The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines industrial as "of or relating to industry: of or relating to factories, the people who work in factories, or the things made in factories." It also states "stronger than most other products of its kind." *
Some may perceive industrial as something that involves oil or grease or dirt. But when it comes to tubing applications, industrial can mean many things. While the ultimate use of a product – a medical device, for instance – may not be considered industrial, the manufacturing of that item or parts of it may be done in an industrial or factory environment.
Markets that incorporate tubing or reinforced hose and are commonly thought of as industrial include automotive and recreational vehicles, HVAC, packaging, appliances, OEM, maintenance, construction, printing, mining and waste handling. Fields like food processing, alternative energy, measuring instrumentation (oxygen or particulate analyzers) and agriculture also have industrial aspects to the production of equipment used within them.
In general, industrial applications for tubing involve the need for durability, chemical or weather-related resistance (i.e. UV radiation), flexibility and pressure or vacuum capabilities. Industrial tubing and reinforced hose is used in applications such as:
- Gas leak detection
- Fuel supply
- Air lines
- Protective jacketing
- Chemical conveyance
- Water and fluid transfer
- Vacuum lines
- And a very long list of others
The requirements for meeting certain industry standards are typically not as critical in these applications, unlike the demands for pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and other highly-regulated industries. But necessities like chemical and temperature compatibility, a smooth tube interior for optimum flow and flammability apply in industrial uses.
If you have questions about selecting the best tubing or hose material for your industrial requirements, contact a Fluid Transfer Specialist at 1-800-506-3924 or 215-526-2300 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Industrial. (n.d.). Retrieved June 9, 2015, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/industrial
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