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Foams & Elastomers

PLITEK® converts a variety of foams and foam tapes that can be laminated and die cut in our facility. Foams are made from low density elastomers, plastics, and other materials with various porosities. Variations in foam tape properties (density, thickness, adhesive type, and cell structure) allow for a great variety of applications. Foam tapes are allowing for filling of spaces and making it conformable for joining irregular surfaces. Foam tapes are often used in place of mechanical fasteners because of its ability to withstand a high level of vibration, high strength and durable seals against cold, dust, gas, liquid, and sound. Foam tape resists moisture, ultraviolet rays from the sun, and solvents, providing high bonding strength to compensate for different thermal expansions. The normal temperature range that foam tape can withstand is -40°F to 300°F.

Open Cell FoamClosed Cell Foam

Open Cell – The cells are not fully encapsulated or closed allowing particulate, air, water, etc. to flow through. This also makes the foam softer and more flexible. Open cell foams can absorb liquids or dust, thus allowing them to potentially flow through the foam. They are ideal solution for air filtration, cushioning, thermal insulation, and sound damping.

The cells are fully encapsulated or closed preventing passage from one cell to the next. This makes the foam more rigid and dense. They are usually selected to provide insulating, robust structure support, and protect against water damage. They are an ideal solution for electrical, HVAC, automotive, weather-stripping and marine. 

Materials

  • Polyurethane
  • Silicone
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  • Polyethylene
  • Neoprene
  • Santoprene
  • Neoprene/Nitrile/PVC blend
Foams and Elastomers

Choosing the right foam material for your application is imperative to product success. When selecting the material for the application, factors to consider are:

Characteristics

  • Density and thickness
  • Application temperature
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Adhesive backing requirement
  • Chemical resistance
  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • UV resistance
  • Flammability resistance

Foam product characteristics to consider

  • How easy do you want it to compress?
  • What temperatures does it need to withstand?
  • Does it need to be flame retardant?
  • For the application does it need to be absorbent or does it need to keep a tight seal? 
  • Does it need to stretch?
  • Is it to be used outdoors or indoors?

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