FST Composite Core Foam Makes American Debut


TACOMA, Wash., May 30, 2014 – General Plastics Manufacturing Company will display its fire/smoke/toxicity (FST)-compliant polyurethane foam cores to North American materials engineers and designers at the SAMPE Seattle 2014 conference and exhibition. General Plastics will present its new LAST-A-FOAM® FST rigid polyurethane foam composite core products, as well as its High-Temperature Tooling Boards and testing capabilities, at Booth H9.

General Plastics’ LAST-A-FOAM® FST-3800 Performance Series offers a lightweight, rigid foam core material that satisfies fire, smoke, toxicity (FST), and heat-release requirements for commercial aircraft interiors. The FST-3800 Performance Series is also an ideal core material for automotive/transportation applications and environments where large numbers of people must be evacuated quickly. For example, these could include trains; offshore and mass-transit platforms; stadiums; large public buildings; and naval vessels. Used in conjunction with other materials, these foam cores help improve aesthetics and reduce costs while maintaining fire safety requirements.

“We are very excited to introduce our FST-approved performance foams to the industry at the premier event devoted to innovative materials,” said President Bruce Lind. “Our LAST-A-FOAM® FST-3800 series represents our next generation of composite cores developed in conjunction with our OEM customers to satisfy their imperatives.”

At the Seattle show, General Plastics will also showcase its high-temperature tooling boards, molded parts capabilities, and testing services:

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4700 High-Temperature Tooling Board Series – These high-density epoxy-urethane tooling boards withstand peak temperatures up to 400° F (200°C) and continuous-use temperatures up to 350° F (177°C). Affordable and dimensionally stable, this rigid foam board is ideal for prototype machining, high-temperature curing prepregs, vacuum forming, pattern making, master model making and monolithic or large-mass tools where traditional metal dies are cost-prohibitive.

Testing services – A dedicated Testing Services Group offers a wide range of flammability, physical and developmental tests in General Plastics’ on-site testing laboratories. These include an FAA-approved burn-test facility and local access to FAA Designated Engineering Representatives. All tests are conducted using calibrated equipment that is traceable to NIST. “Beyond depending on our consistent foam formulations and scalable production services, our aerospace partners know they can trust General Plastics for innovative flyaway solutions to their evolving needs,” Lind said. “We look forward to demonstrating our capabilities and discussing project needs at the industry’s premier global event.”

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