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Q&A

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General inquiries

What do your product codes mean?
What is a class "A" surface?
Do you make your own foam?
How many locations do you have?
Do you make and foam outside of the bevel?
What new products are you developing?

An example of our complete product code is: XP-40-X-4-CH

XP-40-X-4-CH
The first two letters mean the type of material. The following are our current materials:
XP = Crosslinked Polyethylene (XLPE)
EV = Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
SC = Static Control
XI = Irradiated Crosslinked Polyethylene Roll
XE = Chemically Crosslinked Polyethylene Roll
EPP = Expanded Polypropylene
EPE = Expanded Polyethylene

XP-40-X-4-CH
The number in the middle means the density of the foam. If it is followed by an Rit indicates that the material is single stage. 20 = 2 pounds, 30 = 3 pounds, 40 = 4 pounds, etc.

XP-40-X-4-CH
The letter code represents the billing size

Size Code X M W T
Billing Size 48″ x 96″ 39″ X 79″ 60″ x 96″ 42″ x 89″

XP-40-X-4-CH
The number after represents the thickness in inches, if this is followed by a B, it indicates that the material has skins.

XP-40-X-4-CH
The letters at the end signify the color of the foam.

Code CH GY WH MG LV BU
Color Charcoal Grey White Mint Green Lavender Blue
Code YL RD LG NA BK
Color Yellow Red Lime Green Natural Black

XP-40-X-4-CH = Crosslinked Polyethylene, 4lb density, 4 x 48 x 96, Charcoal
For more information on color and size, please check out our XLPE sizing & color chart

 Class "A" surface is defined as any exposed part of the interior or exterior of an automobile. The packaging used in the production, handling and delivery of auto parts must in no way affect the quality of the product. Parts must remain in the same condition they were in when they were originally produced.

Worldwide Foam manufactures our XP / EV product line overseas using our own presses and molds. We also work with a variety of leading foam manufacturers around the world to offer a wide range of products and SKUs.

8 locations in North America.

WF offers a variety of services to provide ready-to-press products such as foam loop, PSA application, thermal lamination and cutting. Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities.

 We are constantly expanding our product line with new materials. Contact us at info@worldwidefoam.com for a free sample kit with all of our products.

Purchase Questions

What is your delivery time?
Who pays the freight?
How much can one truck fit (T / L)?
How to order?
What are the acceptable forms of payment? What is your minimum order?
Do you offer discounts on each order based on quantity?
What if you don't have the foam in the density or color that I am looking for? Can I make a custom order?
What densities and sizes are available?
Does your material come with skins?
What are the common manufacturing methods?
What is your return policy?
Do you have any conductive or antistatic material?

Standard stock and cut sheets will generally be shipped within 1 day. PSA, thermal lamination, and loop typically have a 3-5 day lead time for in-stock items.

Shipments are considered FOB in our warehouse. We cover full truckload of XLPE or elastomeric materials.

53 'trailers can hold around 36,000 bdft depending on the type of material.

We process all orders through our corporate headquarters in Elkhart, IN. Send your orders to info@worldwidefoam.com for faster service. Orders will be shipped from the most correct geographic location.

We accept checks, wire transfers, ACH payments, and credit card payments online. We offer credit for those approved.

Standard stock and shelled items will not have a minimum order, but there is a $ 50 processing fee on orders under $ 500. Looped rolls and non-stock items will vary by material type. Contact us today for more information.

No, we don't. We have different competitive pricing tiers based on total annual volume. We also have annual contracts that give you a fixed price for the whole year. For more information, please contact our customer service.

If certain quantities are reached, we can make a custom foam run.

Laminates:

-100 sheets at least 4 "x 48" x 96 "or equivalent
- Delivery time of at least 8-10 weeks
- Price increase of at least 10%

Rolls:

-25 rolls or more for 2 pounds, 18 rolls or more for 4 pounds and 15 rolls or more for 6 pounds and more (or equivalent board feet)
-5% price increase on special size. Roll width from 39 "to 60"
-10% price increase in special colors
-Delivery time of at least 8-10 weeks

Please get in touch with us for more details.

We stock XLPE in densities from 1.5lb to 15lb - we stock most densities in gray or charcoal and some of them in white. 4 pounds are stored in blue, yellow and red as well. Also, 2 pounds are stored in black, red, blue, yellow, natural, and red. See our size and color chart , or contact us for more details.

Generally not, although some materials are available with leathers upon request.

Most of the tools that can be used to make wood can also be used to cut our foam. These include table saws, band saws, table milling, water jet, etc.

A 20% restocking fee, FOB your facility. This rate is sometimes not applied to contracted clients.

We stock 3lb and 6lb static control XLPEs with a measured surface resistivity of 10  to 10  ohmios. For more information on static control materials, see the static control foam whitepaper ..

Questions about typical properties

What is the thermal resistance of the foam (R value)?
What is the working temperature of the foam?
What is the shelf life of the foam?
Does the foam float?
Do you have clean room foam?
Does it have fire retardant foam?
Does your foam work with adhesives?
What are the differences between EVA and XLPE?
What is the thickness tolerance?
What is the difference between open and closed cell foams?
What is the difference between one-stage and two-stage foams?
Is your foam antimicrobial / safe for food packaging / UV resistant and / or how will it react to diesel fuel / transmission fluid / chlorine etc?
Is the XLPE foam recyclable?

The foams were tested in accordance with ASTM C518-10. The R value for 2 pound XLPE is around 4. Higher density foam has a lower R value. Our 15 pound XLPE tested a value of just under 2 in R. Generally, the higher the R value, the better the insulation.

The maximum continuous operating temperature of our XLPE foam is -40 ° F to 225 ° F (-40 ° C to 107 ° C)

 XLPE foam does not have a shelf life.

Yes, it does; Due to the closed cell structure, XLPE is a water resistant foam.  Click Here  to calculate the buoyancy of the foam.

A clean room is a controlled space in which airborne contaminants are carefully kept within strict limits. These rooms are often used in manufacturing to avoid contamination. Our foam is biologically inert or inactive and is commonly used in many applications where a clean room is required.

We currently have XP-18UL in charcoal. It meets the UL 94 test standard. In addition, most of our foam passes the FMVSS-302 motor vehicle specification. This standard measures the horizontal combustion rate of materials to be used in the occupant compartments of motor vehicles. A horizontal burn rate of less than four inches per minute qualifies as approved.

Our foam works well with adhesives. However, your adhesive supplier would be the best person to speak to regarding any specific questions. We have 4 types of pressure sensitive adhesive as an additional service. Contact us for more information.

EVA stands for Ethylene Vinyl Acetate. WF's XLPE and EVA foam products are similar materials and are difficult to distinguish. The main differences are that EVA is softer, stronger and has a stronger recovery after compression. Whereas polyethylene foams are firmer and heat resistant. Both provide excellent protection and shock absorption for packaging applications. EVA is a copolymer of ethylene and contains a wide range of VA percentage. VA additive improves typical properties such as tensile, tear, elongation, and compression hardening while providing increased strength and a smooth, smooth feel.

Less than 0.3125 "+/- 0.03125" (1/32 ")
0.32" - .875 "= +/- 10% of thickness
.88 to 2" tolerances = +/- .094 "(3/32 ")
Tolerances greater than 2" = +/- .125 "(1/8")
2 "single stage foams, designated by R = 1.875" Min, 2.00 "Max
3" and 4 "single stage foams, designated by the R = +/- .125 "(1/8")
(Single stage foam beveled sheets fall within our standard tolerances)

Cellular foams are made up of millions of tiny cavities or cells. These cells can be interconnected (open cell) or not connected (closed cell). Most of the cells or bubbles in closed cell foams do not rupture; they resemble inflated balloons compressed together in a compact configuration. Open cell foams are connected to each other with an opening so that water, air or gas can pass through them, similar to the way a sponge absorbs water. Cell walls, or bubble surfaces, break and air fills all spaces in the material.

Single stage production uses only one set of molds and is considerably faster. Two-stage, as the name implies, uses two sets of molds to make the finished product. Within the same density range, two-stage foams typically have a smoother surface, fewer pores, and slightly better physical characteristics. A stage tends to be heavier for a given hardness and has a thicker surface. Click Here  to view the one-stage vs. two-stage whitepaper.

XLPE is naturally UV resistant, bacteria inactive, and non-toxic. We regularly test our foam to determine the characteristics described on our typical property sheets. If you need to meet a certain standard or want to do a test yourself, we will gladly provide you with a sample of the desired foam. If certain volume requirements are met, we may be able to test a certain standard that you are looking for. If you want additives added to the foam, this will count as a special order and will need to meet special rates and requirements.

Due to the structure of the crosslinking cell, XLPE foam is difficult to recycle. However, after years of study and development, there are some companies that have successfully developed ways to recycle XLPE waste and reuse the materials for other applications. This allows XLPE foam producers and converters to save their waste from the landfill. Provides thousands of dollars in savings for your vendor partners by eliminating disposal fees. Good for the planet, good for your bottom line. For more information on recycling XLPE, see our source web page

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