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The Many Benefits to Choosing Structural Adhesives for Your Next Application (Part 2 of 2)

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 23, 2017

Structural Adhesives Save Manufacturers Time and Money

 

When structural adhesives are used to bond components together, manufacturers save a great deal of production line time and realize cost savings. For example, welding takes a considerable amount of time and expertise and leads to a need for additional steps to obtain a neat finish. If they choose to use nuts, bolts, and rivets, there will be several attachment points per component, and each of these will add to the amount of labor needed to create a finished product.

 

In most cases, adhesive application is a single-step process. Whereas the two-part epoxies of the past required a mixing process, many modern epoxies are no mix products that are applied using advances such as static mixing wands that precisely measure and mix the components during use. Adhesive technology advances have also reduced cure time, and even longer-curing adhesives often produce bonds that will allow for component handling within minutes or even seconds. Instantly curing UV adhesives and cyanoacrylates were previously not suitable as structural adhesives, but they too have advanced. These adhesives are now suitable for lower stress structural bonds.

 

By eliminating the need for an extensive inventory of fasteners for different components, reducing the number of steps in the production process, and reducing the time needed for each process, structural adhesives enable manufacturers to reduce costs and save time.

 

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The Many Benefits of Choosing Structural Adhesives for Your Next Application (Part 1 of 2)

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Manufacturers and engineers are increasingly choosing structural adhesives over other methods of fastening such as welding or rivets. Uptake of these high-tech materials has been widespread in the automotive and aerospace industries, and appliance manufacturers are beginning to adopt them more widely.


Structural adhesives are particularly useful when bonding dissimilar metals, when thermal cycling forms part of the product environment, and when corrosion risk must be avoided. In these instances, adhesives reduce the effect of differing thermal expansion rates and provide a barrier between metals that would corrode if they were in direct contact with one another. In addition, while water or chemicals can penetrate into areas secured by mechanical fasteners, adhesives seal the bond.


The benefits of lightweighting provide a further incentive for manufacturers to choose adhesives over traditional fasteners. Airlines realize substantial cost reductions and reduce emissions when weight is reduced, and car and boat manufacturers have followed suit for the same reasons. But it is not only end users who enjoy the benefits of reduced costs. Although specialized structural adhesives themselves may seem costly, they offer manufacturers a single solution that can be used in many different ways, reducing or eliminating the need for specialized fasteners and saving time in production lines.


The final appearance of the bonded components is also an issue. Welded seams require finishing, and traditional rivets, nuts and bolts spoil the clean lines most product designers and consumers prefer to see. Finally, structural adhesives improve product performance and durability since it is not necessary to drill holes through components, creating weakened areas that carry concentrated loads and are subject to corrosion.

 

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Dymax Introduces New LED Cured Adhesive for Small-Gauge Needle Bonding

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A new needle bonding adhesive from Dymax will allow manufacturers to switch to LED cured adhesives. The company says that its new product provides superior bonding performance despite the small surface areas of cannula substrates and the adhesive, named 1406-M, is able to maintain strong bonds despite sterilization processes and aging. It has been designed for use in 385nm LED curing processes and will allow small gauge needle manufacturers to switch to LED curing without adversely affecting production speed or mechanical strength.

Dymax develops adhesives, coatings, and oligomers as well as the dispensing and light curing equipment required to implement its products in production lines across a wide variety of industries. The company is a supplier to the automotive, electronics, medical device, appliance, aerospace, automotive and metal finishing industries. Its products are developed with the aim of helping its clients to reduce costs while improving efficiency.

 

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Adhesive Supply Company Strouse Corp. Expands its Plant

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 16, 2017

Strouse Corp. has announced that it will be moving its plant to a 60,000 square foot building in Carrol County, Maryland. The building was constructed specifically to meet the company’s needs. Strouse Corp. engineers and manufactures die cut adhesives for major industry players such as Medtronics and 3M. It also serves the automotive, electronics and appliance manufacturing industries.

 

Strouse Corp. says that the move to a state of the art manufacturing facility is an important milestone in the company’s development. Local community leaders welcomed the move and the 25 new jobs that will be created in order for Strouse to increase its production. The company says that its ability to create innovative adhesive solutions has led to significant growth, and it has designed its new facility to be expandable by a further 20,000 square feet.

 

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Polyonics Introduces Adhesive Transfer Tapes for High-Temperature Bonding

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Polyonics, makers of tapes and labels, has announced its introduction of a new range of adhesive transfer tapes. They are designed for high-temperature bonding applications in the electronics, industrial components, and transportation industries. The range includes both solvent-based acrylic and ultra-high temperature silicone tapes. Thermally conductive and flame retardant variants of various thicknesses are available.

 

The pressure sensitive adhesive tapes have double liners for ease of use and are able to deliver high bond strengths along with resistance to both harsh chemicals and high temperatures.

 

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Coatings and Sealants Manufacturers Will Help to Prepare for the Rise of Autonomous Vehicles

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Automakers are racing to create a future in which driverless cars will rule the roads, but despite progress which indicates the inevitability of this development, city planners are not incorporating it into their infrastructure plans. The pressing question is just who should be responsible for creating smart infrastructure that includes standing structures that will be easily identifiable to an autonomous car’s sensors.

 

Federal, state and local governments are already struggling to maintain existing infrastructure with highways badly in need of repair. This indicates shortfalls in funding – but further funding will be needed to convert infrastructure into smart infrastructure.

 

Just as the rise of the automobile led to the construction of roads and highways that could accommodate the new mode of transport, so modern infrastructure must change with the times. Cooperation and standardization will be the order of the day, and both government and private enterprise will need to be innovative.

 

Coatings manufacturers will have an important role to play thanks to their long-standing relationships with OEMs. For example, coatings and paints will need to have infrared light reflecting properties to optimize detection of objects by electronic sensors. Current coatings in darker shades still absorb too much infrared light, making them more difficult to detect. Coatings and sealants will also protect the sensors and their related electronics. For example, they will be needed for sealing sensor covers and lenses to protect them from dirt and moisture.

 

Our cars are changing, and materials and infrastructure must change with them,creating new opportunities for innovative sealants and coatings that will facilitate a smooth transition to driverless transportation.

 

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Ashland's New Solvent Based Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Target Demanding Applications

Posted By ASC, Monday, June 12, 2017

Ashland has introduced two new solvent based pressure sensitive adhesives intended for use in demanding applications. Aroset PS-6426 will be used on aluminum foil tapes used in HVAC installations while Aroset PS-5333 will be used in medical and graphic contexts.

 

Aroset PS-6426 is a self-crosslinking adhesive with resistance to high temperatures and high peel, tack and cohesive strength that will meet all requirements for tapes used in HVAC rigid air duct closure systems. Aroset PS-5333 is a pressure sensitive adhesive for use in vinyl graphics, decals, transfer tapes, and in medical applications. It has good biocompatibility, a high moisture vapor transmission rate, and contains no CMR classified monomers or solvents.

 

Both adhesives have good coatability properties. Ashland says that the new adhesives demonstrate its capacity to be an enabler for its clients, helping them to produce products with greater usability.

 

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Avery Dennison Acquires Finesse Medical

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 9, 2017


Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) announced recently that it has acquired Finesse Medical Ltd., an innovator in the development and manufacture of healthcare products used in the management of wound care and skin conditions.

Headquartered in Longford, Ireland, Finesse Medical specializes in the development and application of advanced technologies in wound care and skin treatment, including skin barrier films and protection creams, and silicone and polyurethane foam wound dressings. With revenue over the last year of approximately €15 million, the company is a key supplier to global healthcare-product OEMs and also provides contract manufacturing and product development services.

“Finesse Medical is a top quality manufacturer with a strong track record for developing and commercializing effective, high-value products in the medical sector,” said Mitch Butier, Avery Dennison’s president and CEO. “This acquisition will accelerate the achievement of our long-term strategic ... READ MORE

 

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Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC acquired the assets of the Ball Ground aircraft sealant repackaging business from Graco Supply

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC ("Royal"), announced on June 2, 2017 that it has acquired the business assets of the Ball Ground aircraft sealant repackaging business (Ball Ground) from Graco Supply.

Based in Ball Ground, GA, the business provides point of use pre mixed and frozen aircraft sealants and other unique packaging and application kits to aircraft manufacturers and their subcontractors. Ball Ground has achieved AS 9100, ISO 9001 and NADCAP quality approvals. The Ball Ground business will be integrated into and operate under the name Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC and will continue to be located in Ball Ground, GA.

"The acquisition of the Ball Ground business is a logical step in our strategy to develop a global aircraft sealant business. Graco Supply, who has been our distributor/partner since we entered the aircraft sealant business over ten years ago, has been instrumental in supporting the development of our sealant business," said Ted Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Royal.

 

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Adhesives Key to World-First Lightweight Composite Motorhome

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Motorhome manufacturers the Swift Group have designed and assembled a glass-reinforced-plastic (GRP) motorhome with no timber or ply in the bodywork. This is a world first from a company that has long been known for its use of revolutionary materials. The company introduced its innovative SMART HT motorhome to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary.

Swift works in close collaboration with its adhesives supplier, Scigrip which supplies cyanoacrylate, methyl methacrylate, anaerobic and UV-cure adhesives. Another advance springing from this collaboration was the elimination of mechanical fasteners from the fuel filler cap of the Esprit motorhome. In this instance, Scigrip supplied its SG 5,000-06 methyl methacrylate adhesive, a high viscosity two-part adhesive which is able to bond GRP components as well as metals and coated metal parts.

The all-composite motorhome has performed well in rigorous endurance testing that simulates six years of use and which includes curb strikes and thermal performance tests.

 

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