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HDPE: Best Uses

On the microscopic level, high-density polyethylene has a clean, linear structure that makes the plastic light and strong. It can be manufactured and shipped at low costs, saving companies millions in materials. The simple material is waterproof, UV-resistant, and flexible under pressure, making it the perfect material for numerous uses.

Cost-Effective Uses of HDPE Sheets

Piping

HDPE is commonly recognized as the most cost-effective piping material. Pipe-grade HDPE retains its flexibility at temperatures down to -220˚ Fahrenheit, making it a great candidate to distribute cold liquids underground.

 

What the plastic is infamous for is being tricky to bond. Luckily, bonding techniques have been perfected since HDPE’s invention in the 1930’s. The most cost-effective technique is called electrofusion. Two pipe components are fitted together with a specially designed electrofusion fitting, which is then slowly heated to the melting point. The two pipes then weld into one.

Food Containers

Where HDPE shines brightest is in the consumable goods industry. It’s flexible, strong, and non-leaching. That makes it the perfect container for everything from cereal to ice cream. Best of all, consumers can drop HDPE containers right into the recycling bin when they’re done.

Unlike PVC and polystyrene, HDPE does not leach into water, making it a safe and healthy food container. Not surprisingly, HDPE is the preferred material for baby bottles and disposable cups.

Chemical Bottles

HDPE does not interact with most chemicals. It can safely contain laundry detergent, household cleaner, motor oil, or antifreeze. Adding a pigment to the plastic increases its strength and lengthens the shelf life of the product.

Toys

Being both durable and flexible, HDPE toys usually bounce instead of breaking. The material is safe for infants and toddlers as it does not leech in liquids. Being UV-resistant, HDPE also retains its color for longer than most plastics.

When Not to Use HDPE

This plastic is immune to most chemicals, but will oxidate in acids. For containing acids, we recommend PCTFE. PCTFE is a durable, waterproof plastic with a variety of uses, but is not as cost-effective as HDPE.

Like most plastics, HDPE melts quickly when exposed to open flame. When working with fire, there are two options. One is to treat the plastic with a flame-retardant layer. The other is to use metal instead of plastic.

HDPE is the best budget plastic. That is why it is the material of choice for consumable goods containers everywhere. To see where your company can save, consult Specified Fittings for free.

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Swedge Reducers

Also known as a “swage” reducer, these fittings have become “regulars” here at Specified Fittings. They offer many advantages for a myriad of situations.

When a pipe fails, it’s rarely due to the main body of the pipe run. The flaw usually lies in the details: individual pipe fittings that must facilitate complex changes without causing pressure to impact any one point. A swedge reducer is one of these crucial pipe fittings, which is why we have devoted so much care and attention to designing reliable versions of this product.

A well made and implemented swedge reducer adjusts the diameter of the main pipe run without inhibiting flow. The smooth, rounded structure causes liquids to bounce rather than hit pressure points and create leaks. Our swedge reducers are built with two top priorities: eliminate failure points and maximize flow.

Our Swedge Reducers

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One Piece Swedge Reducers

Each of our swedge reducers is built in one piece and composed of the same material throughout. We use pipe to reduce diameter instead of sheet material, as pipe is smoother and maximizes flow, protecting the rest of the pipeline from becoming damaged. Our swedge reducers are fully rated, adding no additional restrictions to your design. In addition to the practical perks, our single piece swedge reducers are also faster to manufacture, meaning they will be in your hands faster than multi-material fittings of the same variety.

Concentric and Eccentric Swedge Reducers

Our basic concentric design is available up to 63 inches in diameter. Concentric swedge reducers form a straight line in which the center of each section lines up exactly. For a fully optimized flow rate, we recommend an eccentric swedge reducer, which guides the movement of the contents by varying the center of each section. We custom-engineer eccentric swedge reducers to ensure a maximum flow rate for your project. In addition, we keep a stock of 48″x42″, 42″x36″, and 36″x30″ eccentric swedge reducers, designed for optimal flow characteristics.

All our swedge reducers are compliant with the American Water Works Association in all DR’s. A Factory Mutual certification will be included with your purchase upon request. Please contact us to order your custom swedge reducers.