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Adhesives.org BLOG: Perimeter Containment- Firestop Joints. Let’s Find a Better Solution -part 1 of 2-

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

BLOG:  Perimeter Containment- Firestop Joints. Let’s Find a Better Solution -part 1 of 2-
 
By Sharron Halpert, Adhesives.org Expert Blogger

 

A challenge for the creative problem solvers

In our blog on 12/7 we had a discussion about firestopping on rated joints, but we did not talk specifically about the different types. Did you know that the building code requires the rating of the floor to remain continuous up to or through the exterior façade of the building. If the façade sits ON the floor, clearly the code requirement is met. However, when the façade hangs off the edge of the floor, this slot can be as small as ½” or up to several feet. In this blog and the next we will pose a challenge to manufacturers to combine existing technologies in other industries in order to create a whole new product that might provide a better solution and a faster installation. Are you interested in creating something the market has never seen AND making buildings safer? If so, read on my friends!

If you have read much on the Grenfell Tower fire in London, you know that, on top of the concerns about the combustible exterior facades, there is also the potential that there was likely nothing in that slot that we mentioned. If this were the case that means there was nothing that would stop the fire and smoke from spreading from one floor to the next, inside the building.

Read more at adhesives.org

 

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Arkema Ranked in the TOP 100 Global Innovators for 2017

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 30, 2018

For the seventh consecutive year, Arkema has been ranked among the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators, as compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

 

This recognition rewards Arkema’s innovation culture and strategy in areas like materials lightweighting, 3D printing, lithium-ion batteries, organic electronics, and adhesives, as well as the know-how and expertise of its R&D teams in developing innovative solutions that contribute to product recyclability and promote the circular economy.

 

“Innovation has been part of Arkema’s DNA since its creation and represents one of the Group’s growth drivers. To be listed among the Top 100 Global Innovators for the 7th consecutive year is a tribute to the merits of our strategic guidelines and unique positioning through the development of our portfolio of advanced materials and adhesives. It is also a source of great pride for Arkema and a tremendous reward for our teams.”

 

Thierry Le Hénaff
Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

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Avery Denison Touts the Many Benefits of Easy Peel Labels

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The annoyance of trying to remove a label that rips, clings, and leaves a sticky film behind is one that most of us will identify with. Avery Dennison recently conducted a consumer survey and found that 80 percent of people had experienced difficulty in removing a product label during the last 12 months. Over 50 percent complained of sticky residues, and 80 percent said that label removal was frustrating.

 

The company points out that something as simple as an easy-peel label can increase customer satisfaction and help to build brand loyalty. It says that price, product information, and informative labels, window stickers, and labels that help administrative personnel to track products all need to have easy peel properties.

 

The type of label to meet this requirement will depend on the substrate, the shape of the product, the label facestock and size, the required durability of the label, and the environmental factors to which the label will be exposed. In consultation with adhesive label manufacturers, manufacturers and retailers can find the right label to meet the requirement for easy peeling – without the label beginning to detach from the substrate while it is still needed.

 

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Bostik Hosts Symposium on Adhesives for Disposable Hygiene Products

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The adhesives industry partners with manufacturers of everything from clothes, to furniture, to cars and disposable hygiene products. Producers may know what they want from adhesives, but gaining an understanding of the technologies available to them helps them to take their products to the next level. For this reason, Bostik recently held a symposium for disposable hygiene product manufacturers in New Delhi.

 

Delegates were able to get information on the latest products and application equipment as well as getting an opportunity to see how adhesives experts research and develop new products to meet customer needs. Speakers addressed such issues as obtaining comfortable fit, choice of materials, leakage reduction strategies, and elastic attachment adhesives. The company says that information sessions such as these lead to smart product choices that help its clients to increase customer satisfaction.

 

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Sika Introduces New High Grab Adhesive for Rapid Handling of Bonded Components

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sikaflex 545, a new addition to the Sika Group’s product range, offers new advances in adhesive technology. The adhesive is a silane terminated polymer assembly system that can be applied with a handgun. According to the company, it will grab immediately, retaining its bond under a weight of 4.5kg immediately after application. In less than one minute, the mass it can tolerate increases to 18kg.

 

Sikaflex 545 is expected to be useful in many industrial contexts since it is able to bond a wide range of substrates including PVC, aluminum, glass, timber, ceramics and galvanized steel. Sika Group believes that it will be adopted in the production of furniture and home appliances as well as industrial appliances and HVAC systems. The low odor, low emissions adhesive requires no surface pre-treatment, has the advantage of elasticity, and can be overpainted. 

 

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Strong Epoxy Gives Round the World Yacht Racers a Second Chance

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, January 16, 2018

When the Dutch AkzoNobel Ocean Race Team suffered a damaged main mast owing to a gybe in high winds, it may have seemed like their round the world race attempt was doomed. The mainsail’s track was ripped free of the mast, and the force of the wind also broke the carbon battens that support the sail. But the team came armed with a remedy for their predicament – super-strong epoxy adhesive.

 

In stormy weather, sailing with only headsails, the team got to work, using the epoxy to reattach the mast track. The shore crew of technical experts says that the yacht will be able to use the mainsail at full hoist once again. That’s good news, since the team currently holds fourth place, and will still be in with a chance of finishing in a strong position thanks to ingenuity and a little epoxy.

 

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3M’s Tape Products Address NVH (Noise, Volume and Harshness) Reduction

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 11, 2018

The automotive industry has attempted a variety of strategies for reducing Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH). To date, strategies ranging from altered component design to the incorporation of stiffening ribs specifically to reduce vibration have been incorporated. One of the key issues when combatting noise is resonance and when layers of materials all contribute to the overall effect, the resulting noise can be unacceptable.


Adhesive acoustic tapes have proven to be an effective and economical solution. Acoustic tape manufacturer, 3M, says that its sound damping pads not only absorb resonant sound frequencies but help to isolate vibrating panels, acting as elastomeric “bumpers” that prevent noise altogether.


The company manufactures a Vibration Damping Tape that consists of an adhesive, an elastomeric damper, and a layer of aluminum foil. When the elastomer is excited, it is unable to transfer the energy it receives through the foil layer. As a result, the energy is converted to heat and is then dissipated.


The company has also developed 3M VHB tape which can be used as alternative to mechanical fasteners for bonding rigid panels to a frame. The tape’s viscoelastic core works with the inherent rigidity of the panel to reduce vibration and noise.


Reducing friction between components that, for one reason or another, must make contact offers another NVH-reduction opportunity. In this instance, 3M’s Slick Surface Tapes combine polyethylene and Teflon to address the issue.


Finally, 3M’s Thinsulate Acoustic Insulation is suitable where sound absorption is the primary function of the tape. The use of tapes allows manufacturers to reduce the cost and the complexity of their designs while still attaining the NVH targets that provide consumers and their passengers with a more comfortable, quieter ride.

 

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New Heated Hose Mount Introduced to Help Optimize Packaging Production Lines

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Robatech AG has announce its release of a new heated hose mount that will help to extend heat hoses’ useful life while helping its users to improve workplace safety and preventing common production-line hold-ups and errors.

The EasyFix Mount combines with an intelligent sensor to activate the RobaFeed3 automated filling system and the design keeps hoses, cables, and tubes from being constricted or bundled to the point where overheating takes place. This, in turn, reduces the changes of carbonization and the resulting clogging of nozzles. In addition, prevention of overheating increases operator safety while maintaining optimal hose temperature.

Working in tandem with the EasyFix Mount, the Robafeed3 filling system ensures that melting tanks are filled safely and as needed. This eliminates common operator errors like tank overfilling or allowing tanks to run empty with resulting production delays. The company says that by realizing these efficiencies, its customers will also use less adhesive and reduce their energy needs.

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Wearable Sensors Tech: Researchers Print Circuits onto Stretchable Polymers

Posted By ASC, Monday, January 8, 2018

Wearable devices that help you to improve your health and fitness are nothing new anymore, but up till now, they’ve always required wearing something extra. Now, a new device is using adhesives to allow people who hope to take better care of their health to turn their regular clothes into fitness monitors. The adhesive lasts two years and allows users to transfer the compact device to fresh clothing items, or even wash and dry the clothing item with the device in situ.Since the battery life is eighteen months, the adhesive will outlast the lifespan of the tag which is limited by its eighteen-month battery life.

 

The device, dubbed the Spire Health Tag, is meant to be completely unobtrusive and works with an accompanying app that sends alerts when necessary rather than delivering a constant stream of raw data. The Spire Health tag aims to reduce stress through promoting healthy habits, and its makers say that it is the first health monitor that uses adhesives to attacha wearable device to clothing rather than to skin.

 

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Bostik Completes Acquisition of XL Brands

Posted By ASC, Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bostik completed the acquisition of XL Brands on January 2, 2018.


With this acquisition, which complements the acquisition of CMP in May 2017, Arkema actively
pursues the development of Bostik which should exceed one third of the Group’s sales by 2023.

 

More information about XL Brands is available HERE. More information about Bostik is available HERE.

 

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