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Medical Industry Looks to Adhesives Companies for Solutions

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 3, 2015

The needs of the medical industry are varied and many. Adhesives are increasingly playing a part in the creation of innovative medical products. For instance, non-toxic adhesives that are biocompatible are being used in medical appliances, wearables and surgery. In order to assist device manufacturers, one-part epoxies with varying viscosities have been developed.


Medical tapes and films are also undergoing development. The films must exclude pathogens, while allowing the skin to breathe. While they must stick to skin, sometimes for periods of up to seven days, they should not adhere to other substrates such as stitches. When the film is removed, it should not damage skin. Stick-to-skin films are used to secure dressings, drug-delivering patches, monitoring devices and to support injured joints.


Plans to use implantable silicone chips that dissolve in time for medical use present a new challenge to the adhesives industry. Further advances as yet to be used in human trials involve the use of photopolymers to block breaches in tissues such as that of the heart using a balloon catheter. The adhesive is cured using a UV light attached to the catheter and dissolves as the tissue heals.

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Auto Manufacturers Look to Adhesives Companies to Solve Practical Problems

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Adhesives are quickly becoming the preferred bonding method for the automobile industry by enabling smaller, lighter, and stronger assemblies. With the rapid development of new composites and polymers and the need to bond materials with different rates of thermal expansion and surface-free energy (SFE), adhesives are fast becoming the preferred technology to solve complex problems and provide innovative solutions.

Cut-to-size layered adhesive films from 3M, for instance, are being used by designers to create custom parts to not only create aesthetically pleasing looks but also cut assembly times, thin out parts, and reduce overall weight.

An innovation from Fabrico allows foam blocks designed to help reduce noise and vibration to be bonded to metal parts by using laminated film. The first adhesive layer bonds to metal and a layer of aluminium foil, and a second layer of film bonds to the foil and the foam block.

Apart from requiring versatility in developing adhesives for new materials, the automotive industry also needs adhesives that will perform under a range of temperature conditions, tolerating exposure to fuel and oil. Label adhesives, for example, must be durable enough to maintain a bond under harsh conditions. In addition, foam tapes can be used to attach elements such as trim, reducing the need to drill holes in bodywork and applying rust-proofing, and providing a neater finish.


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Pressure Activated Dry Powder Glue Now a Reality

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Researchers in Japan have come up with a dry powder pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA). The technology is simple: beads of liquid latex adhesive are coated with nanoparticles of calcium carbonate to form a ‘powder’. As soon as pressure is exerted, the liquid adhesive is freed from its coating and is able to form a bond. This allows the adhesive to be poured in a dry state before it is activated.


As for bond strength, the team found that their powdered adhesive forms a stronger bond and is compatible with more substrates than other pressure sensitive adhesives. Researcher Syuji Fijii from Osaka Institute of Technology says that the new adhesive will be useful when bonding materials in hard to reach places creating a strong bond between intricately shaped parts.


He expects that the adhesive would be suitable for adoption in the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries.


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Hole in the Heart? Adhesive Technology Coupled with New Device Solves Problem

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sealing holes in soft, flexible tissues such as the heart has proved a challenge to medical technologists. But recent advances in adhesives technology may prove to be the answer.

The biocompatible, light-curing adhesive that could solve the problem has existed for some time, but the means of applying it safely to human patients is a newer development. A team of researchers including specialists from the Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Harvard’s School for Engineering and Applied Sciences SEAS have found a way to apply adhesive patches with a minimally invasive procedure.

The instrument consists of a catheter with a double balloon and a fiber optic UV system. The balloons are used to apply the necessary pressure to the adhesive and the fiber optic lighting is used to activate and cure the adhesive.

At time of writing, only animal trials have been conducted, but the adhesive and the new apparatus will certainly be investigated further with the help of adhesives company Gecko Biomedical.


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Demand for Surgical and Medical Device Sealants and Adhesives Rising Rapidly

Posted By ASC, Friday, November 20, 2015
Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Advances in adhesive and sealant technology for medical applications are leading to a sharp increase in demand. New methods that make use of advanced sealants and adhesives are rapidly replacing traditional sutures, wires and staples as a less painful and safer option.


Although there are synthetic and semi-synthetic medical adhesives and sealants, biological or natural sealants and adhesives enjoy the largest market share. Fibrin-based products dominate, butgelatin and collagen based sealants and adhesives are rapidly gaining ground.


These sealants and adhesives are most widely used in neurological surgery, but are also used in a range of other surgical processes including cardiovascular surgery, urological surgery and ophthalmic surgery. North America is currently the primary market for surgical adhesives and sealants, but demand in the Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing.


A large number of companies are active within this market including Johnson & Johnson, Baxter International Inc.Medtronic PLC,Cohera Medical Inc.Sanofi Group, B. Braun Melsungen AGC.R. Bard Inc.Vivostat A/S., Ocular Therapeutix Inc., and Cryolife Inc.

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Crystal Clear Adhesives Improve Quality and Strength of LCD Displays and Touch Screens

Posted By ASC, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Adhesives have multiple functions. They bond materials, equalize tension and conduct electricity, but they also provide optical enhancement and re-enforcement when used on LCD displays and touch screens.

Unless screens are attached using adhesives, gaps remain around the edges. Crystal clear adhesives produce an invisible bond and improve viewing quality. They also prevent humidity and dust from affecting internal components.

Light reflection from screens is reduced by as much as two-thirds and color contrast is stronger when crystal clear adhesives are used to seal glass screens. But special crystal clear adhesives can also be used to provide improved shock resistance when combined with aluminosilicate glass.

In tests conducted by Delo Industrial Adhesives, a 13.49 lb. steel ball was dropped onto standard LCD screens and equivalent bonded glass composites from a height of 8.27 feet. Standard LCD screens shattered, but bonded glass composites made with crystal clear adhesive coatings merely bent.


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Adhesive and Sealant Technologies Make Self-Repairing Tires Possible

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Japanese tire manufacturers Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd have produced a prototype tire that repairs itself when pierced. The innovation is made possible thanks to a 3mm layer of adhesive sealant mix that coats the inside of the tire. If the tire is pierced, the sealant reseals the breach quickly with minimal loss of tire pressure even when holes are as large as 5mm in diameter. The loss in pressure is so minimal that drivers may not even be aware that their tire was punctured. If a nail pierces the tire, the sealant will create a seal around the metal, and when the nail is removed, the sealant will close off the resulting hole quickly.


Additionally, a team formed by four research scholars from Odisha, India recently received the coveted ‘Create the Future Design Contest – 2015’ NASA award. The team from VSSUT developed a multi-chambered tubeless tire filled with a liquid layer of sealants and rubber particles, which prevent leakage of air in case of puncture.


These sealants will be compatible with all brands of tires and seem likely to become a common feature in the future thanks to the improved convenience and safety it offers motorists.


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2016 EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award Nominations

Posted By ASC, Monday, November 16, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its request for nominations for its 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a process or product that better protects public health and the environment. 

The EPA is sponsoring the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® and together with members of the chemical community including industry, trade associations, and academic institutions.

Awards will be given in the following six categories and nominations are due to the EPA by December 31, 2015:


  • Focus Area 1: Greener Synthetic Pathways
  • Focus Area 2: Greener Reaction Conditions
  • Focus Area 3: Greener Chemical Products
  • Small Business (for a technology in any of the three focus areas above developed by a small business)
  • Specific Environmental Benefit: Climate Change (for a technology in any of the three focus areas above that reduces greenhouse gas emissions)

Visit the EPA's website to access more information on this year's challenge and HERE to download the Nomination Package Information Booklet.


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ASC ADJUSTS ANNUAL MEETING LINEUP: Consolidates Annual Convention and EXPO – Adds Executive Leadership Conference

Posted By ASC, Friday, November 13, 2015
Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2015



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Convention 2.0 Project Consolidates Annual Convention and
EXPO – Adds Executive Leadership Conference

Executive Committee Creates Convention 2.0 Task Force to Align Value


November 13, 2015 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to adjust its annual meeting lineup by hosting a single Convention and EXPO in the spring, and adding an annual Executive Leadership Conference in the fall.  These changes will be implemented in 2017. The voting took place at the recent Board of Directors Meeting held on October 19 in Pittsburgh, PA.


“The new annual meeting lineup is 100% focused on engagement,” noted Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “We envision enhanced supply chain interaction and our flagship event will become even more important when it is hosted once a year. Additionally, focused executive level engagement will be promoted by creating an opportunity for our industry’s leaders to gather annually in order to consider the future.”


Historically, the Council has hosted two annual Conventions and EXPOs, one in the spring and one in the fall.  In addition, the Council hosted a biennial Leadership Conference every other year.  Following the adoption of the Long Range Plan, and the addition of 17 new programs and services, many of which require face-to-face meetings, the Board asked the industry how best to align our annual meeting lineup to add value.


ASC created a board level task force to consider changes, ensuring that member needs were taken into account, while also considering the economic impact to the Council itself. 


“ASC leadership wanted to make sure that industry was supportive of adjusting the lineup, but also ensure that we wouldn’t cripple the Council’s ability to deliver value,” reports Croson.  “We had nearly 70% member respondents supporting the idea, and even higher support from suppliers. The Task Force concluded that an adjustment was what members valued and recommended the changes to the Board.”


ASC’s Annual Meetings have averaged 534 attendees from 2011-2015.  From 2006-2010, the average was 360 attendees.  In addition, the Council’s EXPO has grown from 35 exhibitors per meeting to 70 exhibitors per event.


“Given the growth of the Convention and EXPO, the Task Force felt comfortable that an adjustment to a single Convention and EXPO each year would continue to keep the Council in a strong financial position to serve the industry,” noted Croson.  “But most importantly, it would continue to add value by making it THE must attend event for our industry.”




On Friday, November 6th, the ASC Executive Committee announced that a new task force would be convened to review the Convention and EXPO structure and make a recommendation to the Board by October 2016. They will consider any changes that need to be made in order to ensure that members receive the maximum value from their participation.


“Now that the Board has adjusted the overall lineup, the EC wants to make sure that membership and staff thinks about how many educational tracks we need, how to co-locate our short courses, when board and committee meetings will be held, etc,” notes Croson.  “We will pull together a task force made up of members that can help guide technical programming as well as the networking and EXPO side of the equation, with the goal of taking a look at the entire structure of the program to ensure that members get the strongest value possible.”





While the annual meeting lineup is changing for 2017, next year’s lineup is already in place and members should mark their calendars.  ASC’s Convention and EXPO and short course lineup is as follows:


April 18-20, 2016 – Spring Convention and EXPO
New Orleans, LA


April 18-19, 2016 – Hot Melt Short Course
New Orleans, LA


June 14-15, 2016 – Structural Adhesives Short Course
Baltimore, MD


October 17-19, 2016 – Fall Convention and EXPO
Indianapolis, IN


October 17-18, 2016 – Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Short Course
Indianapolis, IN


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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 134 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



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2015 Fall Convention & EXPO Service Projects IMPACT Report

Posted By ASC, Thursday, November 12, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

For the 2015 Fall Convention and EXPO in Pittsburgh, The Adhesive and Sealant Council decided to offer something completely new to conference attendees. ASC wanted to leave the host city better than when attendees arrived.

Making that idea come to life, ASC and Pittsburgh Cares teamed up to provide conference participants with two projects. On Monday, October 19th, volunteers spent their afternoon at Pittsburgh's historic Point State Park to remove debris in planter beds, pull weeds, and give the area an overall sprucing.

On Tuesday, October 20th, conference attendees who were unable to leave for the day were provided with an in-house volunteer opportunity. Attendees assembled care packages and notes of encouragement for homeless veterans in the Pittsburgh region.


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