WASHINGTON—The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council named two Riddell and Dow products as the finalists for the 2019 Polyurethane Innovation Award.
Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond Football Helmet Liner and Dow Aquachill Cool Coating for Comfier Bedding were listed for the award, which recognizes inventive commercial technologies during the past 12 months, according to a CPI news release. The award will be presented during the 62nd Polyurethanes Technical Conference, Oct. 7-9 in Orlando, Fla.
"Our two finalists this year have made great strides innovating products that increase the health, safety and well-being of consumers and we look forward to their presentations during the Polyurethanes Technical Conference's Opening Session," CPI Senior Director Lee Salamone said in a statement.
The Riddel SpeedFlex Precision Diamond Football Helmet Liner is a digitally printed liner for the SpeedFlex Precision Diamond football helmet, a product of a partnership of Riddell and Carbon Inc., a digital manufacturer, according to CPI. Carbon used athlete data Riddell gathered in a proprietary database of 5 million head impacts to develop the liner, using Carbon's DLS technology. It was created using light and oxygen to develop resin parts, and incorporates custom lattice structures also developed by Carbon.
Dow's Aquachill Cool Coating for Comfier Bedding is a water-based phase change material coating, which maximizes initial and sustained cooling, according to CPI. It also provides breathability, durability, adhesion. It maintains its cooling power beyond the initial point of sale without significant odor.
The American Chemistry Council represents companies engaged in chemistry, and is committed to environmental, health and safety performance improvement, as well as public policy advocacy and research and testing.