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What To Watch Out For When Using Flexible Plastic Tubing

One constant standard in the manufacturing industry has always been to use the most affordable material that can be found in order to keep costs low, so that a profit can be made. When looking for an economical way to convey needed media for processing throughout machinery, you cannot go wrong with flexible plastic tubing.

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Flexible plastic tubing has proven to be the quickest method for making durable and economical connections within most types of machinery. Its primary use is to convey some type of medium to other parts of the whole machine, whether it be water, air, oil, or processed material, and the tubing used must be of the highest quality possible. To use anything less, would be asking for increased costs in maintenance and replacements.

Uses

As we said, flexible tubing is an efficient, durable and affordable way to make connections within machinery designs. There are alternatives, such as stainless steel tubing but that material is not always as easily available when you need it like plastic would be. Most other materials would need to be specially cut and treated before you could use it as a replacement, and in an emergency situation, would not be readily available.

For conveying mediums in manufacturing, flexible tubing can be an efficient way to get everything connected. Hard tubing would have to be cut to fit, and it is difficult to get the minute diameters necessary for some applications in materials other than plastic. With flexible tubing, you simply have it cut to an easy to use length, and then carefully thread it from connector to connector. It is just as durable, especially if it has a thicker wall diameter.

Inspection Tips

To ensure the best use possible of flexible tubing, regular inspections must be done to insure that production does not suffer thanks to faulty materials. There are basically three methods of inspection to follow to avoid costly downtimes on your production lines: connections, inside, and outside. All of these have to be done regularly, starting with the initial installation, and continuing during maintenance or troubleshooting.

Checking connections is the most important of them all. If you do not regularly inspect the bushings, gaskets, fittings and connectors that you depend on to hold the plastic tubing in place, then the risks of breaks and leaks grows higher. The outside of the tubing needs to be inspected for crimps, rough patches and cracks that may indicate wear and tear. The inside should also be checked regularly for signs of thinning in spots due to corrosives.

Summary

When looking for an economical way to convey needed media for processing throughout machinery, you cannot go wrong with flexible plastic tubing. It is quick to install, cost efficient, and easy to replace.