Flame lamination is a very effective method for bonding flexible foams and certain non-wovens to a variety of other substrates, including fabrics, films, and papers. At Dal-Bac Manufacturing Co., Inc., we offer flame laminating services as a low-cost and eco-friendly option for creating single-sided, double-sided, or multilayer laminations measuring up to ¾” in thickness.
The flame lamination process involves passing foam (and flame laminable grades of other materials) over an open flame, which creates a thin, tacky layer of melted polymer on the foam surface. A strong bond forms between the foam and the substrate when secondary material is quickly brought into contact with the tacky surface under controlled tension and pressure.
Our facility houses two flame laminating machines that can bond flexible materials measuring up to up to 80” in width in a roll to roll fashion. Process flexibility allows us to laminate the same or different materials to opposite sides of the foam to create a double-sided lamination, where the foam is sandwiched between any combinations of decorative or technical materials.
One of the primary advantages of flame lamination is that no adhesive is needed. In addition to cost savings, avoiding the use of adhesives eliminates the risk of adhesive creep and certain types of bond failure, and the materials are easier to recycle. For some composites, a very thin layer of foam can be used as a bonding agent between two materials. This allows us to take advantage of the desirable characteristics of flame lamination, without adding any appreciable thickness.
Used most often in conjunction with open-cell polyurethane foams (both polyester and polyether based), flame laminating lends itself to numerous soft goods applications, such as orthopedic padding, thermal insulation components, acoustic insulation products, automotive interior components, and more. Contact us today to discuss whether flame lamination is the best option for your product. We are an ISO certified company and have experts on staff that will consult with you on materials and other aspects of your project.
Flame Lamination Capabilities
|General Capabilities||Bond Flexible Materials|
|Laminating Methods||One Side|
|Applications||Thermal/Acoustical Insulation Components |
Orthotic Appliance Components
Flexible Beverage Insulating Laminates
|Specifications||Width: Up to 80” |
Thickness: Up to .75”
|Laminating Materials||Open-Cell Polyurethane Foams – both polyether and polyester based |
Lofted PET Non-wovens
Knit and Woven Fabrics
Cross-linked Polyethylene Foams
Expanded Reinforced Vinyls
|Production Volume||Prototypes and samples|
Low to High Volumes
Process Qualification Test Runs
|Lead Times||Quoted on Job by Job Basis|
(Normally 2 to 4 Weeks)
Emergency Services Available (When required)
|Industry Standards||ISO 9001:2008 Certified|
Materials Offered to a variety of: