February 25th, 2010
Due to the unique structure of foam and rubber foams, and the near limitless modifications that can be applied to its structure, it is the ideal material for use for a wide variety of potential applications, ranging from neck supports to cleaning implements. It is a testament to the unique qualities of foam that even the medical industry has largely come to depend on its suitable properties.
At Technical Foam Services, as leading foam manufacturers we offer a wide variety of medical foams that can answer the specific needs of the medical sector. There are foams which can act as barriers to bacteria, which is essential for the sterilisation of wounds or surgery theatre, or foams that demonstrate oxygen or liquid permeability, which are ideal for wound coverings where the absorption of exudate is essential.
Reticulated polyurethane foams, for instance, are the ideal as HME filters and therefore have diverse applications in the medical industry. Hydrophilic foams are highly absorbent, which therefore make them perfect as super-absorbent sponges. PVA foams are ideal for cleaning tools, as they are both super-absorbent and abrasion resistant.
Foam suppliers Technical Foam Services can also offer sponges, foam and rubber to bespoke specifications, therefore your medical sponges can be ideally suited to your specific requirements. We at Technical Foam Services are aware that the medical industry, like no other, is dependant on products that are highly effective and precise, which is why we ensure that our foam products are of the highest quality and and perfectly safe to use in a wide variety of sectors.
February 24th, 2010
Hydrophilic polyurethane foam is an open cell foam that, due to how is constitution, is extremely absorbent. This makes this particualr brand of foam useful for a wide variety of applications, from the medical industry to the cosmetic industry.
Hydrophilic PU foams are created by a “gas explosion process”, which means that a special gas is blown in to the foam in order to break open the wall of the cells within the foam. This means that air and water is allowed to pass easily in to the hydrophilic foam, and they are often able to hold about 20 times their own weight in water.
The permeability of hydrophilic PU foams can be adapted to your specific requirements, simply by altering the density of the foam. This means that hydrophilic foams are suited to a great diversity of applications, making it an extremely useful substance in many business fields. Hydrophilic foam is ideally suited to the medical industry and is great for covering wounds, as it is able to attract exudate whilst conforming to whatever shape is required.
In the cosmetic industry hydrophilic foam is useful as it allows for the easy removal of make-up, either liquid or powdered forms. Being a foam, it is also extremely pliable and comfortable to use.
Leading foam manufacturers Technical Foam Services offer hydrophilic foam to suit any requirement, in any colour and any shape. We can even offer impregnated forms, which carry fragrances or liquids depending on your need. All hydrophilic sponges as offered by Technical Foam Services are ultra-clean and oil resistant, making us your first port of call for quality and assurance.
February 23rd, 2010
Foam and foam rubber are materials composed to be uniquely malleable, and therefore the applications of such materials are vast. Gone are the days of traditional cumbersome methods of moulding and cutting, as foam materials now offer a potentially limitless variety of forms to suit any requirements.
Flexible foams, such as polyethylene and polyurethane, are the perfect materials to suit the ever changing requirements and the aesthetic needs of modern industry. When heated to very high temperatures, flexible foams and foam rubber are able to be moulded in to a near limitless variety of foams.
For example, due to its unique chemical structure, polyurethane becomes a liquid when heated to extremely high temperatures and can be poured into any mould you wish. Polyethylene foam sheets can be moulded straight in to any shape you require. Just think of all the moulded foam products already on the market, from shoes to toys, and you’ll be reminded of the many uses that foam can provide – as well as the many forms it takes.
As leading foam suppliers, Technical Foam Services provide foam in a variety of descriptions; suitable for a multitude of purposes. Machined Foam, Engineered Foam and Shaped Foams suit any specification, and are also available in a variety of grades (or thicknesses). There are flexible and rubber foams that could serve as ultra-durable packaging, moulded to suit any product, or there are lower density foams that could become customized speaker fronts and other acoustic products. The possibilities of moulded foam are near limitless.
February 18th, 2010
With increasing value being put on insulation, not only in regards to our fuel bills but also in relation to environmental considerations, the correct choice of insulation has never been more important. Whilst foam insulation remains the ideal material for insulation, which kind of foam should you opt for, closed cell or open cell?
Closed cell and open cell foams each have different advantages and disadvantages in regards to insulation, and this is due to their different structures. In brief terms, closed cell foams have little air bubbles trapped inside their cells, which makes them durable, whereas open celled foams have cells which aren’t closed up, thereby making them more impermeable.
The Advantages of Closed Cell
Closed cell foam insulation has a higher R value (the rating of a material’s resistance to heat flow) than its equivalent and therefore it is the ideal choice for smaller rooms. It is also more durable than open cell, and prevents the absorption of water.
The Advantages of Open Cell
Although open cell foams are less resistant to heat flow, they allow a better flow of air and therefore can help to keep a wall dry, and are well suited for home that suffer from damp related problems. Open cell foams are also cheaper than closed cell and are therefore the perfect insulation foam for the homeowner on a budget.
At Technical Foam Services, as one of the UK’s leading foam manufacturers we provide a diverse range of foam to accommodate many uses. Foam can be utilized just as effectively for swimming aids as wall insulation, making it a highly adaptive and useful material.
February 16th, 2010
Foam rubber is manufactured in such as way to give it certain properties that make it ideally suited or use in modern industry. A combination of flexibility, durability and permeability makes foam rubber ideally suited for a variety of applications.
Foam rubber is certain type of rubber that has undergone a process to turn it into a foam-like substance. Specifically, it is made by whipping manufactured rubber into a foam and then allowing it to set. This process means that foam rubber shares similar properties with foam, and like foam comes in versions that are closed cell and open cell.
Foam rubber is ideal for a wide variety of applications, from insulation to packaging. In terms of insulation, foam rubber is ideal as an insulator as it, like foam, is constructed from a “honeycomb” network of cells, which carry within themselves pockets of air; making it a poor conductor of heat. In regards to packaging, rubber foam can be made to be closed cell, and therefore ultra-durable; making it ideal for packaging applications. It is also suitable as it can easily be cut to size for any requirement.
Foam rubber suppliers, such as Technical Foam, offer a wide variety of rubber based foam such as Neoprene rubber, EPDM rubber, Nitrile and Silicone Rubber. So, why not get with the modern age and incorporate some rubber foam in to your industry today!
February 11th, 2010
Polyethylene foams, or PE foams, are extremely versatile foams with a wide variety of applications. It is a testament of their versatility that they have been fundamental in the development of a revolutionary swim aid – the SwimFin.
Due to the unique properties of PE foams, they are able to be moulded at very high temperatures, and this means that they are ideal for applications where specific forms are required. This makes PE foam ideally suited to create the highly hydrodynamic shape of the SwimFin.
The other critical property of PE foams in relation to a buoyancy aid, is its ability to carry air within the honeycomb structure of its cells. This means that PE foams are perfectly buoyant, and are therefore foam is the ideal material for a high quality swimming aid such as the SwimFin.
The SwimFin has revolutionized the world of swimming aids for a variety of reasons. By wearing it on your back it gives you an unparalleled level of freedom, as your arms aren’t hindered by a cumbersome “traditional” floatation device. Also, its position in the centre of a swimmers body means that it works alongside your natural buoyancy and will not lead to an unnatural level of buoyancy, which generally occurs with “traditional” foam floats that can leave a swimmer swimming slightly above the water.
The development of such an efficient swimming aid as the SwimFin is testament to the unique properties of foam, making it a material uniquely suited to address the problems of the modern age. Here at foam suppliers company Technical Foam Services, we supply a wide range of foam cut to size to make it suitable for different applications.
February 10th, 2010
A Magic Sponge such as the “White Magic Extra Power Sponge”, as sold by Technical Foam Services, is the ideal sponge for all of your cleaning needs, and is built in such away to make it both super-absorbent and highly durable.
A magic sponge is made from a special kind of foam called melamine foam, which makes it ideally suited in removing a wide variety of difficult-to-remove stains such as crayon, ink and soap scum. The “White Magic Extra Power Sponge” is a sponge that has been compressed from 3cm to 1.5 cm thereby giving it an inherent durability that makes it as hard as any other rigid foams. It is also shaped ergonomically, and therefore it is perfectly suited in order to be a used daily.
A Magic Sponge is also an open cell sponge, which means that it highly absorbent and can help you with even the toughest the toughest of stains. The “White Magic Extra Power Sponge” also benefits from 10,000 tiny fibres that are finer than a human hair but 10 times stronger than steel.
To get the most out of your magical sponge, remember to use it gently, like and eraser, and don’t use it on sharp edges, which might damage the sponge. Obviously, you cannot eat the sponge and it is also advised that you test it on fragile surfaces so you can be sure that it won’t cause discolouration.
Foam suppliers Technical Foam Services offer you Magic Sponges, which are foams cut to size depending on your specific requirements, to suit any application. Whether you need cleaning or bath sponges, we offer a diverse range of suitable sponges.
February 9th, 2010
Due to the inherent properties of foam, it is an ideal material in the construction of acoustic products. By purchasing your acoustic foam from Technical Foam Services, you can have it cut to any size and even have it emblazoned with your logo.
Foam can be used for a wide variety of audio applications, for example, as microphone windshields, ear defender mufflers and even soundproofing, with different grades (thicknesses) of foam appropriate for different activities.
Acoustic foams are PU foams, which means that they are open cell foams. This simply means that the walls of their cells have been blown open in order to allow air to pass through them, which make them perfect for the absorption of sounds, and for applications such as soundproofing.
Foam suppliers Technical Foam Services offer you acoustic foam in a variety of grades, so thicker foam would be the best for soundproofing whereas less dense foam would be ideal for speaker fronts, as they allow sound to pass freely into a room.
Technical Foam Services can also cut the foam to any size, and therefore to suit any acoustic application. Technical Foam Services, we also give you the oppourtunity to have your logo placed on to the acoustic foam (e.g. foam windshields of foam speaker fronts), and therefore give your acoustic foam a unique corporate identity as well as unrivalled acoustic performance. So why not buy some acoustic foam today, the ideal material for all your acoustic needs.
February 4th, 2010
Foam is unrivalled as a modern material, in terms of its versatility and efficiency. However, amongst foams the most ingenious is surely memory foam. Due to its unique ability to regain its original thickness after compression, memory foam is a material that can answer some very specific needs of manufacturers and consumers alike.
Memory foam (or visco-elastic foam) was first developed in 1966 under contract from NASA, and was originally known as Confor foam. Memory foam is a polyurethane but with additional chemicals added to give it some extra viscosity and density. It is most familiar as a material used in mattresses. However, its use extends into variety of applications, where its unique properties can be instrumental, so it can serve as a super comfortable helmet lining, or can constitute a super-satisfying stress toy. Its uses are only limited by the imagination.
Confor foam has come a long way since its NASA inception, and is now available in a wide variety of different grades; from very soft foams to extremely rigid foams, and therefore it is suitable as a durable material. Some grades of memory foam are now even flame retardant!
Like all foams, memory foam can be cut to size to suit any application, so it can be adapted to suit any invention or budding product that is just crying out for its unique properties. Here at leading foam suppliers Technical Foam Services, we offer memory foam to suit any endeavour, so why not get in touch with us today?
February 2nd, 2010
The modern world is now increasingly aware of environmental considerations, and is awakening to ingenious methods and methods of production that might just be the pivot point in the war on environmental change.
The traditional methods of industry are no longer best suited to the requirements of progress, and therefore we must turn to novel materials and processes in order to meet the specific challenges of our time. Vital as a modern material, and uniquely suited to answering the environmental call to arms, is foam; in all its diversity of forms and applications.
You are undoubtedly aware, as a homeowner, of the increasing importance placed on insulation as a means to limit heat loss from the home. This has obvious advantageous in terms of our fuel bills, but is also a vital factor in terms of the environment, and keeping our energy consumption as low as possible.
As an insulation material, foam has proven itself to be ideally suited, and this is for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, foam is constituted of tiny cells that are able to trap air, thereby creating an optimum level of heat containment. Also, foam is easily cut to size and is therefore adaptable to a wide variety of uses, and is able to fit neatly into any cavity or wall space.
It is also worth noting that foams such as chipfoam is made from reconstituted foam, and can therefore be considered a recycled material. Here at Technical Foam Services, we are also attempting to tackle the depleting environmental resources, and provide foam in forms ranging from foam sheets to foam blocks to utilize this ‘green’ material.