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Are Surging Numbers of MLB Home Runs a Result of Water-based Polyurethane Resin Technology?

Posted by Rick Ackerman on Aug 10, 2018 9:44:00 AM

In 1994, Fischer Industrial Coatings of Westchester, Ohio, developed a unique water-based polyurethane dispersion (PUD) to dip coat baseball bats in production at Hillerich & Bradsby (HB) in Louisville, Kentucky, for Hall of Famer Ken Griffey of the Seattle Mariners. Griffey cited* "his new bat as a crucial contributor to his success in April, May and, June of 1994, including 32 home runs, 64 RBIs, and a .318 batting average". The PUD coating applied during the manufacturing process at HB utilized a 37% solids aliphatic PUD resin featuring low VOC 182 grams per liter, rapid cure, high film build and great depth of image. In addition, the bat coating exhibited extraordinary adhesion, along with resistance to abrasion, water, perspiration, and impact, proving its ability to stand up to major league punishment.

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Topics: Polyurethane Dispersions, MLB, Baseball

3 Reasons Why Polyurethane Dispersions are The Best Choice for Your Coating

Posted by Rick Ackerman on Apr 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Are very low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) projects challenging your need for the correct cost performance balance? Do you want to build coating durability with polyurethane resins? Fortunately, high molecular weight waterborne polyurethane dispersions can build durable coatings and can meet your low VOC needs as well as your budgetary demands.

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Topics: Polyurethane Dispersions, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) projects, Low VOC Applications

Wanted: A Few Good Formulators for Low VOC Applications

Posted by Rick Ackerman on Feb 26, 2018 11:13:00 AM

Do you formulate coatings or adhesives for industrial or consumer products that require high durability and low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)?  Are regulations increasing costs and delaying your process? Increasingly stringent low VOC regulations and a friendly Safety Data Sheet (SDS) make the correct decision concerning a resin essential.    

Fortunately, water base polyurethane dispersions (PUDS) contain low or zero VOC, offering a wide range of properties that can be formulated to a product meeting performance and VOC requirements plus an attractive SDS. PUDS come with the challenge of customizing a coating or adhesive for low VOC end use applications however formulators can employ several additives supplied by Chemical industry partners to assist during product development phase.

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