Sleeping Beautifully With Uratex7:03 PM
We spend almost 1/3 of our lifetime sleeping. And I'm sure most of us would want to spend that part of our life caressed by beds that offer support and backed up by unparalleled technology. But besides lying around and perhaps occasionally jumping over our mattresses, only a few of us really know how these beds are manufactured. Well, add me to that list because I was as clueless as most of you too. Thank God I was one of the lucky bloggers who got to tour the Uratex plant and got to explore how foams are made.
More deets after the jump!
The tour started with a brief introduction from Mr. Dindo Medina of Uratex Marketing Office.
Here we were told how the RGC Group of Companies, makers of the popular Uratex foam, revolutionized foam making back in 1987 when they set up the first continuous foaming machine in the country called the "Vertifoam" process. This involves computerized metering of materials to foam perfectly-shaped foam with lesser scrap that benefited both the market and the environment because of less wastage.
Also, in 2001, the group further blazed the trail in foam-maling when it installed the new foaming equipment called "Hennecke." Tagged as the "Mercedes Benz" of the foam-making industry, this German-manufactured equipment is regarded as the best in the world. On December 2009, the RGC Group invested on another Hennecke machine with the latest technological improvements to serve as back-up to the year 2001 version.
So, lets proceed with the juicy question of this post: How do you make foam?
Foam-making in the past may have been a tedious, manual labor-intensive job but the process was made even better, thanks to modern technology. By using state-of-the-art equipment, Multiflex RNC Philippines of the RGC Foam Group totally revolutionized foam-making not only in the Philippines but also in South East Asia.
Being one of the largest foam-makers in the region and with advanced foam manufacturing equipment, Uratex foam product is made through:
1. The Research & Development laboratory - Just like cooking, a good foam starts with the perfect recipe, and in foam-making, the R&D facility of the RGC Foam Group, one of the country's most advanced, is where it all starts. There, Uratex laboratory personnel develop formulations that result to certain types of foam and also conduct tests to ensure that the formulation will meet final product specifications that customers look for. Over the years, this department has develpoed thousands of formulations that benefited the Philippine industrial history, from the car development program of the 1970s to the footwear, garments and electronics boom in the 1980s and 1990s.
2. Foaming - Once the formulation is finalized, it is entered into the foaming machine's computer system. There, up to 26 streams of different chemicals are doused using computer-controlled metering pumps for precision. The liquid will turn into cream within seconds and then into solid state within 1.5-2 minutes, and where the solid foam block may be cut between 1 to 60 meters in length. At the Muntinlupa plant, the foam is cut in 30-meter lengths. This high-tech machinery is complimented by a quality management system and ran by highly-trained personnel.
3. Curing Area - The 30-meter long blocks are then picked up by an overhead crane and transferred to the curing area. Foam is produced via an exothermic reaction where the center may reach up to 145-165 degrees Celsius within 20-30 minutes. It will not start to cool for another 3-4 hours but will reach room temperature within 24 hours and is "cured".
4. Foam Block Warehouse - This is the storage area for the foam blocks. From there, the plant's production department will request for a specific type of block with different sizes as per orders coming from customers. These blocks are then moved to the production area where they will be cut according to the desired sizes.
5. Production Area - It is from this area where the Uratex products that we all see come from. The foam blocks are cut into the requested size and then "contoured" based on the type of product to be produced, whether a pillow, a mattress, or even a car seat foam. Once cut and contoured, the product goes straight to packaging under strict quality control standrads, ready for delivery to the customer.
And after knowing the process of making foams, it was time to know the best bed that suits my body type. Their XSENSOR technology shows a relative comparison between beds, based on (1) pressure relief: to minimize tossing and turning and (2) support area: to indicate mattress comfortability.
And the result? The best bed for me is the Sensory Memory Foam Mattress.
Now, I sleep beautifully with my Uratex mattress and pillow!