This plastic tubing is made of Tygon formulation R-3400 polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and it offers ultraviolet (UV) resistance for long-lasting use in outdoor applications. The solid black tubing blocks the passage of light to UV-sensitive fluids to prevent decomposition and other degradation. Its Tygon formulation R-3400 PVC construction preserves the tubing's flexibility and resists the deformation, discoloration, and surface cracks commonly caused by UV, ozone, and weather exposure. The tubing is chemical resistant, making it suitable for use with acids, corrosive gases, and other chemical substances. It has a working temperature range of -6 to 165 degrees F and a durometer (hardness) of 64A. Working pressure ratings vary by tube size. This plastic tubing is rated as very flexible as it bends more easily than flexible or rigid tubing. It meets Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 94V-0 and 94 HB flammability ratings for burn resistance for quality assurance. This plastic tubing is not designed for use as an implant material, but it is suitable for insulating electrical lines and transferring corrosive gases, pesticides, cleaners, solvents, and acid and caustic substances, among others applications.
Plastic tubing is used to transfer liquids, air, or solids, and it is characterized by a round, rectangular, or square shape and a hollow center. Plastic tubing is crimp-resistant and varies in bend radius (flexibility), chemical resistance, wall thickness, durometer hardness, and temperature and pressure handling abilities. The clarity of plastic tubing may be transparent (clear), translucent (semi-clear), or opaque (solid), and the tubing's coloring may indicate suitable applications. Barbed fittings are used to connect tubing or redirect flow in a fluid handling system. Plastic tubing is used in a wide variety of industries, such as agriculture, automotive, laboratory, and medicine. Applications for plastic tubing include blood and fluid handling, peristaltic pumps, electrical and thermal insulation, analytical systems, and food and beverage handling, among others.
Saint-Gobain Corporation manufactures plastic tubing for the food and beverage, chemical processing, industrial, laboratory, medical, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor processing industries under the Tygon brand in the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics sector. Founded in 1665, the company is headquartered in Courbevoie, France, and operates 45 plastics manufacturing sites worldwide.