1. Polystyrene is 98%
Air is one of the most naturally abundant elements on the planet, so the fact that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is 98% air illustrates just how resource-efficient it actually is. To this day EPS remains the lightest packaging material around, although its applications far exceed just packaging as it is utilised for temperature control, weight saving and impact protection.
Expanded Polystyrene has an array of exceptional properties including:
2. Polystyrene is 100% Recyclable!
Not a lot of people know that EPS is 100% recyclable, probably due to the fact that local polystyrene recycling is still not available at your local tip or via council waste collection. However, EPS has been recycled in the UK for over 20 years now and awareness is on the increase.
EPS can be recycled in a number of easy ways:
Regrinding – EPS is ground down by a rotating cutter
Compacted and sold on to be manufactured into something new
Remoulded into new polystyrene products
Recycled into new products including:
Hardwood replacements for garden furniture
Slate replacement for roof tiles
Concrete replacement for building materials
New plastic items such as coat hangers or CD cases.
3. Versatile and Lightweight
EPS Polystyrene is a very common type of plastic used for numerous different industries. It is a vinyl polymer and extremely useful because engineers can adapt and form it to work for so many varying applications. For example, heating & ventilation, construction, military and automotive markets.
It is used widely within the automotive industry where lightweight component parts help to increase fuel efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and thereby lower carbon emissions. This is not only beneficial to the environment but also for passenger safety as expanded foam also absorbs impact energy.
Versatile in both application and processing, the end result can be enhanced by using:
Dual density moulding
4. Moulding Options (colour, inserts, textures, dual densities)
EPS polystyrene has a wide variety of properties, however in packaging only two are utilised; cushioning and impact absorption. EPS is more than just packaging; depending on its end use there are infinite options for moulded parts with regards to material density, inserts, working hinges, skins, textures and colours.
Moulded parts are designed and customised to meet each individual customer requirements to gain optimal performance under specific conditions with regards to load, repeat performance, temperature and aesthetics.
To enhance strength and reduce assembly times, wire frames, metal brackets and plastic fixings can be insert-moulded saving the client both time and money.
If different areas of a moulding are subject to differing amounts of stress, these parts can be moulded in a higher and more durable density than the rest of the moulding; this is called dual-density moulding.
By exploiting the latest engineering techniques any moulding can be given a more aesthetically appealing surface or skin. Tooling can be meshed, etched or acid dipped to create the desired surface texture which masks the natural beaded effect. Vinyl’s, skins or felt-like flocking can also be adhered to the component parts during the moulding process adding further strength, impact resistance and a greater visual and tactile appeal.
5. Polystyrene eps sandwich panel wall and roof is one of the best insulators on the planet
When seeking cost efficient methods of insulation, EPS should be top of the list. When compared against other materials such as wood, plastics, wool and cardboard, expanded polystyrene is a far superior insulating material.
EPS is an excellent insulator thanks to its composition of 98% air. Millions of tiny little voids trap the air which stop it from circulating and inhibit the transfer of hot and cold temperatures in the process.EPS has a good thermal resistance, its closed-cell nature and the fact that air is a bad conductor of heat makes the material incredibly effective at preventing heat transfer.
The insulation properties of EPS make it a particularly viable material for:
Fish Boxes and Temperature Controlled Packaging
Cavity Wall Insulation in Board and Bead form
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Components
Construction – Insulated Concrete Forms
Foam Products is one of the most innovative expanded foam manufacturing companies in the UK who are able to partner with customers to develop optimised foam solutions to specified design criteria.
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1. What is polystyrene?
We benefit daily from products manufactured from polystyrene plastic, including thermal insulation for construction applications and cushion packaging for industrial and consumer applications.
There are two common types of polystyrene foam: extruded polystyrene (popularly known by its Dow trademark, Styrofoam®) and expanded polystyrene (EPS). Most food service applications, including meat trays, egg cartons, hamburger clam shells, foam plates and trays, are extruded polystyrene. However, the common coffee cup is expanded polystyrene as is almost all industrial cushion packaging. This is the cellular white molded foam that is used to package televisions, stereos, computers, delicate electronic equipment and other fragile industrial and consumer products.
Both expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene are used extensively as thermal insulation in industrial, commercial and residential construction.
2. What is expanded polystyrene (EPS)?
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a thermoplastic, closed-cell, lightweight, rigid-foam plastic. The low thermal conductivity, high compressive, strength and excellent shock absorption properties of EPS make it an ideal material for the application demand for which it is used.
ACH Foam Technologies uses the latest technology and equipment to manufacture a variety of standardized and customized products from its EPS.
3. Does EPS Foam insulation and packaging materials contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or HCFCs?
No. EPS foam products have never been manufactured with CFCs. The expansion agent for EPS material is pentane.
4. What are CFCS? What is their impact on the ozone?
Fully halogenated chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are a family of chemical compounds used mainly as refrigerants for freezers, refrigerators and air-conditioning units and as industrial cleansing solvents primarily in the high-tech industry. CFCs are also used as an expansion agent in the manufacture of isocyanurate thermal insulation, some extruded polystyrene foam used for thermal insulation, and food service containers.
When released into the atmosphere, CFCs rise to the stratosphere where they break down and release chlorine. The chlorine then acts to reduce the stratospheric ozone layer, causing an increase in the amount of harmful ultraviolet radiation reaching the earth.
5. Are EPS foam products recyclable?
Yes. Indeed, all plastics can be reused. Recycling is a way to reduce the amount of trash that needs disposal and to conserve valuable raw materials. The plastics industry is working actively to develop recycling programs that are both efficient and economical.
6. Is EPS Biodegradable?
Although EPS foam does not biodegrade, it is benign to the environment and provides a stable fill material similar to earth, rock or concrete. This allows for safe landfill reclamation for parks, schools, ball fields, golf courses and other public or greenbelt utilization. Our goal should be to limit materials from getting to the landfill through source reduction, aggressive recycling and other environmentally sound waste-management programs.
ACH Foam Technologies does offer a biodegradable loose fill packaging peanut product.
7. What are the benefits of EPS thermal insulation and foam packaging products?
EPS foam products – whether used for insulation or packaging – are lightweight, versatile, sanitary, energy efficient and most of all cost effective. The manufacture of EPS foam uses less energy than that used in the manufacture of paper-based alternatives. According to The Midwest Research Institute study on special packaging applications, the total energy requirements to make plastic containers (including both processing and materials energy) were lower than or equal to the energy consumed to make competing materials.
Furthermore, EPS's physical properties allow for almost universal application. Information regarding the suitability of EPS for a specific application is available upon request.
8. Does EPS foam give off toxic emissions when incinerated?
No. EPS foam's chemical makeup consists of carbon and hydrogen. When completely combusted, it gives off water vapor, carbon dioxide and trace levels of ash – the same as paper.
9. Is EPS considered toxic & does it contain formaldehyde?
The simple chemical makeup of EPS is carbon, hydrogen and oxygen – elements found in wood and other organic materials. EPS foam products do NOT contain formaldehyde.
10. Is molded expanded polystyrene (EPS) the same as molded extruded polystyrene (XPS)?
No. Extruded polystyrene (often in colors such as pink, blue or green) uses a different blowing agent and a different manufacturing process. White molded EPS, unlike extruded, is available in many different densities and thicknesses. EPS insulation systems dramatically reduce energy consumption and its resultant pollution.
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