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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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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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India Market Ripe for Growth in Pressure-Sensitive Graphic Films

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Market analysts say that the use of pressure-sensitive graphic films in India is still relatively limited despite worldwide acceptance of these films as a means of placing branding on anything from planes to automobiles.  In the West, these films are also enjoying popularity as a means to create unique wallpapers, but in India, such large-scale uses for pressure-sensitive graphic films remain relatively rare.

 

Decals and labels printed on pressure-sensitive adhesive films are widely used in India, but full-scale wrapping, custom-printed with digital wide-format printing is seldom seen. However, the popularity of large scale wrapping elsewhere in the world seems to indicate that marketers will find a great deal of unexplored potential in India, and that it is only a matter of time before South Asia’s largest market adopts pressure-sensitive graphic films for larger scale applications.

 

Important players that may benefit from this potential area of growth include Henkel, Avery Dennison, 3M, HB Fuller, BASF, Ashland, and Eastman Chemical.

 

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European Packaging Innovations 2016 Showcases Latest Products and Technologies

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Apart from the many recent advances in label and packaging adhesives, the necessary tools and equipment to match these have been progressing too. Examples from the EU include the Fantastac SuperRoller that handles 75 meters of an industrial adhesive tape application, allowing for easy application without threading. A new press from Simply Cartons allows for color printing onto an APET surface, while Skanem’s smart labels send consumers directly to brand websites. Beardow Adams showcased its BAMFutura 50’s range of adhesive in packaging, offering a broad spectrum of hot and cold temperature resistance.


For those seeking a compact adhesive label printer, the new Dantex Graphics printer fits the bill, and AMS Ilumina has unveiled its thick card printer that handles materials up to 500 gsm. Advanced Labelling Systems has come up with a new design rotary labeler, and KBW is also offering a new labeling machine. Hamilton Adhesive Labels is now launching a color printer to match its labels, while CS Labels is directing innovation at the printing of stand-up pouches.


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ASC Provides EPA with Industry Information on Chlorinated Paraffin Use

Posted By ASC, Monday, March 7, 2016

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Mark Collatz

Director, Regulatory Affairs

(301) 986-9700 x112

Mark.Collatz@ascouncil.org


 

ASC PROVIDES EPA WITH INDUSTRY INFORMATION
ON CHLORINATED PARAFFIN USE

 

 


March 7, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detailing how adhesive and sealant manufacturers utilize mid and long-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs/LCCPs) in a range of product applications. ASC’s remarks emphasized that these materials impart critical flame retardant properties that are not easy to replicate with replacement alternatives.

The comments come in response to an EPA request for new available data from industries using MCCPs/LCCPs after the agency preliminarily determined that chlorinated paraffin substances may present an unreasonable risk to the environment as persistent bioaccumulative toxic that may exceed concentrations of concern (COC) to aquatic and sediment – dwelling organisms.

“While ASC and it members want EPA to understand the important properties that chlorinated paraffins contribute to our products, we believe it is just as important that the Agency realize and acknowledge that because of our industry’s best management practices for handling these materials, there is an extremely unlikely potential for direct or indirect release to U.S. waterways,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Collatz noted that formulators generally receive chlorinated paraffins in bulk shipments that are piped directly into tanks diked with concrete barriers to prevent leakage. Manufacturers, whenever possible, produce batches containing chlorinated paraffins back to back to eliminate the need for cleaning mixers and allowing for the reuse rinse water to minimize waste.

“While the adhesive and sealant manufacturers recognize EPA’s concerns, we believe our industry’s best management practices would open the way for EPA to create an exemption process that would allow for the continued use MCCPs/LCCPs in these type of product formulations,” said Collatz

For more information, contact Mark Collatz, Director Regulatory Affairs at ASC via email at mark.collatz@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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Toughened Epoxy Adhesives Delivering Stronger, More Durable Products

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 3, 2016

Consumers want products with great aesthetics and compact design but they also demand that they be tougher and more durable. Manufacturers seek to meet those demands but also reduce production costs without compromising quality and design. Adhesives offer solutions that meet all these needs in products as diverse as consumer electronics, cars, airplanes, and even golf clubs.

 

Toughened epoxies with a rubbery component are among the products that make this possible. They help to absorb the shock of impact, reducing stress on the materials they bond together. The result is an extremely high sheer and peel strength. For example, 3M’s Golf Club glue tolerates a force of 3,460 pounds or more. Without a toughened epoxy adhesive, the golf club would crack.

 

The same is true of the adhesives that are used in aircraft wings, composite automotive drive shafts and mountain bikes. Not only do epoxy adhesives make these stronger, but they allow designers to streamline the aesthetics and make them more lightweight. Manufacturers save money through increased production line efficiency from the increasing use of these innovative adhesives.

 

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Medical Adhesive Based on Mussel Protein Shows Promise

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Researchers at Purdue University recently published findings showing that an adhesive based on a protein from mussels is not toxic to living cells. Although further research will be required before the adhesive can be put to its intended use as a replacement for sutures, staples and screws, the findings bring this potential medical innovation one step closer to realization.

 

The adhesive, catechol-polystyrene or poly [3,4-dihydroxystyrene)-co-styrene], to give it its full name, is said to be stronger than super-glue, and could eliminate the need for damaging healthy tissue in order to join tissues during surgery. It mimics the mussel’s ability to cling to surfaces and is able to cure quickly under wet conditions, forming strong bonds.

 

At this stage, only animal trials have been concluded, but the promising findings so far have been welcomed by the medical and academic community, and the new adhesive will undergo further studies to determine whether it is fully bio-compatible.

 

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Auto Industry Benefitting from Increased Use of Adhesives Technology

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Adhesives are able to bond diverse materials to similar or different substrates, thereby making the use of lighter materials in auto manufacturing possible. According to the American Chemistry Council, the use of one kilogram of adhesives can reduce vehicle weight by 25 kilograms or more. Adhesives manufacturer Henkel says that its work with Ford on its F-150 model enabled a weight reduction of 700 pounds (317 kg).

 

Apart from Lightweighting  by reducing the amount of riveting needed and allowing the use of new materials, automotive adhesives are also used to improve vehicle safety, reduce Noise, Vibration and Hardness (NVH), protect electronic components and improve production line efficiency. By implementing adhesives technology, the automotive industry is following the lead of aerospace manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus, but still lags behind the aerospace industry in taking advantage of the benefits of adhesives.

 

However, it seems that the regulatory environment and the need for innovation will encourage auto manufacturers to increase their use of adhesives, resulting in greener, safer cars and improved manufacturing efficiency.

 

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