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Polyurethane Foam and why you should make the switch

It started in 1937; Leverkusen, Germany

Polyurethane foam was first said to be made in Leverkusen Germany 1937. However, Polyurethane foam didn’t really make its mark until the market for flexible foam in 1954 for commercial production first in Europe then, the United States. Polyurethane foam became the “go-to” for a variety of markets. From furniture upholstery to car seats then eventually the mattress market, polyurethane foam is still seen today in some of our everyday products like kitchen sponges and clothing which in 2010 brought the estimated worth of the polyurethane market to $33 billion.

Otto Bayer founder of Polyurethane Foam

For some time, polyurethane foam was thought to be the go-to product for insulation and creating versatility for coating and adhesives due to its ease of implementation. However, as recently as 2017 the EPA released health concerns about SPF (spray polyurethane foam) in regard to health concerns and misleading marketing claims.

“Some advertising claims for SPF do not clearly indicate that these products contain hazardous chemicals. Marketing claims that ignore the presence of isocyanates and other toxic chemicals in SPF insulation mask the need for safe work practices.”



Durability, Moisture, Fire and Waste

Polyurethane foam may have an easy implementation; however, Polyurethane foam is known for having hydroscopic tendencies or water absorption characteristics that can be a nightmare for certain industries. Polyurethane adhesives and sealants absorb water making it subject to mold and mildew which can be a nightmare for marine environments. PUF also does not work well in direct sunlight and can emit orders and fumes that with prolonged exposures can make people ill. ESP Energy research shoes that Polyurethane foam releases toxic fumes that are not healthy to inhale. Allergic reactions, rashes, loss of consciousness and even blindness; should you become exposed can occur.

The Technicon Difference and Capabilities

PF-091 is a low-cost alternative to polyurethane foam. PF-091 is non-toxic, UL94 HF1 listed and tolerates a higher operating temperature of 350 °F. PF-091 also has superior low-frequency absorption due to its structure It is made from consumer pre and post-consumer waste making it environmentally friendly and recyclable. PF-091 has no off-gassing or fogging when used inside cabs and can be Die cut to fit into specific applications with or without pressure sensitive adhesive for easy installation. HVAC units can be fiberglass free or, if you’re in the Marine Industry PF-091 can be used on the inside of an engine room or bulkhead. PF-091 is unaffected by moisture, drains when submerged into water and will not degrade in UV benefiting Marine and HVAC applications.

At Technicon, we continually reinvest in the latest manufacturing technologies to ensure a quality product and exceeds the demands of our current and future customers.

In our 85,000 square foot facility our numerous production capabilities allow us to create, test and fabricate products that are high in quality and are effective for your noise control and thermal insulation needs. We have CNC and Die cutting, Flame and Thermal Lamination, Foam Embossing, and PVC Casting.

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Our Favorite TED Talks about Sound and Noise

Harnessing the power of sound

Humans are wired for sound. Steve Keller, one of the world’s leading experts in the field of audio branding, explores how brands are harnessing the power of sound and music to shape our perception and influence our behavior, ultimately asking the question: How can we use these same strategies and
tactics to make our world a better place?

The 4 ways sound affects us

Playing sound effects both pleasant and awful, Julian Treasure shows how sound affects us in four significant ways. Listen carefully for a shocking fact about noisy open-plan offices.


Tinnitus Ringing of the Brain

In this talk, Josef Rauschecker illuminates the science behind tinnitus as well as the current state of treatment options.


SShhh! Sound Health In 8 Steps

Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health — even costing lives. He lays out an 8-step plan to soften this sonic assault (starting with those cheap earbuds) and restore our relationship with sound.




Why Architects need to use their ears

Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.


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