Here in Chicago we manufacture using five different technologies, all having their unique advantages.
Meltblown. Available in Oil only, Universal and Chemical, this is the most widely used technology but is steadily losings ground to the alternatives. We use only the highest quality prime resin which results in good all round performance.
Features: Meltblown is the most chemically resistant of the four technologies and is best used in the Oil only format for absorbing oil-based spills. It is not highly recommended when needing to absorb water based fluids.
Coldform2™: Available in Oil only and Universal. This technology has produced the global industry leader in sustainable natural based absorbents. It is a high performance product and in many cases, outperforms more traditional Meltblown alternatives.
Features: Made from a majority of American grown and sourced natural based sustainable fibers. When absorbing water-based liquids such as cutting oils, universal Coldform2™ is a far better absorbent than meltblown.
Airmatrix™: Available in Oil only, Universal and Chemical. A synthetic alternative to natural fiber products such as Coldform2™. This is our fastest growing technology. Thanks to unique manufacturing processes, this sorbent has high absorbency rates.
Features: Made from recycled synthetic fibers, has good strength and durability, high absorbency rates, and is soft and drapable.
Ultraclean™: Available in Universal with a poly-backed option. An amazing technology that produces strong and very absorbent products. The sorbents have undimpled, beautifully finished surfaces. This is the only technology which we offer a polybacked sorbent. It has superior strength and is engineered to provide a balanced performance, absorbing oil and water equally.
Features: Combining a mix of recycled high performance fibers, good strength and SpillLock technology. The poly-backed offering takes industrial absorbents to a new level with it's leak resistant and slip resistant backing.
SpillLock™: Is a revolutionary feature that improves a pad or roll’s performance. It turns aqueous-liquids into a leak-resistant gel so is only included in Universal absorbents. SpillLock™ allows the fibers to absorb up to 150 times their own weight. It’s ideal for using on offensive or messy spills that must not leak out of the pad. SpillLock™ is added to our laminated and fine fiber Universal Coldform2™ and all the Ultraclean™ products and hugely improves an absorbent’s performance.
Super Absorbent Flake: Available in our Universal and Chemical sock and pillow ranges. SAF retains the spilled fluid and considerably increases the amount of fluid recovered. Another advantage of this additive is the improved wicking characteristics which draws the fluid up into the absorbent.
For more information, see our absorbent product technologies explained section on our Learn more page.