In the 21st century plastic parts are all around us, from the wires and cables that connect us to the internet, to the electrical wiring and conduits that wind around our houses and the places we work, to the infinitely numbered plastic parts on the consoles of our cars. Most plastic is created using Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and manufactured by PVC compounders in plants around the world and throughout the United States.
Chemical engineers have the ability to vary the molecular composition of rigid plastic composition to produce rigid PVC compounds that don't bend easily or flexible PVC that bends around other objects. The uses for PVC plastics are varied and infinite and include residential, commercial and industrial products including:
Automotive Parts - shifting knobs, door gaskets, seals for windows or sun roofs, console moldings, trim pieces, wiring
Manufacturing - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Medicine - tubes, bendable tubes, intravenous feeding. Plastics used in the medical field use medical grade PVC compounds designed to maintain sanitary and safe environments.
Construction Industry - weather stripping, seals for windows, exterior trim
Wires & Cabling - refrigerator wiring, telephone/internet cables, automobile cabling and wiring
Electric - power cords, wiring harnesses, boots for battery terminals, covers
Consciousness for the environment in today's world have spawned the creation of phthalate plasticizers free flexible PVC plastics that are safer for use in children's toys and vinyl compounds involved in food processing.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) And It's Uses