Industry Focus: Subsea Market

The subsea industry is composed of offshore oil and gas drilling, underwater applications and more. At General Plastics, we supply foam material that meets the demanding requirements of the subsea industry. When it comes to underwater applications, our LAST-A-FOAM® R-3300 series is optimal.

This series now includes two new densities that can be used in various applications at depths tested to 300 feet, uncoated, to 2,400 feet, coated. This meets the demand for high-performing, safe and cost-effective buoyancy material in the subsea market.

If you are in need of machining, General Plastics can help. We can machine the R-3300 in our high-capacity production facility to meet your design specifications.

The R-3300 buoyancy foam's closed-cell structure is uniquely engineered to withstand hydrostatic pressure and is resistant to water absorption. Used in semi-submersible craft such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV), pipeline flotation, subsea mooring buoyancy, and underwater pumps for offshore drilling rigs, the R-3300 submersible series caters to a diverse market.

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Service Spotlight: Testing Services FAQ

1. What types of testing services are offered by General Plastics?
The tests we administer generally fall into two categories: Physical property testing, and flammability testing. In addition, we work with customers to provide developmental testing during their design phase that could include any of the above types of tests. For more information on these types of tests, please click here.

2. What credentials or certifications does General Plastics hold?
General Plastics' burn-test facility is FAA-approved and is one of only nine in the nation listed in the FAA Handbook Appendix F for the seat oil burn test. All tests are conducted using calibrated equipment traceable to NIST and follow ASTM testing standards. General Plastics is also certified to ISO 9001:2008/AS9100C.

3. What types of physical property tests can you administer?
We can confirm physical property characteristics for safety, strength, impact resistance and other qualities. Among the types of tests available include compression, tensile, flexural, shear, peel strength, thermal conductivity and more. Click here to learn more about our physical property testing services.

4. What additional services are provided for flammability testing?
General Plastics has local access to FAA Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), simplifying the flammability certification process. We also provide pre-test services prior to FAA witnessing and will coordinate FAR burn testing conformity inspections and supply necessary FAR burn testing reports and documentation

5. Do you issue product certifications?
Yes, we do. Not only do we conduct repeated trials of evolving prototypes and pre-test refined prototypes but we can also conduct full certification testing.

6. What's the turnaround time for receiving the test results?
The turn-around time will vary depending on the type of tests conducted. Some can be completed in less than a day, while others may take a few weeks. However, we assure you that tests specimens are prepared for conditioning almost as soon as they are received, and test reports are frequently issued the same day we run the test.

7. Are you offering any special promotions for testing services?
Yes, we are. For a limited time only, we are offering first-time testing services customers a 10% discount on testing services fees. The special promotion will end on June 30, 2015.