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5 Things You Should Know Before Ordering a Telescoping Tubing System
Rock West Composites offers a variety of telescoping tubing systems. Consequently, we get a lot of calls from
customers asking for advice on how to design their custom system and what to order. While we are always
happy to assist, this can be a difficult task for our staff if you don’t know the basics of your specifications.
Here are the basics that every customer should know before trying to place an order for telescoping tubing.
1. What is the required length when fully extended?
Every telescoping application will have a maximum reach that the user is trying to access. In general a longer
reach requires more segments and/or longer individual segments.
2. Is there a required length when fully collapsed?
It’s good to know if you have specific storage requirements for when your tubing is collapsed. If you have a set
collapsed length and a set extended length, then you can calculate the minimum number of segments.
Alternatively, if you know the extended length and the number of segments you can calculate the collapsed
3. Does the length need to be adjustable for your application?
This will impact the clamping method selected. Button clips work well if you only have a few segments and
only need the tubes to be fully collapsed or fully extended. Twist-lock or flip-lever clamps work well if you will
require a range of lengths.
4. Do you know the weight of any attached tool/devices on your tubes?
If you are supporting a heavy load on the end, then you’ll likely need larger diameter tubing. You might also
need to use intermediate or high modulus tubing if you’re trying to limit the deflection at the end.
5. Do your tubes need to interface with other items?
Sizing your tubes to fit between connectors can eliminate the work of designing adapters. For example, our
INFINItubeV series tubes have diameters that increase in 1/8” increments to fit a variety existing parts.
INFINItubeV series tubes are also designed to interface with our CARBONNect system for a highly modular
This basic information will enable you to take the next step in your design. Rock West Composites also offers
design and assembly services for customers who prefer to a composites expert help them complete their
Learn more about our telescoping tubing selection!
Contact us today at email@example.com.