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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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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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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
Mike Robb (left) and Tom “Ozzy” Osborne, co-creaters of Beer Blizzard, shared how polyurethanes can keep your beer ice cold.
Mike Robb (left) and Tom “Ozzy” Osborne, co-creaters of Beer Blizzard, shared how polyurethanes can keep your beer ice cold.

How can polyurethanes keep your beer or soda cold?

Mike Robb, the co-creator of Beer BlizzardTM, knows the answer. Learn more about Mike’s beverage innovation and how he incorporated durable polyurethanes below:

Q. Can you explain Cold Can Innovations’ Beer BlizzardTM and how did the idea happen?

A. Tom Osbourne (co-creator of Beer BlizzardTM) and I were at a hunting camp in West Virginia. We were sitting around drinking beer and it was hot outside. I noticed that all beer cans all had the same size regardless of brand so I decided to try something out. I turned the beer cans upside down in the freezer and then poured water...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Appliances

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

Leaves Change, Polyurethane Stays Constant

With back to school season upon us, so are Fall sports.  As athletes hit the fields for football, soccer, and cross country they have an extra teammate in polyurethane.

Across all sports, polyurethane is an essential element in clothing and sneakers. It provides stretch and water resistance in clothing. It is the foam that cushions feet in sneakers. It even is the glue that holds the soles of shoes and cleats in place.

Many youth football teams are adding polyurethane fiber caps on top of helmets for practice and even games. When players wearing polyurethane fiber caps hit...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics