Here We Grow Again!

By: Joe Kurz, Packaging Specialist

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At the time of writing this, our ACH Foam Technologies facility located in Gainesville, GA is a week away from receiving its Certificate of Occupancy for a new, large addition that has been built onto our existing plant. This expansive new area will allow us to add additional shape molding equipment, give us more room for our line of stock DuraTherm® insulated shippers, and make room for several new business opportunities coming on board in early 2017 and beyond.

Since acquiring the Gainesville, Georgia EPS block forming plant in 2006 and adding shape molding presses, we have capitalized on many opportunities fueling rapid growth. Our DuraTherm® line of fabricated EPS , custom molded packaging, and value added assembly of packaging components have driven the need for more production space. We are excited about this new space and the advantages that will be realized in the very near future.

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ARCEL Resin Performance

By: Ryan Olson, Packaging Specialist

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ARCEL® resin allows our customers to reach sustainability goals by minimizing package size with appropriate foam properties:

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  • Reduction of foam in required design
  • Source reduction-reducing foam and corrugate
  • Better pallet utilization of parts per pallet
  • More product per shipment

ARCEL® resin reduces packaging size due to its properties which means more customer boxes shipped per truck and pallet.  This also allows our customers to send fewer shipments benefiting in lower  transportation and inventory cost in supply chain.

Let ACH Foam Technologies creatively design and support you on future projects.   For more information on our line of DuraTherm® packaging products and ARCEL® resin visit

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Roofing Insulation: Impact of Temperature on R-Value

By: Tamara Middleton, Sales Representative

Roofing3016_Page_1Most flat roof commercial buildings today use one of three insulations, polyisocyanurate (polyiso), extruded polystyrene (XPS) or expanded polystyrene (EPS).  These insulations are used above the roof deck and protected by the roof membrane.  Polyiso is the most commonly used of the three, this is due to its higher initial R-Value; however, not only does polyiso lose R-Value over time, its R-Value varies with temperature.  In reality all three roof insulations R-Value will vary based on the mean temperature, but how they vary is rather important.

Polyiso has a published R-Value of 5.6 per inch at 750 F mean temp.  XPS is published at R-5.0 per inch and EPS Type II is R-4.2.  The 750 F mean temp is based on testing using a 500 F differential, cold side at 500 F and warm side at 1000 F.

All three insulations have been tested extensively by BSC (Building Science Corporation) and the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association).  These tests have shown that all three insulations have changes in R-value as the mean temperature changes.  At a mean temp of 400F polyiso’s R-value drops to R-4.9, while XPS Type IV and EPS Type II increase to R-5.4 and R-4.6 respectively. As the mean temp drops to 250F polyiso’s R-value changes significantly to R-4.0, while XPS and EPS continue to improve at R-5.6 and R-4.8 respectively.  All the mean temperatures are determined using a 500F differential, so at 250 F mean the cold side is at 00F and the warm side at 500F.  At mean temps well above 750F all three have lower R-values.  At a mean temp of 1100F (cold 800 and warm at 1300), polyiso’s R-value is 5.0, XPS Type IV, R-4.7 and EPS Type II, R-3.9.

It has already been show and proven that Polyisocyanurate loses R-value over time, now we can see that polyiso also loses R-value at the temperatures drop.  We can also see the polystyrene insulations improve in R-value with decreasing temps.  Based on these tests by BSC and NRCA, when the outside temperatures drops roofs with polyiso insulation need to have at greater thickness than that based on a 750 F mean temperature.


Professional Roofing, “Testing R-values, Polyisocyanurates R-values are found to be less than their LTTR values”, March 2015

Building Science Corporation Information Sheet 502, “Understanding the Temperature Dependence of R-values for Polyisocyanurate Roof Insulation”, September 2013

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DuraTherm® Kitting Services Expanded Nationwide

By: Greg Aron, Regional Sales Manager

Screen-Shot-2012-02-28-at-11.08.43-AM (1)Back by popular demand, ACH Foam Technologies has expanded its DuraTherm® insulated shipping container fulfillment services, specifically its corrugated box kitting solutions to include a wider range of sizes across multiple nationwide manufacturing locations.  These items will  also be available on demand with shorter lead-times.

ACH Foam Technologies’ DuraTherm® kitting service locations include McCarran, NV, Denver, CO, Kansas City, KS, Washington, IA, Fond du Lac, WI, and Gainesville, GA. ACH Foam Technologies offers a full range of services for DuraTherm® Insulated Shipping Containers:

  • Engineering & Design
  • 3D Modeling & Prototyping
  • Testing
  • Fulfillment Services

Please contact your local ACH Foam sales representative for further details regarding available kitted solutions for your area.

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Geofoam at 11,000 Feet: Reaching New Heights

By: Terry Meier, Sales Representative

In the winter of 2015/16 Snowbird ski resort opened a new upscale cafeteria-style restaurant known as “THE SUMMIT”.

It is located at the top of the tram on Hidden Peak, 11,000 feet above sea level making it the highest year round alpine facility in North America.

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The 23,000 square foot facility offers stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley and 360 degree views of the surrounding area.

Over 9,100 cubic feet of EPS 22 Geofoam was selected as backfill for this facility. The Geofoam was placed between the existing tram building and the concrete retaining walls. By using Geofoam the contractor was able to greatly reduce the thickness of the retaining walls due to the elimination of lateral soil pressures.

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In addition to lateral soil pressure concerns the General Contractor, (Layton Construction), had a number of challenging problems building a structure on top of an 11,000 foot high peak.

Two of those challenges were: 1) how do we get building materials to the jobsite and 2)how do we accomplish that without damaging the environment?

Because Geofoam is so light, (1/100th the weight of conventional fill material), it was much easier to transport the numerous truckloads 3,200 vertical feet to the jobsite location.

Since the completion of the construction of this beautiful structure I have visited it many times on ski trips and to enjoy the restaurant. I also come back to take in the beautiful panoramic views of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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