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Tarkett Releases Three New Environmentally Friendly and Time Saving Flooring Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Friday, November 11, 2016

Flooring and sports surface company Tarkett has announced the release of three new flooring adhesives with low emission formulas. All three have attained C2C (Cradle to Cradle) Certification. In addition, flooring installations can be expedited thanks to elevated moisture and pH limitations, dramatically reducing the time needed for adhesives to dry.


Tarkett 959 will be used in installing vinyl tile and plank flooring and has achieved Gold Level certification. SpraySmart 901 features spray-on application without the need for primer, and is suitable for use across a wide range of flooring materials including sheet flooring, rubber tiles and VCT. The third adhesive, RollSmart is applied with a paint roller for an even finish and dries in just 10 minutes. The product allows for a 75% reduction in the time needed between application and flooring material installation. It is designed for use in the installation of sheet flooring and Vinyl tile flooring. Both RollSmart and SpraySmart 901 allow for immediate heat welding.


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AUTOMOTIVE BLOG: Automotive Adhesives and Sealants Build Brand Equity and Consumer Appeal

Posted By ASC, Monday, November 7, 2016

BLOG: Automotive Adhesives and Sealants Build Brand Equity and Consumer Appeal


By Marc Benevento, Expert Blogger


Much has been written about how adhesives and sealants help automakers improve the performance, safety, and fuel economy of cars and light trucks. By helping to increase the strength, stiffness, and durability of a steel, aluminum, or multi-material vehicle body, adhesives and sealants can help manufactures make cars that are fun to drive, while meeting federal fuel economy and safety standards. Examples can be found in prior blogs on the subject, a recent ASC webinar and white paper, plus other industry publications.

What has not been discussed as frequently is how adhesives and sealants are used to make vehicles more aesthetically appealing to consumers. Adhesives and sealants enable refined and elegant design in the vehicle interior and exterior by joining dissimilar materials to create desired effects. Since vehicle appearance attracts buyers and influences perceived vehicle quality, adhesives and sealants play an important role in both sales and brand equity. It is yet another reason that adhesive selection decisions are made very cautiously and deliberately by the automotive industry.


The vehicle interior is where the buyer spends time and interacts with the car. For that reason, vehicle manufacturers go to great lengths to make sure the front seat passengers, who have the greatest influence on the purchase decision, enjoy a comfortable and well-appointed cabin. This includes the use of a wide variety of materials selected to appeal to occupants’ senses of sight, touch, and smell, for applications such as...


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ChemQuest Reports on Demand for Emerging Low Bake Single Component Epoxies for OEMs at ASC’s 2016 Fall Convention

Posted By ASC, Friday, November 4, 2016

At ChemQuest’s presentation at the 2016 ASC Fall Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October entitled “The Next Generation of Epoxy Adhesives Technology for Transportation Assembly: Low Bake One-Component Epoxies”, Dan Daley, senior consultant, discussed the long-awaited, emerging low bake 1K epoxy technology that is being developed to address an unmet need in OEM assembly operations.


ChemQuest reports that new low bake 1K epoxies will meet OEMs’ assembly needs. The adhesives will reduce production costs, and will deliver better performance than full immersion e-coat systems. Auto and truck body designers often specify 1K epoxy adhesives since they provide superior bonding performance and production line efficiency. However, these previously required high temperature curing in an e-coat system.


Now, low bake 1K epoxies will eliminate the need for costly high bake systems while still offering the same performance. However, using low-bake adhesives may necessitate some changes in materials choices or production processes, since materials such as bake-hardenable steel will no longer be subjected to sufficiently high temperatures. Nevertheless, the reduced capital investment in production line equipment should prove attractive, and will allow companies lacking capital and infrastructure to make use of technology that would otherwise be beyond their reach.


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EMS Launces New UV Cured Epoxy for Electronics Assembly Released

Posted By ASC, Thursday, November 3, 2016

Engineered Material Systems (EMS) specializes in the supply of materials for electronic circuit assembly. Its new 535-11M-12 UV cured epoxy can be used in the assembly of disk drives, camera modules, circuit assembly and optoelectronics. The new adhesive can be used in screen printing processes, and eliminates warping in electronic assemblies. Other uses include lens bonding, chip encapsulation for smart cards and photonics assembly bonding.


535-11M-12 is non-conductive and cures quickly under high intensity UV light. Additionally, the epoxy is antimony-free, has low outgassing and exhibits a high degree of flexibility. The new adhesive forms part of EMS’ range of circuit assembly, semiconductor, camera module, printer head, disk drive and photonics assembly adhesives.


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Article Excerpt: STICKING WITH IT - What is the Value of Technical Meetings

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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STICKING WITH IT: What is the Value of Technical Meetings
by Ingrid Brase


My previous articles have been focused on providing roadmaps to what you need to consider when selecting adhesives.  This time we will take a short break from the series.   Thought I would share my experiences at two recent trade association technical meetings relevant to the pressure-sensitive industry and what I learned.


Every spring and fall there is a flurry of trade association meetings and shows.   It seems like you could spend most of September and October then March to May just making the rounds.   With careful research and planning, all of the various meetings can have value.   I recently attended AIMCAL’s (Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators) Web Coating & Handling Conference and the ASC (The Adhesive& Sealant Council) Fall Conference and Expo.   Thought I would share some thoughts on both conferences and hopefully provide some insight on their value.  They are by no means the only two conferences that are held or have value to the industry, they just happen to be where I spent two weeks this month!


Before discussing each conference separately let me begin by talking about how they are similar.   Both offer several tracks of technical papers covering a wide variety of topics.   They also both have optional short courses available before the conference sessions commence, allowing interested participants to take a course at the same venue as the meeting.   Finally, both have Expos or table top receptions where attendees can network and suppliers can exhibit their products and capabilities.  There were many familiar faces at both meetings, with some companies participating in both but sending different representatives.   In both cases the programs allow time for private meetings and networking.


...let’s move to a discussion of the ASC Fall Conference and Expo.   This event was held in Indianapolis, Indiana and spanned two days.   The meeting started with a welcome reception on Monday evening followed by papers all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning.   Each day began with a breakfast keynote focused on business topics including an economic overview and marketing insights.   The program wrapped up with a lunch time keynote on the changing competitive environment followed by an open forum discussion.   Like AIMCAL, ASC offered a short course prior to the meeting, theirs being a bit longer at 1 ½ days versus the half day AIMCAL programs.   On Monday attendees also had an opportunity to participate in ASC’s “Give Back “program.   In partnership with the local United Way, ASC staff scheduled a volunteer opportunity to work on special projects at the Veteran’s Home.  Over 45 attendees spent Monday afternoon at the Veteran’s Home, having a unique opportunity to network in a very different atmosphere.


So this Conference offers a very different value proposition to a member of the pressure sensitives industry.   The conference attendees are mostly adhesive and raw material suppliers so the focus is on these materials rather than on process.    Business Developments and Market Trends, Technical and Government Regulations, and New Technology and Application were the Tracks offered with sessions covering Waterborne Formulations, Key Feedstocks, and PSATechnology as well as others.   Zachary Moore of ICIS presented insight into the market outlook for key raw materials in his paper, “An Overview of the Aromatics Chain” in the Business Development track.   The PSA technology session covered the full spectrum of adhesive technology.   Paul Dailey of TSRC Dexco Polymer discussed how structure of the rubber component of a hot melt formulation impacts performance while David Schulenberg of BASF talked about the water resistance of Water-Borne Adhesives.   Nader Mazloom wrapped up the session with his paper, “Solventless Silicone Pressure Sensitive Adhesives” after Massimiliano G Penon of Lawter talked about high melting point dispersions.   The Tuesday evening Expo offered an opportunity for networking with more than 65 suppliers present at booth to discuss their offerings and services. 


The morning keynotes on both days were focused on the business side.   Robert Fry, Chief Economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, was the opening session presenter.   Robert is well known for providing excellent insight into the outlook for the global economy and its impact on markets of interest to the pressure sensitive industry.  He talked about the impact of low oil prices and forecast that pricing will stay relatively flat, something he feels is a good thing for the overall economy.   While he felt growth was disappointingly slow, his statistics on the U.S economy showed growth and potential in 2017.   In contrast China has the challenge of trying to evolve from a manufacturing and trade based economy to a consumer based economy.  Europe and Japan have the task of improving productivity as their populations have peaked and are in decline.  On Tuesday morning, Alan Issacson of ABI talked about sales and marketing strategies focused on the value of high tech products rather than price.  This presentation in particular resonated with me as he discussed how to pitch new products.   His basic premise was focused on pitching the attributes of a new product and why the customer should care versus a long discussion on the cool science.  The attendees came together for a final keynote after attending individual tracks.   Nat Brooks of Strategy Shapers LLC did a presentation then led a discussion on the “Age of Zero-Sum”.  Among the topics he touched were reduced product life-cycle, economic instability, and increased competitive pressures.  


In summary the ASC meeting offered the opportunity to learn more about new chemistries and product.   The keynotes balanced the science with the practical aspects of understanding the business climate and ideas on how to compete more effectively.    Like AIMCAL, the program allowed time for networking with the various adhesive and raw material suppliers present at the meeting...(read more with link below)...


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Superomniphobic Adhesive Tape Repels all Liquids but Still Faces Challenges

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Superomniphobic materials can repel all liquids regardless of their properties. The possible uses for such materials include the manufacture of self-cleaning materials, improving drag reduction, and helping to minimize liquid waste. Professor Arun Kota of Colorado State University has been working on sumperomniphobic materials for more than ten years, and has developed an adhesive tape with superomniphobic liquid repelling properties, but says that there are still challenges to overcome.


However, some of the problems so far associated with these materials have been addressed. For example, harsh chemicals are not needed to create it, and sophisticated clean rooms are not needed in the production process. The tape can simply be cut to size and applied, transforming a regular surface into one with many times the moisture repelling properties of Teflon.


The final remaining challenge is to improve the material so that it has greater mechanical durability. For example, mechanical abrasion will affect its performance, and Professor Kota is eager to overcome this final obstacle to the commercialization of his prototype.


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New Metal Bonding Acrylic Adhesive From 3M

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bonding bare metal without the need for extensive surface preparation presents a challenge, but 3M says its 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Metal Bonder Acrylic Adhesive DP8407NS requires little surface preparation prior to bonding, and will even penetrate a light oil layer effectively.


The high-strength structural adhesive cures quickly and exhibits high peel resistance, tolerates vibration, is corrosion resistant, and can maintain its bond strength at -40°F while tolerating temperatures as high as 400°F for an hour, making it suitable for bonding components prior to powder coating and paint processes. The adhesive is suitable for bonding steel, brass, copper and bronze as well as plastics and composites. 3M says that the adhesive will be used in the metal fabrication, automotive, architectural, appliance manufacturing and furniture making industries.


The two-part adhesive is mixed and applied using the 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ EPX™ Manual Applicator, which mixes the components and dispenses the adhesive in its ready-to-use form, and the adhesive can be stored at room temperature for up to 18 months.


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Dow Opens First North America-Based Pack Studios

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In 2015, Dow opened the first of its Pack Studios in Italy. Now, as of last month, North America will have its own Dow Pack Studios in Ringwood. Pack Studios’ inception resulted from Dow’s partnership with laminating equipment maker Nordmeccanica. They are innovation, technology and training centers that aim to allow for quicker commercialization of new laminating adhesives to meet Dow’s clients’ needs. The Ringwood facility is equipped with a collaboration room and a Nordmeccanica Super Combi 3000 laminator line.


The US Pack Studios will be the seventh facility of its kind globally. The Ringwood facility will give Dow’s clients access to its global network of testing equipment, laboratories and technical experts, helping them to create prototypes so that they can evaluate and make use of new and improved products more quickly. In addition Dow will use the facility to help its clients achieve faster cycle times and reduce costs. Client representatives will be able to work directly with Dow’s specialized personnel on site.


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TECHNICAL BLOG: Label Improvements Often Depend on Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 24, 2016

BLOG: Label Improvements Often Depend on Adhesive


By Hallie Forcinio, Expert Blogger 


The adhesive heavily influences the performance and sustainability of label structures. Chemical formulas and substrate/adhesive compatibility also impact properties such as clarity, moisture resistance, machinability and tolerance to hot and cold temperatures.


Today’s formulas are “greener.” For example, formaldehyde has been eliminated from many pressure-sensitive adhesives, and a growing number of formulas comply with the EU’s REACH (Regulation, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation. Removable adhesives are destined for applications where residue-free removal is desirable, such as informational labels on appliances. Labels with enhanced heat tolerance are specified for electrical and electronic items.


Acrylic formulas on film substrates combine good tack and open time so any misapplied labels can be removed cleanly, and the container can be relabeled with minimal rework. This reduces waste. These pressure-sensitive adhesives resist building up on equipment such as label applicators, presses and diecutters, thereby minimizing downtime associated with cleaning. Many of the resulting label structures are classified as food-grade and are compatible with a variety of inks and printing processes including ultraviolet (UV), solvent and water...




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PermalinkComments (0) Article: Machine Vision Aids Adhesive Inspection in Auto Manufacture

Posted By ASC, Friday, October 21, 2016

The automotive industry is increasingly turning to adhesives in order to achieve its emissions reduction targets through the use of alternative materials that require specialized bonding techniques. But inspections that ensures that adhesives have been applied with sufficient precision play an important role in the production line.

USS Vision specializes in the supply of machine vision inspection cameras that ensure the correct placement, size and shape of adhesive beads, but there are several variables, including lighting, bead shape and color and substrate color and reflectiveness that complicate the task. In addition, machine vison inspection must not compromise production line efficiency.

Adhesive bead inspection taking place after adhesive application and prior to bonding generally involves a two-step process. Firstly, the operator sets the bead path, marking the inner and outer edges and defining target width and tolerances. Camera inspection requires proper illumination, and allows for machine vision checking to ensure that the bead appears under the camera in exactly the same position. This process requires specialized software, and machine vision software firm MVTec Software GmbH has included adhesive bead inspection features in its software since 2014. The company says that developing such software implies meeting the challenge of making it applicable to a wide variety of adhesive bead inspection tasks.

When inspection occurs after adhesive application, robots either move away from the part, or inspection is done by fixed cameras, pivoting or tilting cameras, or by using robots to move the part so that cameras can complete inspection. However, post-application inspection... READ MORE (online at


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