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PVC vs. Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) vs. Polyurethane (PU) Hose
PVC vs. Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) vs. Polyurethane (PU) Hose

    PVC vs. Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) vs. Polyurethane (PU) Hose

    At Flexaust, we are a supplier of durable and reliable hose for industrial and commercial applications. Our hose offerings include polyvinyl chloride (PVC) hoses, thermoplastic rubber (TPR) hoses, and polyurethane (PU) hoses, all of which demonstrate different temperature range, abrasion resistance, and wall thickness requirements that make them a good, better, and best fit for different applications. In the following article, we discuss these three hose options and the applications for which they are best suited.

    How to Choose the Right Hose Material

    When selecting a hose material for a particular application, it is important to consider its performance in the short-term and long-term. For example, the ideal material should accommodate the environmental and operating conditions (e.g. heat, extreme cold, etc.) now and in the future. Below we outline how PVC, TPR, and PU measure up in these capacities. We provide many PU products.

    PVC Hose: The Good Option

    PVC hoses are an economical option for general-purpose applications. They are typically used in ventilation, woodworking, and other operations that do not involve exposure to extreme temperatures, chemicals, UV radiation, or abrasive materials.

    Polyurethane (PU) Hose: The Best Option

    Compared to PVC and TPR hoses, PU hose serves as a superior solution for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications. In addition to being the most versatile hose because of its manufacturing capabilities–Flexaust has the ability to manufacture five wall thickness and static dissipative hose versions–PU hoses have great abrasion and chemical resistance, higher tear strength, better vacuum and pressure ratings, and good flexibility in low temperatures.

    Common Applications of the PVC, TPR, and PU Hoses at Flexaust

    Our hoses are suitable for many industrial and commercial applications. Below we outline some of the operations in which our hoses are regularly utilized for and which PVC, TPR, and PU hoses are viable options.

    5 Main Uses of Plastic Reels

    The plastic reel made at Anderson Forest Products are lightweight and durable packing alternative to wooden and plywood reels. The top five industries that use plastic reels are:

    Industrial and residential wire manufacturers

    Low-voltage outdoor wire manufacturers

    Telecommunications manufacturers

    Ribbon and tape manufacturers

    Monofilament manufacturers

    The plastic reels we produce consist of plastic flanges and either paper or plastic cores. The flange diameter can range from 6 ?” to 24”. The spiral-wound paper cores we use are produced in-house, so we can make sure the wall thickness is adequate for the customers’ needs. We have the capacity to produce paper cores from 1.5” to 14” in diameter with wall thickness from 1/10” to 5/8”. The high quality of these paper tubes makes our plastic reels a strong but lightweight alternative to wooden or plywood reels.


    PU sheet is a pure white, soft, and flexible synthetic sponge with a mechanical strength and abrasion resistance equivalent or even superior to other sponge materials. Our study indicates that the blood absorption power of the polyurethane sheet is equivalent to that of the cotton gauze even after repeated use, and it has the potential to decrease the total amount of sponge usage. Further, accurately identifying the bleeding point might be easier with the polyurethane sheet.


    We are a well-reputed firm that manufacture, supplier and exporter wide range of Polyurethane Bushes in Mumbai, India. We are having an extreme name in offering a premium quality PU Bush. These bushes are manufactured using the latest techniques and finest quality polyurethane under the perfect observation of our skilled experts in compliance with set market quality standards. Our offered bushes are used in vehicles suspension systems. We offered polyurethane bushes are commonly used accessory for polyurethane applications. Our supplied polyurethane bushes are made from high-grade polyurethane material, sourced from very reputed vendors in the market. Polyurethane bushes have suitable water, oil, weather and cut resistance properties and also feature good dimensional stability as well as load properties. They are high in demand among the reputed automobile companies. The offered Polyurethane Bushes are highly demanded in the market and available at cost effective price.


    PU wheel is a popular wheel tread for use on industrial wheels, whether it is in a caster application or drive wheel applications. From noise reduction to their resistance to corrosion, there are many great reasons to choose polyurethane tires for specific caster applications. Here are the most compelling reasons:

    Noise Reduction

    Polyurethane tires are a popular choice in industrial applications because of their quietness in operation when compared to harder wheels such as steel or cast iron.  The polyurethane acts as a shock absorber and helps cushion the ride. It also absorbs bumps from uneven terrain.  When OSHA regulations come into play, using polyurethane instead of steel or cast iron wheels can significantly reduce noise levels to help protect your employees’ hearing

    Polyurethane tires are also often utilized for their load-bearing capacity when compared to rubber.  Polyurethane can provide a greater load-bearing capacity while still providing the benefits of a rubber tread, such as noise reduction, shock absorption, and floor protection.

    Floor Protection

    Polyurethane tires rule in applications where protecting the floor is critical.  The polyurethane will deflect and create a much larger footprint than harder wheel materials, such as nylon.  This larger surface area helps reduce the stress concentration on floors and keep them in better shape for longer periods.  For plants whose floors are expensive and critical to your operation, a polyurethane tire may be the preferred choice.

    What Are Advantages Of PU Conveyor Belt

    PU conveyor belt is also called polyurethane conveyor belt, it is very similar to PVC conveyor belt, both are industrial conveyor belts. Many people do not know whether to choose PU belt or PVC belt. In fact, their main difference lies in the material. There is no question of good or bad, just whether it is suitable for the original industry and equipment. If you are transporting food, such as candy, pasta, meat, seafood, baked goods, etc., the first choice is the PU conveyor belt. Next, this article will introduce the advantages of PU belts compared with PVC belts.

    No smell

    The smell of PVC belt is heavy. Because the PU conveyor belt is made of PU (polyurethane) as its rubber surface, it has no peculiar smell. When in contact with food, it will not produce any peculiar smell.

    Direct contact with food

    PVC conveyor belt contains harmful substances to the human body, so it should not be in direct contact with food. The transparent PU conveyor belt is transparent and clean, in line with FDA food-grade certification, can be in direct contact with food, and is resistant to oil, washing, and cutting.

    Green(Environmental Protection)

    PU conveyor belts are more environmentally friendly than PVC conveyor belts, because PU (polyurethane) is a material that can be decomposed by nature and is also called a green material.

    More durable

    In terms of durability, PU conveyor belts are more resistant to cutting than PVC conveyor belts. And the PU conveyor belt can also be used for repeated cutting work on the cutting machine at a certain thickness.

    PU conveyor belt rebounds faster

    The elastic PVC conveyor belt rebounds slowly after being folded, and the PU conveyor belt rebounds quickly.

    Polyurethane Gaskets

    PU gasket provides outstanding resistance to abrasion, excellent resilience to deformation under load and perform well against chemicals, oils, weathering and ultraviolet light. The polymer is highly resistant to tear and is often applied on flanges that are subject to vibration, contraction and expansion (dependent on the hardness). Our range of PU gaskets are available in a selection of colours including black, blue, natural, red and yellow and can be manufactured in shore hardnesses ranging from 35 to 90 (°A) that are either soft and flexible or offer plastic-like rigidity.

    At PAR Group, we utilise advanced CNC profile cutting machinery and have the capability to manufacture gaskets to almost any size you require. We convert polyurethane sheet into standard flange, picture frame and dovetail gaskets and are able to fulfil both low and high volume requirements. For information on how to accurately measure your gasket, please see our guide on 'How to Measure a Gasket'.


    Commonly used in applications that require an abrasion resistant gasket that offers high resilience to deformation under load.


    PU scraper and belt cleaners are used in a variety of applications. Mining, construction, material handling, and food processing are a few industries in which they are used. There are multiple urethane compounds available to tailor the scrapers’ specific performance, whether it is high temperature, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, or FDA approval, Pleiger has a polyurethane compound to fit any need. Our polyurethane scraper and belt cleaners offer the durability needed on automated conveyors and belts to clean and scrape material off the surface. Polyurethane scrapers offer a longer life and better performance than rubber or other materials. Polyurethane is also resilient, and therefore absorbs impacts and conforms to the surface without causing damage to the belt or clipper splices. A wide range of durometers are available whether you are removing large aggregate or water from your surface.


    Wheel chocks represent critical safety equipment in industrial, mining and aviation settings. Their proper and sustained use ensures that lives are protected, and such use is required by the DOT, NFPA, SAE and MSHA. There are multiple wheel chocks on the market, including those constructed of aluminum, wood, rubber and urethane,such as PU wheel chock and so on. Federal guidelines do not generally specify the type of material that must be utilized for industrial applications; however, rubber and urethane are the two most commonly selected by safety managers.

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