Processing Magazine

Thermal Bonding Eliminates Cumbersome Bundles of Tubing

July 21, 2010
The thermally bonded tubing joins lengths of reinforced and unreinforced tubing of similar material using heat, not leachable adhesives or solvents, for an orderly arrangement. This ribbon of tubing is used in both new and existing equipment in industries such as appliance, food service, pool and spa, paint application, robotics, processing, maintenance, medical, automotive, and others. Four types of bonding allow for flexibility in design. Permanent bond offers maximum durability; permanently-bonded tubing cannot be separated without being cut. Strippable bond lets the user peel back a section of bonded tubing without the use of tools for convenient fitting attachments. Skip bond alternates sections of bonded tubing with unbonded tubing at specified intervals. Electric Hot Bond helps simplify electropneumatic connections by bonding electrical wire or light duty cable (customer supplied) to similar tubing materials—PVC-coated wire to PVC tubing for example—resulting in more manageable installation and servicing processes.