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   Polyester Foam       Thermosetting resins or plastics based on the polyester (alkyd) system.  These materials should not be confused with thermoplastic polyesters or PET resins.  Also includes foam using a polyester polyol as a component of the polymer chemical system. Esters are generally described only by their density. Pore sizes are more controllable than in ethers. Ester foams are used in packaging, gasketing, sound attenuation and filtration applications. 
   Polyether Foam       Foams that use polyether polyol as a component of the polymer chemical system. Ether foams are described by their density and compression ratings and are more resilient, available in more variations and are less expensive. Ether foams are used in furniture, bedding and many packaging applications. 
   Polyethylene Foam       Polyethylene is a closed cell, expanded, extruded flexible plastic foam. It is primarily used as a protective packaging material because of its predictable shock absorbing qualities. It is available in densities from 1.2 lbs. /cu. ft. up to 6.0 lbs. /cu. ft. The compression (firmness) of polyethylene foam is directly related to its density — the heavier the foam, the harder it is. Polyethylene foam is available in roll or sheet / plank form. Due to the nature of the extrusion process that produces this material, the thickness of rolls and planks is very limited. In order to provide thickness greater than 2.0 inches, this material must be laminated. The resulting material can be up to three layers thick for a total of 6.0 inches for bulk foam. Fabrication using various adhesives across smaller areas can produce much thicker combinations. 
   Polystyrene Foam       EPS expanded polystyrene. 
   Polyurethane Foam       Polyurethane is an open cell chemically expanded product created by a rapid chemical reaction which produces a high volume of carbon dioxide gas as a byproduct. This gas creates bubbles within the matrix of the chains of polymers which become the cell walls. The gas escapes, leaving behind a skeleton of foam. The quality and performance of these cell walls make up the physical characteristics that will, upon curing for at least 24 hours, determine the firmness and resiliency of the final product. 
   Cross-linked PE Foam       Cross-linked polyethylene foam is made by adding several additional ingredients to standard polyethylene foam to produce a finer (smaller) celled product. As a result, it has a smoother texture than standard polyethylene foam and offers some different shock absorbing parameters. This material is made in thinner layers than standard polyethylene forma, using 0.5 inch increments instead of 2.0 inch increments. It is also heat laminated under carefully controlled conditions. 
   Other       Other unlisted, proprietary or specialty materials. 
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   Type       
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   Closed Cellular       Foams that have pores or cells that are not interconnected and are sealed off to an external surface. Closed cellular foams are useful for buoyancy and floatation applications. 
   Open Cellular       Foams that have pores or cells that are interconnected and open to an external surface. Open-porosity foams are useful for filtration-type applications. Open cellular foams are not useful for floatation applications unless the surface is sealed or closed off. 
   Flexible/Soft Foam       Flexible or cushioning materials that can bend, flex or absorb an impact without cracking and delaminating. 
   Rigid Foam       Rigid foams have a matrix with little or no flexibility.  
   Reticulated       Reticulated foams have a very open structure with a skeletal matrix consisting of an interconnecting network of thin material strands. Reticulated foams can be envisioned as having a random three-dimensional mesh between pores. 
   Syntactic       Syntactic foams consist of rigid microspheres or glass micro-balloons held together by a plastic or resin matrix. 
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Capabilities
           
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   Contour Cutting       Contour cutting refers to the ability to machine foam and produce desired contours or patterns on the cutting surface. 
   Convolutions       Convolutions, egg-shaped patterns, are fabricated through a special cutting process.  First, a pattern of pressure points depresses the foam.  While depressed, the foam is cut.  The result is an egg-shaped contour pattern on the foam surface. 
   Die Cutting       Die cutters and die cutting machines convert web or sheet materials into shapes. 
   Finished Product Assembly       Products made of foam that are in themselves the finished product. 
   Foam Felting       Curing process where thick softer foam materials are compressed and cured in order to fabricate denser foam materials. 
   Gluing or Foam Welding       Fusion of layers by either gluing or welding processes. 
   Heat Impressions       Use of heat and pressure to form permanent impressions. 
   Heat Seaming       Use of heat and pressure to create seems. 
   Hot Wire Cutting       Cutting method, predominantly used with polystyrene foam, where heated wire is used to produce smooth straight cuts. 
   Laminating       Laminates are products made by bonding together two or more layers of material. 
   Molding       Use of one of a number of different molding techniques to produce foam shapes and products. 
   Routing       Routing machines have a revolving, high-speed vertical spindle and cutter for milling out the surface or edges of materials. 
   Slitting       Cutting wheels or other similar cutting methods used to fabricate fixed width foam rolls or sheets. 
   Thermal Forming       Using heat to reform bulk foam material into desired shapes.  A popular method for producing foam sheets. 
   Water / Abrasive Jet Machining       In abrasive machining, a jet of water and abrasive is directed at the material to be machined. The jet drags the abrasive through the material in a curved path and the resulting centrifugal forces on the particles pressing them against the work piece. The cutting action is a grinding process where the forces and motions are provided by water, rather than a solid grinding wheel. The result is a very small width of cut allowing for precise machining. 
   Other       Other unlisted, proprietary or specialty capabilities. 
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Industry Served
           
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   Acoustics / Sound Proofing       Sound proofing or acoustic insulation material is used to form a barrier or isolator between components and sources of noise or vibration.  Also, foam material products used for diffusing sound without causing a large degree of attenuation. 
   Architectural / Construction       Foam products that are designed or suitable for construction or architectural applications such as insulation, column bearing blocks, forming structural panels, sealing or holding interior components in place. 
   Automotive / Transportation       Foam products that are designed or suitable for automotive or transportation applications. 
   Baffling / Safety Foam       Foam products that are suitable for baffling applications to reduce the surge and slosh of fuel or other volatile liquids. The sloshing, splashing or movement of fuel may generate explosive fumes within a system. 
   Buoyancy       Foam products that are designed or suitable for buoyancy applications. Typically, water resistant or waterproof closed cell foams are used for buoyancy applications. 
   Case Inserts       Foam materials or products that are used to line the inside of carrying cases.  
   Consumer / Furniture       Foam products that are designed for consumer, mattress, seating or furniture applications. 
   Cushioning       Foam products that have a high degree of elasticity and resilience, making the form useful for cushioning or elastomeric spring applications. Materials with cushioning ability are useful in seating, mattresses, bumpers, impact-protective packaging and other specialized industrial applications. 
   Filtration       Open celled foams that are suitable for filtration applications. These foams must be resistant to the fluid, gas or media passing through the foam filter. The pore size (ppi) determines the size of the particles that can be filtered out, as well as the flow rate through the filter. 
   Sealing / Gasketing       Foams that conform to surface contours, making them suitable for sealing and gasketing applications. 
   HVAC       Foam products that are designed for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) applications. 
   Marine       Foam products that are designed or suitable for marine, ship construction or boat building applications such as window seals, insulation, forming lightweight panels, fuel baffling, cushioning, air filtration, fluid filtration or holding interior components in place. 
   Medical       Foam products that are suitable for medical or healthcare products in applications such as wound care, surgical support, filtration, defoaming, patient positioning and cushioning support.  
   Military / Aerospace       Foam products that are designed, qualified or suitable for aerospace or military applications. 
   Packaging       Foam products that are designed or suitable for packaging applications such as insulating, cushioning or protecting products. 
   Shock / Vibration Dampening       Foam products that are suitable for shock or vibration dampening applications. The foam's high internal porosity and viscoelastic nature results in good vibration dampening characteristics. 
   Structural / Composites       Foam products that are designed for structural applications such as constructing composite foam cored laminates, column bearing blocks, sandwich panels or other foam cored structures.  
   Tooling / Modeling       Foam products that are designed for tooling, modeling, foundry or mold pattern fabrication such as tooling board, polyurethane shapes or castable foams. These foam products need to have a fine structure, good strength, hydrostatic pressure resistance, and high machinability. Tooling applications can include bonding fixtures, machining supports, mold patterns, inspection jigs, composite lay-up tools, vacuum-forming tools, fiberglass-mold plugs, mold tools, drape-forming tools, hydro-forming tools, trim fixtures, foundry patterns, and autoclave tools. 
   Wicking / Reservoir       Foams that have a sponge-like action and the ability to wick up or absorb water, ink or other liquids. The wicking and reservoir characteristics of open celled foams are used in dispensing, coating and printing applications. Foams need to be hydrophilic if water or a water based liquid is to be absorbed. 
   Other       Other unlisted, proprietary or specialty features. 
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Location
           
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   North America       Companies are located in the United States, Canada or Mexico. 
   United States Only       Companies are located in the United States. 
   Southern US Only       Companies are located in the Southern United States, namely Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. 
   Northeast US Only       Companies are located in the Northeast United States, namely Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 
   Southwest US Only       Companies are located in the Southwest United States, namely Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. 
   Northwest US Only       Companies are located in the Northwest United States, namely Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. 
   Midwest US Only       Companies are located in the Midwest United States, namely Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 
   Canada Only       Companies are located in Canada. 
   South / Central America Only       Companies have facilities in South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, or Chile; or in Central American countries such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, etc. 
   Europe Only       Companies are located in Europe, namely Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, etc. 
   South Asia Only       Companies are located in South Asia, namely India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc. 
   Near East Only       Companies are located in the Near East, namely Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc. 
   East Asia / Pacific Only       Companies are located in East Asia, namely China, Japan, Taiwan, etc. 
   Other       Other unlisted country or region. 
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