Let's Talk Performance
At Interface Performance Materials, performance plays into everything we do. That's because we take our customers' success personally — working collaboratively to match our expertise in materials science with their precise needs to provide materials that are engineered with performance that endures. We serve as the partner for performance. That means we are more than an expert and more than a preferred source for technically reliable solutions. We are a trusted advisor that applies materials science, engineering and polymer chemistry insights to a range of exciting new materials and products across rapidly evolving market opportunities.
Our value is rooted in a rich heritage of technical innovation, production expertise and product excellence that were the hallmarks of the businesses that now comprise Interface Performance Materials. Today, that value is significantly enhanced by our core competency in applying materials science and polymer chemistry to create the best solutions for our customers’ specific applications. Our goal is to help customers achieve target cost while managing design requirements for optimum long-term performance.
A History of Innovation
As early as 1911, we were building a reputation for technical excellence and reliable products that met target costs. In the late 1970s, we developed the world's first non-asbestos soft gasket materials and by 1988 had converted our entire product line to non-asbestos materials.
Similarly, over the past 70 years, predecessor companies to our specialty papers business have rolled out a host of product improvements based on innovative production techniques. For example, they improved the durability of felt backing for flooring and the reliability of electrical barrier and insulation materials. They also developed higher density thermal millboard as well as more resilient matrix and backer boards for flexographic printing.
In the early 1990s, we developed MicroPore® technology, which greatly improved gasket sealability and durability. Later that decade, enhanced MicroPore materials were developed and tailored to specific applications and markets.
One of the latest innovations to come from this long history of expertise in materials science and innovative production methods is Select-a-Seal®. It employs a rubber-edge (polymer) on a composite body to create a first-of-its-kind sealing system that is proving more durable and robust than competitive technologies.
Our Continuing Technical Tradition
Select-a-Seal is one of the latest but certainly will not be the last product to result from our technical tradition. We have intensified our focus on practical solutions. Our investments in research and development continue to result in unique products engineered to meet specific industry needs. A global business, Interface Performance Materials offers one of the broadest product lines available, including:
- Gasket products for automotive, heavy-duty and industrial markets
- Thermal barriers for high temperature applications
- Electrical barriers for appliances, lamps, computers and power tools
- Board materials — the product of choice for securities and currencies printers worldwide
A Commitment to Research & Development
Our technical representatives participate with customers as part of development teams that help to optimize product performance while minimizing production costs. We take a predictive approach to the product development process: first, we define the performance requirements, then we work with the customer to create a product to meet those requirements.
Whether we are working to create a new gasketing product or an advanced specialty-paper application, in a typical development process our scientists, chemists and applications engineers bring their collective skills to bear on a customer’s specific needs. We identify a precise combination of materials — composites, fibers, fillers, polymer binders, etc. — that meet the requirements of a specific application. This preliminary work allows us to design quality into a product even before trial production begins.
Next, when appropriate, we verify performance under simulated or actual operating conditions using prototypes prepared under controlled conditions. This step enables us to learn how the given combination of ingredients will function together as a product. Often, formulas are tested at our state-of-the-art, 25,000-sq.-ft. Technical Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is a dedicated facility for materials testing and development in which researchers can duplicate our production facilities’ manufacturing processes on a small scale. In these instances, because of the small production runs, we can change formulas as necessary, shortening the development time and refining the materials until they meet our demanding performance criteria.