AMI's global conference on foam technology and applications in thermoplastics and elastomers, Polymer Foam 2017, took place May 2-3, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
In the past few years, concern for the environment and improved performance/cost ratio, have driven foam markets into new products and manufacturing innovation. From construction insulation, foamed pipe and profiles, flooring and furnishing through to light-weighting of automotive components and packaging reduction, foams are conquering more of the plastics processing marketplace adding reduced material use to cut costs and transportation by reduced weight. In addition foams offer impact performance, sound and thermal insulation, cushioning and other valuable properties. What equipment is best? Which materials are suitable? How controllable is the structure? What chemical blowing agent or physical foaming process is best? Can existing equipment be adapted for foaming? These are some of the hot topics that were reviewed at Polymer Foam 2017.
The conference program highlighted valuable R&D. Polymer Foam 2017 gave attendees the chance to network and discuss foam production technology and markets and applications of cellular polymer materials with some of the most influential professionals in the industry and in research.
For further information on this conference please contact Stephanie Berchem, Conference Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 610 478 0800.
The conference proceedings for Polymer Foam 2017 are available for sale for $425 + postage. If you would like to purchase a copy of the conference proceedings, please contact me at Email: email@example.com at Tel: +1 610 478 0800.
Paper offers are now being accepted for Polymer Foam 2018. Papers are invited on all aspects of the foams industry including (but not exclusively):
•Chemical blowing agents, such as azodicarbonamide (and potential replacements for vinyl foaming)
•Physical foam blowing
•Foam processing technology such as structural foam molding, steam chest molding and sheet extrusion
•Adapting existing equipment and mold flow design for foam production
•Testing and properties of foams
•Controlling foam structure: microcellular, nanocellular, integral skin, flexible and rigid foam
•3D manufacturing of foam, structural foam moulding, foam extrusion, steam chest moulding
•Reducing material use and weight by foaming
•Foamability and properties of polymer materials
•Compounding additives and materials for foams
•Key applications and property requirements, case studies and reviews, e.g. construction insulation, packaging, automotive, medical
•Innovations and cutting edge research
•Regulations and testing
Speakers have a 30 minute slot including 5 minutes for questions and attend the conference free of charge.
If you would like to give a presentation, please complete the abstract submission form and return it to Stephanie Berchem at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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