November 2011

Clear PVC — the clear advantage
Harvel Clear™ PVC piping can be used in a variety of chemical mixing/processing applications.

While not exactly a recent development in PVC pipe, the clear versions are finding more acceptance in a myriad of applications. These applications benefit from the pipe clarity, especially when that property is added to the traditional benefits of PVC. Learn more.


Inside this issue

Light bulbs and pipe
Technical advisory
Sustainability of plastic: Did you know…


Expand Your Knowledge

Light bulbs and pipe

In today's exploding market of green and sustainable choices, two products in particular qualify as star performers. They save energy, last much longer than the products they replace and are cost effective. Let's take a closer look at compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe.
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Technical advisory

• Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most versatile thermoplastics in use today. It is used extensively in all walks of life, from food packaging, to home construction.

• The maximum service temperature for PVC is 140°F (60°C).

• The physical properties of PVC can be readily altered by the addition of plasticizers, impact modifiers and other ingredients to develop and enhance specific properties.

• Joining and fabrication of PVC can be easily accomplished by using standard metal and woodworking equipment with tools specifically prepared for PVC.

Sustainability of plastic: Did you know…

• A significant conclusion is clear: plastics have the most sustainable production reserves today and for the foreseeable future compared to those of other piping materials.

• Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), 57 percent by weight of this polymer is chlorine which is created from salt, one of the most plentiful materials on earth.

• The international piping industry, both plastic and non-plastic, has utilized and is continuing to utilize life cycle assessment (LCA), a scientifically-grounded framework, in examining the environmental impact of their products. The completed studies as well as preliminary results of ongoing ones place plastic piping in a very favorable light compared to other piping materials.

Source: Sustainability and plastic pipe, By David A. Chasis, The IAPD Magazine

More Plastics Resources

Introduction to Plastics is more than an introduction
It's everything you need to know about more than 50 plastic materials commonly used today in industry, signage and visual merchandising, building and construction, and pipe, valves and fittings. This book provides such details as:

  • Their comparative properties
  • How they're made
  • Appropriate applications
  • Processing and fabrication techniques

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