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General Plastics to Showcase LAST-A-FOAM® Products for Aviation Applications at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition Nov 1-3

Leading polyurethane foam supplier will feature its FST/OSU foam core, molded parts and FAA-certified testing capabilities

TACOMA, Wash., October 24, 2016 – General Plastics Manufacturing Company, supplier of aerospace-grade rigid foam core materials and build-to-print flexible polyurethane foam products, is exhibiting at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition November 1-3, 2016 in Orlando, FL, Booth #3712. The event, which brings together 27,000 industry professionals, showcases business aviation products and services, and education and professional development courses.

Taking center stage at the General Plastics booth is the company’s FST/OSU-compliant polyurethane foam core, LAST-A-FOAM® FR-3800 FST. FR-3800 FST complies with various fire safety regulations, such as FAA’s flame and smoke regulations, aircraft manufacturer toxicity requirements, the Ohio State University (OSU) 65/65 heat release requirements, and the European Nation’s REACH regulation. With increased safety and light weighting concerns in the aviation industry, it is a core material that is an ideal alternative to phenolic impregnated aramid honeycomb. Common applications include core material for cabin walls and ceilings, service-class dividers, seat backs and tray tables.

“General Plastics has worked diligently on providing its customers not only with stable and uniform polyurethane products for their application, but on a larger scale, a solution to current industry concerns,” says Mitchell Johnson, Ph.D., Executive Vice President at General Plastics. “The FR-3800 FST is a product we proudly offer that satisfies our customers’ cost, form and function requirements.”

In addition to aerospace-grade core material, the company will also feature its flexible build-to-print molded parts capabilities at the event. General Plastics has been supplier of molded parts to the aviation industry for over 40 years. Molded parts include overhead panels, glare shields, gap seals, trim pieces and seat pads. The molded parts are manufactured based on customer specification and made with flame-retardant, self-skinning flexible polyurethane foam material that meets FAR 25.853 standards.

Information on its on-site testing laboratory, which includes an FAA-certified burn-test facility, will also be available at the General Plastics booth. In 2015, General Plastics received FAA approval for its new OSU heat release equipment and NBS smoke density chamber, allowing the company to conduct the following flammability tests:

  • Heat Release
  • Smoke Density and Smoke Toxicity
  • Insulation Flame Propagation
  • FAA Bunsen Burner
  • Seat Cushion Oil Burner

Physical and flammability tests are all performed using calibrated equipment that is traceable to NIST and follow ASTM standards.