THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - Foam-machinery maker Beamech Group Ltd. now also sells equipment designed for flexible-foam blowing using liquid carbon dioxide, the route that Italy's Cannon Group has been following for more than two years with its Cardio process. Speaking at the UTECH '96 conference and exhibition at The Hague, Brian Blackwell, Beam-ech's chairman, said the Man-chester, England, firm has adopted the CO2 method because it feels this technology has a future, and also complements Beamech's variable-pressure foaming technology.
Beamech's new CO2 technology, ``gives very good foam cell structure, with no holes,'' Blackwell said.
Beamech has applied for patents for the lay-down device, which traps most of the CO2 so that there are no problems with surface bubbles.
Beamech has started selling the CO2 system commercially: two units have been sold to major U.S. foamers. Beamech's CO2 process can be used to modify existing foam lines.
For an existing high-pressure machine, the metering/mix units will be adequate and so the conversion cost will only involve the lay-down device, according to Blackwell.
For a typical low-pressure foam machine where both a new metering/mixing system plus the lay-down device is needed, this might cost $300,000, according to Blackwell.
Beamech has run ``a whole range of foams of varying density and CO2 levels,'' Blackwell said.
Separately, Beamech won the United Kingdom's Queen's Award for Export Achievement, for sustained export sales greater than 90 percent of total sales in each of the past five years.