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The Types, Qualities, and Benefits of Foam Rubber Products

Foam rubbers are durable materials made of varying blends of polymers and elastomers that produce some of the most versatile and unique materials in the world of foam. With their substantial list of applications and characteristics, neoprene sheets and gymnastic rubber are two of the most useful and utilitarian products in Foam Factory, Inc.’s catalog, ... (Read More)

Understanding Foam Firmness and Compression Strength and Applying The Values To Your Needs

When evaluating a foam product for use in a comfort application, perhaps the most useful testing value for determining its usability is compression strength. This value rates a foam’s feel and firmness by testing how it yields to or supports applied weight. These values are the easiest way to categorize materials, making the selection of ... (Read More)

Polyethylene Foam: Its Uses, Characteristics, and Varieties

With versatility that makes it the perfect product for a multitude of projects, polyethylene is one of the most utilized but least recognized foam materials on the market. While polystyrene is known for its use in cups and insulation and the soft, and squishy feel of polyurethane foam is something everyone is familiar with, polyethylene ... (Read More)

The Traits, Differences, and Applications of Ester and Ether-Based Polyurethane Foam

To say something is “made of foam” likely produces one of two mental images of the material; the white polystyrene seen in drinking cups, coolers, and packing peanuts, or the squishy, spongy material that makes up foam footballs and polyurethane sheet packaging. These are both correct obviously, but as is true with many things, there ... (Read More)

Examining Foam’s Density, Weight, and Firmness Characteristics

In business and industry, words are frequently taken from everyday vernacular and re-defined to serve a specific purpose. These niche languages can unintentionally mislead or confuse people who are familiar with the common meanings of words and phrases, but not an industry’s jargon. Compared to other industries, foam is relatively uncomplicated and easily understood, but ... (Read More)

Understanding and Applying Foam’s Shore Durometer Hardness Values

Understanding the hardness of a material that can be used in a variety of applications is vital for selecting its proper use. With the different varieties of foam and the multitude of uses for each type, hardness is one of the most important factors that help decide the practicality of a particular foam type in ... (Read More)

Expanded Polystyrene Foam: Its Uses, Qualities and Manufacturing Process

As one of the world’s most popular materials, we use polystyrene daily, often times without even noticing. Beyond the visible goods we encounter (cups, food trays, coolers, toys and packaging material), polystyrene is also used as a component in insulation, flotation devices, and construction. Its versatility, practicality, and affordability is why Foam Factory, Inc. offers ... (Read More)

Understanding Foam Fire Retardancy with the ASTM E84 Standard

When researching a product, its quality, functionality, and affordability are often the biggest factors in the purchase process. However, the single most important, yet often overlooked area is safety. Regardless of how well it measures up in other areas, a product isn’t worth the investment if it isn’t safe. Product safety is taken seriously at ... (Read More)

Memory Foam and Dunlop Latex Foam: Differences and Similarities

Used as mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, and support products, memory foam and Dunlop latex foam are sometimes confused for each other or assumed to be identical because of their similar applications and superior quality. In truth, while they both make top-quality products that can reduce or eliminate issues that lesser quality materials cannot, they are structurally ... (Read More)


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