About 35 years ago the heat shrink sleeve or “shrinkable sleeve” was created when tape coatings in the oil and gas industries started being replaced by the new polyethylene pipe covers. Considered new found technology then, the heat shrink sleeve is still widely used and accepted today.
By cross linking the material and adding new adhesives in these newer versions of the heat shrink sleeve you enhance the sheer performance of the sleeve. The role of the heat shrink sleeve is to create a protective coating on pipelines to prevent corrosion, damage and even line breakage.
The heat shrinkable feature just means that when the sleeve sheet is heated up it shrinks or takes on a tighter form. The heat shrink sleeve will begin its process as a solid sheet and then adhesive, polyolefin backing and epoxy primer is added to increase the performance.
Because these sleeves are extremely durable and can with stand the outdoor elements, they are generally used by oil and gas companies for pipelines. These outdoor pipelines will encounter numerous elements and chemicals which the heat shrink sleeve will protect it from. Without using sleeves or any covers the pipes could become damaged, broken and even corroded. All of which would greatly affect the performance of the pipelines.
The heat shrink sleeve can be found in packages or separately depending on the size, shape and brand that you need. Locally you can find shrink sleeves, tubes and other shrinking products at your hardware and home improvement stores. Some large retails stores like Wal Mart and KMart may also carry these products but will be very select. Do some shopping around to find highest quality sleeves for all of your project and personal needs. Good luck with your shopping!
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