Guide to Adhesive Heat Shrink Tubing

Adhesive heat shrink tubing and sleeves are being widely used both by private individuals and every type of industry. They can be used for various purposes, therefore, it is important to keep the usage in mind when buying the tubing.

Used In

Adhesive heat shrink tubing and sleeves are used for providing protection to wire splices in military, aerospace and aviation industry. It acts like an overcoat on wires and thus provides it protection, cover, and insulation. The tubing is also used for providing protection to conductors, joints, terminals and connections in electrical engineering.For more information about Heat shrink tubing, you can click here.

Made Of

Shrink Tubing Is Made Of One Of The Thermoplastics, Including

* Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) 

* Viton® 

* Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) 

* Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

Many of the adhesive heat it available in the market today use a special type of adhesive lining to help the tube form a stronger seal with the wires and connections. Tubing using adhesive lining is usually waterproof.

Some tubing materials also use conductive polymer thick film. Such tubing is used for joining electrical connections and one does not need to solder the connections first.

Shrink Ratio

Adhesive heat shrink tubing is often categorized according to their shrink ratio. The shrink ratio simply indicates how much the tubing will shrink or contract upon heating. For example, a shrink tubing with a 2:1 ratio simply means that its expanded or original diameter of the tubing is twice the size of the diameter that it will shrink to once it is heated.

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