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Adhesive Backed Floor Mats Improve Safety in High Traffic Retail Areas Subject to Spills

Posted By ASC, 16 hours ago

Mats can easily slip and slide, and in areas where spills are likely, moisture can pool and be tracked to other areas. Traditionally, the solution has been to provide absorbent mats with a rubber backing, but these mats tend to curl at the corners, may become bunched up, and can still move about. The solution from New Pig, a company that specializes in leak and spill protection equipment, is called Grippy Mat, and it overcomes these problems by using an adhesive instead of a rubber backing.


The matting is designed to protect floors from moisture. It can remain in place while being buffed or mopped and has NFSI certification as a high-traction, rip, shred, and fray-resistant floor covering. The P53 adhesive used as a backing keeps the matting firmly in place while the upper layers eliminate pooling of liquids when spills occur. Business owners can leave these mats in place for twelve weeks at a stretch, saving maintenance and matting hire costs.

 

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Adhesives.org BLOG: Off-Site Construction is Changing the Work

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BLOG:  Off-Site Construction is Changing the Work
 
By Paul Bertram, Adhesives.org Expert Blogger

Owners, Architects, Engineers and Contractors in both commercial/industrial and residential housing markets are seeing increasing Off-Site Construction system integration. This is changing the work process as related to components that make up systems including adhesives and sealants. The functional performance requirements are the same but with skilled labor shortages Off-Site construction fabrications including mechanical and electrical systems are offering higher quality control, fewer construction defects, faster build speeds.


The National Institute of Building Sciences defines "Off-site construction" as the planning, design, fabrication and assembly of building elements at a location other than their final installed location to support the rapid and efficient construction of a permanent structure. There are many variations of Off-Site Construction including: Prefabricated, Permanent modular construction, Unitized modular and construction.


Manufacturers, suppliers and subcontractors’ businesses are being impacted as more Off-Site construction is adopted in lieu of Site Built Systems. It requires culture changes to address their customer bases. Off- Site Construction does not totally eliminate Site Built applications of Adhesives and Sealants but is impacting the amount of that work.


Adhesives and sealants are being applied in Off-Site prefabricated systems in a controlled environment by trained laborers for consistent performance and require a different solution from suppliers. When these systems come to the job site for final installation on site use of adhesives and sealants is necessary to “marry – up” the multiple systems. An example would be...

 

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H.B. Fuller Company to Purchase Adecol

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 20, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

H.B. Fuller Company has signed an agreement to purchase adhesives company, Adecol Ind. Química, Limitada, a manufacturer of adhesive technologies in Brazil.

Adecol works closely with customers to develop hot melt, reactive and polymer-based adhesive solutions for customers in the packaging, converting and assembly markets. Based in Guarulhos, Brazil, this business generated nearly USD $40 million in revenue for the 2016 fiscal year. The company has agreed to pay 8X 2016 EBITDA for the business.

"With this acquisition, we will further enhance our business in Brazil by partnering with customers to produce new and better consumer and durable goods products in this dynamic region," said Jim Owens, president and CEO, H.B. Fuller. "H.B. Fuller has a strategic focus on growing our presence in emerging markets, and the Adecol team has deep market knowledge and local manufacturing capabilities that will enable us to partner more closely with customers and to grow in Brazil and across Latin America. We look forward to welcoming the employees of Adecol to the H.B. Fuller team."

The company expects to finalize the transaction in the next 30-60 days.

 

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Airbus to Use 3D-Printed Polymer Jet Parts

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Airbus, with its supply partner Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, will use 3D-printed polymer parts for use on its A350 XWB passenger jet. The Stratasys will print non-structural, installation parts such as brackets with ULTEM 9085 material. This particular resin has become popular in aerospace due to its flame-retardant characteristics and high strength-to-weight ratio.

Airbus feels the use of 3D printed parts will help it cut costs and improve supply chain flexibility, due to the quicker turnaround times on parts. The lower weight of the parts could also improve fuel efficiency and passenger jet performance. Airbus also believes the nature of 3D printing will allow for producing and shipping parts in an on-demand fashion, thereby lowering inventory costs.

Stratasys and Airbus have had a working partnership in place since 2013. Since 2015, Airbus has installed thousands of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) flying parts on aircraft.

 

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Flexible New “Superglue” Created in Quest for a Rapid, Efficient Bonding of Hydrogels

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hydrogels are increasingly being used in electronics manufacture, but this calls for adhesives that can from strong bonds that can flex with the hydrogel. In a quest for a rapid, efficient way to bond hydrogels, researchers have achieved a flexible “superglue” by adding a non-solvent to a Cynoacrylate adhesive. The non-solvent allows the adhesive to disperse into the hydrogel forming a deeper bond instead of a superficial one.

 

The Cyanoacrylate component bonds when exposed to the moisture in the hydrogel while the nonsolvent prevents it from hardening and becoming brittle while allowing for the deeper bond. The research team has tested its innovation by creating an electronic skin that was able to communicate data to a smartphone.

 

They also tested the adhesive on artificial vertebrae made from hydrogel. These may be used in future to replace worn-out spine discs. Assembly was much quicker using the prototype adhesive. In addition, the research team believes that the new adhesive will be useful in soft robotics, allowing robotics experts to affix sensors to flexible surfaces.

 

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EPA to Accept Nominations for Science Boards

Posted By ASC, Monday, July 17, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register seeking nominations for the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Nominations will be accepted until July 27, 2017. Members serve at the request of the Administrator and are carefully selected for their scientific expertise and independence.

“These boards play an important role at EPA by providing independent advice based on sound science in support of the agency’s mission, and I would like to thank all board members for their service,” said Administrator Pruitt. “I strongly encourage scientific viewpoints from a full range of stakeholders in order to achieve balanced scientific advice.”

In 1978, Congress directed EPA to establish an SAB to provide independent scientific advice to the Administrator on science that underlies agency rulemaking.

As spelled out by the Clean Air Act, CASAC has specific statutory duties, including advice related to air quality standards like the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). A recent Government Accountability Organization report found that CASAC has never provided advice on adverse social, economic or energy effects related to NAAQS because it was not asked to play that role. Moving forward, EPA will ensure the CASAC addresses this serious deficiency and fulfills its complete duties, as spelled out by legislative statute...READ MORE


To learn more about SAB and submit a nomination, visit: www.epa.gov/sab

To learn more about CASAC and submit a nomination, visit: www.epa.gov/casac

 

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Ardex Americas Continues to Expand Facilities and Capacity

Posted By ASC, Friday, July 14, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ardex Americas, a manufacturer of adhesives, mortars, floor leveling and under tile products, recently announced a major expansion of its Aliquippa, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility, effectively doubling its size. This is the third such expansion for the company this year.

 

In February, Ardex released news of an extension for the Dallas, Georgia plant as well and is also currently working to expand the manufacturing footprint in Stockton, California. The Aliquippa addition, which is the site of the Americas headquarters, includes significant increases in warehouse and production capabilities to better facilitate ARDEX’s growth strategy.

 

The expansion includes the addition of a new production operation and additional capacity to support future growth.

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U.S. Construction Chemicals: Economic Indicators Pointing To Stronger Growth Ahead

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 13, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017

From Grace Matthews Quarterly Chemical Industry Newsletter...

 

The housing crisis has been widely cited as one of the primary causes of the Great Recession. Supported by low interest, “subprime” loans, whose risks were often off-loaded to esoteric (aka “toxic”) derivative securities, home values rapidly escalated from 2003 – 2007 in a “bubble” that just as rapidly deflated in 2008 – 2009, nearly taking down the entire financial system with it. The recession may have officially lasted only 18 months, but the housing bust had spill-over effects that caused the recession to be deeper and longer lasting than it needed to be.


Many economists believe that rising home values contribute to a “wealth” effect that causes consumers to increase their spending, but this effect also may work in reverse: falling values cause consumers to reign in their spending. And for some in the wake of the Great Recession, this wasn’t just a psychological effect: there was a real loss in wealth. Those who bought at the height of the housing bubble may have later discovered that their mortgage was “underwater,” meaning their home was worth less than the value of their mortgage. Their spending then was necessarily constrained, especially so if they had to work at reduced wages or had lost their job. They couldn’t, for example, just sell their home and move to another region to take a new or better paying job. As a result, the lingering recession in housing, and construction in general, acted more generally as a brake on the subsequent recovery.

 

All of this means that manufacturers and marketers of construction chemicals have been whipsawed in the last decade. “Construction chemicals’’ most generally are considered to be chemical products that are consumed on-site in the construction process. They consist of a mix of both commodity and specialty chemicals that include paint and coatings; adhesives, caulks, and sealants; concrete and asphalt additives; grouts and mortars; polymer flooring; spray foam and insulating materials, and other on-site building materials... 

 

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New Adhesive Foot Coverings Could Replace Summer Sandals

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 13, 2017

Whether it’s for serious business or just for fun, adhesives have become an important part of our everyday lives. But things may be about to get even more fun, with a new adhesive foot covering that could replace summer sandals for active folks. It’s just like being barefoot, but without the hazards of nasty cuts to the undersides of the feet or the discomfort we feel when walking on sun-baked sand or poolside paving. When you want to swim, simply take to the water with your foot coverings still firmly in place.

The footprint-shaped sticky patches cover the soles of the feet. Users peel off the adhesive backing and apply the brightly-coloured sticky patches to the soles of their feet. Now, they can clamber over rocks, stroll on hot beaches, and enjoy a swim without worrying about cutting their feet on sharp objects and without ruining summer sandals in the wet. When they’re done, they simply peel off the foot covering. The bright new concept, known as NakeFit, received funding through Kickstarter, where it exceeded its targets thanks to widespread public interest.

 

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Adhesive.org Article Details How Adhesives Overcome Disadvantages of Mechanical and Thermal Fastening

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Before modern adhesive technologists came up with advanced adhesives, engineers chose one of two methods: mechanical or thermal fastening. Today’s market demands, advanced materials and complex manufacturing requirements demand much more from manufacturers however.


The adhesive industry has responded with innovative and highly effective methods to meet these increasing demands and complexities, while addressing some of the inadequacies of traditional fastening methods.


Let’s look at some of the disadvantages of mechanical fasteners:

  • They add weight
  • They usually require holes that weaken components
  • They leave very visible bond lines
  • They carry all load at specific points, contributing to fatigue
  • They do not separate dissimilar materials and that can cause corrosion
  • Thermal fastening offers an alternative, but also has its disadvantages:
  • The substrates must be thick enough
  • They’re hard to disassemble, rework or repair
  • The aesthetics aren’t perfect
  • They require skilled labor and can pose a hazard to workers

 

Combining adhesives and tapes with mechanical and thermal fastening methods or utilizing adhesives alone gives engineers a smorgasbord of options for attaching materials to one another while overcoming difficulties and adding key benefits:

  • Adhesives and tapes allow for faster assembly
  • They can be stronger than welds
  • They are more flexible
  • They bond and seal at the same time
  • More...


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