November 2010 | Focus: Plastics for Fluid Handling
Critical fluid handling
The primary aim of critical fluid handling is to transport uncontaminated fluids. Any tubing that is used must protect the fluid from contamination, either from external sources or from the tubing itself. Industries involved in critical fluid handling include:
- Pharmaceutical and food industries
- Chemical process industry
- Semiconductor fabrication
There are some common requirements that tubing must meet for critical handling applications. Read more
PTFE fluid handling components support semiconductor advancements
Typical questions asked by purity conscious designers when selecting PTFE to be used for ultra-high purity fluid handling applications include:
- Do resins being used meet ultra-high purity requirements?
- Are shapes being manufactured in-house or outsourced?
- Is the supplier certified to a reputable quality standard?
- What controls are in place to prevent contamination during manufacturing?
- What methods are used to remove contaminants from part surfaces?
- How are the parts packaged?
- What testing and certification are performed to ensure parts meet minimum purity standards?
Find out why PTFE is an ideal material for semiconductor fluid handling. Read more.
Tubing — the stepchild of plastics shapes!
How do you make the selection of just which tubing material or family of materials will prove optimum for any particular application? The process is similar to that which is recommended for choosing any other plastics shape. There are seven questions that should be addressed when choosing the right material for tubing and fluid handling applications. Read more.
Use of plastic piping systems in renewable energy applications
The continued development and use of renewable energy sources is crucial to U.S. energy security, and the use of plastic piping for fluid-handling applications is proving to provide real solutions in these evolving markets. Plastic pipe for fluid handling in the renewable energy market come into play in the construction of photobioreactors. Specialty ultraviolet-resistant clear PVC plastic pipe in various diameters has been developed and optimized for this application and is currently being used to construct commercial scale photobioreactors. Read more.
"Plastics On Display" December's Free Web Seminar
Learn more about the use of plastics in visual displays and graphic arts at IAPD's free web seminar "Plastics on Display," Dec. 17. Joseph Masters of 3A Composites USA will discuss material choices, as well as plastics sustainability in display applications.
Masters is the marketing manager of graphic display for 3A Composites USA in Mooresville, N.C.
The web seminar will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 17 (CST). Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions as they learn more about this topic.
Online Plastic Resources
Your IAPD distributor is your best source for finding the right material for your application. Go to www.iapd.org to find a distributor in your area. You can search by company name, location or product category.
The IAPD Magazine web site at www.theiapdmagazine.com allows you to search by material, trade name and fabrication process. You can also search for fabrication capabilities.