PVC sheets and rods are a durable, tough material that is resistant to chemicals, acids, weather and abrasion. It can be machined and tooled into a vast variety of shapes and components. It is strong yet relatively lightweight, affordable and widely available. While it has a low melting point in comparison to other plastics, this is a great advantage to fabricators. It has a very good fire rating as its self extinguishing.
Why should you choose PVC Sheets and Rods?
PVC sheet is an extremely durable material that is much stronger than some other plastics. It can typically withstand impacts many times that which completely shatter components made of Acrylic or Styrene, for example. PVC is extremely chemical resistant and resists attack or degradation from a wide range of chemicals, making it the material of choice in many tough industrial applications.
Advantages of the rigid PVC Sheets and Rods
Hard PVC has good hardness and mechanical properties
Good electrical insulating properties
Very high chemical & moisture resistance
Excellent forming characteristics
Good dimensional stability
Bondable and an excellent for welding
Hard PVC sheets and rods are self-extinguishing
Disadvantages of PVC Sheets and rods
Heat stability of PVC isn’t great– when the temperature reaches 140 °C PVC starts to decompose and its melting temperature is 160 °C.
Its electrical insulating property aren’t quite as good as plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene.
PVC should not be used for items requiring a lot of flexibility, low friction, high wear resistance
Generally PVC is only suitable for medium or low voltage and low frequency insulation materials
PVC sheets and rods should be used for continuous contact with food products