High-Performing EPI System for SIPS Production

Aug-16-2019 | Comments: 0 | Posted In: Wood Industry | Posted By: Jessica Robbins
Franklin Adhesives & Polymers has developed a high-performing emulsion polymer isocyanate system (EPI) – Advantage EP-980 – specifically for use in the manufacture of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) comprised of various facing materials with EPS core.

The new Advantage EP-980 is approved by the ICC-ES in evaluation report ESR-3845 and meets the requirements of Norma CH2148, the standard for residential use in Chile. It surpasses the SIPS producer’s expectations for ease of use and superior performance, too.

In addition, this EPI system greatly simplifies production. It provides excellent spreader stability, is low foaming and offers a long working time and pot life, reducing adhesive waste. Its quick cure rate shortens press time, increasing productivity. The ability to clean up residual adhesive with water when wet also lessens production time and costs.

EPI technology is ideal for SIPS production. It has a low minimum film-formation temperature, which allows it to be used over a wide range of conditions before, during and after production. The technology crosslinks a standard water-based emulsion with isocyanate to create a strong urethane bond that provides superior water, heat and solvent resistance.

“Franklin Adhesives & Polymers is thrilled to bring our expertise in adhesive technologies, honed over decades serving the wood products industry, to SIPS manufacturing,” said Josh Bartlett, structural market manager, North America. “SIPS will play an ever-expanding role in the future of residential and light commercial construction, and we look forward to partnering with SIPS producers to meet market demand for strong, reliable panels.”

In addition to Advantage EP-980 for SIPS assembly, Franklin offers Advantage EP-950A for the production of structural wood components. More information on these adhesives is available at www.FranklinAdhesivesandPolymers.com.

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