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Plastic Tube Extrusion

For over 50 years, Pexco has been perfecting the art and science of extrusion, including both rigid and flexible custom plastic tube extrusions. Featuring the highest quality materials, and sizes ranging from fractions of an inch in diameter to as large as 8-10 inches, across both general purpose and high-performance material resins like nylon, polyurethane, and polyethylene.

Custom tubing is created when molten plastic polymers are pushed through a die, creating a hollow profile design well suited for a variety of applications. Our expertise covers various types of tubing including our nationally recognized line of misting and fogging tubing. The Pexco family of companies offers a range of tubing extrusion styles, including heat shrink, non shrink, recoil and stock tubing.

Pexco tubing is used across numerous markets & applications:

  • Misting and Fogging  
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Golf and landscape
  • Storage
  • Fiber Optics
  • Environmental sampling
  • Solar energy
  • Marine
  • Water purification
  • Automotive
  • Medical


Get started with the “Key Considerations for Tubing Applications” checklist below and see which option best meets your needs.

 

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Key Considerations for Tubing Applications

  • Application - media transfer or pneumatic
  • Usage - fluid or gas handling or process control
  • Level of flexibility or rigidness required
  • Minimum and maximum tolerances
  • Operating pressure and temperature
  • Resin compatibility with the media being conveyed
  • Diameter specifications to match new/existing connections and fittings
  • Wall thicknesses and durometers
  • Chemical, UV, and abrasion resistance
  • Required specifications (REACH, RoHS)
  • Cost/performance assessment
  • Color indicator requirements - standard or custom
  • Standard or metric sizing
  • Maximum working pressure

Tubing Varieties

Insultab, part of the Pexco family of companies, has been offering heat shrink products for over 50 years.  With a large inventory and a variety of heat shrink products in stock, they are available to help you find the right product for your project. 

Insultab manufactures heat shrinkable tubing and sleeve products for specific environments, including flame-retardant heat shrink tubing, heat shrink tubing for high-temperature performance, low-temperature performance, severe outdoor environmental conditions, outdoor applications (UV treated), automotive, marine, military, aviation applications, and more.

 

Tubing Style or Material Pexco Brand Key Features Applications Availability
Polyolefin

Insultab

Low shrink temperature; Good abrasion resistance; Very flexible; Permanent water protection; Excellent electrical, physical, and chemical properties

Insulate, identify, bundle, protect and repair in a wide variety of electrical, mechanical, commercial, and military applications

Colors: Black, Clear, White, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue

Spool Lengths: 50’ – 500’ (depending on size) with sizes from

PVC

Insultab

Low shrink temperature; Excellent abrasion resistance; Flexible; UV resistant; 30% stronger than Polyolefin

Engineered for total compatibility with PVC jacketed wire and cable to insulate, identify, bundle, protect, repair, and beautify in electronic, electrical and mechanical applications

Colors: Black, Clear, White, Red, Yellow, Blue
Bright Colors – Crystal Clear

Spools lengths: 100’ – 1,000’ (pressurized spools) with sizes from 3/64 – 4

Fluoroelastomer

Insultab

Superior resistance to highly corrosive chemicals, fuels, lubricants, acids and solvents at elevated temperatures; Great operating performance under continuous high temperatures

Aircraft, aerospace, automotive and other applications up to 200°C

Colors: Black

Spool Lengths: 50’ – 200’ with sizes from 1/8 – 11/4

Polyvinylidene Difluoride (PVDF)

Insultab

Transparent; Flame retardant; Excellent dielectric properties; Resistant to most industrial fuels, chemicals and solvents; High mechanical strength

High-temperature, electrical, automotive and military applications; Wire and fuse coverings; Jacketing for capacitors resistors and other components

Colors: Translucent

Box Contents: 96’ – 1,000’ with sizes from 3/64 – 11/2

Chlorinated Polyolefin Elastomer

Insultab

Fluids, oils, abrasion and severe outdoor environmental resistance; Flexible at low temperatures; Broad operating temperature range

Marine, military, aerospace and severe outdoor environmental applications

Colors: Black

Spool Lengths: 50’ – 200’ with sizes from 1/8 – 11/2

Multi-Wall Adhesive Lined

Insultab

Permanent, watertight sealing with protection against abrasion, stretching and vibrations; Flame retardant jacket

Well suited for electrical wiring insulation, automotive, military, and marine and outdoor applications (with certain heat shrink products)

Colors: Black

Box Contents: Available in a range of sizes and quantities

Medical Grade

Insultab

High-performance insulation and reliability for medical devices; Non-toxic; Meets USP Class VI Requirements

 

Colors: Black, Clear, Blue, White

Spool Lengths: 200’ – 1,000’ with sizes from 3/32 – 1/2

Food Grade

Insultab

Non-toxic; Meets USFDA requirements; Environmentally friendly, and resistant to a range of chemicals, oils, fungus and more

 

Colors: Black, Clear, Blue, White

Spool Lengths: 200’ – 1,000’ with sizes from 3/32 – 1/2

 

Primarily under Pexco, these standard tubing and sleeving options are versatile in their abilities, making them well-suited for a wide range of applications. Fluid handling, electrical insulation and bundling, and foggings systems are just some of the uses for some of these materials.

 

Tubing Style or Material Pexco Brand Key Features Applications Availability

Nylon

Pexco

Nylon is considered a premium choice for many tubing applications, including pneumatic tubing, due to high abrasion and chemical resistance and broad temperature range. Harder walls are also achievable with nylon, providing easier fitting connections.

Pneumatic systems, hydraulic (low pressure), lubricants, vacuum lines, fuel lines, general chemicals, air-logic, oil lines, gases

Custom or reel lengths available; 1/8", 5/32", 1/4" and 5/16" on 500 ft. or 1000 ft. reels; 3/8" on 250 ft. or 500 ft. reels; 1/2" on 250 ft. or 300 ft. reels; other reels available upon request

PVDF 

Pexco

Pipe, sheet, and fitting applications requiring chemical resistance or extreme temperature requirements; Excellent resistance to chemicals, UV, and gamma radiation

Well-suited for a wide range of industry uses, including automotive, electronics, food and beverage, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, chemical tank fabrication, and oil and gas exploration

Cut length 48” or spools / coils of various lengths with round sizes available in 1/8”, 5/32”, 3/16” diameters and triangle sizes in  0.236” tri-rod

Specialty Tubing - Weed & Paint Spray Hose

Pexco

Chemical weed abatement and paint spray applications that require high resistance to all types of paint, solvents, oils, and chemicals

Chemical weed spraying systems and paint sprayers

100-foot plastic poly bags, 500-foot disposable reels, or 1,000-foot disposable reels

Specialty Tubing - High Pressure Misting Tube

Pexco

Made specifically for use in high pressure misting and fogging systems with an operating pressure of 1000 PSI. Made with 100% virgin nylon and UV resistant

Misting systems, fogging systems

Custom colors and lengths available or 500’ and 1000’ reels

 

Nylon Recoil Bulk Hose (hose only - fittings sold separately)

Pexco

Used to create recoil hose of any required length

Plant air stations, assembly stations (nail guns, Staple guns, etc.)

12 ft., 25 ft., and 50 ft. units (Custom lengths upon request)

Flexible PVC Insulating Tubing/Sleeving

Insultab

Excellent UV, abrasion, and flame resistance; Meets EU “End of Life” and “Lead Free” requirements

Insulating, bundling, and protecting electrical wiring, splices, and wire harnesses

Available in a range of sizes and quantities

Medical Grade Tubing/Sleeving

Insultab

Meets the most stringent bio-compatible specifications:

  • USP Class VI Compliant
  • ISO-10993-5 Certified

  • USFDA Compliant

  • RoHS Compliant

 

 

Standard and custom colors available depending on product

Scandia Plastics, part of the Pexco family of companies, specializes in rigid tubing applications. Whether your project requires FDA compliance, high heat resistance, strength, or any variety of specialized needs, Scandia has an extensive range of options to choose from. Polysulfone, polycarbonate, PVC (clear or colored), and much more are all available for extrusion. Scandia readily embraces challenges and can work within the following tubing parameters.

  • Tolerances to: ± .003″
  • Diameters from: 1/8″ to 8″
  • Wall thickness: from .015″ to heavy wall

Altaflo, also part of the Pexco family of companies, focuses on the transportation of critical fluids using high-quality (100% virgin-grade) fluoropolymer and fluoroplastics to ensure optimal performance. With a broad range of stock products, including PTFE, FEP, PFA, UHP PFA, PVDF, THV, PVDF FLEX and THV FLEX, Altaflo also has the ability to ship the same day. Available lengths are outlined below and information is included in the chart.

  • PTFE – Lengths may be limited due to batch process manufacturing – Coils available in lengths up to 100 FT and reels through 500 FT up to 3/8” OD and up to 250 FT through 1/2” OD - for longer lengths please contact our office for availability.
  • FEP, PFA, HP PFA, UHP PFA, PVDF, PVDF FLEX – Available in continuous lengths as needed up to 1000 FT through 1.00” OD and up to 500 FT for sizes through 1.250” OD – for longer lengths please contact our office. Larger sizes are available in straight lengths up to 3.50” OD.
Tubing Style or Material Pexco Brand Key Features Applications Availability
Polysulfone

Scandia

Made for high-performance and high-heat projects, this resin features outstanding electrical and chemical fighting properties

Filtration systems, membrane manufacturing, food and beverage, medical applications

Diameters from 1/8″ to 8″and wall thickness from .015″ to heavy wall

PVC (Clear or Colored)

Scandia

Clean, strong thermoplastic compound with exceptional flame, corrosion, and chemical resistant properties

Electronics packaging, mailing tubes, storage tubs, food and beverage

Diameters from 1/4″ to 5″ and wall thickness from .015″ to heavy wall

Polycarbonate

Scandia

Great clarity combined with extreme toughness

Bird feeders, novelty items, shipping tubes, medical and industrial applications

Diameters from 1/8″ to 8″and wall thickness from .015″ to heavy wall

Polystyrene (HIPS)

Scandia

An opaque plastic that is both sanitary and rigid, chemical resistant, and excellent thermal stability

Film, tape, paper, and textile manufacturing

Diameters from 1/8″ to 8″and wall thickness from .015″ to heavy wall

ABS

Scandia

 Easily extruded due to its durability

Automotive, electronics, appliances, medical, toy manufacturing

Diameters from 1/8″ to 8″and wall thickness from .015″ to heavy wall

Polyethylene (HDPE)

Scandia

Non-toxic, strong, impact-resistant, and easy to disinfect and clean

Food and beverage, electronics, cable and wire hosing housing

Diameters from 1/8″ to 6″and wall thickness from .015″ to heavy wall

Polypropylene

Scandia

Commonly used as an insulator due to thermal properties

Food and beverage, electronic and medical manufacturing

Diameters from 1/8″ to 6″and wall thickness from .015″ to heavy wall

Plastic Core Tubes

Scandia

Durable, clean, moisture resistant and an economical option for core

Film, tape, paper, and textiles

Diameters from 1/4″ to 8″, wall thickness from 1/32″ to 1/2″, and lengths from 6″ to 20 Feet

ALTAFLUOR® 100 PTFE

Altaflo

Most flexible of the fluoropolymer tubing products; broadest temperature range; resistant to highly corrosive liquids & gases; Non-flammable; Does not impart taste or odor; Smoothest surface finish – lowest coefficient of friction

laboratory, chemical processes, electrical applications, medical equipment, food process, aerospace, bushing and bearing applications

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ALTAFLUOR ® 200 FEP

Altaflo

Excellent clarity, temperature, chemical & UV resistance; Does not impart taste or odor; Improved flex-life vs other FEP Tubing; FDA Compliant; Certified to NSF 51, 61 & 372

Air and groundwater monitoring; Environmental sampling; Conduit; Food process; Water purification systems; Sight Glass / Flow Monitoring

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ALTAFLUOR® 2E0 FEP ENVIRO

Altaflo

Excellent clarity; UV resistant

Economical option for environmental sampling and other applications not requiring extreme flex life or stress crack resistance vs 200 Series values

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ALTAFLUOR® 350 THV

Altaflo

Excellent clarity & flexibility; Good chemical resistance at ambient temperature; Low permeation

Automotive fuel transport; excellent for bonding or layering; solar energy, fiber optics

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ALTAFLUOR® 400 PFA

Altaflo

Chemically inert to most industrial chemicals & solvents even at elevated temperatures; Translucent; flexible, FDA Compliant; Certified to NSF 51, 61 & 372

Semiconductor; Chemical process; Laboratory; Heat exchanger

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ALTAFLUOR® 450 HP PFA

Altaflo

Chemically inert to most industrial chemicals & solvents even at elevated temperatures; Translucent; flexible, Meets Semi F-57 & C90

Semiconductor wafer mfg.; chemical process; pharmaceutical

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ALTAFLUOR® 480 UHP PFA

Altaflo

Supreme chemical resistance vs other fluoropolymers; Enhanced flex-life and stress crack resistance; Lowest extractables; Translucent; Flexible, Meets Semi F-57 & C90; FDA Compliant; Certified to NSF 51, 61 & 372

Semiconductor; Pharmaceutical; Laboratory, Analyzers; High Purity Water Systems

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ALTAFLUOR® 480 SERIES DUAL CONTAINMENT TUBING UHP PFA

Altaflo

Provides enhanced protection and highest overall performance in highly aggressive critical applications while maintaining the highest system purity

Semiconductor wafer mfg.; chemical processes; pharmaceutical

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ALTAFLUOR® 500 PVDF

Altaflo

Excellent abrasion resistance; higher temperature range vs 550 Series; Good mechanical strength and chemical resistance; FDA Compliant; Certified to NSF 51, 61 & 372

Food & beverage; Petrochemical; Pure Water Systems

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ALTAFLUOR® 550 PVDF

Altaflo

Good abrasion resistance & thermal properties; FDA compliant, Certified to NSF 51, 61 & 372; high purity

Food & beverage; Petrochemical; Pure Water Systems

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