In the 21st century plastic parts are part of daily life, from the wires and cabling that connects us to the world wide web, to the electrical wiring and conduits that run through our homes and businesses, to the endless plastic pieces on the consoles of our cars. Just about every type of non-metal part, conduit or piping begins as a rigid polyvinyl chloride compounds and is developed using a mold.
Chemical engineers are able to change the molecular composition of semi-rigid plastic blends to produce rigid PVC compounds that maintain their shape or flexible PVC that wraps around other objects. The uses for plastic really are endless and reach across home, business, and manufacturing products including:
Automotive Parts - shifting knobs, door gaskets, window and sunroof seals, dashboard molding, trim pieces, wiring
Industrial - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Medical - tubing, flexible tubes, food IVs. Compounds found in the medical field are made from medical grade PVC plastics designed for safety and sanitation.
Construction Industry - weather stripping, window sealing, exterior trimming pieces
Cables & Wiring - appliance wiring, communications cabling, automotive cables and wiring
Electric - power supply cording, harnesses for wires, boots for battery terminals, shields
All these industries can produce components without having to use metals, glass, and other materials. This allows businesses build less heavy, less expensive products. One other benefit of plastic alloys is their resistance to corrosion.
Environmental concerns in recent years have led to the development of phthalate plasticizers free pliable PVC plastics that are safer to utilize in toys and plastic items that come in contact with food.