubing items and our solutions are very reliable.

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Polytec Plastics, Inc. $$$
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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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