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Q&A from the Experts

  • How does using polyurethane foam impact the manufacturing process?

    Whether you manufacture water heaters for the industrial or consumers markets, you're faced with same challenge - find a way to develop products that offer improved energy efficiency while simultaneously looking for ways to improve the efficiency of your manufacturing processes.

     

    BASF Elastopor systems easily deliver quality, consistency and repeatability in the manufacturing process. It also provides improvements in flow characteristics and curing times, helping speed your production process.

    Our rigid foams effortlessly meet the highest demands and broadest applications, resulting in the design and manufacture of innovative and forward-thinking water heater products. We will always consider your total manufacturing process, from financial and environmental considerations, when creating new systems solutions.

  • Where can thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) be found in everyday items?

    Elastollan TPUs can be found in animal ID tags, over-molded laptop computer housings, mobile phone casings, golf balls, golf disks, armrests, goggles and ski and skate boots, and many more! The robust characteristics of Elastollan make it a superior choice for use in many injection molding applications.

  • How do you determine the properties and features or slow recovery foam?

    BASF utilizes Dynamic Mechanical Analysis to target the properties and features of Pluracel foam. With this tool, Pluracel foam formulations can be adjusted to move the glass transition temperature, as well as target a specific temperature range for visco-elasticity. In addition, we analyze the height and breadth of the curve as a means of targeting recovery rates and pressure relief qualities.

  • How does polyurethane compare with latex?

    Latex foam is often marketed in the luxury bedding segment as a long lasting, highly resilient, highly comfortable bedding material. But Pluralux foam may be a better choice. Data shows that Pluralux foam exhibits excellent feel and resilience properties while outperforming talalay latex with respect to pressure relief, support, dynamic fatigue, tensile and tear properties. Unlike latex, Pluralux foam can be made to meet the California Technical Bulletin 117* flame and smoldering tests.

     

    Pluralux foam, made from Pluracol® materials, maintains a high level of performance in "comfort" products. These foams exhibit outstanding resilience, support and durability properties. They absorb and distribute energy to relieve pressure points. Pluralux foam is an excellent material choice in producing mattress cores or padding for the luxury bedding segment.

  • What is a high resilient foam?

    Pluracol® HR polyols by BASF are typically used to produce the most comfortable and durable cushioning for furniture and bedding applications. Pluracol® Graft HR polyols are polyether polyols containing co-polymerized styrene and acrylonitrile, which are filtered to allow for efficient processing through a wide range of equipment. Foams produced from these polyols can be made to pass California Technical Bulletin 117* smoldering and open flame tests.

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