Loudon, Tennessee - The US Polyurethane Foam Association has made two presentations under the Herman Stone Technical Excellence Award on 7 November 2013 at its Technical Program and fall meeting in New Orleans.
James Shoup, senior technical sales Representative, Hennecke, headquartered in the US at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania received award for best technical presentation, said the PFA. The organisation said the paper focused on Jflex, a new continuous process slabstock machine for lower volume production. It's smaller footprint at 30 feet (10m) and slower pour speed is geared toward smaller-volume pour runs and provides a viable alternative for pouring flexible polyurethane foams products at a rate as slow as 3 feet per(1m) minute.
Nicholas Ordsmith, Scientific Director, Hall Analytical, Manchester, United Kingdom, was also recognized for his presentation, Testing Emanations of Flexible Polyurethane Foam for the Presence of Free TDI or MDI.
Ordsmith's paper gave an initial report on emissions testing of high density specimens of high resilience, super-soft and viscoelastic foams for the presence of TDI or MDI.
Small chamber testing was conducted using the International Isocyanates Institute protocol for the collection and analysis. Preliminary results showed no detectable emissions of TDI or MDI in any foam samples. The PFA said it hopes that once the work is complete it will be submited for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
PFA Technical Program presentations are scored by meeting attendees. Comparative average scores are calculated based on the number of ballots submitted. Seven outstanding papers were presented at the PFA Fall Technical Program in New Orleans November 7. A CD containing all the papers can be ordered in the Meetings Section of the PFA website at www.pfa.org.
The objective of the Herman Stone Technical Excellence award is to encourage the sharing of technical innovations, the use of scientific methodology, and professionalism in presentation technique. The award was created by the Herman Stone family in honor of Dr. Stone, a renowned researcher, inventor, expert in flexible polyurethane foam production technology, Hall of Fame inductee, and a leading contributor to the FPF industry.