Questions about

Bath and Spa

 

How does the use of polyurethane impact the manufacturing process?

Polyurethane requires less time to cure and eliminates the need for fiberglass lay-up, so cycle times are reduced and higher volume production is possible. That gives manufacturers a clear advantage over older technologies. In addition, overall strength and quality is improved.

 

Does the polyurethane used for bath and spa applications offer insulation?

Yes. Polyurethane's superior insulation values maintain water temperatures, enhancing customer enjoyment while also saving energy. This performance is particularly useful in outdoor spas.

 

Questions about

Bedding

 

What is Micro-Springs Technology?

Micro-Springs Technology is made up of millions of micro-cellular, polymer springs and offers better pressure distribution, low hysteresis loss and improved comfort over conventional metal springs. In fact, Micro-Springs Technology distributes pressure more effectively than eight-way hand tied springs. Other benefits include design flexibility, faster construction cycles and reduced labor costs.

 

What is 'memory foam'?

‘Memory foam’ is a polyurethane properly known as visco-elastic foam, or low-resilience polyurethane foam (LRPU). Higher-density visco-elastic softens in reaction to body heat. A lower-density visco-elastic is pressure-sensitive and molds quickly, returning to its original shape once the pressure is removed.

 

What is a high resilient foam?

Pluracol® HR polyols by BASF are typically used to produce the most comfortable and durable cushioning for furniture and bedding applications. Pluracol® Graft HR polyols are polyether polyols containing co-polymerized styrene and acrylonitrile, which are filtered to allow for efficient processing through a wide range of equipment. Foams produced from these polyols can be made to pass California Technical Bulletin 117* smoldering and open flame tests.

 

How does polyurethane compare with latex?

Latex foam is often marketed in the luxury bedding segment as a long lasting, highly resilient, highly comfortable bedding material. But Pluralux foam may be a better choice. Data shows that Pluralux foam exhibits excellent feel and resilience properties while outperforming talalay latex with respect to pressure relief, support, dynamic fatigue, tensile and tear properties. Unlike latex, Pluralux foam can be made to meet the California Technical Bulletin 117* flame and smoldering tests.

 

Pluralux foam, made from Pluracol® materials, maintains a high level of performance in "comfort" products. These foams exhibit outstanding resilience, support and durability properties. They absorb and distribute energy to relieve pressure points. Pluralux foam is an excellent material choice in producing mattress cores or padding for the luxury bedding segment.

 

How do you determine the properties and features or slow recovery foam?

BASF utilizes Dynamic Mechanical Analysis to target the properties and features of Pluracel foam. With this tool, Pluracel foam formulations can be adjusted to move the glass transition temperature, as well as target a specific temperature range for visco-elasticity. In addition, we analyze the height and breadth of the curve as a means of targeting recovery rates and pressure relief qualities.

 

Questions about

Fencing and Decks

 

How does polyurethane foam help fencing and decking last longer?

High-density polyurethane foams used for these applications offer a low H2O absorption rate and moisture-resistance (water absorption rate under 1% by volume) that does not attract mold, fungus, rot or insects. And because it is designed for low maintenance, BASF high density foam can take varying temperatures and climates and maintain appearance.

 

How is polyurethane fencing and decking made?

High-density foams like Elastopor® feature a custom formulation that allows them to be foamed and molded in place—to any shape or design—and then be painted or laminated.

 

Is there any danger of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in car interiors when using polyurethane foam?

Elastoskin systems and Elastoflex PUR foams boast lowest-in-class volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions—much lower than 100ppm—in any formulation, customized to your specifications.

 

How does polyurethane foam help fencing and decking last longer?

High-density polyurethane foams used for these applications offer a low H2O absorption rate and moisture-resistance (water absorption rate under 1% by volume) that does not attract mold, fungus, rot or insects. And because it is designed for low maintenance, BASF high density foam can take varying temperatures and climates and maintain appearance.

 

How is polyurethane fencing and decking made?

High-density foams like Elastopor® feature a custom formulation that allows them to be foamed and molded in place—to any shape or design—and then be painted or laminated.

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Questions about

Flooring

 

What materials are compatible with polyurethane adhesives for flooring?

Polyurethane adhesives can be formulated for bonding to wood, expandable polystyrene (EPS), oriented strand board (OSB) or specific metals.

 

Questions about

Furniture

 

What is Micro-Springs Technology?

Micro-Springs Technology is made up of millions of micro-cellular, polymer springs and offers better pressure distribution, low hysteresis loss and improved comfort over conventional metal springs. In fact, Micro-Springs Technology distributes pressure more effectively than eight-way hand tied springs. Other benefits include design flexibility, faster construction cycles and reduced labor costs.

 

How does the use of polyurethane impact the manufacturing process?

Polyurethane is uniquely versatile, able to be molded into any size or shape and to any level of softness or firmness demanded. The foams are light, durable and retain their shape despite heavy use.

 

Questions about

Sports and Leisure

 

Where can polyurethane foam be found in everyday items?

BASF Elastoflex® flexible foams, with Elastoskin® polyurethane coverings and Elastofoam® integral skin system can be found in seating for many of today's snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles because of their durability and high resistance to water. They also give designers the flexibility to create a wider range of grain, texture and color surfaces, all using a single, in-mold process.

 

From rollerblades to beach clogs, hiking boots to jogging shoes, BASF makes insoles, midsoles, outsoles and more that enhance support, reduce fatigue and promote longer wear.

 

BASF Elastopor® systems are used to create MDI based surfboard blanks that have proven to be popularly lightweight, durable and increasingly cost-effective.

 

Superior puncture, tearing and moisture resistance make BASF polyurethane flexible foams and integral skins ideally suited for balls and other toys.

 

BASF microcellular foams are giving bicycle and other recreational tire makers a durable yet process-saving alternative to air-filled tires.

 

BASF polyurethane flexible foams' sound damping properties, and soft touch comfort are music to the ears of some of the best headphone manufacturers and audiophiles.

 

Where can thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) be found in everyday items?

Elastollan TPUs can be found in animal ID tags, over-molded laptop computer housings, mobile phone casings, golf balls, golf disks, armrests, goggles and ski and skate boots, and many more! The robust characteristics of Elastollan make it a superior choice for use in many injection molding applications.

 

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