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The Future is MSLResponsibility
Posted by Maxine Smiles -Cooke
The difference is in the detail. By looking at all of the individual elements of drop stitch we have been able to develop a refined process to improve all aspects of board production. Firstly we have removed the process of coating the inner thread section with molten PVC – for us this was redundant process, as we had no interest in producing a single layer board and only served as a base to glue our outer/double layer too. It was also a messy process with very little control. Instead we coat the thread structure in a layer of adhesive that has been specially formulated to create both a seal and a bonding layer. We then machine laminate a layer or high density structural PVC to this adhesive layer under a controlled conditions – completely removing the human factor involved in traditional double layer application. This whole process is done at the raw material stage by carefully calibrated machinery developed for this process. The result is a consistent and high level of cosmetic finish that has all of the durability and strength properties of our previous double layer construction. And because this process is done at the raw material stage we are now able to benefit from torsion stiffness as the material is put under tension when the board is inflated. It all sounds simple but like the best single malt whiskey or a finely tuned engine the components and method have needed to be refined over and over again until we created the ultimate blend of performance, quality and weight.