PVC (short for Polyvinyl Chloride) is one of the most commonly used thermoplastic polymers in the world – and it’s also one of the oldest, having first been created in 1872. Product Components Corporation offers a wide variety of fasteners and components made from this popular and dependable material.
The most pertinent characteristics and advantages of PVC are:
• Density: PVC is very dense compared to most plastics, making it one of the most resistant to environmental extremes, as well as chemicals, acids and alkalis.
• Economics: PVC is readily available and cheap.
• Hardness: PVC is very hard, making it superior to most plastic in resisting deformation from repeated or severe impact
• Strength: PVC has extremely good tensile strength.
• Footprint: PVC melts rather than burns, making it recyclable
The most common applications of PVC are: the construction industry – particularly plumbing pipe and siding (where it is known by its more famous name: “vinyl”), signs, healthcare applications, clothing fiber, among others.
There are a handful of disadvantages to PVC, a primary one being the emission of toxic and corrosive gases when its melts – which is why it is not used in electrical wiring. PVC is also prone to corrosion, especially when coming into contact with metal nozzles, cutters, and/or mold tools that are made from a material other than stainless steel or some other similarly corrosion resistant metal. There is also nominal shrinkage in PVC – between 1 and 2%, based on a wide variety of application factors, such as durometer, gate size, holding pressure, holding time, etc.
Despite these few drawbacks, PVC is a uniquely reliable material in construction and other professional settings (in other words, it is not ideal for the DIY-er or weekend warrior!). If you would like more information on PVC, its characteristic and applications, please call Product Components Corporation at (800) 336-0406 and ask for Mary.