PVC is one of the most commonly utilised piping materials across the world. But what exactly is it? Well, polyvinyl Chloride (or PVC as it is most commonly known) is a thermoplastic polymer which is one of the oldest plastics ever created, with it first being synthesised in 1872, and put into commercial circulation around the 1920’s. Found mostly in the construction industry, PVC has a myriad of other applications, including being used for signs, in healthcare, and even as the fibres in various forms of clothing. If you are curious as to what PVC could hold for you or your business, continue reading and learn everything you need to know. PVC vs. RPVC What many people might not realise is that PVC is actually produced in two forms. One is the flexible plastic we all know, which is far softer and more pliable, thanks to the inclusion of plasticizers, leaving it perfect to be used as flooring in schools and hospitals, the important insulation for electrical wire, and even as a replacement for rubber in many applications. The other type is known as rigid or unplasticised polymer (RPVC or uPVC). Naturally, this does not have the addition of plasticizers, making it more inflexible, ideal for use in applications that need to retain their shape, such as the piping for domestic and commercial plumbing systems. Benefits of PVC There is a reason PVC is one of the most heavily sought after materials in the world – in fact, there are several reasons. Firstly, PVC is incredibly dense, offering exemplary tensile strength and leaving it highly resistant to bending or buckling when impacted by another body. It’s makeup also allows various chemicals and alkaline to pass through it without breaking down its integrity. The main benefit is how it is so readily available at cheap prices, not to mention its potential for effective recycling. Disadvantages of PVC While it is a highly versatile material, PVC has some downfalls when handled by those who cannot call themselves professionals. The most important is its poor heat stability. When applied in 3D printers, injection moulding machines, and other uses when it has to be melted, PVC can emit gases that are both corrosive and toxic. Also, if PVC material comes into frequent contact with tools or areas that are not stainless steel, then that same corrosiveness can still wear away goods. Learn More about PVC from the Expert Manufacturers If you would like to learn more about the applications of PVC, or how it could potentially benefit your business, don’t hesitate to contact the professional manufacturers at Plascorp to learn more.