Polyurethanes can be formulated to meet the demands of most any application. They can be found in automotive interiors, office and residential furniture components, medical furniture and treatment products, sporting goods, and industrial components.
The automotive industry is the largest user of reaction injection-molded (RIM) polyurethane parts. RIM is used to maximize the shock absorption of a car’s fenders, bumpers and spoilers, without adding weight or bulk. Lightweight RIM polyurethanes can help give cars better gas mileage and allow engineers the freedom to create innovative designs that otherwise would never be possible.
The advantages of RIM polyurethane can also be found inside the car. Steering wheels, arm rests and consoles are often molded using integral skin foams while seating applications utilize high resilient flexible foams with leather, fabric and vinyl coverings.
Polyurethanes have been formulated to provide efficient bio-compatibility, flexural endurance, high strength, high abrasion resistance and processing versatility over a wide range of applications. These attributes are important in supporting new applications continually being found by medical device manufacturers including artificial hearts, catheter tubing, feeding tubes, surgical drains, intra-aortic balloon pumps, dialysis devices, non-allergenic gloves, medical garments, hospital bedding, wound dressings and more.
Integral skin polyurethane foams offer abrasion and chemical resistant surfaces for use in patient care and treatment furniture. These materials offer an ideal blend of comfort, functionality and clean-ability.
Rigid polyurethane and polyiso foams are made with a remarkably strong, yet lightweight, low-density structure that is both dimensionally stable and moisture-resistant with low vapor transmission. This special combination of properties allows manufacturers to design thermal insulating products that are self-supporting, can be combined with a wide range of substrates while requiring no additional adhesive, and—when combined with the proper materials—perform as external weather and moisture barriers.