Patents for GMA Machines
In line with our business strategy to become a supplier of high-quality polyurethane processing equipment, Rim Polymers is intensifying its Research & Development (R&D) activities. It has since embarked on a number of development programs, including one that helps protect the ozone layer, in accordance to the UN Montreal Protocol.
The UN Montreal Protocol requires all signatory countries to gradually phase out products that produce harmful emissions. One such product is the blowing agent, where harmful substances such as Freon and hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) are used to produce polyurethane foam. Following the requirements of the Protocol, several well-known chemical companies have developed new blowing agents with zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP) as alternatives. On the other hand, large consumers of these new blowing agents, such as refrigerator companies, are also creating new formulations to explore the benefits of these new blowing agents.
Spotting an opportunity, Rim Polymers started to develop its own PX series of mixing systems that allows users to mix the PPG plus one (2C), two (3C) or three (4C) different types of blowing agents with various combinations and ratios. The innovation and hard work of research and development has since paid off. Today, our mixing systems have been successfully commissioned for use by several big refrigerator companies in China — the world’s largest producer of refrigerators.
With a strong research foundation, Rim Polymers has recently taken the challenge to further develop their state-of-the-art system to allow mixing PPG with four different types of blowing agents (5C) at various ratios and combination through an online process. We have filed for a patent for this new development under the Capability Development Scheme administered by IPOS (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Ministry of Law) and SPRING. The application has been accorded with an application number by the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for international patent registration. Our technology is now awaiting its final patent approval.
Inspired by this achievement, we plan to launch a few more new R&D programs to explore new concepts and designs to meet the changing demands from the market. We expect more exciting news in the near future from Rim Polymers in its drive to stay dynamic and become the leading equipment and solutions supplier in the polyurethane industry.
By: Chew Hong