PVC film—also referred to as vinyl film—is a thin thermoplastic film available in a variety of forms and finishes. Depending on the requirements and restrictions of the intended application, it can demonstrate rigidity or flexibility and feature a clear, colored, translucent, opaque, matte, or glossy finish. Due to its versatile nature, the material finds use across a wide range of industrial applications, ranging from shower curtains to pharmaceutical packaging.
Why is PVC Frequently Used?
Compared to other thermoplastic film materials, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film offers several advantages, including:
- Durability. PVC is highly durable, exhibiting exceptional resistance to damage due to harsh environmental conditions such as corrosive chemicals, abrasion, shock, and impact. These properties make it suitable for use in medium to long term applications involving exposure to external environments.
- Operational and environmental safety. PVC is non-toxic and thoroughly tested for environmental effects. It meets a variety of domestic and international health and safety standards, including those outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), and International Safety Standards (ISS).
- Fire resistance. Due to its high chlorine content, PVC is highly resistant to fire. It does not ignite easily or produce a great deal of heat when burned. However, as it can emit harmful chemicals when melted or burned, those handling the material in operations involving open flames or high temperatures should take the proper precautions to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. It is also self-extinguishing.
- Non-conductivity. PVC does not conduct electricity, which makes it suitable for use as an insulator in industrial and mechanical components and buildings.
- Cost-effectiveness. Despite its numerous advantages, PVC is inexpensive to manufacture and easy to manipulate into desired shapes and sizes. These qualities make it a cost-effective material option for industrial applications.
- Versatility. The physical properties of PVC allow it to accommodate a wide range of applications, as outlined below.
What is PVC Film Used For?
PVC film is a form of PVC used widely in industrial applications, such as:
Waterproof Enclosures and Products
The exceptional durability and water resistance of PVC film make it an excellent material for outdoor and indoor waterproof enclosures and products, such as canopies, tents, and shower curtains.
Furniture and Supply Covers
PVC film is an excellent product for the fabrication of furniture covers and protective products such as food delivery bags and imitation leather. Covers and products made with PVC film are weatherproof, easy to maintain, and can be laminated for additional protection.
Windows and Siding
PVC’s insulating and heat resistant properties, coupled with its durability, make PVC film an ideal option for use in window covers and siding.
Industry professionals use both rigid and flexible PVC film to manufacture packaging materials. For example, flexible film can be used to create tamper-resistant seals for products such as consumer goods, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals, while rigid film is suitable for packaging materials such as clamshells.
Custom PVC Plastics From Adams Plastics
At Adams Plastics, we offer high-quality converting services to produce custom products from plastic materials such as PVC film. Our converting capabilities include laminating, slitting, sheeting, and printing. For more information on our products and services, contact us today. If you need assistance with your next plastic product project, reach out to our team to request a quote or sample.