In the 21st century plastic parts are part of daily life, from the computer cables that connect us to the world wide web, to the conduits and wiring that wind around our homes and the places we work, to the endless plastic pieces on the dashboards of our cars. Almost every type of plastic part, conduit or piping begins as a flexible polyvinyl chloride compounders and is created using a mold.
Chemical engineers have the ability to change the molecular composition of semi-rigid vinyl compounds to produce rigid PVC compounds that don't bend easily or flexible PVC that can be used for soft tubes or other flexible parts. The applications for plastic really are endless and include home, business, and manufacturing products such as:
Industrial - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Automotive Parts - shifters, door gaskets, seals for windows or sun roofs, dashboard moldings, trim, wires
Construction Industry - window stripping, window sealing, exterior trim
Medicine - tubes, flexible tubes, food IVs. Compounds used in medicinal applications use medical grade PVC compounds developed to maintain sanitary and safe environments.
Electric - power supply cording, harnesses for wires, battery terminal boots, shields
Wires & Cabling - refrigerator wires, communications cables, automobile cables and wiring
Environmental concerns in recent years have spawned the creation of esters of phthalic acid free pliable PVC compounds that are safer for use in children's toys and vinyl compounds that come in contact with food.