In the 21st century plastic parts are part of daily life, from the wires and cables that connect us to the world wide web, to the conduits and wiring that run through our houses and businesses, to the infinitely numbered plastic pieces on the consoles of our cars. Just about any type of non-metal part, conduit or piping begins as a flexible polyvinyl chloride compounds and is created using a template.
Chemical engineers are able to vary the chemical properties of semi-rigid vinyl blends to produce rigid PVC compounds that maintain their shape or flexible PVC that if often used for pliable tubing or other bendable parts. The applications for PVC plastics are varied and infinite and include residential, commercial and industrial products such as:
Industrial - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Automobile Components - shifters, gaskets for doors, seals for windows or sun roofs, dashboard moldings, trim, wiring
Construction Industry - window stripping, window sealing, exterior trimming pieces
Medicine - tubes, bendable tubing, intravenous feeding. Compounds found in the medical field are made from medical grade PVC plastics developed to provide safe and sanitary environments.
Electrical - power cords, wiring harnesses, battery terminal boots, covers
Wires & Cabling - appliance wires, communications cabling, automobile cabling and wires
Environmental concerns in today's world have spawned the development of phthalate free flexible polyvinyl chloride plastics that are more appropriate to utilize in toys and vinyl compounds that come in contact with food.