This clear plastic tubing is made of Tygon formulation S-50-HL polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is blood-compatible for intravenous use in medical and surgical applications. The clear tubing allows unobstructed visual monitoring of flow. The Tygon formulation S-50-HL polyvinyl chloride (PVC) provides flexibility and strength to handle pump applications, and it is non-toxic and non-hemolytic to help prevent inflammation and bacterial growth. The tubing's non-wetting, non-porous bore allows full drainage and limits particulate build-up to further ensure fluid integrity, and it can be sterilized with ethylene oxide (ETO), steam, or radiation. The tubing has a working temperature range of -55 to 165 degrees F, a durometer (hardness) of 66A, and working pressure ratings that vary by tube size. This plastic tubing is rated as very flexible as it bends more easily than flexible or rigid tubing. It meets U.S. Pharmacopoeia (USP) Class VI criteria for medical grade plastic materials and International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 10993 guidelines for blood contact for quality assurance. The plastic tubing is not designed for use as an implant material, but it is suitable for use for IV solutions, dialysis, wound drainage, and chemo drug delivery, among other intravenous 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.