Top Extrusion Options for Custom Extruded Plastic Tubing Projects & Applications
At Inplex, we pride ourselves on being one of the leading manufacturers of custom plastic tubing and plastic coatings. We help you customize your extruded plastic tubing order in a wide range of colors, sizes, materials, and opacities to meet your specific needs. Check out the range of top extrusion options for your custom extruded plastic tubing projects and applications offered by Inplex in the article below.
Inplex offers a wide range of customization options that cater to your exact custom extruded plastic tubing project needs. This includes plastics in a variety of types of extrusion, colors, and materials. Read on to explore four important factors to consider when choosing the perfect custom extrusion plastic material for your project.
Inplex has more than five decades of experience working with clients ranging from retail chain stores to the leading oil and gas industry giants. At our facilities, we use the process of plastic extrusion to manufacture a high volume of custom extruded plastics that can be used in numerous industrial and commercial applications, from applications within the outdoor living industry, all the way to plastic conveyor roller sleeves and covers.
What Are the Main Benefits of Custom Extrusion & Extruded Plastic Tubing
There are a variety of benefits to custom extruded plastic tubing. For example, having the ability to make custom plastic tubing tailored to your specific design requirements is optimal.
Inplex provides the ability to manufacture custom plastic tubing in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes, making it ideal for a wide range of applications. Using a custom extrusion manufacturer like Inplex will allow your organization to design a versatile plastic tubing product or application.
Inplex Offers Custom Extruded Plastic Tubing:
- Cut to length
- Wound on spools or coils
- Slit full length
- Printed to your specifications
- In-line fabrication
- Secondary operations
Custom Flexibility and Thickness Options in Custom Extrusion
Extrusion is the process of heating the plastic material and pushing it through a die of a specific shape. Depending on how it’s conducted, this process controls the rigidity, flexibility, and resilience of the tubing.
In co-extrusion, you push two different thermoplastics at the same time, allowing them to properly mix and align in the final product. Furthermore, by controlling the speed of the extrusion, you can specify the exact thickness, shape, and size of the final tubing.
Tri-extrusion builds on co-extrusion by allowing you to select three different materials to be used in the tubing at the same time. Depending on whether you’re fabricating flexible, semiflexible, or rigid tubing, Inplex’s custom plastic tri-extrusion method uses different materials in the manufacturing process.
Both of these processes are becoming increasingly popular for good reason. They rely on the use of custom plastic profiles. Learn more about why plastic co-extrusion and tri-extrusion are in such high demand by checking out Inplex’s informative article.
Generally, our flexible tubing uses low-density polyethylene, such as LDPE and LLDPE, as well as flexible nylon, such as nylon 11 and nylon 12. To increase rigidity, we include high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene in the extrusion process. For nonflexible tubing, however, we use rigid vinyl, polycarbonate, and high-impact polystyrene instead.
Custom Colors and Opacity Options For Plastic Tubing
The colors and opacity of the tubing are determined beforehand during the planning process. Inplex offers a wide range of custom and stock colors that you can choose from for your custom extruded plastics. Our custom extrusion plastics are also available in varying degrees of transparency and translucency, in addition to being fully opaque in the shade of your choice.
Stock and Custom Color Tubing
- Stock colors or custom match to your requirements
Rigid and Flexible Custom Plastic Profiles
At Inplex, we offer options of both custom and stock shapes and profiles for your plastic tubes. Available in many colors, our flexible profiles are made from polyurethane, Santoprene, and flexible vinyl (FPVC), allowing for durability and longevity.
When it comes to rigid profiles, we can also make those meet your specific aesthetic and functional needs. Typically, the materials used include ABS, rigid vinyl (RPVC), polycarbonate, and high-impact polystyrene (HIPS).
4 Things to Consider When Ordering Custom Extruded Plastic Tubing Material
Choosing the right plastic tubing material for your plastic extrusion application is very important. If you don’t choose the appropriate material for your plastic extrusion project then you run the risk of affecting the application’s durability, performance, and overall quality of the product. To avoid this work with a company like Inplex.
Inplex Custom Extruders has a large selection of materials to choose from. Just check out our full plastic tubing material list. As experts in the custom plastic tubing industry, we can provide you and your team with the appropriate material for your application. There are many things to consider when choosing the right custom plastic tubing materials.
Here are 4 things to consider when selecting your custom plastic tubing material for custom extrusion.
- Material properties: each plastic material comes with different properties. This can be strength, chemical resistance, temperature resistance, and more. If you are seeking material that can ensure optimal application performance then you and your teams should work with Inplex. We will help you match your ideal material properties to the best material.
- Compatibility: Although it seems most plastic materials can be used in the extrusion, assembly, or application process that is not the case. Inplex will help you determine which material can be used in your process to ensure smooth and consistent project performance. Inplex can also ensure that your project is compatible with the use of other plastic materials.
- Environmental variables & considerations: Each application may come with different environmental considerations and variables. For example, the custom plastic tubing project may need to withstand extreme temperatures, UV radiation, or perhaps chemicals. Inplex will help you choose the best material based on the usage and environmental requirements of your project.
- Cost: it is important to create a plastic extrusion project or application that uses material within your budget parameters. Different plastic materials have different costs. Inplex will help you and your team find a cost-effective plastic material solution that works with your ideal project and vision.
At the end of the day, your custom plastic tubing project can be created with your ideal material color and profile. When you work with Inplex you create top-quality custom plastic tubing profiles. Let Inplex demonstrate its color and flexibility, extruding your version of perfection.
Looking For Top Custom Extrusion Services? Contact Inplex Custom Extruders
In addition to pre-made stock plastic tubing, at Inplex, we enable you to customize every feature and function of your plastic tubing. Our decades of expertise in custom extrusion can aid you in determining the perfect combination of materials, colors, opacity, rigidity, profile, length, and extrusion technique to best suit your project.
Top brands choose to work with us for custom extrusion services because of our ability to put the right talent and technology in place to perform the best possible job for our clients. We aim to form long-term relationships with our partners and always provide top-quality products and custom extrusion services that exceed their expectations.
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