Houston, Texas - A new thermal barrier system from Flame Seal Product Inc., destined to be used on spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation, is being audited by accredited bodies to ensure it meets fire resistance criteria.
Intertek Laboratories completed its audit and factory assessment for FX100-TB at Flame Seal Product Inc.'s facility in Houston, Texas on 11 April.
During this audit, Flame Seal's FX100-TB coating was manufactured under the observation of Intertek engineers and secured in containers with signature-bearing seals.
Similarly, polyurethane foam was spray-applied to walls and ceilings of two test rooms at Intertek Laboratories, also under the observation of Intertek's engineers.
The "sealed" FX100-TB will be applied over the foam walls & ceilings next week (under observation again), and allowed to cure for seven days. Full-scale fire tests will then be performed by Intertek Laboratories.
"All aspects of this phase of the work went very well," said Michael Kiser, president of Flame Seal, in an 18 April company statement.
Flame Seal is on schedule to complete certification in the next 2-3 weeks, while its marketing partner, spray PU foam expert Speciality Products Inc. of Lakewood, Washington (SPI), has laid the groundwork for marketing and sales of the product, the two companies said in the announcement.
SPI and Flame Seal say they have had inquiries from numerous companies in related industries about the new product, all with "an extremely high level of interest in the product once certification is complete."
"As the first company to accomplish this with a thin, cost-effective coating, this puts us in a very powerful position in a huge market that absolutely needs us," said Kiser, in the statement.
"This will allow the spray foam industry to expand tremendously due to its much higher insulating efficiency, and much reduced energy cost," he continued, pointing out the very powerful motivation here, "due to the continuing escalation of fuel prices."
PIC: The FX100-TB protected half of a piece of foam is still in place, while the unprotected half has been burnt away, after applying a blowtorch.