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About Interface Solutions Inc.
Interface Solutions Inc. (ISI) is a leading manufacturer of sealing systems and engineered composite materials, including a unique line of specialty papers. The organization enjoys long-established cooperative partnerships with customers in an array of worldwide markets. Recent acquisitions, expansions and capital investments in research facilities empower ISI to offer both OEM and aftermarket customers unmatched technical and design support and application testing. ISI lays claim to an extraordinary depth of experience and engineering knowledge, with roots to predecessor companies dating back over 90 years. ISI was created as an independent, private corporation in 1999; formed from the organization previously known as Armstrong Industrial Specialties Inc. (AISI).
With a heritage of technical innovation, production expertise and product excellence that were the hallmarks of the businesses that make up today’s Interface Solutions, our core competency is 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, AISI was building a reputation for technical excellence and reliable products that met target costs. In the late 1970s, it developed the world's first non-asbestos soft gasket materials and by 1988 had converted its entire product line to non-asbestos materials.
Similarly, over the past 70 years, predecessor companies to ISI’s specialty papers business have rolled out a host of product improvements based on innovative production techniques. For example, they improved and continue to improve 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, AISI 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 ISI’s 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 Solutions offers one of the broadest product lines available, including:
- Gasket products for automotive, heavy-duty and industrial markets
- Felt backings for resilient vinyl floors
- 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
Interface Solutions' 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 new 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 ISI’s demanding performance criteria.
- Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and other requirements concerning the protection of the environment.
- Conducts our operations in a manner that Prevents pollution.
- Utilizes a Continual Improvement process to benefit the environment and the community.
A Committed, Experienced Management Team
All ISI corporate management team members are experienced in the business segments they manage. They and the managers at each of our manufacturing sites share ISI’s commitment to environmental stewardship and to customer satisfaction by developing quality products through quality processes.
Performance through Quality Assurance
Interface Solutions was founded on the concept of responsibility to the customer and a philosophy that quality comes first. Therefore, a commitment to quality underlies every one of the company’s research, production and business processes.
Our processes and products have been audited and meet the quality standards of leading customer quality programs worldwide. Our Fulton, New York, Hoosick Falls, New York and Beaver Falls, New York plants are ISO 9001 certified. In addition, the manufacturing facility associated with the Lancaster Technical Center, where Select-a-Seal products are manufactured, is also ISO 9001 certified, as are the quality procedures of the Technical Center itself.
ISI uses rigorous testing to simulate real world product performance and offers A2LA-accredited lab certification on every shipment of materials. Technical experts have run thousands of hours of functional tests to validate our products’ quality performance and long-term durability. The result: robust solutions that perform reliably and satisfy the most stringent requirements at low cost.
We Can Help You Achieve Your Cost and Performance Targets
Call us today at 1-800-9GASKET (US only). Or contact the ISI Sales Representatives nearest you:
Interface Solutions, Inc.
216 Wohlsen Way
Lancaster, PA 17603
Tel: (717) 207-6000
Fax: (717) 207-6080