The Founder and Innovator of ArmaTrex was previously the Vice President Operations for RMS Titanic, Inc., the US Company responsible for salvaging the wreck and artefacts of the RMS Titanic Inc.
The Company recovered over 6,500 assorted priceless artefacts from a 10 tonne piece of the ship’s hull to the most exquisite and fragile pieces of glass and china ware, including the iconic Grand Staircase Cherub.
The challenge was the safe shipping of the ‘The Titanic Artefact Collection’. We used a commercial foam packaging product placing the artefacts in a foam support, which formed around the shape of the object providing a dedicated and unique moulded support.
Expanding Foam Technology
The application of expanding foam technology, the chemistry and the commercial uses are widespread, in many industries and are low cost and are adaptable.
The application of expansion foams used for packaging offers a lightweight void fill, easily applied, quick to use professional packing material to safeguard goods while in transit or storage.
Many years later I had the proverbial ‘light bulb’ moment, realised that there was an alternative application for this simple commercial packaging product as a Class 1 medical device; to form an instant and supporting splinting system for an injury or damaged limb.
It was from that inception that we developed the ArmaTrex Splint system and applications; a simple and effective method for stabilising and immobilising an injury, irrespective of how severe or complicated.
ArmaTrex Ltd. then pioneered the first expanding foam C Shaped ‘Gutter’ splint.
Using the foam packing system as a concept, we developed the ArmaTrex Splint system and applications. The TITANIC priceless artefacts were packed and transported in the expanding foam packaging product.
EXPANDING FOAM TECHNOLOGY
EXPANDING POLYMER FOAMS
«Materials containing gaseous voids surrounded by a denser matrix».
Foams have been widely used in a variety of applications: Insulation, cushion, absorbents, building, extrusion, supports, boat building and etc .
Polyurethane occupies the largest market share (53%) in terms of amount consumed, while polystyrene is the second (26%).
Plastic foams had a market valueof US $3 billion in 2020.
Polymer foams are used widely all over the globe the technology to produce foams and the technology is continuously being improved, in both open and closed cell structured foams.
Polymer foams have great thermal insulation properties, that can be tuned to have different mechanical strengths and moisture absorption, to be rigid or flexible by changing the chemistry, density and structure.
Polymer foams are widely used by many industries in all kinds of different applications.