This clear plastic tubing is made of Tygon formulation S-54-HL polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is biocompatible for intravenous use in medical and surgical applications. The clear tubing allows unobstructed visual monitoring of flow. The stiff Tygon formulation S-54-HL polyvinyl chloride (PVC) construction resists punctures and kinks to permit free flow, and it is non-toxic to reduce the risk of inflammation in intravenous applications. It comes in microbore sizes to allow the tubing to fit onto syringe needles. The bore is non-wetting for full drainage and limited particulate build-up to further ensure fluid integrity. It can be sterilized with ethylene oxide (ETO), steam, or radiation. The tubing has a working temperature range of -25 to 185 degrees F, a durometer (hardness) of 80A, and working pressure ratings that vary by tube size. It meets U.S. Pharmacopoeia (USP) Class VI criteria for medical grade plastic materials for quality assurance. This plastic tubing is not designed for potable fluid service or use as an implant material, but it is suitable for use with catheters and in intravenous or intra-arterial infusions, among other surgical and medical 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.