December 20th, 2011
We all love natural materials – wood over plastic, and leather over pvc – and when it comes to health and beauty, natural sponge is still high on that list. Although more expensive than man-made foam, natural sponge is still a desirable item. It has many applications in both our personal life and in business. Most high-end spas will offer natural sponges rather than their manufactured counterparts. Beauty products made from natural sponge are a luxury item. Whether it’s a foundation sponge, a massage sponge, or a gentle cleansing sponge, then natural is the way to go for that feel of luxury and finesse. Natural sponges are natural exfoliators, so you don’t have to spend a lot on products to enhance their use in this field, either.
However, natural sponges may be overkill if you just need some padding or cleaning products. Man-made foam is cheaper, can be cut to any bespoke size, and is more durable than its natural counterpart. Cellulose is the other ideal alternative when picking sponges – if you go through a lot of them in your industry, then it would be more cost efficient to stick to cellulose. It also lasts longer too, so you wouldn’t have to keep up with replacements.
We don’t just deal with sponge, though! Our products include everything from memory foam to polyether foam cut to your specification. Whether it’s the beauty industry like the above examples, or something a bit more grimy and hands-on, then there’s definitely a useful foam for you.
December 17th, 2011
Foam is ideal for use in the music industry because of its excellent noise absorption properties. Acoustic foams are made from either melamine or PU foams, because these have an open-cell structure which traps waves and consequently reduces the level of noise. Nevertheless, levels of sound absorption vary depending on how the foam is manufactured. We believe as an experienced foam producer, that getting the ideal foam product requires a bespoke understanding of your needs, followed by choosing the optimum grade and then the best processes and conversion.
Acoustic foam can have two purposes when it comes to noise reduction. One use is obviously through sound proofing – preventing the sound from escaping and disturbing others. This is ideal for any room used for band practice or housing loud machinery, but has also more recently been found in the development of noise-reduction headphones. The second purpose is the one required for recording studios, where its use is not about preventing noise from escaping, but rather stopping external noises coming in. PU foams or melamine panels are used to neutralise any additional sounds in the room, to stop them from being picked up on the recording.
As a leading foam producer, we can provide acoustic foam in straight cut sheets, egg box panels, and pyramid profiled panels. We always look at each individual and supply bespoke products directly to suit your needs. All our products meet with fire-retardancy standards and regulations and we can also provide additional coatings such as heat reflecting coatings.
December 14th, 2011
Ever since it went on sale to the general public after being developed by NASA, memory foam has been a bit hit – mostly in the bedding and mattress industry. Of course, if you were to get memory foam cut to size, you could get it to fir your particular bed exactly, ensuring a great night’s sleep, and rest for those of us who suffer from joint pain or other afflictions that a normal mattress may aggravate.
An essential thing to remember is that memory foam now has many other applications – in fact you could probably think of a lot more if you knew that it could be machined to any size or shape. For example, if you have ski goggles that chafe you, or heavy duty earphones for heavy tool work – why not get some memory foam cut to line them? Something that you wear a lot for safety that is bulky and uncomfortable – a crash helmet, for example, could also have a foam lining that can be cut to size.
Memory foam is so much better than regular foam when used against the body because it retains your body heat and moulds to your shape in seconds – but once you lose contact with the foam, it bounces back to its original shape. If you loaned your crash helmet to your partner, for example, it would then fit against his or her head as if it was theirs.
These are just a couple of applications for memory foam, but when you can have it cut to size by your favourite uk foam company, then the possibilities are limitless.
December 11th, 2011
Because foam is used in so much of our everyday lives and can probably be found in every room in your house, it is important that any products made from it are made from fire-retardant foam. For anyone creating a foam product, they will also need to be aware that many products require fire retardancy as part of essential health and safety regulations.
Fire-retardant properties are essential for any foams used in automobiles or in building construction. As expert suppliers and manufacturers of foam products, we make sure that all our products meet the required standards and regulations, including Class O fire-retardancy standards. Our products include Pyrosorb and Fireseal PU foams and Class O rated Basotect melamine foam goods, which are used in the construction industry for ceiling tiles, wall panels, pipe lagging and in flooring, among many other things.
Using our PU foams and melamine Class O foams will offer you fire-retardancy through self-extinguishing properties. In case of fire, they will also neither melt nor drip. Depending on the type and grade of foam used, you will also find grades that are resistant to oil, grease, detergent and chemicals, as well as being environmentally-friendly through being non-toxic and CFC and HCFC free.
The products we create are a result of our unique partnership with you, to make sure you get exactly what you want but also what you need to have the best product which also meets the necessary regulations. You can be sure that everything we create is bespoke to you.
December 9th, 2011
PU foams have a variety of uses in modern everyday life, most notably in sofa and chair cushions and mattress products. However, its uses extend far beyond this sector, with this foam available in thousands of different grades and materials. Flexible PU foams are the kind most commonly used for bedding and upholstery products, where the foam is cut into the required shape from blocks, the reason being because it recovers its original shape after compression from being sat or lain on.
Semi-flexible PU foam is used for car seats (including arm and headrests) and rigid PU foam is used widely in construction, often instead of wood. PU foam is now also available in spray form, which is commonly used for insulating and as a waterproof roofing material. As a spray, it is extremely popular as a building material because it is environmentally friendly and does not emit harmful chemicals. Nevertheless, spaces where it is used must be properly ventilated.
Because of the huge range of variants of this product and its enormous versatility and possibilities, identifying the exact kind you need for your product or use can be difficult. As an expert foam producer and supplier, we can advise you on the exact type and grade of PU foam you need. We can also help to develop your product idea and/or manufacture your products for you. You tell us what you need and what you want and we will work together with you to create the ideal product for your needs.
December 6th, 2011
We benefit from polyurethane foam products all day, every day without even realising it. From waking up on a foam mattress, to sitting on foam chairs and sofas, to driving in a car while surrounded by PU foams, this is a product we now take for granted. However, PU foams also have a number of other uses that the everyday consumer might not be aware of.
Many of our everyday household items are made from foam products, including children’s cuddly toys, clothing items (particularly bras), washing up and cleaning sponges, and cushions. The buildings that we live, work and shop in also use PU foam in their construction, however. It is commonly used as an insulator and even as part of the building materials because of its waterproof and durable properties.
PU foam comes in two forms, polyether and polyester. Each of these two forms has different properties, and therefore different uses. Polyester foams have better performance properties such as being stronger and more resistant to extreme temperatures. Consequently, they are used for specific products such as sponges and bathroom wipes (because they are more absorbent) and for acoustic and audio products, such as in noise reduction products.
Polyether foam is more commonly used for products which require fungicide resistance, such as in water filters, because it has stronger properties in this area. This is also the kind of foam used for upholstery, bedding and car seats, rests and trimming. We can advise you on the best kind of PU foam for your needs.
December 3rd, 2011
Memory foam is now a product that is most commonly associated with mattresses and pillows because of the comfort it offers. It is ideal for this purpose because it reacts to the body’s heat, quickly softening and moulding itself to the body’s shape, and then returning to its original shape once the heat and pressure have been removed.
Sometimes known as visco memory foam because of its ‘visco-elastic’ properties, it was first developed by NASA in 1966 and then launched commercially in the 1990, although at first it was too expensive for average homeowners to buy. More recently, it has become cheaper to manufacture and so bedding products can now commonly be found in many homes.
As foam manufacturers, however, we have realised the greater potential for memory foam, which expands beyond the successful mattress and pillow market. Its unique properties can help to create other innovative products such as wrist supports for laptop and keyboard users, footwear insoles and stress relief toys. As well as bedding, other kinds of support cushions can be created, such as for lumbar support or chair base seating cushions.
With Christmas just around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about what unique products you could come up with. Our range of visco memory foam materials and products includes over 20 different densities. The density affects the comfort of the product, so you should think about the requirements of your product idea. We will then convert the foam into whatever shape or style you need for you idea.