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Plant Growers Shifting From Plastic Tags to Adhesive Labels

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Adhesive labels could end up driving the traditional plastic tags, stakes and picks out of the plant growing and selling industry, thanks to the development of label printers and applicators, according to Advantage Label & Packaging Inc.


Advantage Packaging reported seeing a sizeable shift towards the use of one-sticker-tells-all adhesive labels attached directly to pots, as opposed to using one or more labels pushed into the soil on spikes to identify different plants. Adhesive labels allowed for providing customers with naming, pricing and growing information, and could be easily applied to pots with the company’s Line Boss Applicator System before mass planting began.


The company said that this move away from plastic not only gelled with increasing customer concern about the environmental impact of the disposal of the traditional plastic spiked tags. It also streamlined the business, and cut the costs in terms of both the tags and the labour needed to tag individual plants.

 

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Carbon Nanotube Adhesive Tape Defies the Elements

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), scientists have found a way to use superaligned carbon nanotubes in the production of an adhesive tape capable of withstanding extreme temperatures as high as 1,382 F, and as low as -321 F.


The society reports in its Nano Letters journal that the scientists’used strong SACNT (superaligned carbon nanotube) film in which the nanotubes are in precise parallel alignment to one another, instead of the vertically aligned, multi-walled nanotubes (VA-MWNTs), which to date have been the focus of carbon nanotube adhesive development.


According to ACS, this paved the road for a lower cost, thinner, more flexible and lighter-weight adhesive tape which could be applied to various substrates with smooth surfaces, including plastics, ceramics, metals and non-metals, and removed when necessary without leaving residues behind.

 

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Loctite Launches New Range of 3D Printing Resins

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 8, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019

With 3D printing producing everything from small consumer items to massive structures and airplanes, Loctite has launched a new range of resins specially designed for the 3D printing industry, as well as a new resin 3D printer to create the products.


Loctite reports that the new range of resins is aimed at providing materials that will increase the effectiveness and quality of 3D printing, such as flexibility, high temperature heat deflection, impact and durability, and print resolution. The company reports that the four individual resins in the company’s new range include the high performance, low viscosity Silicone 5010/5015 which cures into a flexible silicone elastomer; the High Temperature 3860, which combines good print resolution with a high heat deflection temperature (HDT); the 3870 designed to be both durable and able to resist high impact, and the Ultra Clear 3820 for quality print resolution and clarity.


In addition, Loctite has also produced a new Resin 3D Printer, the PR10.1, for use in the manufacturing of 3D products.

 

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How Scotch Tape’s Invention Revolutionized Employee Time Management

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019

According to the Smithsonian, the banjo-playing inventor of Scotch Tape played a new tune when it came to tenacity, and the amount of time and effort that Richard Drew put into the invention that would eventually rock the world. However his employer’s rulings restricting the working hours he spent on his invention meant that a lot of the 40 years taken to perfect the tape were at notched up at home outside office hours.

 

However his tune certainly stuck in the minds of his employers, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (now 3M), and re-surfaced when the company saw how the tape changed the way Americans did repairs at home during and after the Great Depression.

 

The 3M executive who originally chastised Drew for spending too much working time on the tape immediately changed the company’s approach to employee work-time management to let engineers spend 15 percent of their working hours on developing their own inventions. The rule still remains at 3M, and has since spread to other major development companies, particularly those in the IT sector, like HP and Google.

 

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New Resin From DSM Looks to Add Soft Touch and Abrasion Resistance to Packaging

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Netherlands global-science company Royal DSM has added a new silk-feel resin, Silky UV, to its family of resin products designed to add a soft touch to packaging.


According to the company, although the ability of the existing soft feel resins in the Skins Silky family to resist chemicals and abrasion make them suitable for use on a wide range of materials, including various plastics, papers and cardboards, the new addition to the Skins Silky family of the AgiSyn 248 will widen the range of end-user applications still further.


DSM said that when combined with a matting agent and cured by ultraviolet light, the new low viscosity water-based resin applies a silky feel to screen overprint and flexographic varnishes which is generated within the structure of the resin itself, and not achieved through the use of additives. 

 

 

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Engineers Develop New Super Strong and Reversible Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Following in the sticky trails of snails and the adhesion attributes of geckos, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania came across PHEMA, a super strong adhesive polymer which the researchers say is capable of supporting weight equivalent to that of a suspended adult male, even if used in small postage stamp sized amounts.


The research team was led by Shu Yang, a professor in both the Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Departments at the university, who said PHEMA works in a similar way to snail slime and geckos in terms of reversibility and adhesion qualities, but goes beyond their capabilities of only being able to carry their own light weights.


Yang reported that PHEMA combined the necessary requirements of conformity to small grooves which allows it to stick to a surface when wet and rubbery; and rigidity without shrinkage when dry, which results in it fastening firmly onto either a vertical or horizontal surfaces without popping off due to shrinkage. This combination leads to an extremely strong bond when the substance is dry, but which is easily reversed by wetting. 

 

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3M Introduces Quick-drying Flexible Concrete Repair Sealant

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Splits, spalls and cracks in concrete surfaces has remained a recurring problem in concrete surfaces. 3M has taken on the challenge of the safety needs and aesthetic effects from these concrete issues with a repair sealant for DIY or contractor use. The company reports that the new product can also be used for securing threading and anchoring in concrete surfaces.

The company reports that the sealant expands and contracts for durability, and can harden to any depth without shrinking or cracking. It is also self-leveling if slightly overfilled, hardens within 5 minutes, can be sanded to remove rough edges within about 15 minutes and painted an hour after application.

According to 3M, the solvent-free sealant is designed for use in construction as well as on shop floors, walkways and stairways, but can also be used for DIY application with a common caulking gun.

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Lord Corporation to Invest Millions in EV Adhesives Facility

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The adhesive & sealant industry is ramping up production to meet the growing demand for adhesive and sealant solutions for the electric vehicle market. Lord Corporation , for instance, has cited being closer to the burgeoning European electric vehicle manufacture market as one of the major reasons for its recent decision to invest $16 million in expanding operations at its German facility.


The adhesives and coating manufacturer, which already produces a number of products for the EV industry, plans to expand its development and production still further, while at the same time cutting its end costs. 


Lord currently produces structural adhesives and thermal management materials for batteries and battery packs, chargers and inverters. It also develops speciality adhesives for suspension components, and for weather stripping of doors and windows. 

 

 

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Henkel Partners with TerraCycle for Packaging Recycling Program in Canada

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 11, 2019

Henkel Canada Corporation, partnered with TerraCycle Inc, Henkel Canada Corporation, partnered with TerraCycle Inc, is taking the product package recycling program launched in the U.S. in 2016 across the US into Canada.


By doing so, the Canadian subsidiary of German Henkel AG and Company, KGaA will add washing powder pouches to the active adhesive packaging recycling program already being carried out in the US. The company has said it’s detergent packaging will be totally recyclable, compostable, and reusable by 2025, and the end aim is to melt them down into hard plastic for remolding into other products.


Similarly, the US program centred on the development of a process aimed at deactivating and removing the adhesives used in Henkel adhesives packages and melting down the resulting material which was then made into pellets for re-use in items such as trash cans and benches.
Henkel Canada also plans incentives for consumers to recycle the pouches, including a reward system of TerraCycle points redeemable for charity gifts or as cash donations to schools or charities. Prepaid shipping packages will also enable consumers to return empty packaging to the company for recycling.   

 

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Albion Launches New Follow Plate For Bulk Caulk Loading

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Albion engineering company has launched a new follow plate aimed at cutting down the time and mess involved in loading caulk from pails into bulk guns. The company reports that the new model 504-G15 follow plate requires no barrel threading when it’s attached to the pail. Instead the new plate’s seal can be quickly pushed on and pulled off using a pull rod.


Designed to enable bulk loading into all Albion 2 inch gun barrels, and fit 3-gallon caulk units, the follow plate is constructed out of two steel plates with a nitrile rubber gasket between them which will scrape the pail clean inside as it drops. This, the company says, will not only reduce the mess that can result when caulk is loaded into the dispensing gun and so keep the barrel of the gun clean, but will also prevent air from entering the gun barrel. 

 

 

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