>>Why would I prefer to use a foam made with polypropylene (PP) instead of polyethylene (PE)?
PP offers greater heat stability and strength at elevated temperatures than does PE. PP is preferred for today's forming and injection processes, which are used to mold automotive interior panels, including door panels and instrument panels.
>>Why would I prefer to use a cross-linked foam?
Cross-linking the foam improves the thermal and physical properties of the material, increasing the heat stability and strength of the foam.
>>What is the difference between physical cross-linking and chemical cross-linking?
In a comparison of “like-for-like” foam densities, chemically cross-linked foams generally have larger cells and significantly rougher surfaces than do physically cross-linked foams. A smooth surface is critical to many of our customers’ processes and applications. The rougher surfaces of chemically cross-linked foams cannot be successfully used in such processes and applications.
>>How do I choose the right foam?
The choice of the appropriate foam depends on the functionality requirements of the particular molding process to be used and the application. Toray foams are engineered for specific processing and end-use applications. For example, foam designed for use in a vacuum-forming molding process will have different requirements and properties from foam intended for use in a low-pressure molding (LPM) injection process. Toray can help you with technical recommendations for specific applications and processing requirements.
>>How may I obtain samples of Toraypef® and ToraSoft®?
Thank you for your interest. Please call 1-888-TORAYPF (1-888-867-2973), and someone from our Sales and Customer Service Team will be happy to help you.
>>Do you make straight polyethylene foams?
Yes. Please call one of our Sales and Customer Service Team members at 1-888-TORAYPF to discuss your requirements.
>>What is the quantity for a minimum order?
The square footage varies by product. As a general rule, we will ship truckload quantities once your program is commercialized and fully-launched.
>>What thicknesses, widths, and colors do you offer?
Our thickness range is from about 0.2 mm to about 12 mm (half an inch). We produce single-wide foam up to 2,200 mm (86.5ʺ) wide and have double-wide manufacturing capability for up to 2,500 mm (98.5ʺ) wide. Standard, gray, charcoal, black, and custom colors are available.
>>What foam core sizes are available?
Our standard cores are four inches in diameter. We can also supply foam on three-inch diameter and 6-inch diameter cores.
>>Do you have any current openings, and how do I apply?
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