Plastic J Channels

Plastic J channels look quite like their name would suggest. Products of extrusion, they are “J” shaped plastic channels, used to support building trim material, provide a finished edge for profiles and assist in displays.

Plastic Extruded Channel
Plastic Extruded Channel – GSH Industries, Inc.

Plastic J channels are used in many industries, such as point-of-purchase, store fixture, retail display, visual merchandising, lighting, refrigeration, HVAC, garage door, windows/blind, mobile electrification systems and data transfer systems. In fact, many iterations of the J channel fall under the category umbrella of “Point of Purchase (P.O.P) Extrusions.”

Plastic J channels may be extruded from a great many materials, including ABS, HDPE, rigid PVC, polystyrene, polypropylene, polycarbonate, provista and LDPE. They can be customized for thickness, length and color, though standard color offerings are usually only black, white or clear.

They may also be treated with a standard or custom finish to create a certain level of visual clarity, such as that created by a non-glare, satin matte finish. Some types of plastic J channels, like flexible vinyl J channels, do not necessarily have to only run on a straight line application, but rather can conform to any shape.

This conformity, achieved by cutting slits on the nailing strip, is especially applicable to irregularly shaped applications, such as round, oval, half round and other curve shaped windows, louvers and the like. To secure the plastic J channel to its application, manufacturers offer various types of adhesives, such as white foam adhesive, peel-and-stick tape, clear tape adhesive or rubber-based film tape.

Among other applications, plastic J channels are used as and on: sign holders, decorative trim, picture frames, window frames, doors, wire organization, cable management, ticket sliding in food service, bus bar insulators and conductor bar protectors.

In addition, some J channels are sold as a part of a shelf or label management kit, along with other accessories. Plastic J channels play a diverse and integral role in the world of marketing and retail.

They can capture consumer attention, organize space to promote clear messaging, and help boost sales. With windows, refrigerators, lighting, HVAC and the like, they contribute to the safety and efficiency of restaurants, offices and other small and large businesses.