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Foam Converting Companies

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of foam manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source foam manufactures with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate foam companies that will design, engineer, and manufacturer foam for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading foam manufacturers. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right manufacturers whether you are looking for foam for cushions, foam products, or foam materials.

  • Arlington, TX Locations in OH, TX, IL, WI, WA - 800-777-7645

    The applications for foam are only limited by one's imagination; that is the slogan at American Excelsior Company, a leading foam fabricating manufacturer offering a variety of products and services for many industries. Let American Excelsior take your concept and turn it to reality. Call any time of the day with your questions or check out their helpful website.

  • Evansville, IN 800-467-6730

    Here at Thrust Industries we provide die cut foam that comes in a variety of shapes and configurations. We die cut foam from a number of materials including: urethane, PVC, polyester, neoprene, ether, cellular, volara, and much more. If you would like customized die cut foam then please give us a call today!

  • Painesville, OH 440-352-3434

    For innovative and cost-effective fabricated foam packaging, American Foam Products should be your preferred vendor! We utilize a wide range of foams and other materials, including polyethylene, polyurethane, crosslink polyethylene, expanded polystyrene and plastic corrugated, as well as a broad range of manufacturing services and capabilities. Good things do come in foam packaging!

  • Garland, TX Locations in TN and TX, 800-530-0091

    Our highly advanced foam solution are ideal for a wide range of applications. We take your satisfaction very seriously which is why we offer custom services to accurately manufacture all of your products. We are a turnkey manufacturer that will work with you on your time table.

  • Grand Rapids, MI 616-942-7780

    Our long-term customers know they can trust us to find them the best deals on foam products. We believe that savings should be passed on. We are not in business simply to make profits, but to benefit our customers with high quality products and services. Customer service is our goal, and we will work with you to make you happy every step of the way. Find out more on our website!

  • Minneapolis, MN 952-345-0012

    Flextech has been in the foam fabrication business since 1992. We work with a multitude of materials that include, but are not limited to: chemically cross-linked polyethylene, ethyl vinyl acetate, PVC, EPDM, melamine, polyimide, fire-retardant polyolefins, and microcellular foams. Flextech offers the services of thermoforming, laminating, die cutting, and skiving. Let our team of experts help you choose the right foam for your project. Call us today to learn more about the Flextech Advantage!

  • Newton Falls, OH 330-872-0995

    Founded in 1946, we have built and maintained a reputation for providing high quality foam and reliable customer service. We continue to owe our success to our state-of-the-art equipment, our foam expertise, and our attention to detail with every project, no matter how challenging. Whether you need foam for an automotive or furniture application, our team can help you acquire the foam you need. Call or visit our website to get in touch with us.

  • Madison, WI 800-989-3626

    Wisconsin Foam is a foam supplier that serves a multitude of applications & industries with highly targeted, cost-effective precision flexible foam solutions— no matter the size or complexity. Impressive in-house capabilities & expansive inventory of standard & specialty foam ensures best quality, price & delivery for all your foam needs! Please call Wisconsin Foam today.

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Foam

Foam is defined as a synthetically fabricated, polymer-based material with countless air bubbles trapped inside. It is created by frothing and cooling a molten polymer material, which creates the air bubbles and gives the material a sponge-like texture. Every type of foam shares a few characteristics with one another. These traits include light weight, low water vapor transmission, low thermal conductivity, durability, compressibility, and resistance to mildew, mold, and bacterial growth. Foam can also come in liquid form, which expands to fill gaps and other spaces in a way that solid foam cannot. Liquid foam is less common, but is nonetheless used for numerous applications such as fire retardant materials, and to prevent air and water leakage in construction projects.

Foam can be split into two general categories:

  1. Open cell structured foam - the pores—sometimes called cells—are joined together, resulting in a foam that is softer, more flexible, and can be easily compressed and broken apart
  2. Closed cell structured foam – the cells are closed off from one another and do not compress or join together, thus making the foam more compact in arrangement, more firm, and more resistant to pressure

Numerous industries use foam for a variety of commercial and industrial applications. A few of these applications are insulation, acoustics, packaging, structural support, and cushioning. Different foams are used for each of these applications. Foam materials can be made from a variety of synthetic polymers, including polyester, polyethylene, and polyurethane. Each of these materials have their own set of characteristics that make them the material of choice for certain applications.

Polyurethane foam is a closed cell foam that is environmentally friendly and is ideal for applications that do not require a long life span, as the material is short-lived and capable of decomposing when exposed to either direct or indirect sunlight. Polyurethane foam is highly versatile, and is commonly used in products such as lifeboats, surgical scrubbers, soundproofing, and seat cushions. It can also be used as a spray foam, which starts as a liquid and hardens after expanding and prolonged exposure to the air.

Polyethylene foam is made from mixing chemicals and adding a gassing agent, which causes the material to expand. The longer the process and the greater the intensity of the gassing agent, the more porous the foam product will be. The gas bubbles that are trapped inside the polymer make the foam flexible, unlike a solid polymer. This material is light in weight, has a high level of buoyancy, and is resistant to moisture. Because of its porous, resilient, and flexible nature, polyethylene is the ideal material for applications that require floatation, vibration and shock absorption. In addition, polyethylene foam can extend the lifespan of a product, and in turn greatly reduce maintenance costs.

When foam is stored or transported to manufacturers, the most common form it takes are stock rolls, or buns. Foam fabricators can cut the foam to match the size, shape, and configuration of the final product. Other processes that are carried out by foam fabricators include hot wire cutting, die cutting, and water jet cutting.

The field of foam fabricating is rapidly evolving, with new innovations constantly being made. Foam is a fairly new material which has only been around for several decades, although it is used for countless day-to-day applications today. Researchers are constantly looking for new ways to both fabricate and implement foam. For instance, a foam mixture was recently discovered that is low in bulk weight and high in elasticity, chemical resistance, and a high rebound performance—much higher than expanded grades of ethylene vinyl acetate, polyethylene, and polypropylene—even when only a thin layer is used. All of these characteristics makes this material ideal for cushioning products, such as the lining of shoe soles or medical grade floor cushioning.

In addition to the growth of the foam industry, other changes are being made to the way foam is fabricated. Foam manufacturers have been favoring materials and energy sources for foam fabrication that are more environmentally-friendly. Alternative materials for foam has been the subject of many research projects. There are some companies that offer biodegradable, plant-based foams. Other companies have made it a point to manufacture their products using energy from a renewable source, such as solar and wind energy. Aside from finding an alternative source, there are simpler things that large companies can be done that can reduce their carbon footprint, such as the elimination of toxins that are used in the fabrication of their products.

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