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Secret Glue-Filled Satellite: Sticky Answer to Space Debris Threat?

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 23, 2015

At this moment, millions of small pieces of space junk are flying around the earth. For most people, that is not an immediate concern, but space junk poses a collision risk to astronauts and satellites. Researchers have been puzzled over how to collect the more than 500,000 pieces of space debris, most of which are smaller than a softball. Now a company in Singapore is working on a prototype that will use glue to trap pieces of debris. The Singapore-based company, Astroscale, is incorporating one of the few adhesives that does work in space into a two-part satellite designed to capture and dispose of space debris. The satellite is composed of a carrier that contains a “catcher.” The carrier identifies a piece of debris and then releases the catcher, which sticks to the debris and engages a solid fuel thruster to slow the debris’ velocity. At lower velocity, the debris will fall out of orbit and be harmlessly burned up in the atmosphere.

 

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Surgical Sealant Gets the Nod

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The first spray-dried fibrin medical sealant has been granted FDA approval. The sealant, Raplixa, is intended to control bleeding during surgery. The sealant uses two proteins, thrombin and fibrinogen, which are found in human blood. When the sealant dissolves in blood, a reaction between those proteins causes clotting that then seals small blood vessels, which could not be closed with sutures or cautery. The proteins needed for this adhesive are purified separately and then spray-dried to form powders. Once dried the proteins can be stably stored together, meaning that no mixing is required prior to application. Dry storage also means the sealant tolerates a broad range of temperatures and can be stored without refrigeration. FDA approval was based on a clinical study involving 721 patients where the sealant was used in conjunction with an absorbable gelatin sponge. The combination of sealant and sponge was more effective than a sponge alone in stopping bleeding during vascular, spinal, hepatic and soft tissue surgeries.

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ASC LAUNCHES MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM

Posted By Matt Croson, Thursday, June 18, 2015
Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Matt Croson

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(301) 986-9700 ext. 111

Matt.croson@ascouncil.org

 

 

ASC LAUNCHES MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM

 

Revamped www.ascouncil.org Provides Direct Program Access

 

June 18, 2015 – Bethesda, MD –The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently revamped its primary member program access point, www.ascouncil.org, to deliver a stronger member engagement platform.  The new site is live.

 

The new site now offers multiple enhancements and new features to include:

 

  • A responsive layout that is optimized for tablets, smartphones, and PCs.
  • Online ordering in real time.  Now, when users purchase ASC Store items such as market reports, past proceedings, on-demand Training Academy webinars, etc., they will get an order confirmation in their inbox immediately with a link to download their purchase.
  • Online annual dues renewal for existing members and dues subscriptions for new members.
  • Improved e-communications access whereby users can select exactly which outbound communications they would like to receive to stay connected to ASC programs and services.
  • An easier authentication system with improved “Forgot Password” or “Forgot Username” functionality.
  • Streamlined event registration.

The new site also allows members to connect to downstream buyers via an enhanced Vendor Select Tool that is being revamped and updated, and will be unveiled and available for members to populate beginning in July.

 

The new Vendor Select tool, while accessible to and widely used by the entire adhesive & sealant industry, will offer only members the opportunity to:

 

  • Provide detailed information on their company, its products, and its management.
  • Provide direct connections to product engineers, customer service contacts or technical assistance professionals.
  • Share Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and other pertinent information regarding products.
  • Share press releases and provide communications information directly to the adhesive and sealant community related to items such as new product launches, plant openings, M&A and partnerships.
  • Post videos, photos, etc. for the community to interact with and view.
  • Link to company social media accounts to grow a social presence.
  • AND MUCH MORE!

“The new www.ascouncil.org is truly a place for members to connect across the supply chain via a robust online portal.  We are shifting more of the control to our members, allowing them to establish their e-presence, while providing goods and services quickly and seamlessly,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President, ASC.  “We continue our focus on delivering value.  Perhaps the best example of this will be the enhanced Vendor Select Tool, which will allow companies to create their own microsites via www.ascouncil.org.  The Vendor Select Tool will no longer be a ‘name and address tool’ as in years’ past.  Full corporate, product and team communications can be shared via the portal, which gives members a new way to connect with the supply chain to include downstream users.”

 

From ASC’s perspective, the new platform streamlines communications, order and data entry and fulfillment, database maintenance and accounting.  In the past, the Council relied on several third-party vendors to provide a la carte services that would need to be linked together, often imperfectly.  Now, ASC has done away with all that, as well as substantial licensing, connectivity fees and upgrade costs.  Our new software tool is a true one-stop shop for staff and members alike.

 

“ASC is pleased to deliver this tool to our members and to the industry at large.  Innovators secure the future with adhesives and sealants and we want to provide the best resources possible to allow the supply chain to connect and innovate as they move our world forward,” notes Croson.  “The effort doubles in value as the program also lowers cost and management time for ASC staff, which is a win-win for the Council and its members.”

 

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the $40 billion global adhesive and sealant industry.  The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, representing 75% of the U.S. industry.  “Innovators secure the future with adhesives and sealants” is the vision of ASC, and the Council produces programs that support five strategic objectives covering Career Education, Community Knowledge Integration, Innovation, Unified Industry Voice and Accelerate Growth. Information on ASC can be found at www.ascouncil.org.  Industry solutions and news can be found at www.adhesives.org or www.sealants.org.  

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'People Post-It' Takes the Ouch Out of Bandage Removal

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Most adhesive bandage users know the discomfort of pulling skin and hair during bandage removal. Now 3M, the company that created Post-it Notes, has created a bandage with a different adhesive chemistry that does not pull when it’s removed. 3M’s 2476P Silicone Adhesive on Spunlace is unofficially being called a “people Post-It.” 2476P Silicone Adhesive clings more than it adheres to the skin, and in the words of Kris Godbey—senior technical support engineer for 3M Medical Materials and Technologies—that means, “Essentially, it stretches so your skin doesn’t have to.” Traditional adhesive bandages use an acrylic adhesive that flows into cracks and adheres to the skin. 2476P contains a silicone adhesive that is inert and will not flow or create extensive bonding with the skin. Because it does not bond, the adhesion level is constant and the adhesive comes away from the skin cleanly and can be reused. Godbey noted that acrylic adhesives still have their place when a strong bond is needed because of movement or the need to secure a piece of equipment.  However, 2476P Silicone Adhesive is ideal for dressings on wounds that are frequently checked or for dressings on delicate skin.

 

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New Dow Corning® EI-1184 Silicone Encapsulant Available from Ellsworth Adhesives Europe

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dow Corning EI-1184 is now available in the Ellsworth Adhesives Europe range of encapsulants. EI-1184 is designed for LED lighting applications with high transparency and weatherability.  It provides long-lasting protection against moisture, UV light, thermal changes and extreme temperatures in both indoor and outdoor applications. EI-1184 is a two-part silicone encapsulant. After mixing, it cures to a flexible elastomer clear enough to use in the light path without cracking or yellowing over the expected lifetime. Dow Corning EI-1184 is available in a two-part kit with a simple 1:1 mixing ratio. This mixing ratio reduces the likelihood of errors during mixing and simplifies processing and quality control. This encapsulant can also reduce costs in high-volume production. EI-1184 is just the latest of hundreds of Dow Corning products available through Ellsworth Adhesives.

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Henkel to Invest 30 Million Euro to Setup India's Largest Adhesive Plant in Kurkumbh

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Henkel Adhesive, a subsidiary of Henkel Ltd, has plans to set up India’s largest adhesive plant in Kurkumbh, near Pune. Henkel’s investment in the new plant will total approximately 30 million Euro. The new plant is expected to be complete and start production in 2017. It will focus on automotive, metal and industrial adhesives. Jeremy Hunter—President Henkel Group India—said, “This plant will enable us to localise our product portfolio and reduce imports while bringing the best global technology to India. Considering the proximity of the plant to our customers, it will also help us to work closely with them in developing solutions.” After the first phase of construction, the Kurkumbh plant will have an operational area of about 20,000 square meters and an annual capacity expected to be 80,000 metric tons of adhesives and surface treatments. This plant is a part of Henkel’s global strategy to expand sales and business growth in emerging markets. 

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Henkel Releases High-Strength Fix and Repair Tape Ideal for Automotive Emergency Repairs

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TEROSON VR 5080 is a new high-strength adhesive table for urgent automotive repairs. Henkel has designed this tape for temporary but strong repairs, as well as reinforcement, fixing, sealing and protection. The tape can be applied to any dry, clean parts that are free of oil and dust. TEROSON VR 5080 is a synthetic rubber tape with easy application in both interior and exterior applications, which makes it ideal for bodyshops. Possible applications include holding vertically positioned glass during glazing replacement, until the permanent adhesive has cured. TEROSON VR 5080 has good weathering resistance and is temperature resistant up to 70ºC.

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Henkel Releases Comprehensive and Mobile-Friendly Website for Adhesive Solutions

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 11, 2015

Henkel has launched a new web portal focused on adhesives for furniture and building. Adhesive selection for furniture and building components depends on application method, substrate, and bonding technology. Now Henkel has compiled this information conveniently in one place. The site includes Henkel’s in-depth application knowledge, their technology portfolio for woodworking operations, and training and technical services. In addition, the “Henkel House” is an interactive feature that shows common adhesives applications and technologies in the home. The user-friendly design is optimized for tablets, smartphones, and PCs, with a responsive web design. Henkel’s new adhesive portal can be found here.

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Bayer MaterialScience to be Called Covestro

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bayer has announced that its MaterialScience business will be renamed Covestro effective September 1, 2015. This is one of many steps toward Bayer MaterialScience becoming an independent company. Plans for the business to become a separate company were first announced in September 2014, and Bayer intends to float Covestro on the stock market by mid-2016. “Covestro represents a bold new direction and bright future for an innovation-driven polymers company,” noted Patrick Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Bayer MaterialScience and CEO designate of Covestro. Separating Covestro into a new company will allow it greater independence and flexibility to pursue its business goals. The name was selected as a combination of words that are significant to the company. The CO comes from collaboration, VEST signifies investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and STRO comes from the word strong.

 

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A Weekly Look At New Products & Innovations

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 11, 2015

Silicone Solutions launched a flexible grout called SS-777. It can compensate for expansion joints, vibration, and moving surfaces, while tolerating humidity and variable temperatures. Dow Corning released a thermally conductive gel for use in demanding flip chip applications, while Wacker Chemie A.G. debuted a high-tack silicone for medical applications. The Wacker adhesive is named Silpuran 2117 and is intended for advanced wound care. It is a high purity silicone that allows dressings to remain flexible and soft with non-traumatic dressing changes. Silpuran 2117 also has enhanced tack in contact with skin to ensure dressings are secure, while providing a breathable but water-tight barrier. By creating a seal around the wound, Silpuran 2117 also prevents infection. Its purity makes it ideal for hypoallergenic skin, and ease of removal means there is no damage or pain when dressing need to be changed.

 

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