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CPI offers many guidance documents and informational brochures available for free download. CPI also offers valuable resources about the industry available for sale. Download CPI’s order form to purchase the latest technical conference proceedings, Polyurethane Professional Development Program course materials, and other important documents for the industry. CPI’s Free Downloadable Resources and Document Library provides a variety of guidance documents, informational brochures, and videos.

RESOURCES AND DOCUMENT LIBRARY

Below you will find information about a wide variety of polyurethane applications, along with important health and safety information about the manufacture, transport, and use of polyurethane and its raw materials. [Note: Some documents have a large file size and may take a moment to open].
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Educational Informational and Conference Proceedings
Environment, Health and Safety
Transportation
Spray Truck Bed Liner
Industry and Market Information
Industry Information
Spray Foam Health and Safety
Combustibility and Fire Safety
Rigid Foam
Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers
Flexible Foam and Furnishings
Raw Material Methods
CPI SPF Research Papers
Videos for Working with MDI and TDI

Educational Informational and Conference Proceedings

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  • 2016 Polyurethane Professional Development Program (flash drive)
    The flash drive contains presentations shared during the 2016 Polyurethane Professional Development Program at the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference held September 26 – 28 at the Baltimore Hilton in Baltimore, Maryland.
    Price:  $300.00
    Member Price: $150.00

  • Polyurethanes 2016 Technical Conference Proceedings (flash drive)
    The flash drive contains technical papers presented and poster abstracts presented at the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference held September 26 – 28 at the Baltimore Hilton in Baltimore, Maryland.
    Price:  $300.00
    Member Price: $150.00

  • 2015 Polyurethane Professional Development Program (flash drive)
    The flash drive contains presentations shared during the 2015 Polyurethane Professional Development Program at the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference held October 5 – 7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida.
    Price:  $300.00
    Member Price: $150.00

  • Polyurethanes 2015 Technical Conference Proceedings (flash drive)
    The flash drive contains technical papers presented and poster abstracts presented at the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference held October 5 – 7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida.
    Price:  $300.00
    Member Price: $150.00

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Environment, Health and Safety

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Transportation

  • Guidelines for Receiving and Unloading MDI
    This guidance document provides basic principles to users receiving, unloading and handling Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate (MDI) in a variety of packagings. This document summarizes some, but not all, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulatory requirements and industry best practices regarding receiving, unloading and handling of MDI. (AX-198, 2014) | (Spanish) | (French)

  • Guidelines for Receiving and Unloading TDI
    This guidance document provides basic principles to users receiving, unloading and handling Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) in a variety of packagings. This document summarizes some, but not all, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulatory requirements and industry best practices regarding receiving, unloading and handling of TDI. (AX-188, 2014) | (Spanish) | (French)

  • Guidelines for Freight Securement: Freight Loading and Securement for Chemical Shipments in the Polyurethane Industry
    This guidance document is intended to provide basic principles and examples of freight loading and securement for intermodal domestic and international shipments. The document is intended for transportation professionals that ship or receive polyurethane related materials. The comprehensive guidance document provides useful and essential safety mechanisms, preload inspection of trailers and containers, restraint systems and the closure of the transport containers. Clear, detailed photographs provide helpful representations of appropriate freight loading and securement practices. This document also references regulatory and modal requirements governing these shipments. (AX-173, 2012) | (Spanish)

  • Guidelines for Transloading Polymeric Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanates (pMDI)
    This document provides guidelines for facility owners and/or operators interested in transloading Polymeric Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate (pMDI) from rail tank cars to cargo tank trailers. (AX-409, 2015)

  • Unloading Methylenediphenyl Diisocyanate (MDI) Rail Cars
    This poster was developed to provide general guidelines during delivery, hookup, and unloading of a rail car containing MDI. This file is designed to be a 2-foot by 3-foot poster that may be printed and displayed in the unloading area of a facility. (2015) | (Spanish) | (French) 

  • Unloading Methylenediphenyl Diisocyanate (MDI) Tank Trucks
    This poster was developed to provide general guidelines during delivery, hookup, and unloading of a tank truck containing MDI. This file is designed to be a 2-foot by 3-foot poster that may be printed and displayed in the unloading area of a facility. (2015) | (Spanish) | (French)

  • Unloading Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) Rail Cars  
    This poster was developed to provide general guidelines during delivery, hookup, and unloading of a rail car containing TDI. This file is designed to be a 2-foot by 3-foot poster that may be printed and displayed in the unloading area of a facility. (2015) | (Spanish) | (French)

  • Unloading Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) Tank Trucks
    This poster was developed to provide general guidelines during delivery, hookup, and unloading of a tank truck containing TDI. This file is designed to be a 2-foot by 3-foot poster that may be printed and displayed in the unloading area of a facility. (2015) | (Spanish) | (French)

  • Unloading Non-Regulated Polyol and Urethane Resin System Tank Trucks
    This poster was developed to provide general guidelines during delivery, hookup, and unloading of a non-regulated polyol and urethane resin system tank truck. This file is designed to be a 2-foot by 3-foot poster that may be printed and displayed in the unloading area of a facility. (2014) | (Spanish) | (French) 

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Spray Truck Bed Liner

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Industry and Market Information

  • 2014 End-Use Market Survey on the Polyurethanes Industry
    The 2014 End-Use Market Survey for the Polyurethanes Industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provides a breakdown of polyurethane production by type and by major end-use market for each country. In addition, a historical review of data from 2006 – 2014 is presented.

    Developed by IAL Consultants on behalf of CPI, this latest study, comprising more than 300 pages, 150 tables, as well as charts and diagrams, provides a detailed analysis of the major end-use markets for polyurethane in North America for 2014.

  • 2012 End-Use Market Survey on the Polyurethanes Industry
    The 2012 End-Use Market Survey for the Polyurethanes Industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provides a breakdown of polyurethane production by type and by major end-use market for each country. In addition, a historical review of data from 2004 – 2012 is presented.

    Developed by IAL Consultants on behalf of CPI, this study, comprising more than 300 pages, 150 tables, as well as charts and diagrams, provides a detailed analysis of the major end-use markets for polyurethane in North America for 2012.

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Industry Information

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Spray Foam Health and Safety

  • Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Health and Safety Website  
    This website provides homeowners, professional contractors, weatherization contractors and do-it-yourselfers with facts about SPF and important safety guidelines that should be followed during application. The website also contains an additional Resource Library including posters, presentations and videos about spray polyurethane foam. Listed below are a few samples of the many useful resources found on the Website.

  • Health and Safety Product Stewardship Program for High-Pressure Application of SPF
    This program presents general information with respect to the use of spray polyurethane foam chemicals and other associated chemicals used in spray polyurethane foam applications. The Workbook and Presentation provide guidance to applicators and helpers who apply professional grade high pressure spray polyurethane foam in both interior and exterior construction applications. (2010) | (Presentation)

  • Guidance for Videos or Images Showing Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Application
    This guidance document is intended to support the development of visual media content (e.g. videos, photos, animations, and graphic or artistic illustrations) showing the installation of SPF or polyurethane-based insulating foam sealants. (AX-245, 2011)

  • Guidance for Selecting a Contractor for the Installation of SPF in School Buildings
    This guidance is intended to provide useful information to school administrators, design planners, facilities managers and others about how to select and work with professional spray foam contractors to help achieve a successful SPF installation. This document provides tips and guidance to help everyone involved in the process and to inform decision makers about the benefits, potential hazards, and ways to achieve a successful SPF installation. This information may also be helpful for design professionals and energy service companies involved in roofing system or insulation selection for school building projects. (AX-432, 2012)

  • CPI Statement on the Safe Use of Two-Component Low-Pressure Spray Polyurethane Foam

  • Working Safely with Low-Pressure SPF Insulation
    This video provides general guidance for professionals on how to apply low-pressure spray polyurethane foam. It is intended as a supplement to other job safety information already available such as specialized training, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), product label information and other materials.

  • Personal Protective Equipment Sheet
    This chart shows appropriate PPE for high-pressure and low-pressure applications.

  • Disposal of Used SPF Drums
    This article describes procedures for disposing of empty drums at the end of a spray foam job.

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Combustibility and Fire Safety

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Rigid Foam

  • Polyurethane and Polyisocyanurate Foams: Insulation That Works
    Description of the energy efficiency benefits of polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foam insulation materials in building and construction. Reviews the features and performance of polyurethane and polyisocyanurate insulations. (AX-106, 2011)

  • Know the Code: Using Spray Foam Insulation in Attics and Crawl Spaces
    This Guidance Document provides general information on the use of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation in residential attics and crawl spaces. The SPF industry worked with code bodies to assure that testing protocols for spray foam insulation installed in attics and crawl spaces meet the intent of the code. The ICC-ES unanimous approval of the SPFA test protocol allows the industry, code officials, home builders and home owners to be confident that a well thought out, thorough and robust test will be used to qualify SPF products for use in attics and crawl spaces. (2009)

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Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers

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Flexible Foam and Furnishings

  • Flexible Polyurethane Foams (FPFs) Used in Upholstered Furniture and Bedding
    Technical bulletin that describes FPFs and its combustion characteristics, standards and regulations, and safety. (AX-239, 2008)

  • The Impact of Bonded Polyurethane Cushion on Appearance Retention and Durability of Commercial Cushion
    This is a technical report on a study of appearance retention and longevity using Hexapod Drum and Phillips Chair tests. Using guidelines endorsed by the Carpet & Rug Institute, the study found that the appearance retention of commercial carpet with cushion was improved by 17 to 50 percent compared to the same carpets installed without cushion. With the lowest grade of carpet tested, the carpet over cushion retained better appearance even with 1.5 times more traffic than the non-cushioned carpet. (AX-411, 2004)

  • Installation Guidelines for Commercial Carpet and Commercial Bonded Polyurethane Carpet Cushion
    An 8-page, step-by-step, photo-illustrated resource for floor covering professionals that focuses on double-glue, the preferred installation method for carpet and cushion in commercial applications. (AX-281, 2003)

  • Why Polyurethane Carpet Cushion?
    A one-page summary of the benefits of polyurethane carpet cushion in commercial installations. Included: the case for cushion versus direct glue and a chart that features results of the Hexapod Carpet Wear Test showing improved appearance retention of carpet installed with polyurethane cushion compared to no cushion. (AX-280)

  • Maintenance Breakthrough: Polyurethane Cushion Improves Vaccumability of Commercial Carpet
    A report on a recent study of soil removal comparing commercial carpet with commercial polyurethane carpet cushion to carpet installed without cushion. (AX-266, 2003)

  • Sound Absorption in the Workplace
    A technical bulletin on acoustic benefits of polyurethane carpet cushion in commercial installations. (AX-260, 2002)

  • Carpet Cushion for the Workplace
    A facility manager's report on carpet cushion for the workplace. This educational report brings facility managers up to date on the latest technologies in commercial carpet cushion. (AX-231, 2000)

  • The Furniture Industry's Guide to Today's Flexible Foam  
    A valuable reference tool for furniture designers, manufacturers, specifiers, fabricators, and others in the upholstered furniture industry. The guide includes practical tips on selecting the right flexible polyurethane foam (FPF), working with suppliers, and judging quality, as well as technical information on how FPF works. (AX-224)

  • Millennium Report on Engineered Comfort
    An easy-to-read primer on engineered comfort that defines the properties of furniture components and explains how each component impacts the comfort of an upholstered piece. The report also links the science of construction with the aesthetics of design. (AX-223)

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Raw Material Methods

  • Guidance for Measuring Residual Base Catalyst in Polyether Polyols
    This guidance document provides information on ASTM methods that can be used for measuring the amount of residual base catalyst in polyether polyols. The amount of residual base catalyst in polyol is an important parameter for controlling the formation of polyurethane intermediates. (2015)

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CPI SPF Research Papers

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Videos for Working with MDI and TDI


Safe Handling of Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate (MDI) and Safe Handling of Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) Videos
The MDI and TDI videos are made available by International Isocyanates Institute in good faith, are believed to be accurate and reliable, but may well be incomplete and/or not applicable to all conditions or situations that may be encountered.  No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the contents or that the application or use of any of the information and recommendations herein will avoid, reduce or ameliorate hazards, accidents, losses, damages or injury of any kind to persons or property. Viewers are therefore cautioned to satisfy themselves as to the applicability and suitability of said information and recommendations for the purposes intended prior to use.

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