Vinyl caps and plugs are so common, you probably think you know all about when and how to use them, but we have some ideas for making the most of your caps and plugs you might not have considered. Our vinyl caps and plugs are made to withstand just about anything you can throw at them, so consider these creative ways to make sure you get the most out of them.
- Insulating and Cushioning
Insulating and cushioning are probably the most obvious uses for caps and plugs, but that doesn’t mean this use should be taken for granted or skipped over. Insulating and cushioning are essential to protecting your items from damage due to extreme temperatures or prolonged or repeated contact with hard surfaces.
Because vinyl can handle temperature fluctuations, as well as high temperatures without cracking or breaking, they are ideal for protecting any items you might be subjecting to fluctuations in temperature, either in the manufacturing process, or while the item is in use.
- Maintaining Hydraulic Integrity
According to experts, 75%-80% of hydraulic failure is a result of dirt and debris getting into the hydraulics. Vinyl caps and plugs are critical to protecting your hydraulic systems from dirt, moisture, corrosion, and damage during the manufacturing process, as well as shipping and storage.
Because vinyl is more flexible than hard plastics, it fits snugly and seals securely without leaving any residue. This helps prevent leaks out of your hydraulic system as well as preventing any outside elements from getting in and wreaking havoc. At the same time, vinyl caps and plugs can be easily removed, making them ideal for situations where you need an impermanent, but secure seal.
- Use Them Again and Again
Some caps and plugs are reusable. For example, when used for masking, the same caps and plugs can be used over and over again for the same purpose. Other caps and plugs can be used for the same purpose throughout an item’s lifecycle: from manufacturing, to shipping and storing, to use by the customer.
- Color Coding
Our vinyl caps and plugs come in a variety of colors, which make them ideal for color coding, in addition to sealing. For example, you can use vinyl caps and plugs of one color in high-temperature situations so that, when your workers see that color, they know to proceed with caution because it’s likely to be very hot.
While color coding can be great for maintaining safety standards, it’s also an opportunity to brand your business. If you’re manufacturing items to be shipped to customers with vinyl caps and/or plugs intact, you can use vinyl caps and plugs of the same colors you have in your logo so your customers will always be reminded of you when they see those caps and plugs.
Likewise, you can color code caps and plugs with the colors of your customers’ logo so each of your workers who sees the caps and plugs knows which customer they’re sending it to, thereby avoiding any embarrassing confusion.
At ESTCO, we take pride in the quality of our vinyl caps and plugs, and if you don’t see something that fits your needs, we can always create a custom cap or plug for you.