Tubing

Rubber and thermoplastic elastomer tubing are used for transporting fluids or gases in a variety of processes and specialty applications. Natural rubber, synthetic rubber tubing and various plastics are available (depending on the application).

Tubing styles range from flexible to rigid, and colored to clear. Different types of tubes are generally used in a variety of applications including hydraulic, medical, chemical, pharmaceutical, appliance industry and food processing.

There are several performance and safety specifications that must be considered in custom designed rubber tubing. The material must meet the customer’s and the industry’s technical specifications: operating temperature range, ozone and other chemical resistivity, tensile, hardness and elongation.

Different EPDM compounds

Mantaline has recently been successful in fielding three different EPDM compounds for distinctly different tubing applications: washer machine hose (strict laundry specification), gas dryer pigtail tubing (stringent gas industry specification) and automotive windshield wiper washer tubing (automotive specification).

Rubber tubing

Tubing material and properties:

Butyl Rubber: low gas permeability, excellent electrical insulation performance, resistant to heat, weather, ozone, tearing and abrasion.

EPDM: High and low temperature stability, steam and water resistant, strong chemical resistance and resistant to weather, ozone and aging.

Neoprene: versatile usage, oil resistant.

Nitrile: extremely resistant to various oils, heat aging abrasion and tearing; good resilience.

Silicone: used in harsh environments within a wide temperature range, fire resistant, suitable as an electrical insulator and for food handling applications.

Sponge rubber: closed-cell material that withstands controlled compression with shock absorbency.

PVC: chemical resistant, easily tinted and available in a wide range of hardness levels (rigid or flexible).

■ Applies to tubing designed by Mantaline

MarketsMaterialsProcesses
Automotive Tier 1EPDMExtrusion: Dense/Foam
Heavy Truck OEMNitrileMetal Carriers & Solid Core
Construction EquipmentNeopreneCutting/Taping
Off-Road VehiclesHNBRNotching/Drilling
Recreational VehiclesSiliconeCoating
MedicalTPE/TPVPrinting
Rail/BusPolyacrylateSplicing/Molding
IndustrialFlouroelastomerFlocking
AgriculturalAutoclave Cure