The evolution in shock pads

News by IAKS member Schmitz Foam

As of January 2020, Schmitz Foam Products’ popular ProPlay-Sport20 shock and drainage pad will be replaced by an upgraded version. The change is necessary as a response to demand for the product and so that it remains on a par with the latest trends and developments. Schmitz Foam Products introduced ProPlay-Sport20 in the early 2000s, when shock pads were still considered a luxury. Thanks to its robustness and the excellent performance it delivers, ProPlay-Sport20 has since become the most used shock pad for artificial grass sport systems globally.

The upgraded ProPlay-Sport20 provides similar or even better technical performance, is equally robust and offers drainage capacity that matches that of the original ProPlay-Sport20. “What is different is that the new version will consist of an 8 mm foam layer that has been exclusively produced for Schmitz Foam Products, combined with 12 mm foam flakes sourced from foams that were deemed redundant. It simply combines the best of both worlds”. No additives are involved in bonding the polyethylene foam layer and polyethylene foam flakes to a single sheet. It is done with thermal bonding, similar to the way Schmitz Foam Products produced the ProPlay-Sport20. “As this heat-bonding is performed by a state-of-the-art laminator, it is impossible for the foam layers to separate spontaneously. The only time they will come apart is when Schmitz Foam Products recycles these pads by the time they no longer have any meaningful purpose.” Over the past few months, the renewed ProPlay-Sport20 has been tested by international test institutes. Since the shock pad comes with similar or even better technical characteristics, system testing, if desired, can be kept to a minimum. This ensures a smooth industry transition from the original ProPlay-Sport20 to the upgraded version.

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