6-inch duct flexible hose products are a kind of industrial ducting that are utilized in a large number of industrial and commercial applications. Part of what makes 6-inch duct an attractive workplace hose option is that they can be constructed from a number of different materials, all of which have their own intrinsic benefits. The diversity of materials used in constructing the hose allows for a wide assortment of uses.
- Rubber: Flex ducts constructed from rubber are generally used in abrasive applications. That is, applications where the ducting is required to suck or blow material such as sand, wheat, or dust, to name but a few. Boasting a 275 degree Fahrenheit temperature resistance, these heavy duty hoses are some of the most cost effective around; if you want a flexible hose that is both heat-resistant and affordable, look no further than rubber. This durability does not just extend to resistance to heat, however. Rubber flex pipes excel at resisting the potentially damaging effects of moisture and UV, both of which can extensively shorten the lifespan of practically any product. Combine this with a commendable chemical resistance, and it is no shock to discover that rubber flexible hose pipes are both long-lasting and high-quality.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride): A material that has proven itself across a whole spectrum of different products (flooring, fencing, bottles), it is only natural that PVC makes for a quality flex duct product. When it comes to 6-inch duct, PVC is a material that many consumers naturally flock to when deciding what kind of commercial duct to purchase. Though comparatively not as heat resistant as rubber (PVC can “only” endure temperatures of up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit), PVC flexible hose pipes have an excellent degree of flexibility – one that more rigid rubber ducting often lacks. Their superb compressibility and resistance to moisture and chemicals additionally make them a wholly attractive ducting option. In addition PVC hoses are available in a clear hose option which allows for visual inspection of clogs from the outside of the hose. Clear PVC film can also be made from FDA approved materials, allowing for its use in transporting food materials as well.
Neoprene-dipped Polyester Fabric: This type of duct hose truly is a tank. Used as heavy-duty hoses, many neoprene-dipped polyester fabric ducts are used in some of the most hardcore abrasive applications. Featuring great crush resistance and some of the highest tensile strength of any flex pipes, the neoprene coating is suited for environments from blistering -40 degree cold up to a scorching 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Though of course offered in the form of 6-inch duct, these hoses can additionally be purchased with interior diameters of up to 60 inches. Custom production is available in almost any ID size. Neoprene dipped fabric hoses can also have added cuffs applied to the end of any hose which allows for easy clamping of a hose. In addition these hoses have excellent flex fatigue, meaning they do not wear as fast when flexed from left to right or compressed.
Polyurethane: Much like PVC, polyurethane 6 inch duct is capable of bending and flexing to accommodate an extensive laundry list of applications. The superior abrasion resistance, high tear strength, and outstanding chemical resistance of these flex pipes clearly demonstrate how resilient they are in the face of almost all potential debris and abrasices. Feel free to incorporate this type of commercial duct into some of your coldest workplace environments - it will hold up. As an added bonus, polyurethane flexible hose pipes can be purchased in metric sizes and can further be fitted with factory-installed 2” soft cuffs, which allow the lengths of piping to be fitted together snugly and securely. Convenient, durable, and effective – these hoses do it all.
Silicone: A narrowly pitched ducting type that allows for a simultaneous tight bending radius and consistent air flow, silicone ducting pipe is used the world over in an assortment of workplaces. Well-suited for high temperature air handling applications, silicone is another material that finds itself being utilized for ducting of all sizes (6” inch duct or otherwise). Due to its inherent resistance to oils, solvents, fungus, alkalis, and other chemicals, silicone is a choice product use in plastic processing plants and other areas that see a large amount of chemical materials. However, despite silicone’s excellent aforementioned heat and chemical resistances, it is not recommended that consumers install silicone heavy duty hoses in areas where they need to be continuously flexed – over time, this flexing can lead to premature breakage.
- Stainless: Welding? Working on engines? Absorbing fumes from dry ice? Whatever your extreme temperature application needs, stainless ducting has you covered. Capable of functioning anywhere from negative 400 degrees to up to positive 800 degrees Fahrenheit, it is safe to say that stainless duct supplies ensure that, no matter your environment, your ducting needs will be met. Perfect for air and fume applications of all types, stainless ducting is lightweight and easily transportable, making for a truly all-environment product. Stainless commercial duct products are available in 5-foot lengths and in interior diameters ranging from 2 inches to 12 inches. Because of their popularity, many retailers keep stainless duct hose on-hand and ready to be shipped within 24 hours.
If there is one thing that ducting does not lack, it is variety. With so many options to choose from, it is no wonder that consumers feel the need to get as much information as possible before making their selection. Talk to your our customer service representatives (or check online) for more information about the type of commercial duct your individual situation warrants. Whether you need just one length of stainless 6” duct or a factory’s worth of PVC flexible hose pipes, the more information you have, the better prepared you will be to make sensible and smart ducting purchasing decisions.