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New Adhesive from L&L Products for Low Surface Energy Plastics

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 24, 2016

Adhesives used to bond substrates such as polypropylene and polyethylene have traditionally required the use of primer, plasma, corona or flame treatments, but L&L Products has launched a new adhesive that cures rapidly at room temperature, and that is compatible with other substrates including metal. The adhesive, A-K540, is the first of its kind to allow for room temperature curing, has a high tensile strength and is impact resistant.

 

The automotive industry is expected to be the primary market for the new product, where it will be used for structural bonding of interior trim as well as the assembly of polypropylene and thermoplastic polyolefin, talc filled bumper modules. Other materials that can be assembled and mounted using the adhesive include glass mat thermoplastics and long glass fiber polypropylene. Manufacturers can use the product on either a small or large scale, with L&L offering the adhesive in package sizes ranging from cartridges as small as 0,1 pints to 50 gallon drums.

 

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Dow Launches New Packaging Sealant

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dow Chemical Company has announced the launch of a new packaging sealant that will allow packaging designs to have larger ‘windows’ thanks to compatibility with coextruded films and laminates and a decreased seal initiation temperature.

 

The new sealant has higher bubble stability and a stable Coefficient of Friction, which will improve output in packaging production lines. It has been developed with easy processability and options for packaging with high ‘shelf appeal’ in mind and is compatible with blown and cast extrusions. The new product will improve the production efficiency of complex multi-film layer extruders and other forms of pressure limited packaging equipment.

 

Dow says that its new sealant has sufficient versatility to be used in a range of packaging applications such as hygiene packs, frozen foods, dry foods and household films. Dow Performance Packaging, a franchise specializing in rigid and flexible plastic packaging will be working with brands on applications for the new sealant.

 

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Chemsultants Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

Posted By ASC, Monday, March 21, 2016

From a Chemsultants International PRESS RELEASE:


Chemsultants International, a Mentor, OH based company is proud to announce their 30th anniversary of being in business. The company’s founder, Dick Muny, started the company, in 1986, as a single person consultancy that has grown to nearly 40 employees with two locations.  Today, Chemsultants is regarded as the trusted leader in testing, development and education of adhesives and coatings. The company has also grown into a contract manufacturing partner to some of the world’s largest companies and produces the ChemInstruments line of laboratory equipment.  The company is still owned and operated by the Muny family.

 

Recently, the company announced that it launched Fish Allure, a scented bait tab, for the fishing market that uses property technology (Fishallure.com).  The company also partnered with Xennovate Medical to contract manufacture hydrocolloid adhesives used in the wound care and ostomy markets.  The company plans to continually invest in innovative technology platforms.


For more information visit www.chemsultants.com


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High Performance LED Lights Depend on High Performance Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Friday, March 18, 2016

LED compatible adhesives need high chemical tolerance that makes them resistant to yellowing, and they need to withstand high or low temperatures while still maintaining a strong seal. DELO Industrial Adhesives recently released 14 new adhesives that are compatible with LED lighting. Ten of these are intended for direct contact with LED lights while the other four are used for applications where contact is indirect.

 

The adhesives are all light-curing epoxy resins that have outperformed silicones, both in terms of stability and curing time. In addition the epoxies are better able to exclude moisture – an important consideration in optimizing the lifespan of LED lighting. The adhesives are used to mount reflectors or lenses and to seal LED lights into housings. They are ideal for use in LEDs found in automotive, outdoor, residential, industrial and commercial lighting applications. The sealing properties of adhesives makes them a better choice than screws or plugs, allowing for a longer service life while maintaining optical quality.

 

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Dow Collaborates with Nordmeccanica at New 'Global Pack Studios' in Italy

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dow Chemical and Nordmeccanica have signed a collaboration agreement that will combine the development of new adhesives and machines for the flexible packaging and industrial markets. The collaborative activities will take place at Dow’s Global Pack Studios in Italy which houses a center for innovation and training, equipped with a Nordmeccanica Super Combi 3000 laminator line.


New prototypes in laminated packaging will be tested at the facility with the intention of fast-tracking the development of new technologies, making them market-ready in a shorter time-frame. New adhesive solutions for flexible packaging are expected to be commercialized as early as this year.


Dow noted that the collaboration effort could be expanded to encompass additional facilities around the globe in the near future, and observed that its polyurethane, acrylics and polyethylene product development expertise would facilitate the drive for accelerated innovation.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Spring EXPO Reaches Record Levels

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 x111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


  

ASC SPRING EXPO REACHES RECORD LEVELS

 

 Eighty-two Suppliers to Share Innovative Products and Services to Formulating
Community at ASC’s Spring Convention and EXPO

  


March 16, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council’s Spring Convention and EXPO 2016 will feature a record number of suppliers participating in its EXPO. The ASC Spring Convention and EXPO will include 82 companies at the event, breaking the record of 75 companies set in 2015 and growing 9% from last year.


Suppliers participating in ASC’s EXPO is a critical piece of the Council’s Long Range Plan focused on innovation. As the plan states, “….innovation occurs across the value chain, and ASC is uniquely positioned to provide platforms that link the value chain to stimulate member company research and development efforts.” One of the primary ASC platform links is found at every Convention via the four hour, focused EXPO.

“ASC is thrilled that so many innovative companies are recognizing that the Spring Convention and EXPO is a dynamic, fast paced event that connects new and emerging technologies to the formulating community,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC. “Combining the power of the supplier community with a strong technical program, ASC is connecting the raw materials and equipment suppliers with the chemists, R&D specialists and engineering teams from the formulation community. Together, it’s a powerful combination – and illustrates the power of association.”

 

ASC EXPO GROWTH


Since 2010, the ASC Spring EXPO has experienced considerable growth – reaching and maintaining a high level of participation. The EXPO featured 52 companies in 2010, and has experienced a 7% compounded annual growth rate. Because of this growth, as well as a commitment to emphasize technically oriented programming, the overall Convention and EXPO has expanded from an average of 350 attendees in the 2000's, to reaching between 550-600 attendees in 2014-2016.

 

“One of ASC’s primary value drivers is the Convention and EXPO, and working together, we have evolved an already fantastic program, into something that clearly draws the industry together at new and different levels,” adds Croson. “We look forward to more attendees when we gather next month in New Orleans for the Spring Convention and EXPO.”

 

For details on ASC’s Spring Convention and EXPO, visit the event page HERE.

 

 

 

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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 138 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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Adhesives Help Solve Pharmaceutical Labeling Challenges

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Labeling pharmaceutical products presents unique challenges that only the right adhesives can meet. For example, a product may need to be stored in cold, or even cryogenic conditions, or it may have to pass through an autoclave, irradiation sterilizer or ethylene oxide without losing its label.

 

In addition, syringes and ampoules offer a low diameter for label adhesion, and there has been a move away from glass and towards plastic, creating a need for label adhesives that can adhere to low surface energy substrates. The adhesives must also be sufficiently inert to prevent contamination of medications through migration of the adhesive.

 

Avery Dennison notes that the testing of label adhesives that tack the label firmly in place, and that remain impervious to conditions that would generally be adverse for adhesives, while having low migration characteristics requires collaboration between adhesives manufacturers and the pharmaceutical industry. This important collaboration helps adhesive providers develop new products to meet new applications and understand broader industry trends to develop the next generation of solutions.

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Adhesive Patch Enables Side-effect Free Drug Delivery

Posted By ASC, Monday, March 14, 2016

Researchers in the UK have developed a patch that delivers the drug ibuprofen to the injury site over a 24 hour period. It is believed that the adhesive patch will also pave the way for safe transdermal delivery of other drugs.

 

The secret lies in the patch’s adhesive, which is laden with up to 30% ibuprofen and solves the dosing problems associated with gel and cream formulations in which it is difficult to know just how much ibuprofen has been absorbed. The polymer-based adhesive, developed by Bostik for bio-adhesives company Medherant, allows for secure adhesion to skin, releases the active ingredient at a consistent rate, and peels off easily and comfortably after use.

 

The patches are expected to be released within the next three years, and Medherant is working with pharmaceutical companies to determine additional uses, such as slow-release dosing with opiates, for the new drug delivery system. Health supplements companies are also expressing an interest in the technology as a means of slowly releasing vitamins and minerals for transdermal absorption.

 

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ASC Sustainability Forum Fuels New Language in ASTM C-1193 Guide for Sealants

Posted By ASC, Friday, March 11, 2016
Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Steve Duren

Senior Director of Membership

(952) 300-8280

Steve.Duren@ascouncil.org


  

 

ASC SUSTAINABILITY FORUM FUELS NEW LANGUAGE IN
ASTM C-1193 GUIDE FOR SEALANTS

 

Collaboration between ASC and ASTM adds sustainability terms



March 11, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that terminology and definitions supportive of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and life cycle thinking have been added to a new version of ASTM C1193, “Standard Guide for Use of Joint Sealants.” The effort was a collaboration between ASC and ASTM, and was a result of work started in 2011, following the ASC Sustainability Forum held in Chicago, IL.

 

“ASC initiated efforts focused on sustainability resulting in language that defines sustainability terms for sealants, including adding important considerations such as service life prediction and environmental impacts,” reports Steve Duren, Senior Director of Member Services at ASC, and 15-year member of ASTM C24. “ASC and ASTM C24 committee members worked collectively and diligently since 2011 to include new language, and we are pleased to have the effort pay off with the published ASTM C1193 document.”

 

ASC thanks all of its members and the ASTM C24committee for working through multiple drafts as we revised the guide for joint sealants. A special thank you to efforts from Dow Corning, Tremco, Sika, NIST and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc, who participated actively from the very beginning.

 

“Although these efforts have taken some time to publish, the revised guide provides framework for future discussions with service life prediction and sustainability,” adds Duren. “Part of ASC’s long range plan is to integrate community knowledge for the benefit of the industry as large, and this is a great example of the power of association. ASC will continue to help fuel standard development in ASTM C24 for Seals and Sealants.”


To learn more about the ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org or contact Steve Duren, Sr. Director of Membership Services, at steve.duren@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 138 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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New Adhesive Tape Delivers Better Gaming Experience

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 10, 2016

A slippery game controller grip can prove to be frustrating for gamers who want absolute control. Heart-stopping, sweaty-palmed moments, and the moisture that accumulates after hours of gripping a game controller make getting a firm grip difficult.


Engineer Todd Ryan Smith put his mind to finding a solution to the problem and came up with ‘T Gripz’, a gaming accessory that consist of a sandpaper-like adhesive gripping tape pre-cut for use on game controllers, smart phones and tablets. Not only does the tape provide a better grip and, according to Smith, higher than ever scores thanks to improved control, it also helps to keep the device clean and free from moisture. But the tape does more than improve grip and protect the device; players also get enhanced comfort owing to the absorbent nature of the tape, helping players to stick to their gaming for longer.


Look for it to hit the market sometime in 2016.


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