Great news!  The team at Rogers PORON Cushioning has done it again…

We have a new design tool for you to try out….

The Rogers’ PORON® Cushioning Material Selection Tool will assist you in identifying PORON® Cushioning materials that may be ideally suited to meet your design requirements. The mission of this design tool is to provide several material options based upon your design requirements.  It offers a two-level drill down to get closer to your specific requirements:

The design scenarios include:

Application Sub Application
Aftermarket Insoles Athletic Insole
Ball of Foot Cushioning
Comfort/Casual Insole
Diabetic Insole
Medical/Orthapedic Insole
Animal Apparel Horse Boots
Saddle pads
Apparel Gloves
Hats/Caps
Upper body
Lower body
Bags and Accessories Bag Straps
Electronic Device Cases
Footwear Athletic
Cleats
Comfort/Casual
Diabetic footwear
High heel
Hiking
Ice Skates
Orthopedic footwear
Snowboarding/ Ski Boots
Work/Heavy Duty
Medical Devices
Protective Apparel Gloves
Lower Body
Performance Cushioning
Upper Body
Protective Equipment Elbow pads
Footwear
Gloves
Helmet
Hip pads
Knee pads
Protective vest
Shin guards
Shoulder pads

We encourage you to contact a Rogers’ representative for more detailed product information. At the bottom of the page you will find a technical questions/feedback form. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improving this tool that may better assist you or provide feedback on what you think.

This post authored by Angela Walters originally appeared on the PORON Cushioning blog

The last post in our Microban Antimicrobial Blog Series helps to clarify the differences between the various microoganisms around us.  Again, a big THANK YOU to the team at Microban for providing us with additional information on their testing proceedures and how they work to provide PORON® Cushioning Materials with continuous antimicrobial protection!

As always, if we haven’t answered all your questions, please post them below and we’ll be sure to get back to you!

Antimicrobials 101

Consumers around the world are recognizing a growing need for bacterial and mold control in products used every day. This need stems from an estimated 4.5 million bacterial and fungal species living throughout the planet.   The majority of these microorganisms do not cause a concern for human health, or even the life span of a product for that matter.  However there are some that are problematic, which can be found in our everyday activities.

What’s a Microbe?

Microbes or microorganisms are living cells that are too small to be seen with the naked eye and must be viewed through a microscope.  The naked eye is only able to detect the presence of microbes once they have multiplied to the hundreds of thousands.  Types of microorganisms include bacteria, algae and fungi or mold.

*Microban® antimicrobial product protection is engineered to protect products from bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration. Microban protection is not designed to protect users from disease causing microorganisms.

Bacteria

Billions of years ago, bacteria were among the earliest forms of life on Earth. There’s no escaping the presence of bacteria and in fact, many of the bacteria we encounter are beneficial to the environment and even to the human body, helping us to digest food for example. However, some bacteria such as those causing stains, odors and/or product deterioration can adversely affect the everyday products we use every day.

Fungus

Early fossil records suggest that fungi have been on Earth for over 550 million years; some experts estimate that today over 1.5 million fungus species exist. Common fungi include mushrooms, puffballs, truffles, yeasts and most mildews.

Mold spores are present everywhere in our indoor and outdoor environment and many of the products found in our homes provide rich nutrient sources. The best defense is prevention: control moisture in your home to avoid high humidity levels and look for products that resist the growth of mold.

Why Microban® Protection for PORON® Cushioning Materials?

Microbes such as odor and stain causing bacteria, mold and mildew can quickly multiply on surfaces.  In fact, on an unprotected surface, bacteria can double in number every 20 minutes!  Warm moist environments found in places such as shoes, protective apparel and equipment provide favorable conditions for the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

This is why Rogers Corporation has teamed up with Microban, the global leader in built-in antimicrobials, to provide continuous antimicrobial protection in their PORON® Cushioning Materials that is often used in footwear, protective apparel/equipment and outdoor equipment.

Microban® antimicrobial technology is incorporated into PORON® cushioning products during the manufacturing process to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew that can accumulate on the foam.  Microban protection works 24/7 to help keep the cushion cleaner and fresher for longer than ever before.

For more information, videos and testing proceedures on PORON® Materials with Microban protection, please click here.

 

This post authored by Angela Walters originally appeared on the PORON Cushioning blog

In part two of our Microban® Antimicrobial Protection blog series, the Microban® Team shares how its technology works on our PORON® Cushioning materials.

Microbes such as bacteria, mold and mildew that cause stains and odors, can quickly multiply on surfaces.  In fact, on an unprotected surface, bacteria can double in number every 20 minutes!  Warm moist environments found in places such as shoes, protective apparel and equipment provide favorable conditions for the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

Our Partnership

Microban Antimicrobial Technology is Infused in PORON Cushioning from the Beginning Stages of Manufacturing

Rogers Corporation has been a valuable Microban partner for more than 3 years and teamed up with the trusted leader for antimicrobial protection to provide their customers with an added cleanliness benefit in their full range of PORON® Cushioning materials.

Microban® antimicrobial technology is incorporated into PORON® Cushioning products during the manufacturing process, becoming part of the molecular structure of the cushioning.  Unlike surface disinfectants which temporarily eliminate bacteria from surfaces, Microban technology is built-in so it won’t wash off or wear away, for protection from microbes that can accumulate on the cushion.  And, Microban protection works 24/7 to help keep the cushion cleaner and fresher for longer than ever before.

How it works

The images below were taken using a confocal microscope.  Each of these surfaces was inoculated with the same number of bacteria and monitored over a 24 hour period.

Antimicrobial Protection From First Contact 

After viewing these images, you can see how Microban® protection begins to work immediately, disrupting key cellular functions so that the microbes are unable to grow or reproduce on the surface. While on the unprotected surface, the microbes quickly multiply.

A recognized brand

With the Microban brand, you can be sure you’re getting continuous, durable and effective antimicrobial protection that serves as trustmark.  Microban technology provides consumers peace of mind knowing they are getting the very best in built-in antimicrobial product protection.

 

This post authored by Angela Walters originally appeared on the PORON Cushioning Blog.

From public restrooms, offices and kitchens to the playing field, awareness about bacteria, mold and mildew is continually growing.   That’s why the PORON® Team has partnered with Microban® International to exclusively offer PORON Cushioning Materials with Microban® Antimicrobial Protection for use in your protective equipment, footwear and apparel.

Over the next three weeks, the Microban Team will help fill us in on some of the most frequent questions about antimicrobial products.   But if you think we’ve missed something, feel free to post your questions below!!

First up: What are some of the different tests and testing labs you utilize?

All products engineered with Microban protection undergo extensive testing in our microbiology and chemical analysis labs. A state-of-the art microbiology facility and an experienced staff of microbiologists allows Microban to provide rapid turn-around on antimicrobial testing, shortening development timelines and increasing your speed to market. The labs perform over 30,000 tests annually using industry standard testing methods designed for a wide range of product substrates and antimicrobial technologies. Three different tests are used when evaluating PORON® Materials with Microban® antimicrobial protection: AATCC TM90, JIS Z 2801 and AATCC TM30(iii).

Bacterial Testing Lab

The Bacterial Testing Lab performs a wide range of qualitative and quantitative industry standard test methods to validate antibacterial efficacy. Samples are evaluated for performance against both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria to ensure broad spectrum antibacterial performance. The AATCC TM 90 is a qualitative antibacterial test that shows a “zone of inhibition” when a sample is efficacious. Test samples are embedded in the agar, inoculated with bacteria, incubated for 24 hours and then evaluated for bacterial inhibition. The JIS Z 2801 test is a quantitative test that gives results in log-reductions and is utilized most extensively in the measurement of performance on inorganic antimicrobials. Samples are inoculated with a known quantity of microorganisms, incubated for 24 hours and then the surviving microorganisms are recovered and counted.

Fungal Testing Lab

The Fungal Testing Lab performs a wide range of industry standard test methods to validate antifungal efficacy. Samples can be evaluated utilizing nutrient challenge protocols or in the fungal chamber, which simulates environmental conditions. The AATCC TM30(iii) is a qualitative evaluation of antifungal activity. Samples are inoculated with a standardized number of fungal spores, incubated for 7 days and then evaluated for antifungal performance.

Analytical Chemistry Lab

The Microban Analytical Chemistry Lab utilizes state-of-the art analytical equipment to assist our polymer, ceramic and formulation chemists during the development process. Our analytical chemists extract antimicrobial additives from a product sample using high temperatures and pressures in a microwave extraction process. The levels of antimicrobial additive present in the sample can then be quantified by utilizing various analytical tools. The antimicrobial loading level found in the sample is compared to the target loading level and benchmarked against the microbiology efficacy results to optimize recommended antimicrobial loading levels for a given application.

 

Baseball in Season, Better Protection

On April 30, 2012, in HPF, PORON Cushioning, by juliann

This post authored by Joe Blair originally appeared on the PORON Cushioning blog.

What a great time of year….the days are getting longer and warmer, and Major League Baseball has officially begun.  It has taken a little adjustment seeing players in new uniforms.  I pretty much got used to seeing Pujols in the Angels uniform during the off season but Papalbon as a Philly and a few others will take some adjusting.  And in case you really have not been paying attention, don’t forget the Marlins changed to the “Miami Marlins”.  Changes happen all year long on teams to help make them better.  The same goes for the equipment they are wearing.

The team at Rawlings® is constantly studying and testing products to enhance the performance of the player.  One of the products Rawlings has been testing and designing more and more into their products is PORON® XRD™ Impact Protection.  The material is soft and flexible at rest but when impacted, it momentarily “freezes” and dissipates energy creating a “shield”.  In the sport of baseball when a hard ball is moving  90+ mph, this protection is obviously important.

Rawlings has designed PORON XRD Protection into the S100 helmet which is standard for all leagues beside the Majors.  It is designed specifically to protect against high-speed impacts up to 100 miles-per-hour.  Rawlings has also designed this technology into chest protectors, leg guard and may of their gloves.  Athletes such as World Series Champion and all-star catcher Yadier Molina have even asked for products designed with more PORON XRD Protection.  Want another player using the product in his equipment….how about a 1st baseman considered by many as the best player in the game (today and historically).  That’s right, Pujols has PORON XRD Protection in his gloves also.

So the next time you’re out looking for equipment, look for Rawlings products with the PORON XRD Impact Protection tag.  If the players at the pinnacle of the sport trust the equipment, don’t you think you should also?

For more information about where to find products designed with PORON XRD Impact Protection, check out www.poronxrd.com

 

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