Arlington, Virginia - The US Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) has announced the finalists for its 2007 Polyurethane Innovation Awards.
Winners will be announced during the closing session of the Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, "Step Into The Future," held in partnership with the UTECH North America Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, 24-26 Sept at The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.
"If innovation is an indication of an industry's future prospects, then the outlook for the polyurethanes industry is very bright, indeed, based on submissions for our annual Innovation Awards," said Neeva-Gayle Candelori of CPI, in a 13 Sept CPI statement.
The finalists in the Polyurethane Chemicals category are: Rhein Chemie Corporation for Oligimeric Carbondiimide/Stabazol P-200 - an innovative carbodiimides that reduces the acid content of soy-based polyols, resulting in the commercialization of stable polyurethane rigid spray foams and various CASE applications; Honeywell International for its environmentally friendly Enovate HFC-245fa blowing agent, which equals the low-temperature performance of banned CFC-11 blowing agents in applications ranging from metal panels to appliances and spray foams; and Bayer MaterialScience for gas-phase phosgenation to make TDI, a unique process that enables significant improvements in productivity, plant safety and climate protection.
In processing equipment, the finalists are: Krauss-Maffei for its innovative SkinForm method, the first to combine injection moulding and reaction injection moulding technologies to enable the processing of both thermoplastics and polyurethanes in a single, multi-component step; the Cannon Group for its Cannon JL family of high-pressure, L-shaped mix heads, which not only eliminate the need for injectors in the mixing chamber while improving ease of use, but also enable a high range of outputs and the use of lower pressures in the feed circuit; and Desma GmbH for its multiple flexible mixing head with solid filler-dosing system, which enables the use of up to eight different component/additive values in one mixing head and the ability to change the properties of the product during production.
In finished products, the finalists are: the Dow Chemical Co. and the Texas Research Institute, Austin for their joint development of an environmentally benign, solid dry film lubricant coating for extreme-pressure tribology applications where conventional oils and greases cannot be employed; and Sealed Air Corp. for its Quick Room Temperature polyurethane foam packaging, which provides customers with custom-fit protective cushioning for their packages.
These entries will be on display at the Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, and attendees will have a chance to cast one vote per category with the results announced Wed 26 Sept, at the closing session of the conference.
CPI anticipates that the Conference will attract more than 1200 people from 40 countries.
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.PIC Gas-phase phosgenation to make TDI, developed by Bayer MaterialScience, is one of the processes being considered for a CPI innovation award."