Polyurethane, an amazing resource!
Polyurethane is being used in a growing number of fields, and its potential uses are only multiplying as its composition continues to be refined. It’s well suited to domestic and industrial use alike. The polyurethane market is forecasted to grow by approximately 8% from 2019 to 2024, based on growing demand in the bedding, cushion and carpet industries. In 2018, the highest demand was from the foam segment, and that demand is expected to continue growing through 2024 because of its use as an insulator. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Energy Star program could lead to savings of up to 11% on energy bills per capita by adding insulation to seal air leaks.
Polyurethane: an incredibly versatile material
Polyurethane is extremely malleable, so it can be moulded to meet different needs. That makes it a wise choice for manufacturing parts and devices. Polyurethane is also an excellent solution to manufacturing issues that other materials simply can’t solve. Its versatility and durability make it a material of choice in modern industry.
Part of our everyday lives
You may not realize it, but polyurethane is everywhere. It’s a big part of our everyday lives: it’s in couches, chairs and bedding; it’s in the appliances we use at home; it’s in our cars and it’s even in the shoes and clothing we wear. And those are just the obvious uses. Polyurethane also serves as an insulator, coating and adhesive in hundreds of other everyday objects.
Four problems often solved by polyurethane
Polyurethane’s strength, durability and versatility mean it can solve common problems like: :
- Rust – A major issue in the manufacturing industry, rust affects everything from operation to part life.
- Abrasion – Operations that cause abrasions are a leading cause of equipment deterioration and breakage. It’s one of the most common problems in factories.
- Wear and tear – Affects the operation and lifespan of machines and their parts.
- Impact – Compromises the safety and reliability of equipment because of excessive vibration and the damage it causes.
Polyurethane is a solution to rust, abrasion and wear and improves impact resistance. It offers exceptional quality, often at a lower cost. Equipment deterioration can lead to considerable costs and delays. However, it can be avoided thanks to this material, which is like the chameleon of the industrial world. What’s more, it’s a low-cost solution that can extend the lifespan of your equipment.
A greener solution
Did you know that polyurethane improves energy sustainability?
It plays a key role in the preservation of natural resources, because durable polyurethane coatings extend the lifespan of many products. That means they’re discarded less often.
What’s more, polyurethane can improve building insulation, which reduces the amount of fuel and electricity needed for heating and air conditioning. It also allows car manufacturers to design aesthetically pleasing vehicles with lightweight chassis, reducing their fuel consumption and therefore their emissions. Polyurethane foams used to insulate fridges also reduce waste and allow food to be kept for longer.
This material is also valued in many industrial sectors, where it’s used to manufacture parts for areas such as forestry, mining, manufacturing and agriculture. Equipment deterioration can interrupt production or operations, causing delays and significant expenses. This can be avoided by extending the equipment’s lifespan. Not only will the equipment be usable for longer, it means that it doesn’t have to be replaced as often. That makes polyurethane a green solution with an incredible impact!
Polyurethane, at your service
Polyplast specializes in the discovery and design of polyurethane solutions. It offers options to solve your issues while limiting costs. Polyplast’s specialists are there to help you find the most affordable and durable solutions, including custom manufacturing and part lining. We adapt our solutions to your needs, while taking the realities of your business into account.
If you’re looking for an original, effective and affordable solution, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
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