Thermoplastic Water System

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Courtesy of Asahi/America, Inc.

The use of thermoplastic plastics in pharmaceutical and biotech water and process systems is gaining greater acceptance. Water systems are often more efficiently operated when thermoplastics such as Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) and Polypropylene (PP) are employed as compared to ones constructed of stainless steel. It is important to consider the unique properties of thermoplastics when evaluating their merits for your system requirements. Issues such as thermal expansion, operating pressure and system temperature need to be taken into account. Should a water system’s criteria fall within the acceptable range of thermoplastics’ operating conditions, the choice of plastics over metals can easily result in years of troublefree and low maintenance operation. This is demonstrated and proven by the many existing PVDF and Polypropylene Purified Water and WFI systems.

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