Process tubing is a special type of tubing for use in the fields of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as in the food and drink industry. They are able to handle a wide variety of substances, including ink, hazardous materials and beverages. They are highly resistant to damage and corrosion and tend to be transparent, which aids observation and is helpful in the event of a clog occurring within the tubing.
Process tubing can be used in hot and cold water plumbing and heating systems.
These flexible tubes can also be used with peristaltic pumps to accurately pump liquid, gases and other solutions at low flow rates. Peristaltic pumps are ideal for use in laboratories, food processing or fermentation plants, and beverage dispensers.
Since process tubing can be used to transport substances ranging from hazardous material to beverages, an important factor distinguishing different kinds of process tubing (and a key factor to consider when purchasing) is whether it is food-grade.
Process tubing is made from various kinds of plastic, including silicone, perfluoroalkoxy alkene (PFA), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).