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New Fast-Curing Toughened Epoxy for Plastics and Metals

Posted By ASC, Monday, March 11, 2019

Epoxies, Etc has announced its launch of 10-3041 Toughened Epoxy Adhesive.  The company says the primary advantages of the product are its high shear strength of 3,000 psi, which it reaches in just four hours, and its ability to bond a wide variety of materials including plastics and metals.

 

According to the company, within minutes of being applied, the epoxy is no longer wet or tacky, and application is easy thanks to the company’s proprietary dispenser which automatically mixes the two-part adhesive, eliminating the possibility of error and waste.

 

Epoxies, Etc. reports that its new epoxy has good insulating properties, making it suitable for use in the manufacture of electronic components. The company is already known for its potting and encapsulating compounds.

 

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Drip-Less Glue Gun Wins Crafting Industries Award

Posted By ASC, Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Association for Crafting Industries has declared AdTech’s drip-free glue gun the winner of its Best New Product Award.  The Drip-Less ™ technology solves a problem that most craftspeople will be familiar with – drips and strings of excess hot glue. The gun has a unique piston and chamber assembly which it hopes to patent. It pulls unused adhesive back into the glue gun and the company says users can expect up to 90 percent fewer drips and strings and a neater finished item.

 

The gun comes in two formats.  The AdTech W9201 Full-Size Drip-Less™ Hi-Temp Glue Gun will deliver four times more adhesive and six times the power per squeeze than ordinary glue guns, while the AdTech W9202 Mini-Size Drip-Less Hi-Temp Glue Gun delivers three times the power. Both versions will be on sale to the general public, allowing hobbyists and DIYers to benefit from the innovation.

 

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European Retailers Move Towards Produce With Adhesive Label Only

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

German retail chain REWE has announced that it will no longer sell organic cucumbers with plastic wrapping. The chain plans to keep the produce fresh by employing better transportation practices and is dispensing with the wrapper in order to reduce plastic waste.


International Supermarket News reports that REWE is not the only big retailer moving towards plastic-free fresh produce. Adhesive labels can be stuck directly onto many types of produce including white cabbage, fennel, and zucchini, and simple paper banderoles can be used to label items like bunches of bananas, reducing packaging waste by as much as 50 percent.


With plastic pollution enjoying widespread awareness as a global environmental problem, retailers are likely to accelerate the trend towards plastic-free packaging. Adhesive labels and adhesive tapes are expected to take a front row seat as practical alternatives to conventional packaging while an increasingly plastic-averse public shops for eco-friendly alternatives.

 

 

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Repositionable Adhesives Inspire Innovative Bathroom Tidy Tiles

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Nowadays, adhesives aren’t necessarily one-stick wonders. The ability to not only stick things in place, but reposition them with ease and without mess, has given rise to a wide range of innovative and practical products.

 

Toiletries are the latest on the scene. The “toiletries” bathroom-tidy set consists of four adhesive silicone tiles that neatly hold your most frequently-used personal care items.

 

It’s all about convenience. Consumers can stick the tiles right on the bathroom mirror so that toothbrush, razor, tweezers and nail clippers are easy to grab. Bathroom tiles are another obvious substrate – and the makers assure clients that the easily cleanable adhesive tiles are just as easily transferred to a new location if they were to move house. 

 

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Ancient Adhesive Provides Archaeological Clues

Posted By ASC, Monday, February 25, 2019

It’s reasonable to assume that people started using adhesives as soon as they discovered that some substances are sticky – and archaeological finds back this up. Most recently, chewed and kneaded birch-bark that was used by Scandinavian hunter-gatherers as an adhesive has provided DNA samples that tell scholars more about the people who lived in Sweden thousands of years ago.

The team says that the birch bark lumps were chewed or kneaded and then used in making tools and weapons. The “chewing gum” samples they uncovered provided DNA evidence showing that both men and women were involved in this form of primitive adhesive manufacture. The DNA samples date this form of glue use as occurring before the last Ice age – over 9,500 years ago.

 

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Feathers May Provide the Next Big Inspiration For Aerospace Adhesives

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

When you pick up a feather and play with it, you are sure to be fascinated by the way in which its barbs fit together, often springing back into place even after you have pulled them apart. Now, University of California San Diego researchers say that the properties of feathers could point the way towards new aerospace materials and adhesives. 


The research team used a 3D printer to create structures similar to the vanes, barbs and barbules that make up birds’ feathers, examining the way in which they capture and block air and knit together. The spacing of barbules, 8 to 16 micrometers apart regardless of bird species, leads the team to believe that this spacing is important to flight and may have relevance to the development of Velcro-like materials for the aerospace industry. An interlocking one-directional adhesive or an adhesive with directional permeability could result from the study’s findings.

 

 

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Loctite Improves Its Threadlocker Formulation

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Loctite's flagship LOCTITE® 243 threadlocker now comes with a few added benefits. According to the company, the new Loctite formulation can now be applied without using primers, and offers improved prevail torque, oil tolerance and temperature resistance.


The company says that these enhanced properties apply to all formulations of its signature threadlockers including the no-drip, no-waste tape and “glue stick” formulations. Loctite says that its product now has greater holding power – and improved staying power under harsh operating conditions.

 

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Quality Adhesives Become Critical as Chargebacks Hit Retail Suppliers

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

For many manufacturers, shipping is the time when losses come creeping in. There’s a great deal of rough and tumble. Cartons ride on vibrating conveyor belts, can be subjected to a wide range of temperatures unless shipping environments are strictly controlled, and get loaded and offloaded, often multiple times, before they reach their destination. When carton tape gives, the contents are easily lost or damaged – but it’s not only the damage to carton contents that’s annoying retailers and costing their suppliers.


Retailers are looking to their suppliers to choose packaging – and packaging tape – that can take the punch, and they’re biting back by imposing chargeback fines on suppliers whose containers are prone to pop. Tape-related issues can include missing case seals, tape that doesn’t stick properly, and tape that snaps or breaks. The adhesives industry is poised to deliver quality products to ensure package and tape integrity and reminds manufacturers that quality Pressure Sensitive Adhesives and Hot Melt products are critical to maintaining the integrity of shipping cartons and protecting the contents therein.

 

Additionally, with retailers cracking down on package failure, using quality tapes and packaging adhesives becomes a bottom-line issue that cannot be ignored.

 

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3M’s Fastbond 30NF Adhesive Marks More Than 40 Years on the Market

Posted By ASC, Monday, February 11, 2019

3M marks more than 40 years on the market for its Fastbond 30NF water-based contact adhesive. Also, thanks to the move towards solvent-free formulations with low chemical emissions, the adhesive remains on-trend despite being no newcomer from the 3M stable.


GreenGuard certification and low odor performance as well as superior bond performance are among the reasons why its customers are switching to Fastbond 30NF, reports 3M. The company says that its product’s versatility is critical to its longevity on the market. The adhesive can be brushed, sprayed or rolled on and is suitable for a wide range of applications including bonding rigid materials like plywood, bonding insulation to the inside of refrigerator doors, and securing rubber as flooring in buses or bonding fabrics to wood speaker boxes or drywall.

 

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New Adhesives From Plexus Marketed to End Thin Metal Welding Woes

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New adhesives from manufacturer Plexus offer an alternative to welding that could save manufacturers rework and surface imperfections. Plexus says that their Plexus MA8110 and MA8120 adhesives are purpose-designed to bond a wide variety of metal substrates, including dissimilar metals, to replace the need to weld. It’s particularly helpful when bonding thin metal components or sheeting that would easily be subject to warping or burn-through during regular welding. 


According to Plexus, its product saves its clients time and money while producing a clean aesthetic to boost final quality. The adhesives offer one-step bonding, tolerate a wide range of temperatures, endure cycle fatigue and demonstrate high impact resistance. Both adhesives bond aluminum, cold rolled steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel and chromate steel, but Plexus M81200 allows for elongation of 45 to 65 percent compared to the 10 to 20 percent elongation of MA81100. The cure time and working life of M81200 are also somewhat longer. 

 

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