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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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Adhesives.org Article: Make 2016 YOUR Year to Switch to Adhesives – Design, Manufacturing and Materials Considerations

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Product designers and manufacturers are increasingly replacing traditional fasteners with adhesives, more often than not achieving superior bonds, better aesthetics and improved durability, but when making this change, there are several design, production process and materials considerations that should be borne in mind.


The first of these is the type of assembly required, for example, a simple attachment or a full surface lamination may be required. The substrates to be bonded and the requirements for the bond help adhesives experts to recommend the correct adhesives to be used. The type of production process used, manual or automated, should also be taken into account as well as the environmental conditions the product will be exposed to in its end-use. For example, UV exposure, temperatures and exposure to chemicals will affect the choice of adhesive. Cost should also be taken into account since the use of adhesives often helps manufacturers to save on time, labor and materials. In terms of bond-strength, a toughened epoxy adhesive provides a much stronger bond than rivets, bolts, spot welds or even full welds.


Engineers seeking time-savings when transitioning to adhesives can reduce or eliminate the qualification period needed to determine the suitability of adhesives for specific applications by partnering with adhesives suppliers and manufacturers.


You can find more information HERE.


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ASC Training Academy Announces 2016 Schedule and New Subscriptions Model

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 x111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


 

ASC TRAINING ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2016 SCHEDULE 
AND NEW SUBSCRIPTION MODEL

 

New Model Adds Tremendous Value to Member Company Training Programming;
Avery Dennison, Resinall Corporation and 3M Sign On to New Program

 

 


January 12, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will produce 15 live Training Academy webinars in 2016; the technical and business oriented topics will range from “New Predictive Approaches in Product Safety” to “Sealant Testing and Advances in Outdoor Weathering.”  These live, 1 to 1.5 hour long educational programs are designed to provide ASC member company personnel with technical insights, emerging trends and critical information that supports both learning and training objectives for individuals and corporations.  The program is also open to industry attendees.

 

A copy of the comprehensive 2016 Training Academy Live Webinar Schedule is available for download HERE.


Created in 2012, ASC’s Training Academy has delivered between 12-15 live webinars to the adhesive and sealant industry each year, with an average of 400 attendees participating annually.  These live webinars then become part of the Council’s On-Demand services, and include 30+ titles that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


“ASC’s Training Academy has been a powerful component to ASC Member Companies’ training efforts, as we are able to bring new speakers and insights to members in a simple, engaging format via our web platform,” says Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “We have evolved the program to include an on-demand component, and this year, will add value via a new subscription pricing model which will deliver considerable savings and flexibility for member companies and add value to their membership in the Council.”

 

 

NEW SUBSCRIPTION MODEL SAVES MONEY WHILE DELIVERING VALUE


ASC will offer two subscription models beginning in January 2016. Three ASC member companies have already purchased an unlimited subscription plan for their organization including Avery Dennison, Resinall Corporation and 3M. The subscription options include:


Full Corporate Subscriptions – Participating companies receive access to all live Training Academy webinars, access to the Council’s entire OnDemand webinar library, and can send an unlimited number of personnel through the Council’s developing Certificate Program, which will launch in the first quarter.  Pricing for this program is $3500 for members and $5,000 for non-members.


Lite Corporate Subscriptions – Participating companies receive access to all live Training Academy webinars, access to all of the Council’s On Demand webinars, and can send up to four employees through the Council’s developing Certificate Program.  Pricing for this program is $1,800 per year for members and $2,500 for non members.


A La Carte Pricing Model Continues –ASC members and non-members will continue to be able to connect to Training Academy programs by paying on a per event basis, if they do not wish to purchase a subscription plan.  Individual line Pricing will be $199 for members and $249 for non-members (2 person max), per event, or corporate pricing of $499 for members and $549 for non-members, who wish to broadcast to many attendees fortwo access lines (sites.)


Pricing for Certificate Program Only - for those interested in registering for the ASC Adhesive and Sealant Certificate Program only, discounted webinar pricingwill also be available. Pricing for each employee to access the required 12 course selections for the certificate program will be $900 per employee for members (compared with $2,388 a la carte) and $2,000 per employee for non-members (compared with $2,988 a la carte.)


“The new subscription model is a clear example of the power of association – the Council has leveraged its member resources – reserves built up over time – to deliver a cost effective training program that allows your current and new business and technical employees to be trained, educated and brought up to speed on emerging trends – at an extremely affordable price,” adds Croson.  “We project a full corporate subscription will save a company thousands if they went to the open market to find the training we are delivering. We are pleased to see that three members have already purchased subscriptions for their organizations.”

 

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN FINAL DEVELOPMENT STAGE


One of the value drivers of the subscription program is ASC’s soon-to-be-launched Certificate Program.


This program has been in development for the past 12 months, and will include six Core fundamental courses, and six electives relevant to specific adhesive technology or chemistry needed.  The program is designed as a new employee training program which will deliver fundamentals of learning to ensure new hires are up to speed on adhesive and sealant technology, testing and terminology.

Fundamentals of adhesives and sealants, polymer science, adhesion, formulating and testing are all part of the Core program, and then participants can choose six electives from the Training Academy to round out their learning in technologies and chemistries of interest.


The 12-class Certificate Program will have proficiency exams for each course and have a la carte pricing as well, to provide flexibility in pricing. 


“ASC’s Certificate program will help ensure your newly hired chemist or sales professional, who may have been in chemicals sales, now has a strong understanding of adhesives and sealants from both a technical and business perspective,” says Croson.  “Imagine the new employee jumping right into this type of training as part of a company on-boarding process; this is our goal – to deliver fundamentals training and begin a long journey of delivering educational oriented value alongside each new employee as they start their career leveraging ASC Training Academy materials.”


A copy of the 2016 Training Academy Live Webinar Schedule is available for download HERE.

 

To register your company for the Subscription Plans, please click HERE.  Members will need to log in to receive the member pricing.


To learn more, contact Connie Howe, Technical Services Manager at ASC via email at connie.howe@ascouncil.org or Malinda Armstrong, Senior Director of Meetings at malinda.armstrong@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 Adhesives for 2016 from Hernon and Palm Labs

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hernon Manufacturing Inc. is launching a two-component methacrylate adhesive under the brand name Fusionbond370. It is able to bond thermoplastics, metal, wood and composites and will be used for marine, automotive and construction applications. Apart from being able to bond dissimilar substrates, the adhesive is fatigue and impact-resistant and is able to tolerate exposure to salt spray while maintaining the integrity of bonds at temperatures ranging from -100 F to 250 F. Shear strength varies from 620 psi to 3,000 psi depending on substrate.

 

Palm Labs Adhesives is expanding its range of fluorescent Cyanoacrylate adhesives with Turbo Fuse 130 FY, an adhesive with a curing time of 24 hours at room temperature. When exposed to ultraviolet light, the adhesive glows yellow, allowing for easy inspection of bonds. It is able to bond plastics, metals, elastomers and wood with a shear strength of 3,000 psi at temperatures of -65F to 180F.

 

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New Adhesives for 2016 from 3M and Dymax

Posted By ASC, Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 will once again see the introduction of new adhesives for a variety of applications. 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes has recently released its new Scotch-Weld acrylic adhesive, a two part adhesive that remains workable for 25 minutes, curing to a strength of 1,000 psi within 50 minutes. 3M’s new acrylic adhesive has a higher impact resistance than other acrylic adhesives on the market, and has a shelf-life of 18 months without requiring refrigeration.

 

On the medical appliances front, Dymax Corp has released 1405-M-UR-SC, a light-curing adhesive suitable for needle bonding applications. Once again, Dymax has made use of its See-Cure color change and Ultra-red fluorescing properties to make quality control and inspection easier for medical device manufacturers. When uncured, the adhesive is blue in color, but once cured it becomes clear. When exposed to low intensity black light, the adhesive fluoresces red, allowing for easy inspection of the bond. 1405-M-UR-SC is suitable for bonding stainless steel, polycarbonate, acrylic and ABS.

 

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Adhesives.org Article: Adhesives Facilitate Lightweighting Advances

Posted By ASC, Friday, January 8, 2016

Adhesives Facilitate Lightweighting Advances


Manufacturers face the challenge of reducing product weight for a number of reasons. Lightweighting reduces energy consumption, improves portability, allows for an attractive aesthetic, and often reduces manufacturing costs.


Specialized adhesives are able to overcome challenges such as bonding heavier and lighter substrates, bonding dissimilar substrates, noise reduction and reduction of vibration, reinforcement of weaker materials, resistance to heat and visual enhancement of products. As a result, adhesive technologies have become important in a wide range of applications, particularly in automotive manufacture and consumer electronics and appliances. These industries seek solutions that will allow for lightweighting and an attractive aesthetic.


Today, adhesives enable manufacturers to overcome a variety of lightweighting challenges including the bonding of material combinations that are not suitable for traditional fasteners and the separation of dissimilar substrates such as steel and aluminium that corrode when in direct contact with one another.


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ASC Launches Growth Program within the Transportation Segment

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 7, 2016
Updated: Thursday, January 7, 2016

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Matt Croson

President

(301) 986-9700 x111

Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org


 

ASC LAUNCHES GROWTH PROGRAM
WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION SEGMENT

 

Council to Focus on Technical Education for Auto, Light Truck,
Truck and Bus Design Engineers


Goal is to Warm the Market for Industry to Grow the Vertical

 


January 7, 2016 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is embarking on an 18-month technical education program directed towards the transportation sub-segments including passenger automobiles, light trucks, trucks and busses.  The goal of the program is to warm the market to the benefits of adhesives and sealants by sharing technical information, education and training for the design engineers and materials engineers within the space.  The program is part of ASC’s long range plan focused on growth, and includes a $260,000 investment from the Council’s Reserves in order to fully fund the program.

 

Working with Ducker Worldwide, Industrial Market Insight and a member-driven Growth Program Task Force, ASC will develop white papers, webinars, videos, present at important conferences and have a presence at critical transportation focused events that will give the Council an opportunity to educate the target audience on the value of our industry’s services.

 

“The 2025 CAFÉ standards that are requiring that auto makers to achieve 54 m.p.g. are a driving force in today’s market – forcing companies to innovate, using new materials and looking at ways to achieve efficiencies within their manufacturing process – and adhesives and sealants play a critical role in this effort,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “ASC has an opportunity to provide technical data and information that we feel can be leveraged by members and the target audience to ‘make the case’ for adhesives and sealants and ensure our industry is a critical piece of the trend to solve the challenges the new rules require industry to meet.”

 

Ducker Worldwide is a research firm active in the transportation space.  ASC engaged them in 2015 to conduct voice of the customer research which illustrated there are many opportunities to educate the target audience on the value of adhesives and sealants, especially with the increase use of dissimilar materials which are needed in order to achieve the MPG targets.  ASC will continue to work with Ducker to establish a baseline of understanding and measure the success of the effort ASC will deploy, over time.

 

In addition, Marc Benevento of Industrial Market Insight, will be engaged as a subject matter expert, working closely as part of the ASC team that will develop materials, information and presentations.  
Finally, ASC will continue its Growth Task Force and leverage the knowledge and insight of the market to ensure the products this effort produces are supportive of industry needs and objectives.

 

Participants include:

  Steve Meenan, 3M
  Steve Willging, HB Fuller
  David Legrand, Ingevity
  Daniel Hunter, Covestro
  Ana Wagner, Dow Automotive
  Forest Driggs, Franklin International
  Mike Bozich, Henkel
  Tom Stewart, Ashland

 

“This will be ASC’s first downstream oriented outreach program and is something that the Board, Task Force and Staff has discussed and debated for the past year as each group asked the fundamental question:  how can we add value to ASC membership?,” notes Croson.  “ASC mirrors the industry we serve, and this is a hot area of research, debate and opportunity.  Our goal is to be part of the education arm that gives information and insight to the downstream design community to ensure they understand the value our industry delivers.”

 

 

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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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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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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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Bostik, an Arkema Subsidiary, Opens New HMPSA Plant in Mexico

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 7, 2016

A new plant for the production of hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) was recently opened in Monterrey Mexico by Bostik, a subsidiary of Arkema. The adhesives are intended for use in the production of disposable hygiene products such as disposable diapers, adult incontinence products and feminine hygiene products, and the new plant will meet growing demand for HMPSA in Central and South America.


The state-of-the-art plant was designed utilizing international expertise in order to ensure top quality, efficiency and the application of the latest safety features. The new plant also features a fully automated packaging operation. A company spokesperson said that the new facility would promote efficiency and bring about significant cost-savings for the company.


The opening of Mexico’s new adhesives plant is the latest development in Bostik’s international expansion strategy that has included the inauguration of plants in China, Malaysia, India, Brazil and the US.

 

 

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Packaging Predictions for 2016

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

LATEST BLOG from ADHESIVES.ORG

 

Contributed by Hallie Forcinio

 

As the old year is behind us, it’s time to look forward. Although we can’t be completely certain about what the new year will bring, there’s no doubt adhesive innovations will continue to play an important role in the packaging of the products we bring home or use at work or play.

 

I think it’s safe to say all areas of adhesive technology will evolve to address demands for more sustainable packaging, lower costs, higher productivity and shelf impact. As a result, we’ll see expanded use of:

 

  • Melt-on-demand sealing systems
  • Green chemistries
  • Recycling-friendly adhesive formulas
  • Consumer appeal

 

Melt-on-demand sealing systems

Melt-on-demand (MOD) sealing systems were prominently displayed at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 28-30, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center), and interest in what are sometimes described as “tank-less” or “tank-free” systems is growing. MOD systems offer the potential to consume less adhesive and energy, enhance productivity by minimizing charring and degradation, significantly shorten make ready times and reduce maintenance requirements. Advanced software allows machine status to be viewed from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Pattern controllers optimize application.

 

Green chemistries

Green chemistries replace solvents with water or 100% solids and non-renewable raw materials with renewable natural rubber, starch derivatives, cellulose, soy, natural gum, plant oils and biopolymers. Green formulas simplify compliance with regulations minimize or eliminate emissions of volatile organic compounds, lower...READ MORE

 

 

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Royal Adhesives & Sealants Acquires Adhesive Systems Inc. (ASI)

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Royal Adhesives & Sealants, LLC has recently announced its acquisition of the stock of ASI, a Frankfort, IL-based developer and manufacturer of cyanoacrylate, methacrylate, epoxy and anaerobic adhesives. These are engineered adhesives targeted for use in a range of industries including the automotive, plastics molding, electronics, military, general industrial, appliances, furniture and filtration assembly industries.

 

Royal Adhesives & Sealants has its headquarters in South Bend, IN and produces specialized adhesives and sealants for the automotive, industrial, construction, specialty packaging, defense and aerospace industries. Its products include customized thermosetting epoxies, solvent-based and water-based adhesives and sealants and urethane products.

 

The acquisition is expected to accelerate Royal’s growth strategy which includes plans for global expansion. ASI will maintain its current leadership structure and the companies’ specialized product ranges and geographic expansion plans are complementary, according to ASI and Royal spokesmen.

 

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