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Benefits of Custom Plastic Tubing

Plastic tubing can often be used in place of traditional metal tubing. Plastic tubing and metal tubing, however, each have their own advantages depending on the specific application and requirements.

Factors like temperature resistance, pressure ratings, UV stability, and mechanical strength come into play when selecting the appropriate tubing material for a specific application. In many cases, plastic tubing can save future headaches when it comes to maintenance, cost, and other areas in the tubing industry.

Let’s take a look at why custom plastic tubing can be beneficial to projects of all shapes and sizes.

Corrosion Resistance

Plastic tubing, especially those made from materials like PVC, CPVC, or polyethylene, are highly resistant to corrosion from chemicals, moisture, and environmental factors. In contrast, metal tubing, such as steel or copper, may corrode over time, especially in harsh environments.


Plastic tubing is generally lighter in weight compared to metal tubing, making it easier to handle, transport, and install. This can be particularly advantageous in applications where weight is a concern, such as in aerospace, automotive, or marine industries.


Plastic tubing is often more affordable than metal tubing, both in terms of material costs and installation expenses. Additionally, plastic tubing is typically easier to manufacture, which can result in lower production costs.


Plastic tubing can be more flexible than metal tubing, allowing for easier bending and routing around obstacles. This flexibility can be advantageous in applications where tight spaces or complex configurations are involved.

Electrical Insulation

Certain types of plastic tubing, such as PVC or polyethylene, provide electrical insulation properties, making them suitable for use in electrical and electronic applications where conductivity is a concern. Metal tubing, on the other hand, can conduct electricity and may require additional insulation.

Chemical Compatibility

Plastic tubing can be engineered to be compatible with a wide range of chemicals, acids, and solvents, making it suitable for use in chemical processing, pharmaceutical, and laboratory applications. Metal tubing may not offer the same level of chemical resistance and may corrode or react with certain substances.

Ease of Fabrication

Plastic tubing is often easier to fabricate and customize compared to metal tubing. It can be easily cut, welded, or molded into various shapes and sizes without requiring specialized tools or equipment.

Noise Reduction

Plastic tubing can help reduce noise transmission compared to metal tubing, making it suitable for applications where noise attenuation is important, such as in HVAC systems or fluid handling systems.

Hygienic Properties

Certain types of plastic tubing, such as FDA-approved materials like PVC or polyethylene, offer hygienic properties and are suitable for use in food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical, and medical applications where cleanliness is critical.

Color Coding

Plastic tubing can be manufactured in a variety of colors, allowing for easy identification and color coding in applications where multiple lines or circuits are present.

Custom Extrusion with Inplex

Looking for quality custom extrusion products and services? Inplex is one of the leading custom extrusion services in the US, with over 50 years of experience. We pride ourselves on our ability to put the right talent and technology in place to perform the best possible job for our clients.

We own a 42,000 sq. ft. facility in Naperville, Illinois, that is temperature-controlled and features an environmentally friendly closed-loop water cooling system. If you have specific needs or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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