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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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Aerospace Plastics Market Expected to Rise by 65% in the Next Six Years

Posted By ASC, Monday, July 8, 2019
Several recent forecasts are showing a 65% rise in the global aerospace plastics market share from $45 million in 2018 to $75 million by 2025 with adhesives manufacturers, which supply the assembly lines, offering advanced bonding solutions to this fast growing market.

Increases in aircraft deliveries, the modernization of existing fleets, as well as efforts to improve efficiency, all point to the already increasing demand for plastic components continuing to grow. As do changes and development in aircraft manufacture, like 3D printing using plastics, which also brings down weight and production time. Plastic also fits the bill in terms of lower maintenance requirements and longer service life.

Weight reduction of aircraft is one of the most economically advantageous areas in which plastics can contribute to the aerospace industry. Every pound that is saved reduces the aircraft’s operating costs, and also cuts the cost of production. Using fibre-reinforced plastics and so-called sandwich components, and the lightweight adhesives which enable these components to be bonded to a variety of substrates, allows for extremely lightweight design.

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1) Carbon Fibre Composites -Combining Mechanical Fastening With Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

While in some instances it’s possible to choose either mechanical fastening or adhesives as the exclusive answer to bonding carbon-fiber composites with other materials like steel and aluminium, there are instances where the best outcome is achieved by using both types of fastening to handle different assembly areas, according to scientists.


The EWI engineering and technology organization reports that in some applications both adhesives and mechanical fastenings, both of which are well-established joining methods for structural and load-bearing applications, are applied to prevent delamination and fracturing which can be detrimental to the structural integrity of the material.


According to the Fraunhofer Research Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology, just as component materials are chosen for their function, joining methods should be chosen according the materials chosen. CFRP is suitable for components connecting long expanses, while metal is usually selected for functional components and attachment points like steering mechanisms.

 

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Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints At Its Electric SUV

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Updated: Friday, June 28, 2019

Recent release by Dyson of three patent applications it lodged 18 months ago with the US Patents Office not revealed many specifics with regard to the electric vehicle the company plans to launch in 2021. Electric car assembly suppliers, including those in the adhesives and sealants industry, will have to continue to wait for details regarding the car’s assembly requirements.

 

Dyson, renowned for its development of electric motors and batteries while transforming the vacuum cleaner and hair-dryer industries, has revealed very little about the SUV to be built in Singapore and has refused to comment on the patent applications it released.

 

The applications suggest the Dyson SUV will be innovative in that it is not based on a vehicle originally created for an internal consumption engine. It will be larger and longer than other electric SUVs, despite its minimized front; and will have big but thin wheels to reduce rolling resistance and increase energy efficiency.

 

Additionally, the SUV will be higher off the ground, but have a lower roof and a sharply angled windscreen which together call for a reclined driver’s seat. The slab-like battery will form the base of the vehicle. The adhesive & sealant industry is certainly watching closely since the industry’s solutions are critical to the success of a vehicle launch like this. Read more about the adhesive & sealant industry’s solutions HERE.

 

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Nordson Launches High-Speed Modular Jet Valve for Micro-depositing Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 27, 2019

Nordson EFD has launched a modular jet valve it says is capable of dispensing precise and repeatable micro-deposits of liquids, including sealants and adhesives, at a continuous speed of 1000Hz, and at bursts of up to 1500Hz.


According to the company, the PICO Pulse delivers precise micro-deposits as small as 0.5nL on any surface, as well as in the most demanding production areas, including those which are uneven and hard to reach. Precise dispensing is attained by variable stroke control, and production demand changes are accomplished through the jet valve’s modular design.


Nordson reports that this modular design approach and the latch free mechanism in the jet valve meant less down time when it came to servicing the valve, or exchanging wetted parts that come into contact with the medium under pressure. It also allowed for the jet to be used to dispense a wide range of assembly fluids with different viscosities or movements of flow.

 

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3M Launches High Temperature Hook And Loop Fastening Tapes

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

3M has introduced an adhesive-backed reusable fastening tape for indoor and outdoor use which the company says is capable of withstanding temperatures close to boiling point, and able to outlast 5,000 closures. 


By doing so, the company plans to take a stronger adhesive version of the hook and loop tape system, once best known for its use on backpacks and shoe straps, into a wide range of manufacturing sectors and perform a number of functions.


These include using the tape for mounting seat backs and cushions in assembling aerospace and speciality vehicles; attaching displays and signs in the retail industry, and for medical brace closures and attachments.


The reclosable fastening system that can resist temperatures up to 185 degrees Fahrenheit, is made up of teaming up two separate tapes. SJ60H provides the hooks, and SJOH the loops, both made out of woven nylon. The tapes are backed by adhesives for mounting purposes.  

 

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New Therma-Conductive Adhesive For Heat-Generating Components

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 24, 2019

MG Chemicals has launched a new thermally-conductive two-part epoxy adhesive for use bonding heat-generating components in the assembly of electronics, including items like heatsink heat exchangers and LEDs. The adhesive can be applied with dual-syringes, mix-tips, and automatic dispensing systems.


According to MG, the adhesive has a thermal conductivity of 1.1W/(m.K) which works for 45minutes. If left at room temperature it will cure in 24 hours, a time-span that will speed up to 2.5 hours if the temperature is raised to 65C or 149 F. 


MG reports that the MG Chemical 8329TFM adhesive is thixotropic, bonds well to various substrates, and provides strong electrical insulation. The smooth, dark grey adhesive is also claimed to be highly resistant to salt water, humidity, alphatic hydrocarbons and mild bases. It has a shelf life in excess of three years.

 

 

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A&S Industry Sees Bright Future for EVs and Automotive Suppliers

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 20, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Two major changes are underfoot this year in the electric vehicle market and even more are to come within the next decade, which will result in EVs becoming a mainstream driving option. 


One is the planned introduction of nine electric SUVs this year to a market so far mostly revolving around sedans and hatchbacks. 2019 is also the year when the range reached by electric vehicle batteries is predicted to top 200 miles on average. By 2028 they are expected to have a range of 400 miles.


The adhesive and sealant industry is adhering to its bond with the automotive industry by expanding partnerships and product lines to keep up. Industry manufacturers have looked into the crystal ball and see a bright future for EVs, and therefore for the suppliers and OEMs who manufacture components necessary to keep the EV sector growing.


Several adhesive and sealant companies are very active in the automotive industry, producing a wide range innovative products and innovative solutions used in vehicle assembly and battery manufacture. For more information, including connecting with providers, visit the cars, trucks and buses portal on adhesives.org.

 

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Proper Storage is Critical for Epoxy Adhesives Effectiveness

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Special attention needs to paid to the product-specific storage requirements for one and two part epoxy adhesives. This will ensure that they continue to function properly.


According to manufacturer Master Bond, well-ventilated areas should be chosen, and moist and dusty environments avoided in all instances, while the ambient temperature necessary to preserve functionality varied from one type of epoxy to another. 


Their one component epoxy, for instance, should be stored between 5 and 10°C (40-50°F), and brought to ambient temperature before being used. The two component epoxy can be stored in warmer, dryer and well-ventilated areas between 20-25°C (68-77°F). The premixed and frozen epoxy remains functional for 6 months if stored at -40°C (-40°F) and is then thawed for usage. As it cures at room temperature, it cannot be refrozen or re-used.


Care should also be taken to check the date of manufacture, ensure the right lids are replaced tightly, and that applicators are cleaned thoroughly to avoid cross-contamination. Also, special care should be taken when storing flammable or hazardous materials.

 

 

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Sika Introduces New Flexible Indoor/Outdoor Sealant Adhesive

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sika’s Everbuild product line has produced a new adhesive and sealant, EB25, for use on a wide range of materials, and in various conditions and environments. 


The company reports that the polymer blend adhesive and sealant is both highly flexible and strong, and claims it to be suitable for indoor, outdoor and even underwater application, and exposure to most weather conditions. 


According to the company the adhesive and sealant can by applied to materials like wood, metal, plastic, concrete, ceramic, stone and brick. It is certified for use in sanitary and food preparation areas and has been awarded the EC1Plus badge for low emissions. 

 

 

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