MATTRESS/BEDDING

Everyone knows the value of a good night’s sleep. This is where your mattress comes into focus. Most people don’t realize the importance of a mattress when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. While mental and emotional factors do interfere with, or abet, our sleeping patterns, the role a firm, well-designed mattress plays in giving our body support and relaxation cannot be over-emphasised.

Therefore, choosing a good mattress to sleep on is very important, because the sleeping posture, the type of mattress you sleep on and the soundness of the sleep all eventually affects your health – and your outlook on life. A very hard mattress can be uncomfortable, because it can force the spine to arch or bow, instead of making it relax. It can also create painful pressure at the shoulder and hip, which are the areas of high body weight concentration during sleep. A soft mattress lacks requisite support, allowing the spine to sag and places stress on the muscles and ligaments. Possible misalignments of the spinal vertebrae may result. So the type of mattress you choose has to fulfill several important requirements – that of adequate support, comfort, size and quality.

Although traditionally coir and cotton were used in mattress making, they are being rapidly replaced by foam. When compared to coir or cotton, foam has an immediate advantage as it is more long-lasting and does not lose its shape and sag or become hard like coir after a few years. Scientifically, too, it has been proven that foam mattresses are better designed to suit the contours of your body and provide better support during sleep.

Foam is rapidly beginning to be known as the bedding technology of the 21st century. Traditional mattresses leave your lower back and legs unsupported and hinder proper circulation. World over, polyurethane foam is one of the most popular materials used in bedding today because of its proven durability and flexibility. Polyurethane foam mattresses will hold their original firmness for years to come, reducing sleep stress – that is, strain on the back while sleeping and they will cradle those areas of the body prone to increased pressure. They enhance your nightly support and comfort and also work to absorb excess energy to aid your body in achieving the ultimate night of rest – leaving you refreshed, relaxed and ready to tackle a new day!

AUTOMOBILES

In the automobile industry, polyurethane foam finds various applications. Although seating is one area which is readily identifiable, other areas where polyurethane foam is used include door panels, roof linings, steering wheels, passenger shell sound insulation, engine area thermal insulation, carpet underlay, vibration dampening of the transmission column, dash boards, bumpers of cars, etc. The density of foam and the grade used in automobiles varies depending on the primary purpose of the component in which it is used. Using polyurethane foam in cars increases the comfort factor and also meets every quality parameter, as each foaming is laboratory-tested for density, tensile strength, elongation, hardness and compression set and flammability.

Foam is also used in aerospace where structural integrity, temperature compensation, thermal stability and mechanical stability is required. Polyurethane is a unique material that offers the elasticity of rubber combined with the toughness and durability of metal. It is available in a diverse range of hardness which allows the engineer to replace rubber, plastic and metal with a product that is more resistant to abrasion and has more desirable physical properties. Foam is used in aerospace as it has better abrasion and tear-resistant properties than rubbers, while offering higher load-bearing capacity. Using foam in aerospace also has additional advantages like weight and better acoustic properties.