FEP Lay Flat Heat Shrink Tubing
FEP Lay Flat Heat Shrink Tubing is a thin wall FEP sleeve that is manufactured from an FDA approved Fluoropolymer resin. With its thin wall, low shrink temperature and its light weight Lay Flat FEP tubing is ideal for covering delicate instruments and glass bulbs. Encapsulating T5 fluorescent light bulbs, T8 fluorescent light bulbs and T12 fluorescent light bulbs with FEP tubing ensures that any damage or breakage is contained within the tubing and will not cross contaminate from shattered glass. Medical and Food Industry benefit greatly from the use of these heat shrinkable sleeves and FEP Coated fluorescent light bulbs in their lighting applications.
FEP has been proven to be the ultimate sleeving material for shatterproofing lamps where glass free areas are required. Lay Flat FEP allows glass and mercury to be safely contained when breakage occurs, and does not degrad by the heat or UV emitted by the lamps.
Standard fluorescent bulbs sizes of T5 ( 5/8″ diameter ) T8 ( 1.00″ diameter ) T12 ( 1.50″ diameter ) can be covered and placed back into service in minutes. Lay Flat material comes in a standard .010 wall which provides enough material for protection while still keeping requirements for applications that need UV pass through.
Please note that dimensions for Lay Flat material are based off of bulb measurements. Fluorescent tubes that use ceramic ends or caps may require a special expansion in order to fit the larger diameter of the ceramic socket. Make sure to measure the ends of your bulb.
Key Properties of FEP Lay Flat
- Unaffected by UV light
- Flame Rating : UL 94 VO
- Will not yellow or crack over time
- Applications up to 400º F
- T5, T8, and T12 Fluorescent bulbs
- Can be used with Black Light Lamps
- Manufactured from FDA approved & USP Class VI FEP Resins
FEP Tubing is both transparent to UVA and UVC light and totally resistant to it, as well as being temperature resistant. Loss of UVA and UVC light using Fluoropolymers is much less than other polymer coatings. FEP Lay Flat Sleeving has a UVA loss of around 4 % and loss of UVC near 11 %. Therefore, FEP makes an excellent material for shatterproofing UVA and UVC lamps used in the food and pharmaceutical industries, where glass free areas are required.
Due to the high performance properties of FEP this sleeve will not discolor or become brittle due to the absorption of UV radiation, which is a common problem with lesser quality coatings such as PET.
With Heat Shrink Lay Flat FEP you are not restricted or tied into any bulb specific manufacturer. All FEP Lay Flat is designed to fit your specified T5, T8, T12 lamp manufacturer. Mixtures of lamp manufactures can be coated at the same time.
PET Lay Flat Heat Shrink Tubing
For applications that do not require the high temperature and physical properties of FEP Tubing a low cost PET (Polyethylene-Terephthalat) Lay Flat tube can be used as a replacement.
PET Lay Flat Tubing has a lower shrink temperature, or recovery temperature then FEP Lay Flat , but still provides excellent protection of fluorescent light bulbs, solenoids, and batteries.
For lighting applications PET Tubing provides economical protection of Fluorescent bulbs without effecting the output of the light. UV resistant additives can be added to help increase the applications and life of the blub. Manufactured with a 2:1 expansion ratio and designed to fit standard T5 fluorescent light bulb, T8 fluorescent light bulb, and T12 fluorescent light bulb.
PET Tubing can be produced in long continuous lengths up to 500 ft on a spool which will help reduce waste and increase production.