Polyether Foam is a very versatile product and plays a big role in our relationship with the environment that we live and work in. Manufactured using a continuous process technology, polyether polyols are mixed with catalysts and blowing agents which results in the foam rising freely and forming it’s light-weight cellular flexible structure.
Polyether Foam is available in a range of densities from 10 to 60 kg/m3. The different densities are denoted by a range of pastel colours. Flame retardant additives can be introduced during the foaming process and many foams meet stringent fire test regulations and standards.
Polyether Foam can be used in health and safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) for worker protection. The foam combines unique characteristics, so can inhibit dust and provide comfort as a seal in goggles, it can act as both an acoustic absorber and a comfort pad in ear defenders, and can provide both impact absorption and sizing and comfort in helmet liners.
Polyether Foam also has many uses also in medical equipment and healthcare products. The combination of resilience and comfort make polyether foam an excellent choice for medical mattress applications, and the foam can be supplied with anti-bacterial agents and flame-retardant inhibitors.
Cellular flexible foam is also very energy efficient and acts as an excellent thermal insulator.
Polyether foam is a member of the Polyurethane family of cellular plastic foams, and has another hidden advantage in that all waste generated during the manufacturing process can be recycled into rebonded chipfoam, which in turn has many applications in the packaging and seating sectors.
Polyether foam, as opposed to polyester foam, is particularly suited to moist or wet environments. The reticulation process which renders the foam completely open cell, results in reticulated polyether being ideally suited to water filtration or any applications where the foam comes into contact with aqueous liquid solutions.