Polyurethane is infinitely versatile and one of the most customizable materials available across a wide range of markets. This seemingly endless adaptability is borne from the polyol blend — the mixture of chemicals that both make up polyurethane and gives it the ability to change into whatever solution is needed.
Given the nature of the material, it should be no surprise that chemical blending equipment is an essential component of your success in the manufacturing of polyurethane.
Polyurethane safety is a primary concern for all manufacturers of the versatile material. Needed and used more than ever across virtually every industry in a variety of forms, polyurethane needs to be produced at a high level, in an efficient fashion, and with the needed precautions to avoid risk to the workers and facilities that handle the material every day.
Flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) is nearly ubiquitous in its use across a wide swath of consumer products. As a polymer produced from the reaction of polyols and isocyanates, FPF is characterized by a cellular structure that allows for some degree of compression and resilience while also providing a cushioning effect.
The new year is here, but unfortunately, the pandemic rages on. While organizations around the world have been able to resume some semblance of normal operations and planning, there remains the possibility of another shift in demand — requiring you to accelerate production to meet your customers’ needs. And should you find yourself in this situation, the last thing you need to be worrying about is polyurethane storage.
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a challenging year for manufacturers. Regardless of industry, companies around the world have had to tackle new complexities and roadblocks as a result of the pandemic, tariff challenges, and the subsequent supply and logistics hurdles. But from these challenges have come new ways of thinking, innovative new processes, and solutions designed to help companies get back on track — and stay on it.
Industrial strength foam isn’t restricted to one or two industries — it’s a common part of multiple industries worldwide. Countless products rely on rigid polyurethane foam as part of their design in order to perform under varying conditions.
High strength foam is a core component of numerous industries throughout the world, and for good reason. This type of polyurethane foam is extremely rigid and capable of withstanding abuse in many forms. These include extreme and often rapid temperature variations, sudden impacts and long-term wear, and moisture.
Over the past several years, the polyurethane market has risen consistently in value by around 5 percent annually. The reason for this is due to the benefits of polyurethane itself. As an incredibly lightweight yet durable material, polyurethane is high in demand in numerous industries and markets. Its affordability compared to other more costly materials also makes it a strategic solution for companies looking to maximize margins on their production. But despite these advantages, it’s becoming more and more important to invest in bulk polyurethane.
You’re not alone. For years, companies that manufacture products using polyurethane or that apply polyurethane in other applications have been ordering, hauling, storing, and handling material in 55-gallon drums rather than chemical holding tanks. For companies with more significant production demands, this inefficiency was upsized into significantly larger 270-gallon totes. Depending on overall production volume, companies might have anywhere from dozens to hundreds or even thousands of these drums in their facilities throughout their footprint.