Tubing/Pipe Extrusion

Plastic tubing and pipe extrusion is a specialized process at Plextrusions' manufacturing facility.  The plastic materials are melted and formed into continuous profiles such as pipes, tubes, and other complex shapes. This process is central to the production of a wide range of products used in various industries, from plumbing and construction to medical and automotive applications.

The Extrusion Process

The core of the extrusion process involves feeding plastic pellets or granules into an extruder, which is essentially a long barrel containing a screw. As the screw rotates, it forces the plastic material forward while the combination of heat and pressure melts the plastic into a viscous liquid. This molten plastic is then forced through a die, which shapes it into the desired profile.

Materials Used

A variety of plastic materials are used in tubing and pipe extrusion, each selected for specific properties like flexibility, strength, chemical resistance, or temperature tolerance. Common materials include Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), among others.

Applications and Advantages

Plastic pipes and tubes manufactured through this process are used in a myriad of applications. In plumbing, PVC and PE pipes are favored for their light weight, resistance to corrosion, and lower cost compared to traditional materials like copper. In medical devices, tubing made from flexible and biocompatible plastics are essential for applications like intravenous lines and catheters.

The advantages of plastic tubing and pipe extrusion are numerous. The process allows for high production rates and consistent product quality. It’s also versatile, allowing for the production of pipes and tubes in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Moreover, the ability to incorporate additives during the extrusion process enables the production of specialized tubing, such as UV-resistant or antimicrobial pipes.

In conclusion, plastic tubing and pipe extrusion is a vital industrial process with a wide range of applications. Its versatility, efficiency, and the ability to produce a diverse range of products make it indispensable in modern manufacturing. At the same time, the industry is evolving to address environmental challenges, ensuring its sustainability for the future.


At Plextrusions, Inc., we offer a variety of capabilities for your professional plastic extrusion needs. While specializing in extruding a wide range of flexible and rigid PVC profiles, we offer extrusion for many different plastics.

We own our own manufacturing facility located in North Ridgeville, Ohio – just outside of Cleveland, only 25 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport. 

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