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Retail-Ready Packaging: More Shelf Impact, Less Fuss

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Contributed by Hallie Forcinio

 

If you’ve noticed more retail-ready packaging on store shelves during recent shopping trips, you’re not imagining it. This packaging format, has been in growth mode for several years. Long a staple at club stores, the format is rapidly expanding in other channels, particularly supermarkets. In fact, retail-ready packaging now appears to dominate in Aldi stores. 

 

By 2019 we’ll see even more retail-readypackaging. A report from Technavio, “Global Retail Ready Packaging Market 2015-2019,” predicts the global retail-ready packaging market will experience a compound annual growth rate of 3.91 percent between 2014 and 2019.

 

Growth is strong because retail-ready packaging, which also is called shelf-ready packaging, doubles as transport package and display, delivering an attention-grabbing presence in store aisles and an enhanced shopping experience with minimal effort by store personnel. Instead of unpacking and placing individual primary packages on the shelf, a unit of multiple packages is opened and set in place, simplifying both stocking and replenishment. Colorful printing supports brand identity. Other advantages include better on-shelf access to the product, less damage and fewer out-of-stock situations.


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Newest Advance in Biosurgical Adhesives Approved by the FDA

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The FDA has recently approved medical device company OptMed Inc.’s new biosurgical adhesive. It is the first medical adhesive of its kind, since it does not depend on cyanoacrylate chemistry. In addition, the adhesive is the first topical surgical adhesive to be cleared through a process using randomized controlled clinical trials.


The adhesive, dubbed BondEase, will be used to close lacerations and surgical incisions, and will be applied with the aid of a specialized device that will speed curing times. The trials showed that BondEase provided a sound alternative to staples or sutures. It achieved 100% wound closure within 10 days and delivered optimal cosmetic outcomes within 28 days without any significant adverse reactions among the patients who participated in the trial.


This innovation comes at a time when the market for high-strength medical adhesives is expected to experience double digit growth. The BondEase medical adhesives system will be available to the medical profession from late 2016.


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H.B. Fuller Receives Innovating through Chinese M&A Award at Best Innovator China 2015 Awards

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

H.B. Fuller announced that the company received a Best Innovator China 2015 Award in the Innovating through Chinese M&A category. The award recognizes H.B. Fuller for its work to fast-track engineering adhesives innovation in the automotive, electronics, solar, wind, MRO, appliance and heavy machinery markets from China to the rest of the world following the company’s acquisition of TONSAN Adhesive, Inc. in 2015. Read More...

 

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New Adhesives From Epoxy Technology Inc.

Posted By ASC, Monday, January 25, 2016

New UV hybrid adhesives from Epoxy Technology Inc. offer a primary tacking cure using UV light with a final, secondary heat cure for completion. This allows adhesives to be used in areas that were not previously considered to be reachable with adhesives as well as provide designers with greater flexibility in product design while optimizing production processes.

 

UV light curing adhesives offer several significant advantages thanks to their high-speed curing times, and eliminate the need for fastening and fixation tools, reducing production costs. High-speed automation and mass production are thus facilitated. Plus, the clear adhesives create invisible bonds that improve aesthetics.


It’s also possible to examine bonds using their fluorescing properties, and this makes quality control quick and easy. Combined curing using heat, humidity or activators solve curing challenges in areas where UV is not able to reach. In addition, the solvent-free adhesives improve workplace safety and are more environmentally friendly. The single component adhesives eliminate the possibility of mixing errors and have an almost indefinite shelf-life.


Epoxy Technology Inc.’s hybrid adhesives can be identified through the ‘HYB’ prefix and are based on their  EPO-TEK 353ND and 301 product lines.

 

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New Adhesives from Jowat, Uapco and Savare Improve Mattress Manufacture

Posted By ASC, Friday, January 22, 2016

Adhesive companies are rising to the challenge of producing hot melt and water-based adhesives that can bond the metals, foams and fibers used in mattress manufacture quickly and efficiently while offering flexibility, better-than-ever bond strength and product improvements.

 

North Carolina based Jowat Corp is producing quick-bonding hot melt adhesives not only for the bonding of the full spectrum of bed components, but also for the furniture, packaging and automotive industries. A company spokesperson notes that hot melts are popular for bonding foams and pocket coil assemblies as well as fabrics and fibers.

 

UAPCO is also working on adhesives for the mattress industry. One of the challenges faced is the demand for roll packed mattresses that require strong yet highly flexible adhesives. Water based adhesives that have a high transfer efficiency are also in demand and UAPCO’s SprayClean all but eliminates over spray offering a 95% transfer efficiency.

 

Meanwhile, Savare is working on no-noise adhesives that can be used in cushions and mattresses to bond the ‘comfort layers’ in such a way that there will be no sound when the user moves about.

In all three instances advances are being made in line with changing and developing client needs and in close collaboration with manufacturers in need of the innovative solutions provided by adhesive technologies.

 

 

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Adhesives.org Article: Marine Adhesives Deliver Reliable Solutions for Boating Repairs

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 21, 2016

Modern marine adhesives are durable, water-tight and easy to apply, with many adhesives being suitable for below waterline repairs. The following seven adhesives are among the marine adhesives available to the public.


West Marine Epoxy Aluminum Putty Stick and West Marine Marine Epoxy PuttyStick are examples of adhesives that are easy to apply and suitable for below the waterline repairs. A flexible adhesive, Marine-Tex FlexSet, is noted as being highly versatile and suitable for bonding dissimilar substrates, while J-B Weld Original Cold Weld Formula, a resin adhesive blended with metal filings has a particularly high tensile strength. Loctite Epoxy Instant Mix 5 Minute is versatile and easy to use, while Loctite Epoxy Plastic Bonder and the Gorilla Glue Pen are suitable for above-the-waterline repairs.

 

‘Boating’, a powerboat enthusiasts’ magazine recently tested these seven marine adhesives for pressure resistance, water-tightness and breaking strength, publishing their findings.


 

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VIDEO: A Fly’s Eye View Demonstrates How Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Work

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A forty-eight second video clip demonstrates how a frog’s tongue adheres to its prey –and the biomimicry that makes pressure sensitive adhesive tapes work. Watch the way in which the frog rolls its tongue over its prey before retracting it. As the tongue retracts, it is no longer in contact with its target, but strands of mucus known as fibrils remain stuck to the prey insect, pulling it back into the frog’s mouth. These fibrils are pressure-sensitive, just like the adhesives used in adhesive tapes and bandages.


Biomimcry helps the adhesives industry solve engineering challenges by looking at the ways in which nature has solved similar problems. Thus the frog’s tongue or the sticky pads on a gecko’s toes provide inspirations for adhesives technologists, helping them to come up with new solutions to modern challenges by imitating the strategies that have been perfected in nature over thousands of years. 


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New Dual-Function Lamination Machine from Union Tool Corporation

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A new lamination machine for the Expanded Polystyrene industry has been designed and produced by Union Tool Corporation. The machine applies hot melt adhesives, thus acting as a Hot Melt Roller Coater, but also laminates adhesive backed films on to the substrate, a process that previously required the use of an additional Hot Roll Laminator.


As a result Expanded Polystyrene Products (EPS) can be laminated to materials that need to be bonded to the polystyrene substrate with hot melt adhesive coatings, or be used to bond products that have a heat activated adhesive coating that only requires activation for bonding to occur.


The machine will be used in bonding EPS to roofing materials, packaging, paper, andfiberglass as well as fabrics. The new equipment will save factory floor space by combining functions that previously required separate machines and is expected to reduce labor costs.


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New Needle Bonding, Flexible Epoxy and UV-Cure Adhesives from Cyberbond, Permabond and Novagard

Posted By ASC, Monday, January 18, 2016

Cyberbond LLC has introduced a new thixotropic, UV curable medical-grade adhesive for the bonding of multiple substrates in needle assembly. These include metals, plastics and glass, and both similar and dissimilar substance used in needle assembly can be bonded using the adhesive. Curing of cyberlite U306 takes as little as 4 seconds when exposed to UV radiation, and sheer strength on polycarbonate is 500 – 700 psi. The Apollo range of adhesives from Cyberbond bonds metal, rubber and plastics and consists of rapid-curing cyanoacrylate adhesives.

 

Permabond Engineering Adhesives have developed a range of durable and flexible epoxies for engineering applications and the electronics industry, including self-leveling Permabond MT382 and non-flowing MT3821. The epoxies can be used to bond and seal a number of substrates, including various plastics, metals and nylon. One of the primary advantages of these epoxies is the low shrinkage during curing, making the epoxies suitable for use in sensitive electronic assemblies.

 

Novagard Solutions Inc. on the other hand, is focusing on its UV-cure silicone sealants that allow for rapid curing. An additive can be introduced in order to allow for rapid curing even when it is not possible to introduce UV light. The flexible, solvent-free sealant adheres to plastics, metals and other common substrates.

 

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New ‘eGap’ Surface Treatment System Increases Precision in Air-Gap Settings

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 14, 2016

ITW Pillar Technologies, manufacturers of surface treatment and induction cap sealants for the packaging, converting and printing industries, has introduced a new surface treatment electrode gapping system that will make precise electrode gapping easier. Operators of corona and atmospheric plasma stations are required to achieve extremely precise air-gaps, and prior to the introduction of the new surface treatment product, this had to be achieved using feeler gauges. This manual method of air-gap setting was often difficult to achieve with the necessary precision.

 

The new surface treatment makes it possible for the operator to set up and adjust air gaps from their HMI stations. The precision electronic setting of the electrode-to-ground roll gap, results in perfect air gap settings and a reduction in errors and waste by ensuring consistent surface adhesion and treatment levels and is already in use internationally on both wide and narrow web treating systems.

 

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