Frequent readers of this blog know that polyurethane is a familiar sight in your family’s garden. But did you also know your garden hose — the one object perhaps most vital to maintaining a successful yard — can be made up polyurethane as well? The humble hose has gone through many iterations since it was first invented nearly 400 years ago. Over the centuries, the material used to manufacture hoses has gone from stitched leather and canvas to today’s more modern polyurethane or rubber offerings. For all the competing materials that exist, a polyurethane garden hose remains a great option for...Appliances, Environment
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The rollout of several new vaccines in the fight against the coronavirus gives hope that an end to the pandemic may be in sight. However, distribution of some these new vaccines presents a challenge for manufacturers and medical personnel, as some doses must be stored at frigid temperatures to preserve their efficacy. To help the vaccines stay cool as they reach patients, polyurethane is playing an important role in assisting medical personnel in maintaining the viability of these life-saving inoculations.
Polyurethane as an Insulator
Frequent readers of this blog know that polyurethane is an effective and customizable insulator. The ease...Appliances, Innovation Bonds
As computer processing becomes progressively faster — able to handle larger amounts of data — and our world becomes even more connected, we find ourselves increasingly reliant on the complex and highly expensive computer hardware, housed in server rooms, that keeps it all running.
Providing Ideal Conditions
A dry setting and cool temperature generally provide an ideal operating environment for this equipment. To maintain these optimal conditions, polyurethane often plays an important role.
You likely already know that PU is an effective and highly scalable insulator. In the form of open-cell, flexible foam, it can be used to...Appliances, Electronics, Innovation Bonds
Could a new form of flexible polyurethane lace provide robots with a sense of touch? Researchers at Cornell University think they may have come up with the next big breakthrough in robotic sensory perception with a kind of webbing they refer to as “optical lace.”
How It’s Made
To create this new form of flexible lace, first engineers must 3D-print a lattice-type structure using polyurethane technology. Next, once the webbing is printed, it is then threaded with more than a dozen sensors along with LED lights to illuminate it. Finally, the entire structure is fitted snugly onto the robot.
The...Appliances, Electronics, Innovation Bonds
As engineers build buildings ever skyward, issues of practicality, come into play. For example, take elevators.
The elevator banks in giant buildings structures are as much of a modern marvel as the skyscrapers they service. Elevators in these buildings and their components must be both well-thought-out and durable. Maybe that is why so many employ the use of polyurethane wheels in their design.
Polyurethane elevator wheels, with their excellent loadbearing properties and shock absorbing qualities, are an ideal choice to stand up to the taxing demands of busy elevator systems.
Taller Buildings Stretch Elevator Demand
Polyurethane elevator wheels are an...Appliances, Electronics
Whether you choose to drift lazily down a river in a tube or rule the pool atop a giant swan, your conveyance is probably made with polyurethane. Polyurethane is great for floats because it’s lightweight and flexible enough to form almost any shape, but durable enough to last all summer long.
Before they were made with lightweight polyurethane foam cores, surfboards were manufactured with heavy plywood, weighing up to 10 lbs.
Polyurethane coatings help protect your favorite lawn chair or beach recliner from the wear and tear of summer weather. Just don’t...Appliances, Athletics, Furniture
It’s National Pastry Day, and incredible polyurethane holds the key to making your next pastry crust the envy of any baker. The secret is in your refrigerator. In fact, it IS your refrigerator! Cold ingredients are key to great pie crusts. And of course, polyurethane is great for keeping your refrigerator and freezer sealed and insulated so ingredients stay their coldest.
After you’ve rolled out your crust and placed it in a pie dish, place it in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes which allows the gluten in the flour to relax (settle?). This will help keep your...Appliances, Furniture
Did you know that before refrigerators became common kitchen equipment, ice cream was a treat reserved for the royals and was only eaten during special occasions? The development of refrigeration technology quickly made ice cream a commonly enjoyed dessert around the world.
Refrigerator manufacturers utilize rigid polyurethane foam in refrigerator and freezer thermal insulation systems to help keep food cold and fresh. Polyurethane’s versatility allows it to mold tightly into any space, and its extremely durable properties help keep air from escaping throughout those hot summer days.
Don’t miss indulging in some deliciously cold ice cream today – and...Appliances
June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and a great time to savor all the season’s delicious produce and practice a healthier lifestyle. Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins and other nutrients.
The most common use of polyurethanes in major appliances is the rigid foam used in refrigerator and freezer thermal insulations systems, which can help keep your food cold and fresh. The polyurethane foam is located between the outer shell and inner liner of refrigerators and freezers to help insulate our food and create a durable bond between the outer and inner walls.
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Happy Cinco De Mayo, everyone! Today, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. A great way to celebrate the rich Mexican culture with friends and family is by hosting a party and taking advantage of polyurethane to make your celebrations even more festive.
Polyurethane can be found in a lot of party decorations since it is an incredibly durable and versatile material. Your guests will be able to enjoy all those colorful maracas and sombreros throughout the evening. Plus, durable protective coatings mean you can use the same decorations for future parties.
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