1. Zotefoams – Ideal For Medical Skin Contact Applications

    June 5, 2017 by Chris Stewart

    A significant portion of FLEXTECH’s business involves assisting in the development and subsequent manufacturing of foam components for our customers in the medical device and healthcare markets. 

    Medical, dental and surgical foam components

    Medical, dental and surgical foam components

    Many of these medical device applications require a foam material that can be safely utilized in either direct or indirect contact with a patient’s skin.  When we are involved in the development of a custom foam component for a medical/healthcare application, we are often asked to recommend foams that are biocompatible and non-cytotoxic, and we must have the documentation to support that they have been tested and can be safely used in skin contact applications.  Depending on the requirements of the specific application, we will often suggest that our customers consider a number of the unique materials from the Zotefoams product line.

    FLEXTECH is an authorized distributor and fabricator of the Zotefoams family of cross-linked polyolefin foams. 

    Zotefoams unique manufacturing process produces very pure, chemically inert foam without residual blowing agent. Many of the Zotefoams products have been tested and approved for use in medical device applications, including those that involve patient skin contact. The International Standard for testing of materials for medical device components that contact a patient’s skin is ISO 10993.  The ISO 10993 testing protocol includes, but is not limited to, testing for potential cytotoxicity and skin irritation.  A wide range of Zotefoams materials in the Plastazote, Evazote and Supazote product lines have been tested and have documentation to support that that are non-cytotoxic and non-skin irritating. They are also latex-free and hypoallergenic. Additionally, they are all MRI, CT and X-ray lucent.

    Because these materials are approved for skin contact and also have exceptional physical properties, FLEXTECH suggests them for the following medical applications:

    • Orthopedic brace and support components, including ankle, knee, back and cervical collar pads
    • Patient affixed interfaces for medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices
    • Wearable vital signs monitoring patches
    • Orthotic components
    • MRI, CT and x-ray devices and accessories
    • Patient positioning pads for diagnostic and surgical procedures
    • Wheelchair seating and positioning pads
    • Medical protective helmet liners
    • Prosthetic components
    • Podiatric components
    • And many more

    FLEXTECH has the ability to fabricate Zotefoams for medical applications by way of skiving, die cutting, adhesive and textile lamination, compression molding, encapsulation molding and vacuum forming. If you have a medical application for a foam component and are in need a foam fabricator or would like to learn more about Zotefoams for medical applications, please contact the experts at  FLEXTECH at (952) 345-0012 or send a message online.

  2. Armacell – OleTex

    June 7, 2016 by Chris Stewart

    armacell-logoOleTex® is a highly versatile polyolefin foam developed for a limitless range of creative die cut, heat molded capabilities in automotive, construction, packaging and recreation applications. Polyolefin Component Foam (PCF) products can be formulated for soft, flexible applications or in blends that provide stiff, high-compressive-strength end uses. Various blends of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) or Ethylene Ethyl Acrylate (EEA) are used to achieve desired flexibility. OleTex is offered in continuous rolls, laminated rolls and sheets or in foam blocks (buns) that can be sliced to preferred thicknesses.

    Data Sheets

    • BDJN200 Data Sheet – 2 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked, EVA/LDPE blend bun foam
    • BDJN300 Data Sheet – 3 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene/EVA blend bun foam
    • BDJN400 Data Sheet – 4 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene/EVA blend bun foam
    • BKJN200 Data Sheet – 2 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked LDPE bun foam
    • BKJN300 Data Sheet – 3 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked LDPE bun foam
    • BKJN400 Data Sheet – 4 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene bun foam
    • CKJN200 Data Sheet – 2 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
    • CKJN200F Data Sheet – 2 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene, fire retardant extruded roll foam
    • CKJN400 Data Sheet – 4 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
    • CKJT550 Data Sheet – 5.5 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
    • CKJN600 Data Sheet – 6 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
    • CKJN800 Data Sheet – 8 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
    • CKJN1000 Data Sheet – 10 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
    • CKJN1200 Data Sheet – 12 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
    • CKJN1600 Data Sheet – 16 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
    • CKJN2000 Data Sheet – 20 lb/cubic foot closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene extruded roll foam
  3. Sekisui Voltek – Volara and Minicel Technical Data Sheets

    May 12, 2016 by Chris Stewart

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    Volara Datasheets

    Volara® is a fine-celled, irradiation crosslinked foam that offers aesthetic appeal as well as an outstanding range of performance characteristics. Its smooth surface, excellent consistency, gauge control, superior physical and chemical properties, low water absorption and vapor transmission make Volara® a versatile, dependable solution for a host of demanding applications.

    • Volara Type A – Volara type A foams are the choice for economy driven applications. This general purpose crosslinked LDPE foam is ideal for industrial applications like flooring underlay, construction gap filler, ind…
    • Volara Type AF – Volara Type AF was developed to meet certain federal, military, and industry requirements on the flammability of cellular plastics. The data present here shows its performance when tested in accordanc…
    • Volara Type AS – Volara type AS is an enhanced flexible closed-cell polyethylene foam that is crosslinked by means of a unique electron irradiation process. This results in a continuous smooth surface foam materials w…
    • Volara Type EO – Volara type EO foams are flexible, soft to the touch, closed cell EVA copolymer based materials. Type EO foams are ideally suited for use in medical devices and in applications designed for skin and f…
    • Volara Type G – Volara type G foams are the most flexible, most conformable and softest to the touch offered by Sekisui Voltek. These products are also tough. Compared with other Volara foams at comparable density, t…
    • Volara Type M – Volara type M is a flexible closed-cell polyethylene foam that is crosslinked by means of a unique electron irradiation process. This results in a continuous smooth surface foam material with a fine c…
    • Volara Type TS – Volara type TS is specially formulated for the industrial tape and gasket markets. This material is a polyblend of two resin types, combined to provide the conformability, compression strength and tou…

    Minicel Datasheets

    Minicel® is an extremely fine-celled, chemically crosslinked foam in bun form that is ideal for a wide variety of applications where a thicker foam is required. It combines a smooth aesthetic feel with superior physical and chemical properties, and is available in a wide range of types, colors and densities.

    • Minicel Type L – Minicel type L is a closed-cell chemically crosslinked polyethylene bun foam. This results in a smooth surface with an extremely fine-cell structure. These bun foams have a tough and firm, yet elastic…
    • Minicel Type M – Minicel type M is a closed-cell chemically crosslinked polyethylene foam that has been specially formulated for increased thermal resistance and excellent shock absorption. This results in a smooth su…
    • Minicel Type T – Minicel type T is a closed-cell chemically crosslinked EVA copolymer foams that have been specially formulated for added flexibility and resilience. This results in a smooth surface with an extremely …

    Market Bulletins

    • MB 1 FDA Food Contact Compliance – Volara Type A, E, EO and HPT, irradiation crosslinked polyolefin foam, comply with the Food and Drug Administration regulations for use in contact with food.
    • MB 4 Fire Retardant Specifications – Volara 2AF has been given the following ratings by Underwriters Laboratories. 2AF White, 2AF Black, 2AF Charcoal, 2AF Silver Gray have a 94-HF1 rating for 1/8″ through 3/8″ thicknesses.
    • MB 5 Thermal Insulation – Two terms are commonly encountered when discussing the thermal insulation values of materials, the K factor and the R factor. The K factor is referred to as the thermal conductivity and has only one v…
    • MB 6 Sterilization of Volara – The sterilization of Volara by Ethylene Oxide is not recommended. The combination of temperature and vacuum has occasionally demonstrated dramatic shrinkage in this material.
    • MB 7 Health Care Personal Product Applications – The following is a list of medical applications in which Sekisui Voltek’s crosslinked polyethylene foams, Volara, are being utilized:
    • MB 8 CFCS, HCFCS, AND Blowing Agents – There are increasing concerns and tighter specifications regarding blowing agents and the effect they have on the atmosphere.
    • MB 9 Animal Skin Irritation Toxicity Studies of Volara – A cross section of Volara foams were tested for Primary Skin Irritation, Oral Toxicity, and Agarose Overlay to illustrate the excellent properties of these foams for medical, health care, and toy use….
    • MB 10 Storage Rating of Volara – National Fire Protection Association Rating – Group A, Class 6
    • MB 17 Natural Rubber Latex – Sekisui Voltek’s products do not contain any NRL (natural rubber latex).
    • MB 21 RoHS Compliance – Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 2) – EU Directive 2011/65/EC restricts the use of certain hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.
    • MB 21a RoHS Compliance for Minicel – Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) – EU Directive 2002/95/EC restricts the use of certain hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment
    • MB 23 Berry Amendment Compliance – The Berry Amendment (10 U.S.C. §2533a) prohibits the Department of Defense from the purchase of the following articles or items, unless items have been grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the U…
    • MB 24 Silicone – Sekisui Voltek’s Volara® products do not contain silicone.
    • MB 25 PBDE – Sekisui Voltek has discontinued the use of this type of flame retardant additive in all Volara®, and Volextra® since October 2006. Specifically, Sekisui Voltek has discontinued the use of Decabromyl D…
    • MB 26 BSE – Sekisui Voltek Volara foam products can contain Zn stearate which is a “tallow derivative”. Our supplier reports that tallow derived fatty acid can be sourced from cattle, pork and poultry stock. The
    • MB 28 REACH Statement – REACH is a European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. The new European law b…
    • MB 30 Substance Statement – Sekisui Voltek does not knowingly add any of the substances listed below into their products or into their process.
    • MB 31 Phthalates – Sekisui Voltek’s Volara® products do not contain phthalates in general and none of the phthalates listed below:
    • MB 32 Green Label for Volara Polyolefin Foams – Sekisui Voltek’s Volara cross-linked polyolefin foams are in compliance with the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Indoor Air Quality Cushion Testing Program. The reference identification for these Volara fo…
    • MB 34 Toxic Ingredients for Volara – Volara® is made from materials that are non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and not Persistent, Bio accumulative or Toxic (PBT).
  4. Zotefoams Datasheets

    March 31, 2016 by Chris Stewart

    Zotefoams DatasheetsZotefoams Plc manufactures a range of closed cell cross-linked polyolefin foams for global use in sports, construction, marine, automation, medical equipment and aerospace. Below you will find the datasheets for the Zotefoams material Flextech uses.

    Datasheets

    Low Density Polyethylene Foam

    • LD15 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD15 which is available in sheet form…
    • LD18 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD18 which is available in sheet form…
    • LD24 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD24 which is available in sheet form…
    • LD29 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD29 which is available in sheet form…
    • LD33 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD33 which is available in sheet form…
    • LD45 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD45 which is available in sheet form…
    • LD60 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD60 which is available in sheet form…
    • LD70 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD70 which is available in sheet form…

    High Density Polyethylene Foam

    • HD30 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam HD30 which is available in sheet form…
    • HD60 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam HD60 which is available in sheet form…
    • HD80 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam HD80 which is available in sheet form…
    • HD110 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam HD110 which is available in sheet for…
    • HD115 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam HD115 which is available in sheet for…

    Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer Foam

    • EV30 Zotefoams Datasheet – Evazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked EVA copolymer foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Evazote foam EV30 which is available in sheet form and …
    • EV50 Zotefoams Datasheet – Evazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked EVA copolymer foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Evazote foam EV50 which is available in sheet form and …
    • VA25 Zotefoams Datasheet – Evazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked EVA copolymer foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Evazote foam VA25 which is available in sheet form and …
    • VA35 Zotefoams Datasheet – Evazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked EVA copolymer foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Evazote foam VA35 which is available in sheet form and …
    • VA65 Zotefoams Datasheet – Evazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked EVA copolymer foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Evazote foam VA65 which is available in sheet form and …
    • VA80 Zotefoams Datasheet – Evazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked EVA copolymer foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Evazote foam VA80 which is available in sheet form and …

    Lightweight Supersoft Foam

    • EM26 Zotefoams Datasheet – Supazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked copolymer foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Supazote foam EM26 which is available in sheet form and is…

    Metallocene Polyethylene Foam

    • MP33 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® MP grades are closed cell, cross-linked, metallocene polyethylene foams manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote MP33 which is avail…
    • MP45 Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene block foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. The values provided in this product information represent data gathered from s…

    Flame Retardant Polyethylene Foams

    • LD24FR Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD24FR which is available in sheet fo…
    • LD45FR Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD45FR which is available in sheet fo…
    • MP15FR Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® MP grades are closed cell, cross-linked, metallocene polyethylene foams manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterises Plastazote MP15FR which is ava…

    Conductive Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Foam

    • EV45CN Zotefoams Datasheet – Evazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Evazote foam EV45CN which is available in sheet form and…

    Conductive, Low Density Polyethylene Foam

    • LD32CN Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD32CN which is available in sheet fo…
    • LD50CN Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterizes Plastazote foam LD50CN which is available in sheet fo…

    Static Dissipative Low Density Polyethylene Foam

    • LD30SD Zotefoams Datasheet – Plastazote® is a closed cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This data sheet characterises Plastazote foam LD30SD which is available in sheet fo…

    Zotek High Performance Polyamide (Nylon) Foam

    • Zotek N B50 Zotefoams Datasheet – ZOTEK® N B50 is closed cell, cross-linked polyamide-6 foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. Available in sheet form, it can be fabricated by a variety of techniques and
      thermofo…
    • Zotek ND35 Zotefoams Datasheet – Zotek® ND35 is a closed cell, cross-linked polyamide foam manufactured using Zotefoams unique production process. This provisional data sheet characterises Zotek® ND35 which is available in sheet for…

    Technical Information Sheets