Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Shipping Systems

By: Keith Baechle, Regional Sales Manager

Have you ever taken a mail order prescription or medication?  If you haven’t I bet someone you know has.  Can you imagine the number of hands and distance that product encountered to get to you?  If you stop and think about it, the reality of it is impressive.  Now think about the degree of packaging required to ensure this product reaches everybody dependent upon it in a safe and secure manner.  Because in some cases your life or someone you love could depend on it.

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ACH Foam Technologies has developed DuraTherm® pharmaceutical cold chain  shipping systems to make sure your medications arrive in temperature, secure and quickly.  Our line of products are scientifically designed to withstand the rigors of air, truck and human transit.  These shippers will hold refrigerated products within a 2 to 8ºC range for anywhere from 24 to 72 hours.  We have painstakingly doted on every detail to ensure these units are an easy to use, efficient and cost effective means to ship critical care products nationally across the US.

For information regarding our DuraTherm® pharmaceutical cold chain shipping systems, please contact your nearest ACH Foam Technologies representative.

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OEM Solutions

By:  Chris Benson, Packaging Specialist

What the heck is OEM? The answer is simple:  Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is a term used when one company makes a part or subsystem that is used in another company’s end product.

Confused yet? Examples of expanded polystyrene OEM applications would be: garage door insulation, lost foam foundry patterns for metal casting, spa covers, heating & cooling system insulation, surf board cores, RV insulation and flotation insulation. There are countless other market segments that use EPS foam in OEM applications.


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Hope the picture is getting more clear now! ACH Foam’s high performance products have unlimited design possibilities and are used in virtually every industry.

Our dedicated staff will help you design and engineer the EPS OEM solution with accuracy to meet your deadlines and performance specifications.

Here are a few technical points on why EPS is great OEM solution:

  • 50 year Thermal Warrant:- R-Value of EPS does not suffer from R-Value loss over time
  • Moisture Resistant: The mechanical properties of EPS are unaffected by moisture. EPS exposed to water or water vapor will not cause swelling.
  • EPS will not decompose and will not support mold or mildew growth.
  • EPS does not contain CFC’s, HCFC’s, HFC’s, or formaldehyde.
  • EPS is a very, very strong and versatile material designed to cushion, protect, absorb shocks & insulate product.

For more information on developing your OEM solution using EPS, please contact an ACH salesperson.

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DuraTherm® Brand Expansion

By:  Greg Aron, Regional Sales Manager


In an effort to promote greater brand awareness, ACH Foam Technologies is expanding
the DuraTherm® brand to include all industrial related product offerings, both packaging and OEM products. The transition will gradually take place over the next year.

Originally conceived to include only cold chain and temperature sensitive packaging, the DuraTherm® brand will now encompass a broad offering of industrial related products including DuraTherm® insulated shipping containers, wine shippers, protective packaging, OEM components, and possibly even testing and fulfillment services.

ACH Foam Technologies is a leading block molder and shape molder of expanded polystyrene with 8 plants strategically located across the US, and is the only EPS molder to have block and shape molding capabilities nationwide.

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The Rest of the [EPS] Story

By:  Pat Austin, Sales Representative – Architectural Products

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At the risk of dating myself, I have to admit that one of my favorite personalities in the entertainment industry was the late Paul Harvey, who made famous by a short program he broadcast over the radio titled ‘The Rest of the Story’.   Mr. Harvey would tell a story about someone of something that he thought you knew, revealing fascinating and previously-unknown details or aspects of his subject matter. And at the end of his program, Mr. Harvey would always conclude by saying, “And now you know…the rest of the story”.

When I consider our Foam-Control Plus+ product line, I often think that, like Mr. Harvey, our task is to let people know “…the rest of the story”.  This is because much of the construction industry thinks they know everything there is to know about rigid foam insulation, but there are surprising details that the majority of the industry is largely unaware of:

One of those details is water absorption. The popular belief is that in applications where insulation comes into contact with water, extruded polystyrene (XPS) is the product to use. I think this belief stems from the results reported by test ASTM C272, which is a 24-hour laboratory submersion test to measure water absorption. XPS reports 0.1% absorption by volume, compared with 2.0% for Foam-Control Plus+ expanded polystyrene (EPS). What people in the industry are largely unaware of, is that real-world performance does not mirror these results. Five separate independent studies have proven that XPS absorbs more water, is unable to dry out, and does not perform as anticipated in real-world applications.

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In contrast, Foam-Control Plus+ EPS has proven itself a superior insulator in situations where it’s exposed to bulk moisture. Its combination of water resistance and permeability is a winning formula which allows it to maintain a high R-value in these applications. Multiple independent studies have verified these real-world in-situ results, and science doesn’t lie.

Here are the links to the studies referenced:
Moisture 101
Moisture 102
Moisture 103 
Moisture 104 
Moisture 105 

And now you know…the rest of the story. Good day!

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Curious Findings About Polyisocyanurate

By: Doug Wehrwein, Sales Representative – Architectural Products


It’s interesting and confusing at times, to analyze all the new test results and information about various roof insulation products.  Over the years polyisocyanurate has been the predominate insulation material used in commercial roofing.  I find it curious that polyiso remains the leader in spite of the fact their published R-values have been declining over the decades.  Back in 1975 they boosted R-8.0 per inch, and in 1985 the R-value became 7.2 per inch.  Then after a few more decades of decline the polyiso R-value recommendation according to Mark Graham, the NRCA’s associate executive director of technical services,  it is suggested R-5.0 per inch be used for polyiso when used in climates zones where heating conditions are prominent.  During these 4 decades of polyiso’s declining R-values their costs have continued to escalate.  You’re paying more for a lesser R-value.

Now there is a new NRCA report indicating that the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) polyiso LTTR values may not even be reached.   According to additional R-value testing done by the NRCA in late 2014 an average R-value of 5.555 was recorded at 75 F, only close to the R-5.7 as recommended by the Polyisocyanurate Manufacturers Association.   Additionally, testing revealed that the R-values of polyiso were diminished by as much as 27% at temperatures both higher and lower than 75 F, when thermal insulation is most necessary.

Over these same 4 decades expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid insulation has maintained constant R-values. For example, the R-value for Type II EPS is and always has been 4.6 per inch, and has continued to remain the lowest cost rigid foam insulation.  In addition to EPS’s impressive R-value retention,  EPS can minimize the number of pieces handled because it can come in pieces as thick as 36” and in tapers from ½” to 36”.  Compressive strengths are available from 10 to 25 psi.

ACH Foam roof insulation has many UL Listed assemblies to meet all your roof insulation needs.  Hybrid roof insulation assemblies incorporating EPS will also allow for Full System Warranties.

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