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Tesla to Use Conductive Adhesive to Bond and Connect Solar Panels

Posted By ASC, Thursday, September 21, 2017

Elon Musk may be best known for his electric cars and Space-X program, but he also has plans to revolutionize energy generation with solar roofs and solar panels. His acquisition of SolarCity in 2016 meant that Tesla also acquired the patent to a new way of manufacturing solar panels. Solar panels consist of multiple interconnected solar cells. Previously, they had to be soldered together or they were bonded in a convection oven.

 

However, a new thermo-setting adhesive could make the process much more efficient. It not only bonds the cells together, but also allows current to be conducted between cells without the need for additional soldering. Apart from eliminating possible warping of solar panels during the bonding process, the adhesive could make solar panels last longer after they have been installed, reducing the plummeting cost of solar energy still further.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Training Academy Announces 100th TAC Graduate; Milestone to be celebrated with special prizes, drawings, discounts

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Updated: Sunday, September 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Connie Howe

Director, Technical Services
(301) 986-9700 x104
connie.howe@ascouncil.org


  

 

ASC TRAINING ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 100th TAC GRADUATE
 

Training Academy Certificate program milestone to be celebrated with special 100th grad prize, gift card drawings, industry-wide webinar discounts

 

 

September 19, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) technical Training Academy Certificate program, or TAC, has reached a significant milestone of 100 graduates since its launch in mid-2016. Our 100th graduate, Debbie Davidson from Emerald Performance Materials, joins 99 professionals in R&D, manufacturing, business, and legal roles that have received the TAC Certificate.


The program has been met with remarkable success since its inception in 2016, with over 34 companies taking part, many incorporating the program into their yearly mandatory training of employees to meet education standards. In total, over 1,850 courses have been taken by 257 global learners from diverse backgrounds within the adhesive and sealant industry. Some of our graduates have completed the 12-course requirement in as little as four days.


To Celebrate!
In celebration of this momentous occasion, the 100th graduate will receive a FREE registration to the 2018 Spring Convention in Miami, with further registration discount offers for all graduates at our subscribing companies!


Additionally, each of our 100 graduates will be entered into a drawing to win $100 gift cards during a 100-hour FLASH SALE (see below)! Drawings will take place at 10 AM and 2 PM eastern at www.ascouncil.org on the TAC page located HERE.

100 Hour Flash Sale!
ASC is recognizing the great success of this critical industry program and the 100th graduate by offering the following 100-Hour FLASH SALE:

 

  • A $100 DISCOUNT on Live and OnDemand webinars (a HUGE savings of 40-50% for non-subscribing members and non-members)
  • New 2018 subscribers will receive instant access to the program in 2017 (now with 2017 pricing!) providing an additional quarter of live and on demand webinar access for FREE
  • The first 100 TAC graduates will be entered into a twice daily drawing for 100 hours to win $100 gift cards. Announcements will be made on Twitter and updated online HERE

 

“ASC’s TAC program has been a powerful component to ASC Member Companies’ training efforts, as we are able to bring new speakers and insights to members in a simple, engaging format via our web platform,” says Connie Howe, Director of Technical Services for ASC. “The program includes an incredibly useful on-demand component, as well as a popular subscription pricing model which will deliver considerable savings and flexibility for member companies and add value to their membership in the Council.”


“The TAC program helps ensure your staff has a strong understanding of adhesives and sealants from both a technical and business perspective,” says Howe. “Imagine the new employee jumping right into this type of training as part of a company on-boarding process; this is our goal – to deliver fundamentals training and begin a long journey of delivering educational oriented value alongside each employee as they start their adhesive career leveraging ASC Training Academy materials.”
But don’t take our word for it! Here is recent feedback from new and veteran industry professionals in the graduating class of 100:

 

  • “As a (relatively) new employee in this field, it did a great job of teaching the basics of both formulation as well as theory in adhesion science. I would recommend it to anyone starting their career in the field.” Matthew Kryger, Research Polymer Scientist at 3M
  • “The course allowed me to take a deep dive into chemistries and markets that I do not always work with, but helped to round out my adhesive education. For the subject matter that I do work with (field technical service for the packaging and converting markets), the program gave me a functional knowledge of the formulating process and properties offered by given raw materials.” Aaron Plumley, Area Technical Manager at HB Fuller
  • “...by the way, I haven't mentioned yet how much I enjoy the courses. This is a great program!” Stephan Klotzbach, Market Development Manager EMEA – Adhesives at Eastman Chemical


Information about ASC’s Training Academy, including the TAC program, can be found online at www.ascouncil.org under the ‘Education’ tab. A schedule of upcoming LIVE webinars can be found on online on the ‘Upcoming Events’ page HERE.


If you have any questions, contact Connie Howe, Director, Technical Services at (301) 986-9700 x104 or connie.howe@ascouncil.org

 

 

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 117 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.

 

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Hexion Releases New Two-Component Adhesive For Structural Engineered Wood Lamination

Posted By ASC, Monday, September 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hexion Inc, a company specializing in composite resins, has launched a two-part adhesive specifically for use in wood lamination processes. The advent of tall buildings made largely of wood created a need for an adhesive suitable for use in the production of cross-laminated timbers and adhesive-laminated wooden beams. The two components consist of Hexion’s Ecobind 6500 resin and its Wonderbond Hardener M650Y. The products have been engineered for a high margin of safety, exceeding the requirements laid down in the North American Structural Wood standards.

 

The company stated that its new product will ensure long-lasting durability and confirmed that the two-part adhesive had undergone testing by several third-party organizations which verified Hexion’s findings regarding the new addition to its product range.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC at American Metal Market (AMM) Supply Chain Conference

Posted By ASC, Thursday, September 14, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director, Member Services
(952) 300-8280
steve.duren@ascouncil.org


  

 

ADHESIVE & SEALANT COUNCIL AT AMERICAN METAL
MARKET (AMM) SUPPLY CHAIN CONFERENCE

 

ASC’s Chairman of Growth Task Force, Ana Wagner, to Speak on Keynote Panel; 

Focus on Adhesives Value Proposition

 

 

September 14, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – Representation from the Adhesive & Sealant Council (ASC) will be speaking at the AMM Supply Chain Conference on September 19 in Dearborn, Michigan at The Henry.

 

Featured in the program and representing ASC will be Chairman of the ASC “Task Force on Growth”, Ana Wagner of Dow Automotive. This 15-minute talk will focus on the value proposition of adhesives and will be part of a panel discussion that will run from 9:30 – 10:30 am titled: “Automotive Market Stakeholders.”

 

“OEM and tier 1 stakeholders in the automotive marketplace should be aware of the efforts within ASC to help the design and specification community become more aware of the impact that adhesives and sealants have on vehicle body structures. Light weighting, bonding dissimilar materials, and reducing noise vibration and harshness (NVH) are just a few of the benefits that adhesives and sealants provide,” says Wagner. “The AMM show is a premier opportunity to be in front of those engineers and influencers that make decisions on materials and metal technology.” 

 

“ASC and its members are in the final stages of developing a guide intended for the design and end user community that will highlight available adhesive chemistry types and aide in the process of material selection for structural adhesives, sealants and foams that are used to improve crashworthiness and joining options in the OEM body shop,” says Steve Duren, a Senior Director at ASC. “The soon to be published ASC Guide will be available by Oct 1, 2017 on ASC’s end user portal at adhesives.org on the Transportation Landing Page,” notes Duren.

 

The ASC Task Force on Growth is focused on providing value chain partners with industry neutral information that helps ASC members grow the market for adhesives and sealants in the Transportation Marketplace. The transportation landing page at adhesives.org contains white papers, blogs, videos, reports, and on-demand webinars . More information can be found HERE.

 

To learn more about the ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org or contact Steve Duren, Sr. Director of Member Services, at steve.duren@ascouncil.org or 952-300-8280.

 

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 117 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.

 

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Dow Helps Honda Turn to Weld Bonding with an Epoxy-Based Structural Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Updated: Monday, September 11, 2017

As the industry knows, the use of structural adhesives to bond vehicle components together is becoming an increasingly popular solution for automakers, and Honda is no exception. Often, they combine adhesives with a traditional joining method to improve strength, and this is just what Honda has done with its fifth-generation Odyssey. The car will be made with twice as much adhesive bonding as its predecessor.

Materials are not only becoming lighter but also thinner, particularly when steel is used. This can mean that regular welds just aren’t strong enough on their own. The new Honda’s Body in White (BIW) consists of various grades of steel and just 1 percent aluminum, but it will use about 44 meters of adhesives. This not only reduced the need for additional reinforcing components, a move which shed 5kg from the overall weight of the car but also improved torsional rigidity by 10%.

However, the change could mean that extra caution must be exercised when spray treating body and closure panels after their arrival at the assembly plant. If the adhesives have not cured sufficiently, the treatment will remove some of the adhesive from the bond line resulting in reduced bond strength. The uncured adhesive could also be redeposited on body panels necessitating repair work before paint application.

The problem has been resolved with Toughened Betamate, a structural adhesive with higher viscosity developed by Dow. While it has higher viscosity, the epoxy-based structural adhesive will still be compatible with existing production line applicators but has improved wash-off resistance. It also exhibits greater tensile modulus which will make it an appropriate choice for high-strength, downgauged steel components. Lap shear strength remains consistent across a wide range of curing temperatures, and the adhesive can cure at low temperatures.

 

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Cool Air Products Releases New Sealant Kit for Repair of HVAC Refrigerant Leaks

Posted By ASC, Monday, September 11, 2017

HVAC technicians will now be able to locate and repair refrigerant leaks without a system-wide shutdown thanks to a new kit from Cool Air Products. The AC SMARTSEAL Quickshot Easy Inject Kit features a sealant with UV marker dye and proprietary Cool Enhancer to enhance system lifespan. The non-toxic, OEM-approved product is not activated by oxygen or moisture and is polymer-free and non-flammable.

Apart from the sealant, the kit includes an injection hose that allows technicians to inject the sealant into systems while they are operational. It permanently repairs leaks ranging from pinholes to larger breaches. A minimal amount of sealant is needed, and the overall cost is 30 percent lower than that of similar products.

The new addition to its product range extends Cool Air Products’ existing rage  of sealants for use in HVAC systems, refrigeration, and industrial cooling. The company is also known for its Rail Cool sealant which was developed to facilitate the repair of HVAC systems in the passenger rail industry.

 

 

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Henkel Releases New Universal Structural Bonder as Part of its Loctite Range

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Henkel has released a new adhesive intended for use in bonding dissimilar substrates. Loctite HY 4080 tolerates extreme conditions, maintaining bonds despite temperature extremes and strong vibration according to the company. Henkel says that its new adhesive offers all the benefits of the Loctite range combined with an improved health and safety profile. The adhesive will bond a wide range of materials including plastics and metals and has proven resilient when subjected to drop testing and shock loading. It offers significantly reduced read through and has sufficient elasticity to maintain bonds even when two components are subjected to relative movement.


Additional benefits include a rapid cure time that is comparable to that of instant adhesives even when there is a substantial gap between components. This makes it helpful in joining components that do not fit well together even when they must tolerate impact loading. The adhesive will be useful in assembling durable consumer goods as well as electrical products such as lighting and could prove useful in the manufacture of sports equipment. Its improved safety profile stems from its low flammability and low odor properties.

 

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H.B. Fuller To Buy Royal Adhesives & Sealants For $1.575 Bln

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

H.B. Fuller Company ( FUL ) said that it has signed an agreement to purchase Royal Adhesives & Sealants, a manufacturer of high-value specialty adhesives and sealants, for $1.575 billion, subject to customary adjustments. H.B. Fuller intends to finance the transaction through new debt financing.

"Upon closing the transaction, H.B. Fuller will be a company with nearly $2.9 billion in revenue, focused on profitable growth in attractive engineering, durable assembly, and construction adhesives markets," said H.B. Fuller President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens.

Royal is expected to generate approximately $650 million in revenue and $138 million in adjusted EBITDA for H.B. Fuller's fiscal year 2017. The company operates 19 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, and employs approximately 1,500 people globally.

 

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New Colored Adhesive From Herma has Enhanced Opacity, Suitability for Direct Contact With Foods

Posted By ASC, Friday, September 1, 2017
Herma has announced the release of a new colored adhesive that not only exhibits enhanced opacity but is suitable for direct contact with foods according to the company. Herma has applied its multi-layer technology to enhance the opacity of foodstuff labels in the new HERMAperfectOpaque range. HERMAperfectOpaque 62Gpo and HERMAperfectOpaque 62Dpo will be the flagship products in the range.

According to the company 62Gpo does not migrate into foodstuffs and maintains high tack properties even in cold, damp conditions. It will be used on opaque copy/laser labels and will eliminate bleeding during die-cutting.

Although the use of colored adhesives for certain label types that must be opaque is not new, Herma says that its product is the first of its kind to be suitable for direct contact with foodstuffs. It overcame contamination issues by using multiple layers and a pigment approved for direct contact with foods. The opaque adhesive is applied to the second layer, and the adhesive layer that comes into contact with the foodstuffs need not, therefore, be colored.

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Slug-Inspired Adhesive Inspires New Medical Adhesive Technology

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced promising findings after formulating a biocompatible adhesive that exhibits good bonding performance in wet conditions. The research team says that it has achieved adhesive bond strength that is comparable to that of cartilage. The adhesive combines strong bonding properties with the capacity to transfer and dissipate stress, a combination of properties that is new to medical adhesive technology.


The Dusky Arion slug provided researchers with the necessary inspiration. It is able to change the properties of the mucus it secretes when under threat, effectively bonding it in place so that predators cannot loosen it from surfaces. The mucus contains positively charged proteins. The researchers, therefore, emulated this with a double-layered hydrogel matrix coupled with a layer of positively charged polymers which act as the adhesive layer.


The bonds between substrate and adhesive use the forces of electrostatic attraction, covalent bonding to neighboring atoms, and physical interpenetration.


The matrix itself is of importance as it dissipates stress that would otherwise cause bonds to be broken. In laboratory testing, the research team found that the adhesive can tolerate three times as much stress as conventional medical adhesives. The adhesive shows promise for use in surgery and can remain intact even when used on highly mobile organs such as the heart. It would also be helpful in the development of medical devices such as sticky robots or could be used as a vehicle for drug delivery.

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