Glossary of Terms
Tubing manufactured using the imperial measuring system.
Tubing manufactured using the metric measuring system.
Nylon Tubing is recognized as an industry standard for applications which require higher working pressures and higher heat and/or chemical resistance than our polyurethane tubing. It is ideal for outdoor use applications because of tis superior stress crack resistance. Nylon Tubing is strong, lightweight and has a very low moisture absorption rate compared to other nylons.
Any hose product that carries air as the fluid to do work with cylinders, valves, etc.
Polyethylene is a thermoplastic commodity heavily used in consumer products (notably the plastic shopping bag). Over 60 million tons of the material are produced worldwide every year.
Polyurethane, commonly abbreviated PU, is any polymer consisting of a chain of organic units joined by urethane (carbamate) links. Polyurethane formulations cover an extremely wide range of stiffness, hardness, and densities. These materials include:
- low density flexible foam used in upholstery and bedding
- low density rigid foam used for thermal insulation and e.g. automobile dashboards
- soft solid elastomers used for gel pads and print rollers, and
- hard solid plastics used as electronic instrument bezels and structural parts.
Polyurethanes are widely used in high resiliency flexible foam seating, rigid foam insulation panels, microcellular foam seals and gaskets, durable elastomeric wheels and tires, automotive suspension bushings, electrical potting compounds, high performance adhesives and sealants e.g. during asbestos removal works, Spandex fibres, seals, gaskets, carpet underlay, and hard plastic parts.
Polyvinyl Chloride, commonly abbreviated PVC, is the third most widely used thermoplastic polymer after polyethylene and polypropylene.. it is one of the most valuable products of the chemical industry. Around the world, over 50% of PVC manufactured is used in construction. As a building material, PVC is cheap, durable, and easy to assemble. It is used in flexible hoses and tubing, flooring, to roofing membranes, and electrical cable insulation.
PTFE Tubing, which is extruded with very tight tolerances, is a good choice for many advanced, extreme heat applications. Itís properties allow exceptional resistance to degeneration of mechanical properties under severe conditions.
Advanced Technology Products (ATP) brand name for 98 shore A durometer polyurethane tubing. ATP uses this hardness in order to maintain very tight tolerances, increase spiral recoil hose memory and provide the flexibility that the user desires.
A thermoplastic is a polymer that turns to a liquid when heated and freezes to a very glassy state when cooled sufficiently. Thermoplastic polymers differ from thermosetting polymers (Bakelite; vulcanized rubber) as they can, unlike thermosetting polymers, be remelted and remoulded. Many thermoplastic materials are addition polymers; e.g., vinyl chain-growth polymers such as polyethylene and polypropylene.