‘Tis the Season for DuraTherm EPS Foam

By: Chris Benson, Packaging Specialist

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December is here….time to start planning time to be with family and friends.

ACH Foam Technologies is entering, one of, if not our busiest month of the year. This reminds me of all the different ways DuraTherm® EPS foam is used in December. From DuraTherm® Insulated Shipping Containers for food shipments (steaks, cakes, and other confectioneries), to DuraTherm® Custom Molded Packaging to help ensure Santa delivers everyone’s gifts in one piece. Duratherm PLUS+™ Validated Seasonal Shipping Solutions ensure medications and life saving drugs arrive to our loved ones that need them. My favorite might be ACH Foam’s DuraTherm® Wine Shippers, whose contents might help many of us during this hectic month!

On behalf of everyone at ACH Foam Technologies, we wish you a Joyous and Happy Holiday season!

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The Rigid Insulation Of Choice For Cold Storage Applications

By: Fernando Dias, Sales Representative

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The demand for quality and healthy foods have sparked a recent increase in Cold Storage facilities being built throughout the U.S. People are wanting fresher foods with shorter life cycles. This means logistically having more distribution facilities throughout the market place. These new facilities ensure quality and freshness of their products.

One of the most important building components of a cold storage facility is the rigid insulation. ACH Foam Technologies’ Foam-Control® Plus+® has been the rigid insulation of choice by many designers. Over the last few years designers have come to realize that the benefits and features of Foam-Control® Plus+® out performs all other rigid insulations. One of the biggest benefits is our 50 year R-value warranty, by specifying Foam-Control® Plus+® designers have the peace of mind that the R-value will not decrease over time, ensuring long term performance of their design. Studies also have shown in real world applications that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) has out-performed Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) in R-value and in moisture resistance for long-term applications.

ACH Foam Technologies’ Foam-Control® Plus+® comes in high compressive strengths of 15, 25, 30, 40, and 60 psi and in many different sizes ranging from ½” to 36” thick and in 2’ x 8’ or 4’ x 8’ sheets. ACH Foam Technologies has eight manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and is likely to be within 500 miles from the jobsite.

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IH794 – Building Highway Access Ramps with Geofoam

By: Pat Austin, Sales Representative

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Over the past few years, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has endeavored to renovate Interstate Highway 794 in downtown Milwaukee.  This highway runs past the port of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan’s lakefront, over the top of the Summerfest grounds, and connects downtown with the south shore suburbs.  The Hoan Bridge, which carries the interstate over the Milwaukee River, was also renovated and will now grace the skyline of the city for decades to come.

When faced with the realities of building access ramps to the highway in conjested urban neighborhoods, the WI DOT chose Foam-Control® Geofoam as the fundamental building component.  Geofoam allows ramps and roadways to be built in an embankment design, with traffic loads concentrated vertically and no lateral load component.  The vertical sides of the geofoam embankment can be covered with concrete tilt-up panels, tied to the road surface on top and supported by footings below.  These panels can be light in design and they are not subject to lateral loading.

Foam-Control® Geofoam offers other benefits in these applications as well.  Blocks can be factory cut to create the required incline, stacked and stored on site or placed immediately, with very little heavy equipment required.  Once in place, no compaction is required.  Geofoam is largely impervious to the weather conditions – construction can proceed regardless of frost or other weather challenges.  All this combines to make geofoam a significant installation time saver.

IH794 now joins a long list of Interstate Highway embankments, including the I-15 reconstruction in Salt Lake City, completed prior to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  This installation has been extensively monitored by the University of Utah, and deemed to be out-performing the parameters for settlement set by the designers.  Foam-Control® Geofoam – don’t ‘settle’ for anything less on your next highway embankment design.

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NEW DuraTherm PLUS+ Validated Shippers

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After much anticipation, ACH Foam Technologies is expanding its cold chain product line to include the new DuraTherm Plus+™ line of validated shippers.  DuraTherm Plus+™ cold chain validated shippers are 2°C- 8° C, 24-hour solutions that are 3rd party validated to ISTA 7D summer and winter profiles and pre-tested to ISTA 7E summer and winter profiles.  DuraTherm Plus+™ provides off-the-shelf seasonal pack out solutions in 4 sizes with available payload volume ranging from .01 to 9.94 liters.  DuraTherm Plus+™ comes with easy to follow instructions, standard gel refrigerants, and is available nationwide.

Stop by and see us at PackExpo International, McCormick Center, Chicago, IL, booth E-6716 from November 6-9th or contact your local ACH Foam Technologies’ Sales Representative for further details.

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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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