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Engineering Tips from DesignWorld Online Offer Insight on Achieving Sound Structural Bonds Using Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Friday, October 30, 2015

Engineering website DesignWorldOnline has observed that adhesive bonding can produce much stronger, more structurally sound bonds than traditional welding, screwing and riveting.  This is especially true of polymer bonding or bonds involving multi-metal mixes. However, designers must take the surface area needed to form a sound bond into account, since end-to-end joining of materials will not provide sufficient structural strength. Overlaps, tongue in groove designs and the use of sleeves for cylindrical joins are recommended, and these should be provided for during the design stage. Designs should also allow for an adequate bonding gap to ensure that consistent adhesive layer thickness can be achieved...MORE

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ASC PUBLISHES VOICE OF CUSTOMER RESEARCH

Posted By ASC, Thursday, October 29, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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Steve Duren

Senior Director of Membership

(952) 300-8280

Steve.Duren@ascouncil.org


 

ASC PUBLISHES VOICE OF CUSTOMER RESEARCH

 Ducker Worldwide Study Details Customer Needs Within
Passenger Automobile, Light Trucks, Heavy Trucks and Busses


October 29, 2015 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), in partnership with Ducker Worldwide, has published its “Grow the Vertical-Voice of the Customer Research.”  The report is part of ASC’s Growth Objective – one of the five key pillars of the ASC Long Range Plan

The Growth initiative is intended to provide ASC members key information, trends and market information that will drive adhesive and sealant growth opportunities in key sub-segments within Transportation. The data collected will help ASC members better understand significant market drivers, key applications from end users perceptions, challenges and estimated utilization for fastening and sealing. 
 
“The ASC Board of Directors is engaged in a dialogue on how to add value to membership by supporting Growth Strategies managed by the Council,” reports Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “We are in the initial phase of the growth objective programming, ‘concepting’ ideas and determining the role ASC can play in warming the market for the increased use of adhesives and sealants within growth oriented segments, including the transportation space.”

The Board will now consider other tactics that support downstream education and outreach efforts to the end user community, leveraging the data found within the report.

“ASC will be making available the Growth Study conducted by Ducker and as a member value and will be free to ASC Members. Coverage in this study has information on the light duty car and truck markets, specialty trucks, on highway trucks and bus sub segments,”notes Steve Duren, ASC’s Senior Director of Membership Services.  “Auto manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and other important pieces of the downstream supply chain were interviewed within the report, providing a clear glimpse on strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the adhesives and sealants industry.”


To learn how the more about the ASC Grow the Vertical study visit the ASC Store.

 

To learn more about the ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org or contact Steve Duren, Sr. Director of Member Services, at steve.duren@ascouncil.org or 952-300-8280 or Mike Newman, Member Engagement Specialist, at mike.newman@ascouncil.org or 301-986-9700 x 119

 

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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 www.ascouncil.org.


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Light-Curable Adhesives from Dymax for Medical Appliance Manufacture

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Dymax has developed and released new light-curing adhesives for medical device manufacture. Applications for the adhesives include the manufacture of catheters, tube sets, reservoirs, respiratory masks, syringes, and oxygenators. The company also produces adhesives for the appliance, aerospace, industrial, electronics and metal finishing industries. The new 215-CTH-UR-SC LED-optimized catheter adhesive for medical device manufacture changes color as it cures, and allows technicians to determine whether bonds are secure by inspecting them under UV light. The LED-curing adhesive fluoresces red under UV light, allowing for easy quality control. 215-CTH-UR-SC is compatible with a variety of substrates including Nylon 12 and PEBA. Other developments from Dymax include adhesives for needle bonding, BlueWave LED flood curing systems and BlueWaveQX4 high intensity spot curing systems. The clear, solvent-free medical adhesives and light-curing systems can be used to bond metal, glass and various medical plastics.

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New Adhesive from Arkema for ‘Difficult’ Packaging Films Eliminates Primers, Saves Energy

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Oxygen barrier films and the relatively slow process of bonding unprimed reverse printing films to metallized films have presented packaging-lines with challenges in the past. But Arkema’s new adhesive, Lotader 4613 will simplify the packaging process. Not only is it possible to us the adhesive without making use of a primer, but it can be used at temperatures of 68F (20C) or lower, allowing for energy savings. This innovation will offer opportunities for greater bond strength or the ability to increase packaging-line productivity without compromising bond strength. Lotader 4613 melts at a temperature approaching 212F (100C), increasing the thermal resistance of packaging. The adhesive forms part of the Lotader range which includes adhesives for unprimed films, primed films, and adhesives intended for blending with Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE). The addition of Lotader 4613 increases the range of solutions available to the flexible packaging industry.

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Ford, Proctor & Gamble Invest in Biomimicry Adhesive Research

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Geckos have already provided inspiration for adhesive products such as Gecko Tape. Now Ford, in association with Proctor & Gamble with The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit committed to promoting the innovative approach of looking to nature for sustainable solutions to modern-day challenges, will be investigating a means of mimicking the gecko’s ability to stick to almost any surface. They aim to develop adhesive technologies that Ford will be able to use for bonding foams to plastics and metals.
Ford recently hosted a forum at its Dearborn campus with participation from Procter & Gamble and The Biomimicry Institute where nearly 200 researchers and designers took part in the day-long session to learn about biomimicry and how to apply it to their work.

It is hoped that the research will produce a solution that will improve bond quality, reduce costs and allow for greater recyclability of foam and plastics. A representative from Proctor & Gamble said that the biomimicry approach opened new avenues for problem-solving research. Ford noted that solving this problem could provide cost savings and certainly an environmental savings. “It means we could increase the recycling of more foam and plastics, and further reduce our environmental footprint.”

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MVP - New Products for Existing and New Markets Along with New Brand Identity

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

MVP announced today that it is taking strategic steps to prepare the organization for rapid growth as the company diversifies its product portfolio, expanding into new markets. To support the expansion, MVP introduces the first single component pumping system, and launches a new brand identity. These strategic initiatives are designed to signify change within the company and reflect the innovative vision of MVP. In early 2016, MVP will begin offering the fist single component pumping system along with a single component application gun, which will be available for dispensing from 5 and 55 gallons of materials. Manufactured with stainless steel components, this rugged machine will help cut down on wasted time in changing over cartridges. A new control box provides simplification and ergonomics to single component adhesives. In addition to the launch of the single component pumping and application gun, MVP revealed a new brand identity including a newly designed logo and bold red color palate, a transition from its previous blue globe logo that initially evolved years ago when Magnum Industries acquired Venus Plastech in 2000.

 

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Fomo Products and Honeywell Commit to Reduction in Emissions, White House Reports

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The White House has released a statement acknowledging private enterprise commitments to emissions reduction.  U.S. companies Fomo and Honeywell have responded to Obama’s call to reduce emissions as part of the Climate Action Plan as follows: Fomo Products, a large producer of low-pressure polyurethane insulation, sealants and adhesives, aims to convert from using HFCs to HFOs in 95% of aerosol products and 25% of low pressure spray polyurethane foam products by the summer of 2016.  Global technology and manufacturing company Honeywell says that it’s Solstice trademarked low-GWP blowing agents will reduce CO2 emissions by 475 million tons by 2025, increasing the predictions announced in 2014 by 36%. Honeywell has also committed to using feedstock HCFC-22 from suppliers who control and strive to eliminate HFC-23 by-product emissions. 

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New Bio-based PE Self-Adhesive Labels from Avery Dennison

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

In response to the demand for bio-based labelling products, Avery Dennison has launched two versions of a self-adhesive bio-based polyethylene (PE) film label.  The labels consist of 80% renewable materials and were developed in collaboration with worldwide resin producer Braskem and Belgium-based Desmedt Labels. Cleaning products manufacturers Ecover made their facilities in Belgium available for testing of the prototype labels.  A clear film label and an opaque white version using ethically produced Bonsucro Certified Sugar Cane-based resin adhesive have resulted from this collaborative effort.  According to Avery Dennison, the recyclability of the new labels is comparable to that of labels utilizing standard PE85 resin and reduces dependency on fossil-fuel-based products.  Manufacturers who wish to apply the eco-friendly adhesive labelling technology will not need to make any alterations to existing production lines in order to do so.

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Spider Glue Opens Up New Avenues for Adhesives Innovation

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Researchers from the University of Akron and Virginia Polytechnic Institute will soon be publishing their latest findings on the properties of the glue droplets that coat the capture silk of spiders’ webs. Although synthetic adhesives lose adhesion in high humidity conditions, certain ‘spider glues’ becomes stickier the wetter it gets – all the way up to 100% humidity.   Research shows that spiders are able to exude a glue that reaches its maximum adhesion at the ambient humidity associated with their usual foraging times. The composition of these bio-adhesives will give us new insights that could allow for the development of smart adhesives targeted for use at specific humidity.  The researchers have been analyzing the proteins and salts in spider glue droplets and believe that the key lies in the salts rather than the proteins, since these showed the greatest degree of variation among the species studied. The findings of this aspect of their research will open up new avenues for adhesives innovation.

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Preview Webinar for Caulks & Sealants Market Report Available

Posted By ASC, Friday, October 16, 2015

Ducker Worldwide was contracted by ASC to perform an extensive study on the Caulks and Sealants market. This report expanded from historical ASC reports, and included not only market size, volume and other data, but also qualitative information on key trends and market drivers.

Ducker Worldwide Principle Katie Janess led the effort that focused on, depth and quality of customer input vs. quantity of interviews and provided an independent, data and fact-based assessment of prioritized opportunities for ASC and its members. Recently Katie Janess participated in a webinar held by the ASC Training Academy and discussed the Caulks & Sealants in North America Market Report findings. The webinar may be viewed HERE

 

To purchase the report visit the ASC Store

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