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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 OHTXILWIWA - 800-777-7645

    The applications for foam fabricating are only limited by one’s imagination; that is our slogan at American Excelsior. We are a foam supplier who offers many different foam cushions & foam padding for over a dozen industries. We offer foam materials like polyurethane foam, polyethylene foam & closed-cell foam; & services such as CNC foam cutting. Let us take your concept & turn it to reality.

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  • 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!

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  • Garland, TX Locations in TN and TX800-530-0091

    The Heubach Corporation is a manufacturer of foam fabricating products, cushioning foam and packaging foam. We provide state-of-the-art equipment as well as the highest quality materials and competitive pricing. We also offer die cutting, slitting and assembling services.

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  • St. Louis Park, MN 952-345-0012

    Since 1992, Flextech has delivered innovative, custom engineered foam solutions. We combine our engineering and design services with our unique foam lamination, fabrication, and thermoforming capabilities, to provide quality foam components to a diverse customer base. Our customers include OEM’s in the medical, industrial, military, aerospace and consumer products markets. We invite you to connect and collaborate with our sales and engineering team. Let us show you the Flextech advantage!

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • Baltimore, MD 410-547-7877

    Packaging Strategies is a leading foam fabricator with over 30 years experience in the design and manufacturing of flexible foam packaging solutions and products. With state of the art in house engineering and computer controlled fabrication machinery PSI has become one of the leading suppliers in the industry. Foams products include flexible polyethylene’s, polyurethanes, cross linked. Specializing in case and container inserts and cushion and vibration analysis PSI is an excellent choice for your next project.

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  • 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!

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Foam Industry Information

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.

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Applications of Foam

Numerous industries use foam for a variety of applications, including:

  • Insulation
  • Acoustics
  • Packaging
  • Structural Support
  • Cushioning

Different foams are used for each of these applications. Foam materials can be made from many kinds 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.

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.

Characteristics of Foam

Every type of foam shares a few characteristics with one another, such as:

  • Light Weight
  • Low Water Vapor Transmission
  • Low Thermal Conductivity
  • Durability
  • Compressibility
  • 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.

Types of Foam

Foam can be split into two general categories:

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.
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.

Here are some specific types of closed cell foams:

Polyurethane Foam
A closed cell foam that is environmentally-friendly and 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
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 lightweight, 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.

Fabrication Process of Foam

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.

Environmentally-Friendly Foam Fabrication

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 have 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 do 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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