look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Combining Art and Science: Aircraft Paints and Coatings

Airline passengers and aviation enthusiasts often marvel at advancements in jet engines, cockpit electronics and aircraft size. But we rarely appreciate the importance of aircraft paint and recognize its contributions to safety, fuel efficiency and aerodynamics.

The challenges are obvious for paint on the exterior of aircraft: The paint must protect the exterior surfaces of an airplane at 500 miles per hour or more, including high levels of ultraviolet (UV) exposure, rapid and extreme temperature changes, high wind velocities, and the effects of rain.

Similarly, paint and coatings inside the cabin of an aircraft must meet high standards of...

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Category: Innovation Bonds
North America’s longest running polyurethanes conference will open with a one-of-a-kind, first-hand account of polyurethane innovations reaching new heights. The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is excited to announce that André Borschberg, one of the pilots and co-developer of the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft, will deliver the keynote address during the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Mr. Borschberg will chronicle the development and innovation behind the Solar Impulse adventure and highlight the role polyurethanes played in its success. The keynote address will be delivered during the opening session of conference in Orlando on October 5 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. To learn more about registering for the conference, visit the conference website.
North America’s longest running polyurethanes conference will open with a one-of-a-kind, first-hand account of polyurethane innovations reaching new heights. The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is excited to announce that André Borschberg, one of the pilots and co-developer of the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft, will deliver the keynote address during the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Mr. Borschberg will chronicle the development and innovation behind the Solar Impulse adventure and highlight the role polyurethanes played in its success. The keynote address will be delivered during the opening session of conference in Orlando on October 5 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. To learn more about registering for the conference, visit the conference website.

It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s Polyurethane!

Solar Impulse 2 has a BIG goal: to be the first airplane to fly day and night around the world using only solar power.

The solar-powered airplane, officially known as Solar Impulse 2, is in the midst of its five-month around-the-world trek. (Solar Impulse 1, which flew across America in 2013, was the prototype for the project.) Swiss aviator, researcher and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard founded the Solar Impulse project more than a decade ago with former Swiss Air Force pilot André Borschberg – and the two share piloting duties.

During the day, 17,248 solar cells, which cover much...

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Category: Electronics, Environment

American Institute of Architects National Convention

From May 14-16, the American Institute of Architects are hosting their National Convention in Atlanta, GA. This Convention is one of the largest assemblies of architects and design professionals in the world. The expo spreads out to over 170,000 sq. ft. of booths, galleries, and lounges. Software and technology, energy efficiency, building systems, finishes, lighting, stone and tile, restoration, and many more types of companies exhibit at the event.

Architects often use polyurethane due to its durability and flexibility. When architects find themselves facing difficult challenges, polyurethane is often the material they turn to for effective solutions.  One of the...

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Category: Architecture

Polyurethane and the Great Outdoors

It’s that time of year again! Nothing beats experiencing the great outdoors on a beautiful spring day. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The bees are buzzing. However, did you know that while you’re running through the park, cycling on various trails, or camping in the woods, chemistry – including versatile, durable, incredible polyurethane – is helping you along the way?

Watch this video from chemicalsafetyfacts.org to learn more!

 

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Category: Apparel, Athletics, Environment

Don’t Delay Planning Mom’s Special Day

Through the years, moms do a lot for their families and their job doesn’t stop even when the kids grow up. This Mother’s Day, let polyurethane help you make mom’s day even more special.

Let her hit the snooze button in the morning. Nothing says you appreciate her more than allowing your mom to get her rest. Polyurethane foam is used in a lot of today’s mattresses. It’s not only comfortable, but durable. Polyurethane is why pillows and mattress pads hold their shape for years.

No matter how you plan that special day for mom, she deserves the best....

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Category: Furniture

Set Sail with Polyurethane

When it comes to enjoying the sun and waves from a boat or on a surfboard, polyurethane is here to help keep things afloat. 

Boaters can enjoy the comforts of home on the water, thanks in part to flexible polyurethane foam. Polyurethane is used to make seat cushions and carpet pads firm but soft, and keeps bedding materials supportive and comfortable.

Polyurethane epoxy resins can also help seal the outside of the boat from water, weather, corrosion and elements that increase drag, affect hydrodynamics and reduce durability.

In addition, rigid polyurethane foam can insulate boats from noise and...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

High Point Furniture Show

From April 18-23, the Spring High Point Market show took place in North Carolina. Every six months, High Point brings more than 75,000 people to its furnishings trade show, making it the largest furnishing industry trade show in the world! At the show, tens of thousands of new products are introduced in 11.5 million square feet of show space.

 The furniture industry uses polyurethane due to the comfort, durability and flexibility it provides. Polyurethane is one of the reasons why pillows and mattress pads are able to hold their shape for years. It is also a widely used...

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Category: Furniture

Hole in One with Polyurethane

Now that the warmer weather is finally settling in and the smell of a fresh cut fairway is in the air, you are bound to see more people at the driving range or out on the greens. Without the proper golf equipment, it may be a little harder making that hole in one, but versatile polyurethane is here to help.

New golf ball technology has been developed with a low-compression core and a polyurethane cover that can help the ball maintain a sufficient distance, maintain more control, and much more.

The RocketBladez Golf club innovations involve polyurethanes as...

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Category: Athletics

Getting More Mileage with Polyurethane

Polyurethane has long been a staple in designing and manufacturing automobiles. Many people know that polyurethane is used in vehicle seats to provide stylish comfort, but foam is also widely used in headrests, arm rests, bumpers, windows, doors, the car body, spoilers, and even instrument panels.

Auto manufacturers and polyurethane producers are looking beyond the soft surfaces, sound absorption, and structural properties to additional applications of polyurethane materials in the automotive industry. And, they are finding that polyurethane can be used to help solve one of the most significant challenges facing automakers today: lightweighting.

In order to maximize fuel efficiency...

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Category: Automotive

A Good Night’s Rest Puts Polyurethane to the Test

When it comes to a good night’s rest, not only do you need soft and cozy sheets, you need a durable, comfortable, and supportive mattress too.

One of the benefits of polyurethane foam is its resistance to body impressions. Polyurethane foam can help reduce changes in the firmness of a mattress. The chances of mold and mildew infiltration are also reduced due to the open cell structure which makes for a more breathable material.

Not all polyurethane foam is the same, so much like with Goldilocks, it’s a matter of finding that mattress that’s just right. Nevertheless, one...

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Category: Furniture