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Tubing is an extruded, non-reinforced cylinder of any size. Rigid plastic tubing is a form of plastic tubing that can be utilized in applications that need stiff and unbending tubing. Frequently, the tube must meet FDA, NSF, or UL specifications. Medical, plumbing, mining, gas transportation, and beverage industries use rigid plastic tubing. Read More…

Rigid Plastic Tubing Tubing is a non-reinforced, extruded cylinder of any size. Rigid plastic tubing is a type of tubing extruded from plastics that can be used in applications where tubing needs to be stiff and unbendable.
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Leading Manufacturers

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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What is Rigid Plastic Tubing?

Tubing is an extruded, non-reinforced cylinder of any size. Rigid plastic tubing is a form of plastic tubing that can be utilized in applications that need stiff and unbending tubing. Frequently, the tube must meet FDA, NSF, or UL specifications. Medical, plumbing, mining, gas transportation, and beverage industries use rigid plastic tubing.

Rigid Plastic Tubing

How Rigid Plastic is Made

ABS, CABS, PVDF, PET polyester, polypropylene, HO, polypropylene, CO, polyvinyl, polystyrene crystal, acrylic, and stiff polyvinyl chloride are some of the materials used to make rigid plastic tubing.

Thermoplastics are among these materials. A thermoplastic is a plastic (polymer) that becomes moldable or pliable above a certain temperature before solidifying when cooled. This means the plastic can be melted and remolded without damaging its molecular structure. This aids in molding and extruding hard plastic tubing into a variety of shapes, including round, oval, triangular, rectangular, square, and bespoke (custom).

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Semi-Rigid Plastic Tubing

This type of plastic tubing is durable, lightweight, and resistant to abrasion, crushing, and cracking. Semi-rigid plastic tubing is ideal for fluid transfer because it is resistant to flexural fatigue, tube vibration, and movement.

Furthermore, this type of plastic tubing has a large bend radius to reduce kinking and absorbs minimal moisture to prevent swelling from water. Round, oval, triangular, rectangular, and square are extruded shapes for rigid and semi-rigid plastic tubes.

Benefits of Using Rigid Tubing

  • Hard plastic tubing is light, strong, and resistant to various internal and external damages. It's also corrosion and pitting resistant. Its lightweight saves money on transportation, handling, and installation, and it can also sustain knocking damage, which is a concern with traditional cast-iron pipes. Plastic pipe lengths can be chopped into larger portions to reduce the number of joints.
  • Plastic is resistant to corrosion, fungus, and mold, making it ideal for delivering water in a more sanitary manner, resulting in improved health outcomes.
  • Another advantage of strong plastic tubes has been their ability to remain flexible enough to conform to earth movements, a desirable trait in earthquake-prone areas.
  • Plastic is a chemically inert and stable substance that can withstand various chemicals. Compared to cast-iron, GI, and other typical plumbing pipes, it is also incredibly cost-effective. Due to the flat surface, it has a lower barrier to flow; as a result, liquid transfer across long distances is more efficient. Because plastic pipes are resistant to many things, there is less loss due to wastage, resulting in significant cost savings. Plastic pipe installation is relatively simple and does not require any particular skills.

Applications of Rigid Tubing

Plastic tubing has a hollow center and is used to transport liquids, air, or solids. It comes in a round, rectangular, or square shape. Crimp-resistant plastic tubing comes in a range of bend radii (flexibility), chemical resistance, wall thickness, durometer hardness, and temperature and pressure-handling capabilities.

In a fluid handling system, barbed fittings are used to connect tubing or deflect flow. Other plastic tubing has a wide range of industrial applications. Tubing for beverages, cores, and dip tubes are some of the most popular applications for rigid and semi-rigid plastic tubing.

Plastic tubing can be transparent (clear), translucent (semi-clear), or opaque (solid) in a variety of colors, and the color of the tubing can indicate its suitability for certain uses. Each color option has its own set of benefits. Clear tubing, for example, is essential for fluid handling procedures where the flow must be watched.

Solid color tubes are useful in applications where several tubes need to be distinguished as separate flow lines or cables by using different colors. Partially transparent tubing allows light to pass through, permitting fluid to be monitored while being largely hidden from the outer world, which could be useful for regulation.

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Finally, multi-colored tubing can be used for decoration or signaling. It can be high gloss or matte, and it can accommodate a variety of wall thickness needs. Rigid plastic tubing can be drilled, cut, machined, stamped, bent, and joined to other tubes.

Examples of rigid plastic tubing applications include beverage tubing, cores, dip tubes, feeder tubes, filtration tubes, irrigation tubes, medical tubes, packaging tubes, sample tubes, shipping tubes, and rigid plastic for structural applications.

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