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New Low Melting Point Resin From AGC Chemicals

Posted By ASC, Monday, April 4, 2016

The need for a low melting point resin that is also highly chemical resistant with electrical and non-stick properties has led AGC Chemical Americas Inc to develop Fluon® ETFE LH-8000, an adhesive fluoropolymer that is able to bond dissimilar substrates including polyamides, polyethylenes and metals in a one-step process.

 

The resin has a melting point of 108 – 190 and a wide processing temperature range that minimizes the possibility of material decomposition. The resin will enhance molding equipment lifespans and reduce the need for specialized corrosion-resistant equipment for the co-extrusion of a fluoropolymer layer with engineering plastics thanks to a low level of corrosive off-gas during melt processing.

 

The new product will be used for a wide range of applications, particularly those requiring multilayer structures, without the need for surface treatments or the inclusion of a tie layer. The manufacture of such items as chemical bags, anti-stick conveyer belts, hot water hoses, interlayer insulation films and the tubes needed to convey harsh chemicals in manufacturing and processing industries simpler and more cost-effective.

 

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Sealant Advice for Builders: Education is the Key

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 31, 2016

Whereas adhesives are used for bonding, and caulks simply plug holes and can shrink or crack, sealants provide more durable performance. Sealants and caulks are generally based on silicones, polyurethanes, or modified silicones or urethanes. Solvent, acrylic and latex based caulks are also available to the construction industry.

 

Sealant choice depends on the substrate as well as performance requirements. Builders should choose a higher-end sealant to reduce or eliminate call-backs. For builders, understanding sealants includes understanding that similar-seeming sealants may have been developed for different applications. For example, many builders rely on less durable acetoxy silicones that do not always adhere properly to substrates, while oxime cure silicone that adheres to a greater range of substrates is available.
Educating builders in sealant chemistries is important too, and the construction industry can expect to see high VOC chemistries that they may have been accustomed to using being replaced by greener options with higher performance.

 

A great resource for educating your workforce on sealants can be found in the OnDemand and Live Webinars located HERE


Also, great resources for the building & construction industry are available HERE as well.

 

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New ‘All Surface’ Construction Adhesive Hits the Market

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Liquid Nails has announced the release of a new product intended for the construction industry. The FUZE*IT all-surface adhesive uses a hybrid polymer blend that provides double the bonding strength of traditional fasteners and is resistant to harsh weather and extreme temperatures. High strength bonds are achieved, even when the substrates are extremely hot, frozen or wet.


The fast-curing adhesive allows for repositioning of components, while curing quickly, thereby limiting the chance of shifting prior to full adhesion. The packaging is designed to protect the adhesive, even if left outdoors in wet conditions overnight, and bonds “almost any” substrates together, according to a company spokesperson.


PPG Architectural Coatings, which owns the Liquid Nails brand, notes that the new adhesive will target both construction professionals and the DIY market in response to a demand for time-saving, yet versatile and effective adhesives. Durability and environment-friendliness have been achieved through the development of a plasticizer-free adhesive that is low in VOCs.


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3M’s Post-it Notes Celebrates 35 Years of Making Memories

Posted By ASC, Monday, March 28, 2016

The initial results from the adhesive that would become the driving force behind the post-it note must have been frustrating for its inventor, Dr Spencer Silver – at least at first. His attempts to create a super-strong adhesive that could be repositioned repeatedly resulted in an adhesive that was extremely weak. But Silver’s colleague, Art Fry, found new inspiration when he lit upon the idea of an adhesive bookmark that could be used to mark places in a hymn book without tearing any pages.


Silver’s accidental discovery combined with Fry’s inspiration resulted in the ubiquitous post-it note, initially only available in yellow, but later being produced in a rainbow of colors. According to 3M, the average office employee uses 30 Post-its a week, while professionals can expect to receive 11 Post-it messages every day. 84% of office workers say that Post-its helped them to remember ‘to-dos’. Today, over 1,000 Post-it products are sold in over 150 countries.


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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

 

Media Contact:

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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