Meeting the Demands, Challenges, and Opportunities of the Fiberglass Insulation Industry

This year, we all have more than the holidays to celebrate. The economy is looking up, and many industries are seeing business booming.

The construction industry is no exception. In fact, October saw the highest levels of construction spending since May, with new homes and schools leading the way.* In many major U.S. cities, construction of office buildings and homes is proving to be excellent for industry and the economy. In Chicago, commercial and residential construction projects have reached $8.6 billion this year—making it the best year for the city since 2008.**

When the overall construction industry does well, so do the manufacturers of building materials. One of these sectors that continue to see increased demand is the fiberglass board and insulation market.

According to the latest numbers, global demand for insulation is expected to grow to nearly $25 billion by 2018, and “in North America alone, demand for insulation in residential construction applications will grow over 5% per year.”***

With all of this demand and opportunity, it’s important for fiberglass manufacturers to protect their businesses while staying on top and ahead; downtime is simply not an option.

fiberglass-plant-saves-money-when-manufacturing-fiberglass-boardOne of the best ways to ensure this is through the use of the right mold release agent. At Franklynn, our DiamondKoteTM mold release provides a significant reduction of downtime commonly associated with cleaning in the manufacturing process, resulting in savings of millions of dollars.

Why? Because typically, cleaning of the revolving metal flights within these facilities is a time consuming process, resulting in hours of downtime. However, our patented DiamondKoteTM mold release agent effectively reduces binder and mold release build-up, while shaving time off the process. The end result is saved time, and a lot of saved money. Each hour that is saved is another hour spent manufacturing products for a demanding marketplace.

Fiberglass insulation offers many benefits, and its use will continue to grow. Thanks to DiamondKoteTM, you can be sure to take advantage of this opportunity indefinitely.

*http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/realestate/u-s-construction-spending-rises-by-percent-in-october/article_a603df28-7ae5-520a-a46e-92419d04aea2.html

**http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20141201/CRED02/141129831/best-year-since-2008-for-construction-industry

***http://www.building-products.com/November-2014/Worldwide-Insulation-Demand-Booming/

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STEM Education and the Future of Manufacturing

It’s difficult to flip through a newspaper or browse Google News without coming across mention after mention of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ) education.  In order to keep the manufacturing industry alive, prosperous and innovative in the future,  we must ensure that we are giving our children the opportunities to study within these fields.

Another term we hear a lot is the “skills gap”. There is concern that manufacturing jobs aren’t being filled and the people applying for these positions do not have the proper education and training.

You see how the puzzle pieces are beginning to fall into place?

By making sure that the future generations have the chance to gain the education (and of course that we do our part by shouting from the rooftops how fantastic it is to work in the manufacturing industry!) it is within our reach to close the skills gap. As is mentioned in this article from Forbes, there are more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs available in America. There are communities and schools that are taking the steps necessary to inspire school children to study a STEM curriculum. For example, a new program in New York City called BTECH will take place this year.  The program is a 6 year high school with a focus on STEM topics. The hope is that a program like this will give students an edge when it comes time to enter the workforce.  Yet another article from Forbes outlines 8 major reasons to take BTECH seriously.

While the BTECH program may be demanding, the logic behind it is solid. At Franklynn, we agree that getting our youth involved from an early age is important. What other types of innovative ideas are out there? We’d love to hear any ideas you may have!

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ITW Fluids North America Launches New Aerosol Line of Products

ITW Fluids North America is excited to announce the launch of our new aerosol line of products! These products are the same high performance, high quality products we currently provide in a convenient, easy-to-apply aerosol. Unlike many release agents currently available in aerosols, the Franklynn DiamondKote aerosol products utilize a non-flammable nitrogen propellant and the products themselves are water-based.

The initial products being offered are DiamondKote DKW-4013A, DKW-4064, and DKW-4080. All of these products are excellent choices for a variety of elastomers with some differences in where they excel.

DiamondKote DKW-4013A is a water-based, silicone free semi-permanent mold release agent designed for use in the molding of silicone elastomers. DiamondKote DKW-4013A promotes good rubber flow without significant transfer and excellent release characteristics. Typical applications include the molding of seals, o-rings, gaskets. DiamondKote DKW-4013A can also be effective on a variety of peroxide cured elastomers including EPDM, FKM, and HNBR.

DiamondKote DKW-4064 is a water-based, semi-permanent mold release agent designed for use in the molding of various peroxide cured elastomers such as EPDM, and FKM. It is especially effective in the molding of elastomeric seals and gaskets and promotes good rubber flow while minimizing transfer and helping to keep molds clean.

DiamondKote DKW-4080 is a water-based, semi-permanent mold release agent designed for use in the molding of various peroxide cured elastomers such as EPDM, FKM, and silicone. It is especially effective in the molding of elastomeric seals and gaskets and promotes good rubber flow while minimizing transfer and helping to keep molds clean.

ITW Fluids North America is the industry leader in the development and production of scientifically advanced Mold Release Agents for rubber, composite, and urethane molding applications. Franklynn DiamondKote and Crystal mold release agents are designed to provide the molding industry incredible value and are used worldwide for some of the most demanding molding applications.

To find out more about these products or any of our other mold release agents, please contact us at info@franklynnusa.com.

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Releasing the Power in Our Athletic Shoe Application

One of the many applications our products are used for is in the molding of athletic shoe components. If you look at a tennis shoe, or running shoe (or any type of athletic shoe, for that matter) you will notice that it has many components that have been molded, such as the outsole, midsole and insole.

Since each of the components require different properties we utilize different products for each application and for the different elastomers used.  For example, the outsoles will most likely be made from a more durable rubber. In this application we generally use a semi-permanent release agent.  Midsoles may require the use of a variety of different types of release agents.

Since athletic shoes are not only for those who pound the pavement, but are also for those who like to make fashion statements, it is imperative that we pay special attention to the effect that our release agents have on the appearance of each shoe; in particular the color.  We develop our release agents to provide the best balance of easy de-molding, adhesion to other components, and appearance attributes.

We enjoy taking on this challenge and being a part of the process that keeps consumers active and healthy!

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ITW/Franklynn Works Hard to Improve Community

Beyond our corporate culture and the enjoyment we receive from our jobs and through our company, another thing that ITW/Franklynn is exceptionally proud of, is our volunteerism.

We take strides in working within the community, especially when it comes to helping the youth. Our Junior Achievement Program for the United Way is one way we are able to see our efforts through. We put together an online auction for various prizes and activities that all go towards Junior Achievement, and the prizes are pretty impressive!

This year, some of the prizes include:

  • 12 Tickets to a Bulls game in the Executive Sweet including food, drinks and parking
  • Tickets to a Blackhawks game
  • iPad Package

Another way that we raise money for Junior Achievement is our annual Bowl-a-Thon. We all get together at different bowling alleys across the nation and play against each other. Besides raising money for a great cause, we also have a fantastic time with each other!

ITW is an avid believer and activist in the belief that corporate citizenship is a driving force of our workforce community. The company and our employees understand the responsibility of bettering our community while also driving innovation and efficiency. Both customer and employee satisfaction is raised when community is involved and we are so happy to be an active part of it!

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Thank You For Your Support in 2014

It’s been a great year for Franklynn. We are pleased with our growth over the past year, and have added new resources and business in Brazil, Russia, Europe and Southeast Asia. We look forward to additional growth in 2014.We couldn’t have done it without you, our customers. We appreciate your support and wish your businesses continued success in the New Year.

We wish you a very Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2014!  We’ll see you next year, ready to provide you with quality products and services.

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Release Agents that are a Hole in One

Golf is one of the most popular sports around the world. From professional golfers competing for millions of dollars, to countless men and women who make it their top form of weekend enjoyment and relaxation, the game of golf is universal and timeless. golf-ball-molding-big

The equipment used in today’s game is precisely designed and everything about the golf ball is intricately manufactured for optimal performance. At Franklynn, we know this well, as we work with some of the top global manufacturers of golf balls.

Depending on the types of molding and elastomer being used, there are different solutions we can provide for the release of core material and golf ball covers. Both permanent and semi-permanent release agents are available, depending on specific needs.

Our DiamondKote release agents are used for the release of golf ball cores, and thermoplastic and thermoset covers. They are specifically designed to provide an easy release and be non-transferring, which improves efficiencies in the manufacturing process and performance benefits.

Many of our golf ball customers have specific equipment that makes this product ideal for them and advantageous over other similar products. Our engineers are highly experienced in all of the uses and specifics of our DiamondKote release agents, and can guide you to the exact right release agent for your golf ball molding application. We realize that every decision going into the manufacturing of these balls is crucial to their performance; feel free to contact us with any questions, and let us help guide you to the best choice for you.

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Analytical Testing as Advanced as the Products Themselves

When you purchase our mold release agents, you are getting more than just high quality products. You are also getting products that are engineered to perform in your application. Some of the testing techniques that are available include:

  • FTIR
  •  AA (metals)
  • SEM/EDX (surface and elemental analysis)
  • GC-MS
  • Instron mechanical testing
  • Particle Size Analysis, and many other techniques.

We can address issues that go beyond releases and provide real value – just contact your sales engineer to see how we can help.

Our mold release agents are known throughout the industry for their ease-of-use, high productivity, low reject rates, and minimal build-up. But when an issue does occur, isn’t nice to know that we’ll be there to take care of it for you?

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ITW Fluids North America at the Rubber & Advanced Materials in Healthcare Expo

At ITW Fluids North America we find it especially important to be involved in all aspects of our business, and the industries we service.    The International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo is a great opportunity for us to communicate with others in the industry, share ideas and stay connected.

We will be doing all of that and more at the upcoming International Rubber & Advanced Materials in Healthcare Expo, October 8-10 in Cleveland, Ohio. The show, in conjunction with the International Elastomer Conference, is in its 34th year, and will bring together leaders in the rubber, polymer, bio, and advanced materials industries—along with well over 5,000 attendees. Not only is it an opportunity to network and showcase products, but it’s also a chance to stay on top of industry topics and learn from others.

At booth #1424, we will be exhibiting our DiamondKote and Crystal mold release agents for all types of rubber molding operations.  Our sales and technical groups will be available to answer any questions you may have so please stop by and see us.

We are as passionate about the industry we serve as we are about the products we make, and we always look forward to the opportunity to get out there and share and learn. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Mold Release Agents in Action: Tire Manufacturing

When producing pneumatic tires, manufacturing efficiency can be greatly improved by using some important processing aids – mold release agents.  If you consider the sidewall, tread segments, and bladder there are many opportunities for sticking which can significantly affect your process and production efficiency.

Our DiamondKote line of release agents and bladder coatings are designed to prevent elastomers from sticking to the mold and bladder.  DiamondKote products for use on tire cavities are semi-permanent in nature and in some cases are applied only once a day or once a shift.  These products not only prevent sticking but also keep molds clean and allow you to produce tires with a consistent appearance heat after heat.  DiamondKote products are also used for improving bladder life and performance.  Extending bladder life beyond the norm has a significant benefit with respect to bladder cost, down time, labor, and overall manufacturing efficiency.

In addition to providing mold release agents for pneumatic tire manufacturing, we also have products useful for the manufacture of solid tires and many other molded elastomers. Whatever type of tire you are making, there is a Franklynn mold release agent up to the task.

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