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Adding Color. Heat shrink tubing can
be colored for identification or aesthetic
purposes, such as to cover a joint or to
provide a smooth transition between a
tube and a connector.
Manufacturing Polyolefin Heat Shrink
Tubing
Once the heat shrink tubing is
designed, it is then extruded to very
tight tolerances. Extruding to precise
tolerances is imperative to ensure the
expanded dimensions will consistently
meet the critical requirements.
Once it is extruded, the tubing is
crosslinked via electron beam irradiation. The irradiation step causes crosslinking of the chemical backbone of
the tubing, strengthening it and giving
it the memory characteristics required
for the heat shrink process. During
development, the irradiation step is an
iterative process until the appropriate
dosage of radiation is determined to
meet the unique product specifica-

tions. If the tubing is over-irradiated, it
won't expand large enough to achieve
the minimum expanded diameter
required. And if the tubing is underirradiated, it will over-expand and will
be larger than the required expanded
diameter.
After completing the irradiation
step, the heat shrink tubing is then
expanded in either a continuous or a
discrete method. The proper expansion method depends on the desired
size and expanded wall thickness of the
tubing. For large, thin-walled tubing, a
discrete expander is the ideal choice
because of the delicateness of the walls.
For example, a tube expanding from
0.020 to 0.200 in. with an expanded
wall thickness of 0.0002 in. will not be
suitable for a continuous expander
because the walls are so thin that they
may burst during the expansion phase.
The diagrams in Figure 1 illustrate the
extrusion, irradiation, and expansion
processes.

Precision matters.

Ensuring Success for Your Heat Shrink
Tubing
With a high shrink ratio, low recovery
temperature, and good surface lubricity,
polyolefin offers distinct advantages for
heat shrink tubing. It is the ideal material for use with transition tubing, electrodes, and other applications that require extreme flexibility, thin walls and/
or low temperature shrink.
During development of heat shrink
tubing, it is important to consider the
cost implications of the design - especially with regard to expanded ID,
recovered ID, length, and storage
needs. Manual processes and tight
specifications requiring careful inspection will increase the cost of the final
product, so it is important to determine tolerance requirements up front.
An extrusion expert can help ensure
design for manufacturability.
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