look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Polyurethane: Form meets function

As a young architect, Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Louis Sullivan’s architecture firm in Chicago. Sullivan is known for designing some of the earliest skyscrapers using steel-frame constructions. His famous adage, “form follows function,” is still used by many architects who recognize the purpose of a building should be the starting point for its design. Wright later evolved the phrase to “form and function are one.”

Many architects continue to believe that the shape of a building should not be fashioned after some aesthetic tradition, but rather should be determined by the purpose of the building. Polyurethane products used in...

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Category: Architecture
Mojee Cline, a Technical Department Manager at Fomo, shared how temperature indicating technology is used with polyurethane foam.
Mojee Cline, a Technical Department Manager at Fomo, shared how temperature indicating technology is used with polyurethane foam.

Temperature indicating technology gets cool upgrade thanks to polyurethane science from Fomo

 Fomo’s ColorwiseTM Temperature-Indicating Nozzles have enabled easy use of temperature indicating technology for use with polyurethane foam. For many industries, including adhesive manufacturing and spray foam, chemical temperature is critical to a good end result. Find out more about this new development in temperature indicating technology in our interview with Mojee Cline, a Technical Department Manager at Fomo below.

Q.  Can you explain Fomo’s ColorwiseTM  Temperature-Indicating Nozzles and how the idea happened?

A. ColorwiseTM  Temperature Warning Nozzles change from clear to blue, indicating that the chemical has reached an extreme cold temperature and the foam should not be dispensed, a visual...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Innovation Bonds

Winning Papers and Posters from the 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference

This year’s Polyurethanes Technical Conference featured 14 technical sessions and 59 technical presentations. The presentations spanned a range of topics, including: Appliances and energy critical foams, Automotive, Chemistry and fundamentals, Coatings and footwear, Construction, including PUR/PIR construction foam and spray polyurethane foam, Elastomers, Environment, health and safety, including general and specific to spray polyurethane foam, Flame retardants and combustibility, Flexible foams, Processing innovations, Renewable content polyols and Sustainability.

Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference
Juan Carlos Medina, North America Technical Service leader for Dow Polyurethanes, shared how their latest innovation is changing the energy sector.
Juan Carlos Medina, North America Technical Service leader for Dow Polyurethanes, shared how their latest innovation is changing the energy sector.

Dow rocks energy sector with polyurethane-coated sand

Preferred RCSTM resin coasted sand with Dow TERAFORCETM Technology is a polyurethane innovation that is changing the energy sector. A collaboration with Preferred Sands, the new and more sustainable technology has ability to help create jobs and contribute to a manufacturing renaissance in U.S. energy. We spoke with Juan Carlos Medina, Director of New Business Development at Dow, about this new innovation. Find out more in the interview below.

Q. Can you explain Dow’s TERAFORCETM Technology and how the idea for it happened?

A. So we were approached by a customer who had gone to other venues for help and then came...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Innovation Bonds
Peter Shepard, Chief Business Officer for Novomer Inc. shared details about their new product.
Peter Shepard, Chief Business Officer for Novomer Inc. shared details about their new product.

Novomer uses chemistry to reboot a more renewable manufacturing world

Manufacturing technology has gotten a reboot, thanks to Novomer Inc. The commercial introduction of Novomer’s Converge® polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyols chemistry for use in polyurethane formulations has given innovators a new building block from which to design and create new products. From adhesives to coatings, sealants to elastomers, and rigid and flexible foams applications, Converge is taking on renewable resources in an innovative way. We spoke with Peter Shepard, Chief Business Officer for Novomer Inc. about the new product. Find out more in the interview below.

Q. What are Converge® polyols and how did the idea for it happen?

A. Our...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Innovation Bonds

Polyurethane experts define innovation

Engineers, scientists and business experts in the polyurethane industry defined innovation at the 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference. Click on this post to check out what they had to say in the video.

Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference

ICIS CPI Polyurethanes 2014

Don’t forget to read the ICIS CPI Polyurethanes 2014 digital publication! Click here to read now.

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference
BASF technical manager Mike Krupa shared how polyurethanes are changing the world of refrigeration.
BASF technical manager Mike Krupa shared how polyurethanes are changing the world of refrigeration.

BASF innovates latest in environmentally friendly refrigeration using polyurethane foam systems

We recently talked with BASF technical manager Mike Krupa about his Polyurethane Innovation Award application for the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Learn more about how Mike and his BASF colleagues are changing the world of refrigeration with polyurethane foam. (Hint- it’s better for the environment!)

Q. Can you explain BASF’s new Elastocool® rigid foam?

A. We developed an innovation forward refrigeration polyurethane foam system that is better for the environment. Our system has improved insulation to meet new strict energy standards. BASF is helping to develop insulation foams that are better for people and the environment—this can...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Appliances
Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone shared details of how he is using polyurethane to minimize environmental impact of oil spills.
Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone shared details of how he is using polyurethane to minimize environmental impact of oil spills.

Polyurethane: minimizing environmental impact and cost of oil spills with Advanced Simplicity’s new creation

Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone recently shared the latest on a polyurethane product that can help emergency responders and government officials minimize both the environmental impact and cost of an oil spill cleanup. Find out more about this innovation below.

Q. Can you explain Advanced Simplicity’s recoilTMand how did idea happen?

A. recoil™ is an oil absorbent material that is designed to be easy to make, easy to use and versatile. It is designed to be a low tech material that can be rapidly produced with little training that allows larger groups of people to be engaged...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Environment

Making a Real Life Terminator

In the Terminator movies, robots easily shift from solid to almost liquid looking form. This adaptability has applications beyond time traveling cyborgs and today polyurethane has brought us one step closer to making shape shifting robots more than just a special effects wonder on the big screen.

As reported in Popular Science, researchers have developed a low-cost phase-changing material that could be used to allow robots to shift between soft and hard states. The material could be used to allow robots a new range of functions such as surgical robots that could slither through the body...

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Category: Electronics