A Broad Array of Solutions to the Challenges Faced by Polyurethane Molders

The field of polyurethane molding covers a wide variety of applications, processes and finished products, including;

  • Integral skin
  • PU spray skin
  • High resiliency foam for seating, acoustical and carpet
  • Insulation back foaming
  • Visco-elastic polyurethane products
  • Rigid foams for…
    • energy absorbing applications
    • insulation and refrigeration panels
    • decorative faux wood and moldings
  • Dual density and single density shoe soles
  • Isocyanate bound products
  • Cast elastomers
  • Microcellular urethane applications such as jounce bumpers

At Chem-Trend, we understand the uniqueness of each of these processes, as well as the diversity of the raw materials utilized. In addition, we realize the impact that demolding has both on the efficiency of your operations and the quality of your products. Our history in the polyurethane industry started some 50 years ago when our founder was a significant contributor to the evolution of polyurethane seat cushion production for the automotive industry. When we developed liquid based release agents that could be spray applied to the molds, it revolutionized the cushion manufacturing process and made it an economically viable alternative for automotive component manufacturers.

Chem-Trend knows how to develop the right release agents for your polyurethane application. We can custom formulate mold release agents and ancillary molding process products such as; mold cleaners, mold preparation pastes, anti-squeak products and flushing solvents to increase productivity and quality, adding overall value to your bottom line.

A Worldwide Support Network

When you purchase Chem-Trend products for polyurethane molding you gain access to a worldwide support network of industry professionals committed to providing the right products for your particular application. Our long history of direct production floor experience means that we can help you optimize your mold release application and cleaning processes to increase efficiency, reduce waste and lower your operational costs. Our sales and technical service experts are available locally to our customers through a global network of offices.

Our main Research and Development Center is located in Howell, Michigan. Plus, we have product development laboratories in Europe along with additional technical service laboratories in South America and Asia. It’s all part of our commitment to providing our customers with greater value, performance and dependability. Our test facilities house equipment that allows us to simulate our customers’ processes during the product development phase, thus enabling us to evaluate performance and quality before our products reach you. It’s just more proof that when you choose Chem-Trend you’re choosing high quality, world tested products that are ready to solve your unique challenges.

Chem-Trend has a very long history in polyurethane molding industries. Our ability to support the polyurethane molding industry is an area of constant focus for us. This was of key importance in the late ‘90s when we purchased the Pura® brand of polyurethane release agent products – an acquisition that allowed us to expand our array of products and technologies to provide customers with an even broader range of solutions. Additionally, we are proud to be an active member of The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council and use our membership to keep up to date on the latest trends and technologies within the industry. We know you’re always thinking ahead and we want to be prepared to help you through the challenges of your next technology leap.

To learn more about the products that we develop and manufacture to solve your type of polyurethane molding challenges please read about our mold release agents and our ancillary products for polyurethane molding. Or, contact us and let us prove to you that we can increase your efficiency and lower the costs of your polyurethane molding operations.

  • Mold Release Agents

    Our mold release agents for polyurethane provide a competitive advantage to the largest and smallest manufacturers alike. 

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Case Study:

  • A Clean Approach to VOC Requirements

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Case Study:

  • Release Agent Innovation Helps Customer Address Challenges

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Common Questions:

  • How do I ensure a consistent application from operator to operator?

    When applying a release agent with manual spray it is important to establish a baseline throughput to maintain a consistent spray. Required throughput amounts will vary based on the tooling grain, part complexity, and the speed of the line. When a proper spray amount is determined the throughput in grams or milliliters per second should be recorded. This should be checked each shift to make sure there is consistency between operators. This information will help to train new operators to correctly apply the release agent. Consistent fluid and atomizing air pressures are also a must for repeatable application.

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Common Questions:

  • What is a hybrid release agent?

    Hybrid products provide the benefits of a solvent based material, such as an open surface and faster film formation and evaporation, but they utilize a waterborne carrier with a small amount of solvent to provide these benefits. This technology significantly minimizes VOC emissions.

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