Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

By: Chris Benson, Packaging Specialist

As Thanksgiving nears and we all start thinking about what and who we are thankful for, I wanted to recognize some ACH Foam Technologies team members who are behind the scenes. As this is a blog and not a novel, I cannot recognize everyone in this space. I have selected a few employees from ACH’s Kansas City Shape Molding facility. For these key personnel, I am very thankful and they make all of our jobs easier at ACH Foam in Kansas City.

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Brad Wilbur- Production Schedule/Inventory Control

Brad schedules all the orders for the facility and makes sure stock levels and large orders are scheduled and produced in a timely manner. He does a great job balancing hundreds of different products we manufacture and the quick turnaround times we are able to achieve.

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Chris Kramer- Quality Technician

ACH produces top quality EPS foam products and this would not be possible without Chris checking quality for every product daily and ensuring all of our customers receive our absolute best quality product.

 Thadd Tweet- Production Manager

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Thadd is in charge of production at the facility and the employees who run the shape mold equipment. He works closely with Brad, Chris, and Brian, along with maintenance staff, so the whole production cycle runs smoothly and to ensure all of our customer’s needs are met.

Brian Kirk- Logistics Manager

Brian Kirk blog picBrian handles all the logistics for the facility. He coordinates all the shipments every week for every customer ordering product out of this manufacturing location. Keeping hundreds of shipments organized and getting the product to each customer on time is no easy task, but Brian handles it day in and day out.

From scheduling to manufacturing top quality shape molded EPS products to shipping the finished goods, these key behind the scenes employees help ACH remain the industry leader in EPS manufacturing.

Thank you to all ACH Foam employees for keeping us successful. Everyone is an important cog in the wheel that makes ACH Foam go.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Are you thinking Green as in Recycling?

By:  Bryan Buchanan, Packaging Specialist

75627420copyMany are not aware polystyrene (EPS) packaging is recyclable and is being recycled successfully by businesses and consumers across the United States. The 2013 EPS Recycling Rate Report indicated over 125-million pounds of EPS were recycled that came from commercial, post-consumer and post-industrial sources.  The 2014 Recycling Rate Report will be available this fall.

EPS recycling is definitely growing.  EPS accounts for approximately 50% of all post-use polystyrene recycled in the United States. The EPS industry has worked diligently to make recycling easier for the consumer.  The most significant and visible benefit to recycling are improvements to curbside recycling.  Improving post-consumer recycling helps with the ability to reintroduce recycled EPS back into products which enhances sustainability and is immensely beneficial to the manufacturer as well as the consumer.

Please contact your local sales professional at ACH Foam Technologies and they will help you in the in your recycling.

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What You May Not Know About Your Roof Insulation

By: Jim Nugent, Regional Sales Manager

In Recent years, building codes increased minimum R-Values for commercial buildings which also increased the cost for new and replacement roofs. The insulation in the roof assembly is the most expensive component in the assembly. For this reason owners, architects, consultants, and contractors should be aware of the cost and performance characteristics of this component of their roof assembly.


Since the late 1980’s Polyisocyanurate (polyiso) has been the dominate rigid foam insulation used in commercial roofs. The growth in Polyiso can be tied to the time frame when membrane manufacturers started producing Polyiso and offering their roof membranes with the insulation, along with their full system warranty.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) roof insulation has been used in commercial roof assemblies for over 50 years providing long-term, stable R-values. As the membrane manufacturers invested in producing Polyiso the use of EPS roof insulation became more prevalent in tapered systems, retrofit metal roofs, green Roofs, plazas decks, and other specialty applications.

From 2011 to today the roofing industry has begun to learn more about the long-term R-value of Polyiso, specifically how temperatures above or below 75 degrees can negatively impact the R-value of Polyiso. In 2011 Mark Graham the technical director of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) published a technical bulletin about the R-value testing of Polyiso. Graham recommended to owners and architects that R-5 per inch was appropriate for parts of the United States where there are more heating days than cooling days, such as the northern part of the US. Whereas, R-5.7 per inch is recommended for areas with more cooling days with warmer climates.

In 2012, Building Science Corporation, a well-respected building envelop consulting firm, published their own findings on the temperature sensitivity of Polyiso. In this article written by Joe Lstiburk, the findings were consistent with Mark Graham’s NRCA technical bulletin. The article confirmed that the R-value of Polyiso drops below R-5 per inch as the mean temperature dips below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

In 2015 Mark Graham published another technical bulletin on this same topic based on new sampling and testing of Polyiso R-values at 75°, 40°, and 25° degree Fahrenheit mean temperatures. The results of the testing were compelling: average Polyiso R-value at 75° is R-5.55, 40° is R-4.99, and 25° is R-4.05 per inch.


Why is all of this so important and why should building owners be concerned about the findings? Historically Polyiso has published one R-value. In the 1980’s Polyiso’s R-value was as high as R-7 per inch. Today Polyiso’s published R-value is 5.7 per inch. EPS has always published R-values at 3 mean temperatures; 75°, 40°, and 25°. These published R-values have never changed. As a matter of fact, the thermal value of EPS increases as weather conditions get colder. For example, Type II EPS roof insulation insulation has an R-value of 4.2 at 75°, 4.6 at 40°, and 4.8 at 25°. When temperatures fall below 40° it becomes more crucial for your insulation to be effective. The R-values of EPS are equal to or higher than Polyiso! Wait, did I just say EPS R-values are higher than Polyiso….? Yes!

Each year in the US billions of dollars are spent on Polyiso roof insulation, often without any consideration of its effectiveness. Articles published by industry respected organizations confirm that the insulation in those roofs, especially in certain regions of the US, are most likely under-performing. What does this all mean? That there is a large percentage of commercial buildings in the cooler, northern climates that would benefit from a better performing insulation such as EPS. The added benefit of its lower cost per R-value also saves building owners significant material costs. It’s a winning combination: effective, stable performance at a lower cost.

Learn more about Foam-Control® EPS roof insulation.

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It’s PackExpo Time!

By:  Joe Kurz, Packaging Specialist

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Yes, it is PackExpo time again. ACH Foam Technologies is busy polishing up our booth and making sure we have our newly designed samples available to entice you to visit with us. You will see what we have been busy producing in the past year: fabricated and molded EPS, EPE and ARCEL to our line of DuraTherm® coolers and wine shippers. The finest EPS foam representatives and management individuals in the industry will be on site to make suggestions, answer questions and describe our process.

From our nationwide processing facilities across the USA, ACH Foam Technologies can provide the sought after solutions to any packaging issues that you may have. Perhaps your company is using a more expensive alternative, and would like to explore the possibilities of moving to EPS packaging. With 2016 right around the corner, its time to evaluate solutions for any new products your company is introducing into the market.

Visit us at PackExpo Las Vegas, booth S-6527, for a consultation and discuss our design capabilities. We are looking forward sharing ideas with you and discussing the things you need to bring your ideas to life. We will help you to acquire knowledge to solve tough problems, identify best practices, exceed demands, guide your organization into the future, and develop a competitive edge. Stop by and talk shop with us.

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Choose the Right “Cap” for Your Roof

By: John Myers, Sales Representative – Architectural Products


You wear a cap on your head to keep warm in the cold weather or keep cool in the hot sunny weather, buildings like people need to be protected from the heat and cold as well. This starts at the roof.  The easiest path for heat loss and heat gain. ACH Foam Technologies’ Foam-Control® and Foam-Control Plus+® roof insulations are excellent choices to “cap” a building.

Building codes dictate the minimum amount of R-Value that commercial buildings need to be energy efficient. This R-Value is used in the calculation of other components of the building such as HVAC systems.  Designers and building owners are not investing in these properties and equipment for a short term, but instead are looking to capitalize on their investment over the long term.  Foam-Control® and Foam-Control Plus+® roof insulations help with that investment by offering the only stable long-term R-Values available in roofing market today.

Alternative insulations are subject to R-Value loss over time, as evidenced by LTTR mathematical calculations used by polyisocyanurate insulation. This calculation averages the R-Value over 15 years and publishes the median R-Value rather than the long-term final R-Value.  ACH Foam Technologies has test results that show the R-Value of EPS remains stable after 30 years!

HVAC equipment designed at an overstated R-Value may become underused and less efficient if not designed to a predictable stable R-Value. This causes the equipment to fail prematurely and is a major expense to the building owner. Replacement equipment is likely to be sized as the original, thus repeating the cycle of inefficiency..

ACH Foam Technologies has a variety of “caps” from which to choose to match your climate zone. If you are protecting your building from heat gain or heat loss, Foam-Control® and Foam-Control Plus+® roof insulations are the effective long-term and affordable choices. Designers and building owners need only speak to one of the knowledgeable representatives at ACH Foam Technologies to find out more information. We have independent verification of R-Value field performance that is valuable information when designing your roof’s headwear.

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