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‘Radical’ Adhesive Debuts at SAE

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015
At the 2015 SAE World CongressDow Corning unveiled a new silicone and elastomer technology for automotive underhood applications. The adhesive, EA-7100, is a breakthrough in silicone technology. It will greatly expand design options for electronic assemblies such as engine control modules, sensors, and lighting modules. This is due to the adhesives ability to bond with a wider range of substrates and provide up to 50% faster cure times than conventional heat-cured, platinum-catalyzed silicone adhesives. EA-7100 can speed assembly line processing and reduce energy costs on assemblies using metals, ceramics, glass, laminates, and plastics, including polyethylene, polycarbonate and acetal plastics. It is a one-part adhesive that cures rapidly from the inside out. Heat can accelerate curing, but EA-7100 can use smaller, lower-temperature curing ovens.

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The Pritt Glue Stick – A Genuine Success Story

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015

The very first glue stick appeared in stores over 40 years ago, and was met with instant success. The idea for a glue stick was put forth by Henkel researcher Dr. Wolfgang Dierichs in 1967. That glue stick was sold under the Pritt brand, and it is a true example of good design – it was virtually identical to contemporary glue sticks with twist-action, convenient size, and no melting or oozing. Up to that point, all the glues available were liquid. “The trick was getting the glue to stiffen,” recalled current Henkel product developer, Nils Hellwig. A solid glue was finally created by combining a water-soluble adhesive with a soap gel. The soap created a solid and masked the adhesive’s stickiness, but the product was soft enough to be spread as a film and release the glue. Although the design of the glue stick is largely unchanged, the glue itself has undergone continuous development based on sustainability. Toda,y all Pritt adhesives are solvent free, and approximately 90% of the adhesive in glue sticks is made from natural, raw materials rather than petroleum-based materials. Hellwig explained, “Pritt has been fully committed to this environmentally compatible alternative since the year 2000, with [petroleum-based] PVP having been completely removed and replaced by natural starch compounds. Moreover, since 2012 we have been using a home-grown industrial potato in order to avoid unnecessary transportation.”

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ASC Applauds Passage of Bipartisan TSCA Reform Bill in Senate EPW Committee

Posted By Mark Collatz, Thursday, April 30, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015

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ASC Applauds Passage of Bipartisan TSCA Reform Bill in Senate EPW Committee

 

April 30, 2015– Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) congratulates the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for yesterday’s passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.697).  Approval of this bipartisan reform to the broken Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a major step forward in getting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to evaluate thousands of chemicals that have not been addressed since the law’s passage in 1976.  

“ASC has been involved in the TSCA reform effort for seven years and this is clearly the biggest victory we have witnessed so far,” said ASC’s President, Matthew Croson.  “In just the last four months, we have visited more than twenty Senate offices emphasizing that our members face the continual threat of an increasing number of state and local chemical regulations unless the federal government gets its own house in order when it comes to chemical evaluation.”

Croson added that ASC will continue to reach out to other Senate offices to build support for a full Senate vote later this year, as well as work with the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee as they continue to work on their own TSCA reform bill.

Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, noted that ASC is partnering with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in sponsoring the two-day 2015 Manufacturing Summit on June 2-3.  TSCA reform will be one of highlighted issues for attendees as they meet with congressional members and staff on their Hill visits.

“This year’s fly-in comes at a particularly opportune time,” said Collatz. “Face-to-face meetings with members and their staffs while TSCA reform is being debated in Congress could help convince an undecided Congressman or Senator that now is the time to support this effort.”  

ASC members interested in being a part of the ASC-NAM 2015 Manufacturing Summit can find more information and sign up here.




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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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What Makes Sticky Things So Sticky?

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Adhesives appear in many forms and many places, including natural and man-made compounds. Adhesives are made to hold things together, and that stickiness comes from chemical bonds and the amount of force required to pull those bonds apart. Most adhesives, including adhesive tape, are visoelastic materials, meaning that they are materials with the characteristics of both a solid and a liquid. When left alone, visoelastic materials act like a solid and stay put. But when pressure is applied, the visoelastic material flows like a liquid to fill in cracks and conform to uneven surfaces. In addition to the ability to conform to surfaces, many adhesives form relatively weak bonds based on van der Waals forces. Van der Waals forces are created by dipoles, the separation of positive and negative charges on opposite ends of a molecule that has a net neutral charge. When the positive dipole of one molecule is attracted to the negative dipole of another molecule, the force holding those molecules together is a van der Waals force. Billions upon billions of molecules experiencing those forces keep adhesive tape or the sticky toe pads of a gecko attached to a surface.

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Dow Supplies Alumninum Bonding Adhesives for Ford F-150

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Ford F-150 has a front end, cab, box and tailgate made out of aluminum alloy, and fastened with the help of Dow adhesive. The F-150 makes use of Dow Automotive’s BETAMATE™ structural adhesives for durability, reduced weight, and improved manufacturing efficiencies. In addition, BETASEAL™ glass adhesives is used in the windscreen bonding on the F-150. Steve Henderson—President of Dow Automotive Systems—commented, “This type of collaboration delivers great results. We can tailor materials like adhesives to meet very specific targets and support a wide range of objectives across the entire vehicle platform. The Ford F-150 is an exciting demonstration of the strength of aluminum in meeting lightweight objectives and is an impressive industry milestone.” These adhesives are part of Dow’s ongoing commitment to supplying solutions that meet specific customer needs and product specifications.

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ASC Partners with NAM for June 2015 Congressional Fly-In

Posted By Mark Collatz, Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Media Contact:

Mark Collatz

(301) 986-9700 ext. 112

mark.collatz@ascouncil.org

ASC Partners with NAM for June 2015 Congressional Fly-In

Council Sponsors NAM’s Annual Fly-In, Invites Members to Participate


March 10, 2015– Bethesda, MD –Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will join the National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) Manufacturing Summit as a sponsor, and invites its members to participate in the two-day Washington, DC-based event.  The NAM Fly In provides the opportunity for ASC members to join more than 400 business leaders as they advocate on behalf of pro-manufacturing policies with both Legislative and Administration level officials.  This year’s NAM Manufacturing Summit will be held June 2-3, 2015 at the Mandarin Oriental Washington. 

“The NAM Fly-in and ASC’s sponsorship provides members with an enhanced opportunity to guide the manufacturing agenda and communicate the value our industry brings to the United States economy,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “Member attendees will not only hear firsthand from leaders, we will have the opportunity to communicate our industry’s value to our elected representatives.”

In 2014, NAM Fly-In participants heard from Vice President Joe Biden, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE).  Attendees also participate in one-on-one and group meetings with elected officials and senior staff.

“This year’s fly-in comes at a particularly opportune time,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. “A bipartisan Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform bill is about to be introduced in the Senate, and by May the House will likely be discussing their own version of reform.  ASC and its members will have the opportunity to promote this issue directly with Senate and House leadership.”

This is the first official ASC Fly-In, and is part of the Council’s Long Range Plan tied to the Unified Industry Voice strategy. 

“This critical strategy calls for ASC to communicate the benefits of the adhesive and sealant industry while we deliver proactive advocacy services to our members,” adds Croson.  “There is no better proactive industry service than being able to speak directly to our elected officials, and this event delivers this for everyone that participates.”

ASC’s sponsorship includes recognition at the Manufacturing Summit reception, a dedicated table at each speaking event at the hotel and a discounted registration rate.

Please note:  ASC members should use the promotional code “ASC” during the registration process. By entering this code, ASC members will receive a $20 discount off of the full Summit fee.

Click here for more information.

During registration, you will also be able to request the members of Congress with whom you would like to schedule lobbying visits with on Capitol Hill. The NAM will schedule all individual lobbying visits.

“Join ASC and be part of the effort to deliver a unified industry voice during the NAM Fly-In and Manufacturing Summit, sponsored by ASC,” asks Croson.  “It will be time well spent as we work together to support pro-manufacturing issues.”

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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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CASECO UNVEILS WORLD'S SMALLEST UNIVERSAL SMARTPHONE MOUNT

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

The world’s smallest universal smartphone mount, the Core 360°, is just 2.5 cm tall with two adhesive attachments to keep a smartphone exactly where the user wants it.  The Core 360° smartphone mount is about the size of a USB memory stick, with an anodized aluminum alloy body. A ring with 3M adhesive attaches to a user’s smartphone, while another adhesive ring attaches the body of the Core 360° onto any flat surface.  A magnet is used to hold the ring on the user’s phone in any position on the partially spherical base of the smartphone mount. The adhesive mount can be removed and using a knife during removal preserves the adhesive and allows the mount to be repositioned in a new location. The strength of the adhesives and magnet used allow the Core 360° to hold upto 1.3 lbs; strong adhesives provide a solid attachment that takes up the smallest footprint possible, making this device ideal for car dashboards or areas with limited surface space.

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TESTER IS USED FOR MEDICAL ADHESIVE FRICTION AND PEEL TEST

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

The i-COFTEK 3500 Friction & Peel Tester can be used to test static and kinetic coefficients of friction as well as peel strength. It can be used to test friction of plastic films, sheets, foils, paper, paper board, PP woven bags and metal-material belts. For adhesives, the i-COFTEK 3500 Friction & Peel Tester can determine peel strength for laminated products, medical adhesive bandages, release paper and protective films. To use the i-COFTEK 3500 Friction & Peel Tester, specimens should be prepared according to ISO 8295-1986 and ASTM D1894 standards.  The specimen is then loaded and after parameters are selected, the machine will perform the test and generate a test curve. The i-COFTEK 3500 Friction & Peel Tester is produced by Labthink International, which also manufactures testing equipment for impact resistance, puncture force and headspace in sealed packages.

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SPECIALTY CHEMICALS FROM EVONIK FOR THE TELEVISION OF THE FUTURE

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

iXsenic®, created by Evonik’s strategic innovation unit, is a new inorganic metal-oxide semiconductor material that could revolutionize the display industry. Semiconductors in high definition television are made of amorphous silicon, but silicon has reached the extent of its performance for this application. With iXsenic,® plastics can be used to create flexible displays. The new inorganic metal-oxide semiconductor from Evonik is also high performance, low cost, and can be applied from solution at ambient temperatures. In addition, the coating technology for this product forms a bride for the printing of electronic components. This technology is likely to make its way into TVs, tablets and smartphones. Evonik and customers are working on the final development stages for new products and initial trials have already begun.

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GREEN BIOLOGICS CLOSES ACQUISITION OF ETHANOL PLANT IN MINNESOTA

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Green Biologics has successfully completed the acquisition of Ethanol Cooperative LLC (CMEC). Green Biologics Inc. in the fully owned US subsidiary of Green Biologics Ltd. in the UK. The company focuses on industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals. In the wake of this acquisition, Ethanol Cooperative facilities will be repurposed by Green Biologics to produce renewable n-butanol and acetone using a proprietary advanced fermentation process. N-butanol is both a solvent and an intermediate in producing derivatives used for paints, coatings, adhesives, inks, cosmetics, personal care ingredients, industrial and household cleaners and specialty products. Acetone is a backbone intermediate for multiple high-value products, and is used as a solvent in paints, coatings, adhesives, inks, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, electronics and laboratory chemicals.  Current management and employees at the Minnesota plant will remain with the production facility and renewable n-butanol and acetone production is scheduled to begin in 2016.

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