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3M’s Water-based Adhesive Could Be a Game Changer

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 26, 2015

3M’s new Fast Tack Water Based Adhesive 1000NF offers speed and strength comparable to solvent-based adhesives. Solvent-based adhesives bond quickly and have good performance, but have drawbacks including flammability and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Water-based adhesives traditionally have not offered the performance to replace solvent-based options, but 3M’s Fast Tack Water Based Adhesive 1000NF was designed to change that. It was specifically developed for key features such as fast bonding, repositionability, and high strength in the cured bond.  Fast Tack Water Based Adhesive 1000NF is in part based on 3M’s proprietary technology for creating pressure sensitive adhesives, and that technology gave the new adhesives rapid adhesion and an extremely strong bond when cured. “3M Fast Tack Water Based Adhesive 1000NF offers the best of both worlds. It’s fast, strong and repositionable, yet safer for users and the environment,” said Lyle White, marketing manager, Sprayable Adhesives, Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division.

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Instant Fix With Hidden Costs

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 26, 2015

For many structural assembles, mechanical fasteners such as rivets and bolts offer an instant fix that joins pieces together. Structural adhesives take longer to join pieces, because they require curing time. However, even with that in mind, adhesives may be the more cost effective assembly solution in the long run. In terms of shear strength, structural adhesives are one of the strongest options available on the market. Unlike many other joining options, adhesives distribute stress across the full length of a joint, which contributes to their shear strength. Structural adhesives are a good option for lowering cost because assembly can often be automated and may be up to 20 times faster than welding. They can readily bond dissimilar substrates and heat-sensitive materials, as well as filling gaps and bonding irregular surfaces. There is also aesthetic value from using adhesives as well, since they are invisible within the seam of the joint and leave a smooth finished product.

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Avery Dennison: Syringe Labels

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Avery Dennison now has a line of syringe labels within their pharmaceutical portfolio. The adhesive labels are safe, regulation-compliant options for syringes and tight mandrels. These labels are an excellent option for high value medications that are pre-packaged in syringes or vials. Oncology, diabetes, pain management and autoimmune diseases may all involve therapies packaged in this way. Avery Dennison's range of syringe labels is compatible with sterilization techniques using heat, steam and chemicals. Photoluminescent options are also available to assist with lost label detection. All adhesives used in drug labeling must complete with strict toxicology standards from the FDA. In the event of any change in formulation, Avery Dennison will notify converters months in advance to ensure proper testing and compliance with FDA standards.

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Tiny Glue Guns to Patch Surgical Holes

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

One day glue made of nanoparticles may largely replace sutures and staples in surgery. Imagine being in the hospital with appendicitis.  Surgeons remove the appendix through a 3 – 4 inch incision that is usually closed with sutures or staples. However, nanoparticle glues may one day replace these mechanical fasteners as a less invasive and faster method to seal incisions. Minimally invasive closure methods are particularly useful for surgeries with small opening or on delicate tissues, for example eye surgeries. In the past, some research has focused on glues and patches. With nanoparticle glues, the challenge is delivering the compound without clogging the applicator. Using a two-part adhesive avoids this issue by mixing the components at the site of delivery so that they do not adhere to the needle. Researchers have had success with this application method and hope to move into clinical testing.

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ASSEMBLY: Next-Generation Structural Adhesives for PVC, ABS, Acrylic

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New structural acrylic adhesives from 3M offer extended working time, up to 25 minutes, and faster curing. Acrylic Adhesive DP8425NS and Low-Odor Acrylic Adhesive DP8825NS are both part of the ScotchWeld product line. These adhesives are compatible with PVC, ABS, acrylic resins and other 3M compounds. In addition, their reaction kinetics provide a working time of 25 minutes, with handling strength at 45 minutes and structural strength (up to 1000 psi) at 50 minutes. According to 3M, this combination of characteristics will allow engineers to greatly improve efficiency and streamline their assembly processes. These adhesives may even allow engineers to create large assemblies that were previously impossible because of the need to switch out nozzles or perform cleanup between steps.

 

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Tissue Repair Startup Raises $27M toward Pivotal Study

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

An Israel-based developer of bio-medical materials has secured $27 million for testing on a surgical sealant. The sealant from LifeBond Ltd. is the company's flagship product, the LifeSeal Surgical Sealant. The testing currently funded will help meet United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pre-market application requirements and advance commercialization in the European Union. LifeSeal is a two part sealant that depends on gelatin and the microbial transglutaminase enzyme. The enzyme causes the gelatin to very rapidly form a polymer that seals incision sites.  Per LifeBond's website, “Both components have been used extensively in the food industry for decades and gelatin-based medical devices have been safely implanted in millions of surgical procedures dating back to the 1950s.” The use of sealant can reduce post-operative complications, such as leakage from incision in gastrointestinal surgeries, thereby reducing infections and other potentially life threatening complications.

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RS Industrial Achieves ISO Certification

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

International industrial adhesives distributor and manufacturer, RS Industrial, Inc., has completed ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2008 certification. ISO certification indicates products meet global standards for safety, quality, and reliability. RS Industrial adopted the ISO Quality Management System to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to providing products of the highest quality. “The ISO certification has equipped us to provide quality products and services to our customers, demonstrate accountability to people we serve and ourselves, as well as demonstrate our credibility in the adhesive industry,” commented Lisa Allen—Human Resources Coordinator with RS Industrial.

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ASC PROMOTES ADHESIVES AT PACK EXPO Las Vegas

Posted By Matt Croson, Monday, August 10, 2015

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matt.croson@ascouncil.org

 

 

ASC PROMOTES ADHESIVES AT PACK EXPO Las Vegas

 

Association to Connect Design Engineers with ASC Member Exhibitors

 

August 10, 2015, Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will be coming to this fall’s PACK EXPO Las Vegas, being held September 28-30, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  ASC will once again participate in the PACK EXPO Partner Pavilion, leveraging North America’s largest processing and packaging oriented tradeshow to promote the benefits of using adhesives to innovate product packaging.

 

The North American market for adhesives approaches 7.5 million pounds of product sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  Packaging represents 57.3% of demand, making it the single largest market segment for adhesives in North America.  (Source:  ASC 2014-2017 North American Market Report).

 

With an expected attendance of 30,000+, ASC will work to connect attendees with ASC members in attendance at the show, while also providing information on training, market data and trends via its booth located at C-1251.


“This will be ASC’s 5th time exhibiting at PACK EXPO, and we look forward to another successful event where the Council can bring information and connections to the design engineers that attend PACK EXPO,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “Each event, we are able to connect hundreds of attendees to either members within the exhibit halls or to information and services that ASC delivers at either www.adhesives.org or www.ascouncil.org.  It is a target rich environment for the Council to serve as an industry voice.”

 

ASC will share information on its award-winning education website located at www.adhesives.org.  The Council will also promote its Training Academy – a series of web-based training sessions designed to provide industry with fundamentals of the adhesive and sealant industry. 

 

“ASC is all about connecting design engineers with information they can use to innovate the products they deliver to the consumer, and the packaging space is a growing area as more and more package formats look to employ easy-to-open/reseal features, or work to leverage next generation plastic laminates,” adds Croson.  “ASC can connect design engineers to the companies they rely on to innovate, and also to educational materials that deliver information that is both technical and practical.  We look forward to being at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015.”

 

You can register for the show here. Please contact Jessica Taglieri at jessica.taglieri@ascouncil.org for a complimentary attendee registration code.  Attendees can visit ASC at Booth C-1251.

 

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the $40 billion global adhesive and sealant industry.  The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, representing 75% of the U.S. industry.  “Innovators secure the future with adhesives and sealants” is the vision of ASC, and the Council produces programs that support five strategic objectives covering Career Education, Community Knowledge Integration, Innovation, Unified Industry Voice and Accelerate Growth. Information on ASC can be found at www.ascouncil.org.  Industry solutions and news can be found at www.adhesives.org or www.sealants.org.  

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Adhesives Boost Aircraft Efficiency

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Boeing’s 747 has more than 6 million parts, and about half of those are fasteners. Because of the many fasteners used, replacing mechanical fasteners with adhesives can substantially reduce the weight of aircrafts. In aerospace applications, adhesives help performance and durability by distributing stress evenly across a bond. This is in contrast to bolts and spot welds, which concentrate stress on a smaller point. Adhesives are also important for laminating dissimilar surfaces such as metallic and composite substrates. In some cases, aerospace adhesives can have shear strength comparable to mechanical fasteners, making them viable alternatives to mechanical fasteners. In addition, adhesives can maintain surface integrity by protecting materials from wear and corrosion, and by maintain a smooth, uniform surface and line the holes required for fasteners and the projections created by bolt heads. Overall, use of adhesives can offer improved performance with reduced weight.

 

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H.B. Fuller Breaks Ground on New Facility in Indonesia

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

H.B. Fuller has announced the start of construction on a new plant in Surabaya, Indonesia. The plant will complement existing manufacturing facilities in China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Australia. It will also strengthen H.B. Fuller’s network in the growing markets of the Asia-Pacific region. Jim Owens—H.B. Fuller president and chief executive officer—commented, "Today, we mark an important milestone in our commitment to deliver value to our customers in Asia, enhance our competitive position, and continue making investments in the capabilities necessary to support our long-term growth strategy." Production at the new plant is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2016. Products will include hot melt and water-based adhesives designed to meet local demand in Southeast Asia and specifically in Indonesia. H.B. Fuller has a long history of serving the hygiene, packaging, woodworking, filter, product assembly, container labeling and durable assembly industries.

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