CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

OVERVIEW

12:00    Introduction to UTECH Las Americas
Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International

12:10    Welcome / Keynote Address
Steve Burns, Vice President, Polyurethanes, Americas, Huntsman Corp. 

     

12:30    Keynote speaker to be confirmed

FLEXIBLE FOAMS

13:00 Viscoelastic foams with enhanced performance and comfort
Jamie Spears, Research Chemist, Carpenter Co 

  • How typical Viscoelastic PU foams (memory foams) exhibit poor performance at low or high temperatures. 
  • Looking at a novel technology which produces Viscoelastic PU foams that retain their performance at a wide gradient of temperatures. 
  • Applications for these foams: the automotive, flexible foam and consumer markets


13:30 Water-based "cool touch" technologies for the flexible foam market 
Luis Garcia Correa, Technical Service and Development, The Dow Chemical Company

  • A good night's sleep is one of the key attributes that mattress manufacturers focus on when they innovate and market their products.
  • How in hot regions such as Mexico and Latin America, customers demand superior cooling, which is PCM have become more common. 
  • The "cold touch" of new coatings, but the problem of the smell of residual solvent resulting in consumer dissatisfaction. 
  • New technology of water-based phase change materials, which provides a superior cold touch value proposition and sustained cooling, while providing softness, strength, adhesion and long-term durability




16:00 Silicone surfactants with low levels of cyclics which optimise blow efficiency of flexible block foam 
Celso Toyoshima, Technical Application Manager, Evonik

  • Introduction of the development of a new low VOC silicone surfactant optimized to increase the gas yield of conventional flexible slabstock foam.
  • Data from lab studies and machine trials that show reduced top-to-bottom density spreads and increased block heights when using this new surfactant in both discontinuous (cylinder and box) as well as continuous block foam processes.  
  • How flexible foam manufacturers will be able to improve their chemical conversion efficiencies and produce foam at a lower cost by unit volume.

16:30    Development of polyurethane foams in automotive under the hood applications 
Ernesto Román Calderón, Technical Service and Development, The Dow Chemical Company

  • The importance of generating a pleasant atmosphere to travel in a car with noise and vibration absorption systems.
  • The challenge of meeting changes and requirements in acoustic and thermal insulation in the motor industry
  • New materials and formulations of polyurethane systems (flexible and semi-rigid) which meet the specifications of the main manufacturers of the automotive industry

17:00 The advantages and disadvantages of automation in polyurethane injection processes
Luis Arturo Maciel Miranda, Maintenance Manager, Lear Corporation

  • A closer examination of process automation
  • The problem of the high cost of automation, and how to reduce it
  • The disadvantages of automation
  • Obtaining clear ideas to automate the processes of your company

17:30 Efficient production of specialty flexible foam grade
Joachim Bahlke, Sales Manager Molded Foam Lines, Hennecke GmbH
Moisés Abreu, Sales Manager Slabstock, Hennecke GmbH

  • Technical aspects leading to higher production efficiency
  • A look at the latest high-quality equipment for moulded foam applications
  • Oval conveyor lines and metering machines 


Programme may be subject to change.


12:00
    Re-cap and welcome back
Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International 

FLEXIBLE FOAMS continued

12:05    Hot cast polyurethane
Filiberto Hernández Vásquez, Technical Service Manager, POLYLUBEX S.A

  • What is hot cast polyurethane?
  • Advantages of hot cast polyurethane over other materials
  • Properties: load capacity, tear, abrasion, hydrolysis and oxidation resistance
  • Application to the transportation industry

12:30    TPU injection as an efficient alternative to cast moulding in the automotive industry
Rodrigo Chinen, New Business Development Manager, Lubrizol

  • Alternatives to improve the production process; manufacturing products more efficiently with less cost and higher quality
  • Promoting an environmentally friendly process; how the transformation process of TPU - in contrast with other thermofixed polymers - reduces its impact to the environment
  • The TPU injection advantages in scrap recycling and waste reduction

13:00    Speaker to be confirmed


CASE

13:30    Low viscosity polyester polyols for reduced VOC 2K polyurethane coatings
Jeffrey Janos, Research Associate, Stepan Company

  • The characteristics and performance of new low viscosity polyester polyols
  • Using these polyols to formulate coatings that satisfy the growing need for very low VOC urethane products
  • Conclusions 




16:00   A complete solution for the wheels industry 
Luca Fanti, Global Techno-Commercial Manager, Huntsman Polyurethanes

  • A look at the various hot cast polyurethanes systems used in the manufacturing of rolls, castors and wheels. The benefits of different systems, including polyester-based; polyether-based; PCL-based; and special and novel-grade systems 
  • The machinery used to cast the wheels and various parts


16:20    Guide to problems, causes and solutions in polyurethane elastomers caused by the casting process A complete solution for the wheels industry 
Rodrigo Gustavo Huescas Villegas, Research and Development Manager, Nuceq

  • Improving process times and reduce downtime during the manufacture of polyurethanes by casting
  • Reducing scrap and waste of material during the manufacturing process 
  • Increasing productivity 
  • Prevent problems that result in losses during the manufacturing process of polyurethanes by casting. 


    16:40    Hot cast Urethane Elastomers and end use applications
    Speaker to be confirmed, Foam Supplies

    • How hot cast urethane elastomers have been growing significantly all over the world during the past 50 years
    • The use of these products and how they are seen replacing rubber in high industrial areas to improve productivity and product life span
    • Application use is limitless
    • Reviewing end product performance needs and which specific urethane elastomers can meet these application requirements


    FOOTWEAR and RELEASE AGENTS

    17:00    Innovations for superior comfort in footwear production
    Mauricio Torres, Technical Service and Development, The Dow Chemical Company

    • The move by customers towards shoes that combine both comfort and style for their daily activities. 
    • How the industry is responding by looking for comfort, ergonomics and lightness 
    • Innovative polyurethane solutions that meet the main characteristics required to provide superior performance footwear
    • How the solutions are an excellent proposal for sports shoes with a higher energy return and greater lightness compared to conventional polyurethanes.


    17:20 Reducing the weight of polyurethane shoe soles to maintain durability and comfort 
    Salvador Mejía Gómez, Latin America PUR Foam Application Development Manager, Honeywell

    • The importance of Mexico as a production centre for the footwear industry in Latin America
    • How polyurethane foam is a key component when durability, chemical resistance and comfort are required.
    • Despite its high-end properties, polyurethane faces strong competition from lighter materials like EVA or synthetic rubber.
    • Solutions to keep competitive whilst reducing shoe sole weight, reducing environmental impact and retaining desired properties 


    17:40    Optimising release agents from application through process to lower residue 
    Carles Alonso, Release Agents Division Technician, Concentrol

    • Release agents; one of the most important chemicals used for polyurethane molded foam manufacturers
    • The problem of misuse by customers not using or storing them properly and the resulting issues re: stability and efficiency 
    • Instructing customers to provide technical recommendations to avoid these issues
    • Key factors to handle release agents properly 


    Programme may be subject to change.


    12:00
        Re-cap and welcome back
    Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International


    BLOWING AGENTS

    12:05    HFO blowing agent for semi-continuous panels and spray polyurethane foam applications in construction
    Salvador Mejía Gómez, Latin America PUR Foam Application Development Manager, Honeywell

    • How changes in blowing agent regulations have delivered novel materials to the market with better properties
    • A new brand of HFO blowing agents to address construction industry challenges: more efficient insulation, and better physical and structural properties in applications 
    • A comparison of blowing agent properties as well as a brief synopsis of the polyurethane foam formulations and properties that can be achieved with HFO blowing agents 


    12:30    Blowing agent blends for PUR rigid foams 
    Ercan Unveren, Business Development Manager, Solvay

    • Non-flammable liquid foam blowing agents successfully used in thermal insulation applications for more than 15 years.
    • Brominated polyether polyols providing good flame retardancy to fulfil fire classifications required for the building and construction industry. 
    • Comparison of PU formulations with non-flammable Solvay blends 


    13:00    Comparative performance of Honeywell’s LBA and other alternatives in the appliance industry 
    Salvador Mejía Gómez, Latin America PUR Foam Application Development Manager, Honeywell

    • Blowing agents: a key raw material in the production of polyurethane rigid foam
    • How different options have been developed to meet processing and more stringent energy-consumption regulations.
    • Demonstrating superior insulation performance in commercial and domestic appliances compared with water-blown systems, hydrocarbons or hydrofluorocarbons
    • New trends in blowing agent technologies 


    13:30     Next generation blowing agents: The challenges ahead 
    Raul Dacomba, Senior Formulating Chemist, Foam Supplies 

    • Ever-increasing demands for energy efficiency and regulatory compliance: how the polyurethane foam insulation industry is tasked with transitioning to a new generation of blowing agents. 
    • The next generation blowing agent options offered to the formulator 
    • How these new offerings seem to offset the trend of decreased insulation performance of foams. 
    • A look at the importance of formula optimization via a case study; delving into how raw material selection is crucial to excellent foam performance.



    RIGID FOAMS

    16:00    Sustainable construction: polyurethane as an enabling element of a faster, cleaner and energy efficient industry
    Alvaro Ballesteros, Technical Service and Development, The Dow Chemical Company

    • How sustainable construction relies on two pillars: industrialization and energy efficiency. 
    • Building with polyurethane powers the construction industry, through architectural versatility, excellent aesthetics, lightness, precision in its installation and resistance to destructive agents
    • The positive impacts on sustainability, from a drastic reduction in water use to the minimization of CO2 emissions and through less energy consumption of air conditioning systems.
    • Cases that illustrate some of these advantages


    16:30    Novel polyester polyols based on recycled PET
    Netza Lopez, Senior Account Manager NAFTA Region, Carpenter Co

    • Polyester polyols made out of recycled PET (water bottles + films) used to produced rigid PU foams used in the construction industry. 
    • A review of the benefits of these foams on energy saving and reducing environmental impact of plastic waste.


    17:00  Versatile, environmentally friendly formulations for compliance and performance
    Alvaro Ballesteros, Technical Service and Development, The Dow Chemical Company

    • The imminent global transition to the 4th generation of foaming agents, and how Mexico and Latin America are not exempt from these regulatory changes
    • The main factors to consider in the selection of the expansion agent, at the same time how new polyurethane technologies can maintain or improve the performance of your application. 
    • A look at global and regional trends, including sustainability and safety, with the objective that the industry is aware that there are viable alternatives

    COMPOSITES

    17:30    Stretching the limits of composites spray moulding through novel polyurethane resin spray systems
    Jorge Brito, Huntsman Polyurethanes

    • Composites spray molding of glass fibre-reinforced paper honeycomb panels; how it has deserved its merits in the automotive industry. 
    • A highly productive and affordable process to manufacture very lightweight semi-structural parts for automotive interiors. 
    • The resulting strong market pull today to push the boundaries of this process further, requiring also superior material solutions. 
    • Novel characteristics of newly developed Huntsman Polyurethanes resin spray systems

    Programme may be subject to change.


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    KEY DATES

    Wednesday

    10th April, 2019 | 12pm-7pm

    Thursday

    11th April, 2019 | 12pm-7pm

    Friday

    12th April, 2019 | 12pm-7pm

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