Plastic channels are used in a variety of applications ranging from industrial use machine rail guides or protectors (Nylon, PVC, PC, PE, PP, ABS), to pool liner clips (PE), price tag moldings (Acrylic, PC), and decorative edge trims (Acrylic, PVC, Nylon).
Used for applications requiring high impact resistance, smooth surface quality, and colorability. Polycarbonate has excellent surface smoothness, with a glossy finish. Typical profiles include pricing channels, corner protectors, and edge trims.
PVC is available is available in both rigid and flexible grades, depending on the specific requirements of the applications. It is available is clear or opaque colors, and can be cut to custom lengths, or supplied in bulk lengths or coils, depending on the grade being used. The obvious benefits to using a flexible grade is it’s ability to contour to curved surface areas, and hold it’s shape. Rigid PVC’s have excellent impact strength, and is functional in both indoor and outdoor applications. Both grades are easily produced in colors as needed. Typical uses for PVC channels are edge trims, gaskets, and retention clips.
Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP)
These are economical materials for applications that do not require high levels of UV resistance, or high impact resistance. PE is typically more flexible than PP in most shapes or tube sizes, while PP has more rigidity. Typical applications for PE & PP channels are bag closure clips, pool liner clips, edge trims, wire covers, and assembly magazines.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
ABS profiles combine high impact resistance with good colorability, along with a smooth surface quality. It is most useful in indoor applications.
Acrylics can be used for price channels, where clarity, and economics are high priorities. Typically, Acrylic is not best suited for applications that require high impact resistance. Examples of uses for Acrylic channels would be price tag holders, hinge applications, bin edging, and shelving edging.