Heat Shrink Tubing
About Heat Shrink Tubing
Heat shrink tubing is manufactured in polyolefin material more often than not. There are tubing products designed with higher temperature ratings and without shrinking abilities, but polyolefin is standard. Standard sizes are 2:1, 3:1 and 4:1 in flexible and adhesive options. Adhesive lined tubing uses glue on the inner layer that melts as heat is applied to make a more secure connection once it dries. Our tubing products are listed online for sale with multiple colors to choose from.
Everything You Need to Know About Heat Shrink Tubing
Are you aware that there are instances where a fire is often caused by a house’s faulty wiring system? These are instances where the electrical wires often get exposed to extreme heat or become prone to abrasions or short circuits. These accidents would have been prevented if heat shrink tubing was used to protect the electrical wires from exposure.
Heat shrink tubing is a mechanically expanded tube or tape that you can use to protect your electrical wires or some minor electrical parts from harsh environmental elements. You can also use it to bundle up the wires so that they won’t get tangled. It is also a way for you to improve the insulation of the wires.
A heat shrink tubing is usually made of polyolefin or nylon, materials that shrink whenever they are heated. After they cool off, they return to their original relaxed state or diameter. There are different types of shrink tubing. They were all designed depending on the way you intend to use them.
Fluoropolymer tube or PFTE is a type of shrinkable tubing that has a considerable amount of resistance to punctures and harmful chemicals. It also has a very low friction coefficient and has a wide range of operating temperatures.
Viton is another type of shrink tubing which is notable for its huge amount of chemical resistance it contains. Often used as hydraulic equipment, it is very flexible and can operate at a very high temperature. These properties make the Viton one of the most effective shrink tubing whenever the extreme temperature is a factor to consider.
Elastomeric shrink tubes can maintain very high flexibility even if they are subjected to very low temperatures. The tubes are highly resistant to chemicals such as petrol and diesel and can withstand the most severe environmental elements. It is also highly resistant to abrasion.
Adhesive Polyolefin shrinkable tubing is often used in the military, railway and aerospace industries. These types of tubes tend to shrink really fast and are highly flexible. They are also widely manufactured and are considered the most commonly used type of shrink tubing. However, they are noted for their low resistance to UV light. Their resistance to ultraviolet rays is so low that only the black Polyolefin tubes were recommended for outdoor use.
Silicone rubber tubings offer excellent resistance to abrasion even if they are scrapped. They are also flexible. Fluorinated ethylene propylene or FEP is another type of shrink tubing which is considered as the cheaper alternative to PTFE. Polyvinylidene fluoride is usually recommended for high-temperature usage.
Shrink tubings are usually available in a wide range of colors. This color-coding system makes it easier for people to color-code their connections. Some shrink tubings come with thermoplastic adhesive that helps provide better adhesion and sealing.
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Polyolefin Heat Shrink Tubing Information
WesBell also sells heat shrink tubing as an added accessory because a lot of customers who buy wire and cable products also have the need for shrinkable tubing. There are a few different types and even some tubing that doesn’t shrink at all.
There is the basic polyolefin tubing which is a 2:1 heat shrink ratio. That means 1-inch tubing will shrink to 1/2 inch. You want your hook up wire to be right in the middle because it needs to really grab onto the wire when it’s shrinking. Otherwise, it will slip around and you might be able to pull it right off. If you use tubing that’s too small then it might tear it because it’s trying to shrink so much more than it’s allowed to.
Then you can get the same polyolefin heat shrink tubing in the 3:1 or even 4:1 shrink ratio. This also comes with adhesive glue on the inside so that you can permanently shrink the tubing onto the hookup wire. If you do that it will be very difficult to remove the tubing and if you’re able to then it will still have residue all over the wire.
WesBell can cut heat shrink tubing into exact lengths for you at a very low cost. We have the machinery to do it very quickly and precisely. We cut thousands and thousands of tubing pieces per day for our customers along with cutting and stripping wire and cable as well. Some customers even want us to cut and strip the wire, put a terminal on the end and a piece of heat shrink tubing over that to make it look nice. We have a large production area with skilled employees working very hard.
We can make assemblies with any type of wire or cable that you might have for a project. We will give very competitive pricing along with great customer service so that you can impress your customer as well. Hook-up wire, electrical wire, and all types of power cable is our game and we play it well. We get the best pricing available because we buy our wire and cable straight from the manufacturer.