This section provides an overview for flexible tubing as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 14 flexible tubing manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked flexible tubing companies as of November, 2023: 1.Freelin-Wade Co..
A flexible tubing is a pipe that can be bent freely and connected to equipment. It is a type of steel pipe used for gas piping.
In addition to flexible tubing, reinforced gas hoses, soft cords, and gas cords are other typical types of steel pipes used in gas piping. Different combinations are used for different gas appliances: Flexible tubing is used with instantaneous water heaters, gas water heaters, and built-in stoves; reinforced gas hoses are used with gas water heaters, gas heat pumps, and instantaneous water heaters; soft cords are used with gas rice cookers and table stoves; and gas cords are used with gas rice cookers, clothes dryers, and gas fan heaters. The soft cord can be used with gas rice cookers and tabletop stoves.
Used to connect gas appliances such as instantaneous water heaters, gas water heaters, and built-in stoves to gas taps. flexible tubings are classified according to the type of gas, with metal flexible tubings being the standard for city gas and metal flexible hoses being the standard for propane gas.
As of May 1, 1997, the rubber pipe inlet structure of instantaneous hot water heaters, bath tubs, and stoves has been discontinued, and instantaneous hot water heaters and bath tubs now use screw connections, while stoves use screw connections or quick joints, so flexible tubing is used.
The tube can be bent freely, which allows for flexibility and resilience in connection with equipment.
Since the entire joint is made of one piece, it has superior water sealing properties compared to metal joints.
Those made of rubber can accommodate large displacement even with short face-to face dimensions, and can also cope with displacement caused by repeated earthquakes, etc. Excellent electrical insulation properties absorb noise and vibration generated by equipment. Lighter weight and easier handling than metal joints. The material of the inner rubber surface can be selected according to the intended use. By attaching a reinforcing cloth or ring, a structure with excellent durability can be achieved. This protects piping from expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. The body is covered with a special synthetic rubber with excellent weather resistance, so it can withstand long-term use.
The main body is reinforced with tough steel wires and synthetic fibers for excellent pressure resistance performance.
The internal arch structure contributes to absorbing unequal settlement caused by piping connections between buildings. The short face-to face dimensions allow for a high degree of freedom in design.
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Swagelok Company is a manufacturer of fluid system components and assemblies. The company, which operates in more than 100 countries, was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Solon, Ohio. Its main activity is the design, development, and manufacturing of fluid system components, including fittings, valves, and hoses. The company also offers a wide range of assemblies, such as manifolds and control valves. Swagelok's products are used by a wide range of customers, including industrial, commercial, and laboratory applications.
Freelin-Wade Co., founded in McMinnville, OR, in 1980 is a manufacturer of custom plastic tubing. The company's product portfolio includes nylon tubing, polyethylene tubing, polyurethane tubing and PVC tubing and their products are phthalate-free, non-reinforced PVC tubing that prevents harmful toxins from entering material flowing through the tubes. They serve markets such as Packaging Equipment and Robotics, Food and Beverage, Medical Tubing, Agriculture and Water Purification. They also offer custom packaging, warehousing, and distribution services.
Industrial Specialties Manufacturing (ISM) was founded in 1982 in Denver Colorado. is an ISO 9001 company that supplies miniature pneumatic, vacuum, and fluid circuitry components to OEMs and distributors all over the world as well as providing custom solutions. The company serves distributors and offers not just sales but also marketing and logistics support with closed-loop feedback. Some of the types of products ISM offers include plastic fittings, customized fittings, sub-assemblies, and custom heat seal tooling.
Emco Industrial Plastics, LLC. (Emco) has operated out of Cedar Grove, New Jersey for over 30 years. The company is a manufacturer and distributor of custom industrial plastics, rubber, and foam-based products for medical grade plalstic, food & beverage, chemical processing, and OEM industries. Some of the materials the company engineers are industrial plastics, neoprene, natural rubber, polyurethane, and natural sponge. The company offers services such as cutting to size, laser cutting, plastic welding, and injection molding. The company also manufactures custom machined components.
The Aquaponic Source is a supplier of aquaponic systems, founded in 2009 and based in Wheat Ridge, United States of America. The company mainly provides home aquaponics, school aquaponics, and farm aquaponics. It also offers AquaBundance modular systems, flourish aquaponic farms, and growasis raft systems. It could help grow lettuce varieties, fish, greens, fruits, and herbs in the home aquaponics. Its AquaBundance modular systems can be configured with as few as three grow beds all the way up to eight.
Professional Plastics, Inc. (PPI) is an American supplier of industrial plastic parts that was established in Fullerton, California in 1984. The company primarily offers plastic films, sheets, tubes, and rods. These are fabricated from various plastic materials including acrylic, PVC, and ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) polyethylene, as well as branded plastic compounds like Techtron and Plexiglass. Its supplied parts are commonly used in the manufacture of goods such as medical trays or tools, scuba diving equipment, and panes for golf cart windshields. PPI serves clients in a wide range of industries, including in the construction, marine, and food processing sectors.
Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, founded in 1956 and located in Falmouth, United Kingdom, is a manufacturer of dispensing and peristaltic fluid pumps. The company’s products include metering pumps, water pumps, electric peristaltic pumps, precision tubing, and associated fluid path components. Their products find specific applications in pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, water and wastewater treatment, and chemical processing. Watson-Marlow holds certifications such as ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 that adhere to stringent control measures, ensuring that their products meet or exceed industry standards.
Tozen Corporation, established in 1972 at Saitama, Japan is a manufacturer of vibration isolation systems, joints and pipings and seismic isolation systems for commercial and industrial uses. The company specializes in making joints and pipings for the civil engineering sector and manufactures advanced piping, joints and valves systems for construction. Some of their products are rubber flexible joints, fluororesin flexible joints, rubber flexible expansion joints, vibration-isolating materials and seismic isolation systems related equipment. These are used mostly in commercial, residential constructions, industrial plants and large infrastructure constructions requiring seismic isolations. They offer protection, durability, rigidity and corrosion resistance properties.
Saint-Gobain Life Sciences, headquartered in Solon, Ohio, is a manufacturer of polymer solutions and components that support the electronics, medical, and biopharma industries, among others. Its bioprocess solutions division provides material science-based solutions like silicone tubing and filtration products for single-use fluid management. The medical business manufactures custom medical components like cartridges and capsule filters and designs systems for medical devices. The consumer solutions business provides customer support to achieve performance, safety, and regulatory compliance, and it provides customized solutions like flowmeters, seals, and tubing. The electronics division manufactures products like valves and fittings for fluid handling applications.
Lincoln Electric, established in 1895, is a supplier of cutting-edge products, welding processes, and automated solutions based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Lincoln Electric provides equipment, systems, and solutions for every segment of industry around the world. The company offers various products needed for welding and cutting, filler metals, weld fume control, and automation. Lincoln Electric's range of automation solutions includes Laser System Integration and Processing, Metalforming and Press Automation, and various automation needs of the Automotive industry.
Chemglass Life Sciences LLC, founded in Vineland, New Jersey, in 1946 is a manufacturer of OEM glassware, bioprocess cleanroom assembly, and custom metal and plastic. The company's product portfolio includes Custom Single-Use Bioprocess Containers, Chemistry Glassware, Cell and Tissue Culture Glassware, Sample and Chromatography Vials and Closures, and Reaction Vials. Their products are used in industries such as Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Chemical and Petrochemical, biopharmaceutical, and healthcare. The company provides services such as Product Selection Guidance, Engineering Support, and Custom Manufacturing.
Whitehouse Flexible Tubing Ltd. was founded in 1890 and is based in Redditch, Worcestershire, UK. It manufactures flexible metallic tubing, conduit, and exhaust tubing. With ISO 9001 certification, the company's product line consists of strip-wound hoses, flexible stay-put/gooseneck tubing, nonmetallic tubing, clips & clamps, and metal hose assemblies. It also offers pre-wired assemblies, tube-cutting services, and more. It serves multiple industries, including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, and rail infrastructure, as well as food, oil & gas, and water.
AutomationDirect.com was founded in 1994 to provide solutions for the industrial automation market and has been growing its list of offerings ever since. AutomationDirects’ extensive catalog includes individual components such as cables, various controls, I/O devices, relays, gauges, fittings, and sensors to complete systems. Many parts and devices, especially PLC units are customizable. AutomationDirect.com also provides support via video instructions, online manuals, a learning library, an active community forum to further assist customers.