Only the best: We use the most high-tech plastics with extraordinary features
We have over 25 years of experience in the field of polymer materials and in working with sophisticated fabrics. Thanks to the processing of these modern raw materials, we’re able to provide solutions, which are simply unachievable with conventional materials. Coupled with our in-depth know-how, we are able to produce these products to the highest international quality standards.
Found out more about which materials we apply in our production processes.
The majority of the suction and transport hoses, which extract highly abrasive solids, are made from high performance polyurethane. Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPU) offer a great range of features, combining elasticity, high resistance and durability.
Thermoplastic Vulkanisates (TPV)
The TPV applied in Masterflex hoses are made from natural thermoplastic rubber. TPV belong to the group of thermoplastic elastomers and offer the performance characteristics of vulcanised rubber, such as good heat resistance and a low compression set, combined with the easy processibility of thermoplastics.
Soft PVC (Polyvinylchloride)
PVC belongs to the amorphous plastics yet still excels thanks to its excellent media resistance. Hoses made from this material are highly suited to almost any environment and application – with the exception of solvents (e.g. aromatics, esters, ketones, chlorinated hydrocarbons).
PVC is a low-price, versatile material. Its temperature resistance and abrasion resistance are, however, much lower than those of polyurethane. Furthermore, the material can become brittle over time due to migrating plasticisers, which can lead to the hose no longer functioning properly.
Polyethylene is a thermo-plastic and belongs to the group of polyolefins. Due to its excellent resistance to acids, alkali and chemicals, polyethylene is extremely durable and possesses a much greater chemical resistance than PU. The material exhibits much robuster properties than polyurethane. Hoses made from polyethylene are especially suitable for special applications, e.g. the transport of aggressive gases and liquids, or transport of fine-particle dusts and powders in the chemicals industry. Confronted with such extreme media as acetone, benzenes, toluenes and xylenes, the PE material proves its excellent resistance.
Among many different sophisticated fields of production, Masterflex is also specialised in the processing of high-performance fabrics. In the production process of our patented and renowned Clip hoses, many different types of fabric are applied. These fabric types differ greatly in their features and material makeups. Examples include extremely chemical-resistant fabrics such as PTFE, Viton, Kapton or Hypalon. Others include extremely heat-resistant fabric types, which enable otherwise hazardous applications in high temperature areas. The materials used are clamped into place in the exterior steel helix via the patented “Clip“ method, thus creating tension-proof hoses. With this method, neither welding, bonding nor sewing is necessary, as the clamp or “clip” provides more than enough stability. Depending on the outer or inner loads, the hoses can be produced with multiple layers to provide even greater durability.