Laminating foam is useful to customers in industries including: aerospace, appliance, automotive, construction, consumer product, electronics, healthcare, HVAC, flooring, marine, military and sports and recreation. They use laminated foam in a number of different applications, such as: sound barrier, heat resistance and liquid and gas containment. They can also be used as: foam surfaces, wheelchair cushions, stretcher pads, positioners, professional displays, interior fender panels, truck liners, footwear and even garments.
There are a number of different foam laminating methods available to fabricators, the most common of which are adhesive lamination and and flame lamination. During adhesive lamination, fabricators laminate the foam using bonding agents, such as pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA). Agents may be applied directly onto both surfaces, or they may be applied indirectly as pre-coated release liners called transfer transfer tape. During flame foam lamination, fabricators pass the foam over an open flame, which creates a thin layer of molten polymer on its surface. Then, fabricators bring this surface in contact with the substrate while applying pressure. This creates a bond the foam and the substrate.
Other methods include heat preparation, which is common for sealing bags, and corona treating. Machines fabricators may use to achieve the perfect laminated part include: flame laminators, cold laminators, hand fed laminators, automatic laminators, pouch laminators or roll laminating machinery.
Laminating foam fabricators can customize your foam products in a number of ways. For example, if you’re ordering laminated white foamboard, fabricators can typically offer it to you in different finishes, like: matte, sticky and gloss. They can also add custom prints. Not sure if laminating foam is right for you, or have questions about your potential foam application? To learn more about the possibilities with laminating foam, contact one of them many excellent companies we have listed on this page.