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Henkel Hosts NASA and Orbital ATK in New Hampshire

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Henkel’s Seabrook adhesives technologies center in New Hampshire recently played host to NASA and Orbital ATK representatives. Orbital ATK has partnered with NASA to produce the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that NASA will use to propel its new deep space rocket. And Henkel developed and supplied the adhesives they needed to get the project off the ground.

 

The delegation, which included astronaut Butch Wilmore and representatives from Aerojet Rocketdyne and Boeing, visited Henkel to thank the company for its contribution to the project and to show employees how the adhesives they produce are being used to make the project a success.

 

Henkel’s adhesives are being used to create, repair, or seal thermal protection systems which reach temperatures of 5,800 degrees Fahrenheit as the rocket powers its way through the earth’s atmosphere. Wilmore delivered a presentation in which he spoke about the future of space exploration, including future moon visits, which will be undertaken using the SLS.

 

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Learning from Oysters: Not One, but Two Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Oyster adhesives have long held the manmade adhesives industry in awe. But now researchers say that the mollusks aren’t limited to only one kind of bio-glue. They make two distinctively different types of adhesive based on specific periods in their lifecycle.

 

Oyster larvae are microscopically small, and their purpose is to find a substrate to which they can attach themselves for the duration of their lifespans. Once they have found a suitable spot, they extend a tiny “foot” which begins to secrete an organic, hydrated material that attaches them to their new home.

 

However, the adhesive chemistry doesn’t end there. Within 48 hours, the larvae begin to change into juveniles, and this time, a new adhesive is produced between the oysters’ shells. This second-stage adhesive is 85 percent calcium carbonate, and it’s the adhesive that bonds oysters together into colonies.

 

The researchers responsible for the discovery say they hope their work will result in new insights that will help with reef restoration and the development of new underwater adhesives that mimic nature.

 

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Arsenal Capital Partners has announced its acquisition of Adhesives Technology Corporation (ATC).

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Arsenal Capital Partners has announced its acquisition of Adhesives Technology Corporation (ATC). At the same time, it announced that it had created the Meridian Adhesives Group. Arsenal says that Meridian will be a new brand entrant into the adhesives and sealants market following on its success with Royal Adhesives and Sealants which became among the top ten suppliers of adhesives and sealants globally.

 

The focus of Meridian will be high-value technologies and Arsenal says that it will leverage its adhesives industry experience in the hope of developing the Meridian Adhesives Group into yet another world leader. Substantial investment into ATC is expected following the acquisition, and the company says that it has a portfolio of adhesives that will address as-yet unmet needs in the US infrastructure market.

 

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2019 Ram 1500 to Use Henkel’s Products

Posted By ASC, Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ram Trucks, a division of Fiat Chrysler will be introducing a new, luxury pickup in 2019. It has chosen Henkel as its supplier of adhesives, sealants and surface technologies, and the company is providing a baffle package as well as a paint shop seam sealer for the new Ram 1500. 


The baffle package cuts down the amount of air that will leak into the driver and passenger cabin, reducing noise. Meanwhile, TEROSON® PV 1098™a paint shop seam sealer, will stop fumes, water, and dirt from entering through body part seams into the cabin.


The companies say that Henkel’s products not only perform their functions but allow for flexibility in the manufacturing process, eliminating the need for new tooling. Several levels of expansion are possible without any changes to the material used. In addition, the solvent-free sealants reduce environmental impacts while the range of widths and thicknesses at which the products can be used reduce material costs and production line maintenance needs.

 

 

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Without Adhesives The Fourth of July Fireworks Would Just Fall Apart

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The 4th of July is a festive celebration of America for sure and we all enjoy seeing the sky light up with a display of multi-colored sparks of light. These wondrous aerial fireworks would not be possible without ADHESIVES!

 

Fireworks are made using chemicals and fuels that are assembled in specific patterns within paper tubes to create unique and colorful explosions. The paper tubes used in fireworks are customized in various shapes and sizes, complete with either salute cores, plugs (caps) or discs. From the tube winding process to the making of salute cores, discs and plugs—and even the colorful outer wrappings—all require adhesives in the manufacturing process.

 

Have a HAPPY and SAFE Fourth of July!

 

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Researchers at Work on Adhesive to Bond Broken Bones

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Swedish researchers have recently revealed their progress on an adhesive to bond broken bones. So far, the obstacles to using adhesives for bone repair have not been overcome. These include the need for the adhesive to work in a wet environment, the issue of biocompatibility, and insufficient bond strength. 


However, lead researcher at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Professor Michael Malkoch, says that his team has successfully repaired broken bones in rats and that they were “pleased” with the results achieved.


The adhesive is based on the thiol-ene coupling (TEC) bonding technique used in dentistry and can bond bone in as little as five minutes while overcoming biocompatibility issues and those caused by exposure to moisture.


The research report produced by the team was published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. The researchers concluded that their work could serve as the forerunner for the future use of biomedical TEC adhesives.

 

 

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3M Pulls Out of Telecoms and Fiber Optics Business

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

3M, best known for its innovative adhesives and tapes, has announced that it will sell its fiber optics and telecoms division to Corning Inc. The division also includes copper passive connectivity solutions and structured cabling. The transaction is not yet finalized but is mooted to take place at the end of 2018.


The value of the transaction is believed to be in the region of $30 million,and annual sales for the division are recorded at $400 million. However, the proceeds of the sale will benefit shareholders with earnings per share estimated at 40 to 45 US cents.


The company says that the transaction is part of its strategic drive to divest itself of operations that it sees as falling outside its core business area. This is in line with recent transactions spanning the last three years, and all of them have involved business units that fall outside of its central mission and growth areas.


The company plans to concentrate its efforts on high growth areas including auto electrification, safety, graphics, and respiratory health.

 

 

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Henkel’s Electrically Conductive Adhesives for Assembly of Solar Devices

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Henkel reports that its range of electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) will help manufacturers of solar devices to reduce costs and improve reliability. The LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 8000 series will be compatible with a range of assembly processes and Henkel says that its adhesives will also enhance module performance.

 

The company says its ECAs can bond solar cell wafers with a thickness of as little 160 µm and can be dispensed at speeds of more than 200mm per second. Furthermore, it is compatible with third-generation photovoltaic cells as well as PERC, n-PERT, and HJT cell architectures. Curing occurs in under30 seconds and in under 10 seconds 150°C. The adhesive will also absorb the stress of CTE mismatches and is compatible with Ag, Sn and SnPb ribbon. The peel strength of the adhesive is 1.2 N/mm+. The LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 8000 series is available in all regions around the globe.

 

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Industrial Adhesive Labels Help Businesses Convey Vital Safety Information

Posted By ASC, Monday, June 25, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

When workplace hazards are present, OSHA requires warning signage to be in place. However, the regulations do not prevent businesses from creating their own safety signage using labels and a printer. Industrial labeling and signage company Graphic Products says that labels are more flexible than traditional signage. When combined with sign blanks, they will result in a cheaper version of traditional signage.


However, conventional labels are generally not durable enough for use in harsh environments. To overcome the problem, Graphic Products recommends the use of Vinyl label stock that won’t fade or peel when exposed to UV light, moisture, or exposure to chemicals. The company says that there are labels that have been specifically designed for use under extreme conditions including environments with very high or low temperatures. There are even labels that will withstand traffic when used on factory flooring.


Graphic Products says that choosing the right label material for the conditions it will be exposed to is the first step. Thereafter, businesses can simply print safety information using the DuraLabel printer in order to achieve full compliance with workplace hazard signage legislation.

 

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USPS Order Spurs Expansion of Customized Vehicles and Specialty Chassis Manufacturer

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 21, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spartan Motors, Inc., makers of customized vehicles and specialty chassis, has announced its plans to expand its Ephrata, Pennsylvania truck body manufacturing operation. The announcement follows the finalization of Spartan Motors’ contract to manufacture 2,000 trucks for the United States Postal Service (USPS). The contract, which tasks Spartan Motors with the supply of 2,000 vehicles, and which has a value of $214 million, is the largest that the company has ever undertaken. Adhesives and sealants will play a vital role in the manufacturing of these new trucks, since these vehicles will be expected to withstand demanding use from carriers' expected to deliver through "rain, sleet, and snow"!

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic development provided a $300,000 grant to Spartan Motors and has pledged Job Creation Tax Credits to the value of $378,000. The company says that the funding proposal organized by the Governor’s Action Team proved to be a pivotal factor in its decision-making and that it chose to expand its Pennsylvania facilities rather than its premises in Michigan or Indiana based on the incentives offered.

 

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