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A Special Message to Members from Bill Allmond, President of ASC

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

 

Bill Allmond, President of The Adhesive & Sealant Council

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Sound Advice for Applying Deck Sealants Built to Last

Posted By ASC, Thursday, June 4, 2020

It may seem like all the hard work is over when the last screw is put into the deck and all that’s still needed is a quick swish with a paint brush and sealant. However, to make sure that the sealant sees to it that the deck outlasts the stresses of time and the elements; it takes more than just applying a quick finish to the wooden planks. It requires patience.


As effective as sealants are in protecting decks from water damage and exposure to the sun in the long term, they will only perform that function well if they are applied at the right time, and that almost certainly isn’t right away.


New wood, still wet with preservatives, will repel rather than absorb the sealant, in the same way that the sealant, once correctly applied, will repel any water that falls on it and cause small beads of water to form on top of the surface instead.


New wood is best left to rest for about a month or until it’s ready to absorb the sealant. At the end of the 30-day period, water poured on the deck should be absorbed rather than repelled. If it is absorbed, the wood is good to go and ready for the sealant. However if beads appear to show it’s still too wet, a little more waiting time is needed. However, it’s important that the delay isn’t long enough for moisture and UV light to damage it. Repeating the bead test after a couple of days is the best bet.

 

Sealants, which can be either waterproof or water repellent, are colourless, so deck-builders may choose to apply a stain two days before the sealant is added, or opt for a sealant and stain combination product for application. A mix of the two may add benefits in that the stain may increase the UV protection factor while sealants would add their superior moisture protection to the mix.


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New Adhesive Sensor Aimed at Picking up and Tracking Covid-19 Symptoms

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Northwestern University has developed an adhesive sensor about the size of a postage stamp, and assigned it a very big responsibility. The sensor, which adheres to the lower part of the neck, and looks similar to a plaster hiding a shaving mishap, is tasked with detecting the very early signs of the Covid-19 virus and amassing large amounts of data for analysis.


The university reports that the sensor doesn’t stop at detecting early signs of infection like coughing and irregular breathing. It also operates as an around-the-clock monitor tracing patterns in the chest and throat, as well as irregular breathing, respiratory sounds, body temperature, and heart rate. During recent tests carried out in the clinic and at the homes of 25 people affected by the virus, the device produced a terabyte of data on these issues during a period lasting 1,500 hours.


While the he sensor can be worn 24/7, the data it amasses is synced to an iPad only once a day, when the device is taken off for charging. Once transferred via a wireless connection, the raw data is uploaded to the cloud where it is studied and analyzed using an Artificial Intelligence algorithm, and any symptoms and signs suggestive of Covid-19 are extracted.


According to the university, the tiny sensor is aimed particularly at health care workers. It hopes that picking up warning signs of Covid-19 by using data already collected and analyzed, before these workers are even aware that they have them, may lead to precautionary measures and standard tests being taken immediately.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASC Announces Launch of Economy Watch for ASC Members

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Steve Duren

Senior Director, Member Services
(952) 300-8280
steve.duren@ascouncil.org


  

 

ASC ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ASC ECONOMY WATCH

 

Effort Furthers Data Analysis in Key Segments for ASC Members

 


June 3, 2020 – Alexandria, VA – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has partnered with Ken Mayland, formerly of Clearview Economics, to launch the ASC Economy Watch monthly update. This valuable publication is being offered exclusively to ASC members as a value-added benefit to membership in ASC. It is being published to help keep ASC members informed of the latest US economic conditions and possible implications for the adhesive and sealant industry.

ASC Economy Watch will be stocked full of essential charts that will deliver a quick snapshot of the U.S. economy. This publication will include narrative from Ken Mayland, an economist and regular keynote speaker at ASC events.

“This service for ASC members compliments the ASC market report portfolio and other available tools which allows our members to constantly obtain information that is current and relevant to past and forward-looking market conditions,” notes Steve Duren, Managing Director Membership & Industry Programs at ASC. “The new service not only provides key economic charts that can be quickly digested and understood but also adds expert narrative and analysis from Ken to help companies make critical business decisions in a quickly evolving U.S. market.”

ASC is offering a link to a very helpful video overview of the essential chartsthat Ken uses in the ASC Economy Watch. Members can view the video HERE. The video provides a detailed explanation of Ken’s approach to economics as well as an in-depth explanation of each chart provided.

ASC Economy Watch will be sent to ASC members on the first MONDAY following the first FRIDAY of each month, timed to coincide with two critical federal job reports that are published on the first Friday of each month. As a result, the publication will provide incredibly timely and valuable data to ASC members using the most recently available government published economic indicators.

Additionally, a detailed blog is available from Steve Duren at ASC further explaining this new publication. You can read it HERE.

 

To learn more about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org or contact Steve Duren, Managing Director Membership & Industry Programs, at steve.duren@ascouncil.org or 952-300-8280.

 

 

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 115 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.

 

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Adhesive and Sealant Construction Needs Change With the Times

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 2, 2020

With Covid-19 taking and changing lives, needs and opportunities, it’s not surprising that industries struggling for survival are changing, too. The construction industry is among those adapting their focus in response to a drop-off in large projects, and shifting their attention to the requirements of smaller sectors like DIY remodelling and multi-family constructions and the product trends they are following.


What’s Trending in Adhesives?
The demand for fast and strong adhesives is the biggest trend at the moment when choosing construction adhesives. Instant grab is the main attraction, particularly for vertical applications and for bonding tough or heavy materials. This need for speed is leading to the increased popularity of hybrid adhesives that deliver quicker bonds and cut back on the need for bracing and clamping.
Power and durability are also high on the trend list for tough jobs like new construction, heavy remodelling, and installing drywall or subfloors. But professionals are also asking for adhesives that will improve efficiency, are easy to gun, quick and easy to clean-up, and have low-odor formulas.
What’s changing in the World of sealants?


Professionals and the DIY sector are looking for high performance, durability, ease of application and better productivity, as well as any special features that might help optimize those qualities.
At the top of the list is strong adhesion to an increasing number of different substrates ranging from composites and fiber cement through to wood, metal, vinyl and aluminium. Across the board, the demand is also increasing for durable and long-lasting sealants that will survive the elements; are resistant to UV light and repel dirt, water and stains as well as those that can fill larger gaps; and have higher joint movement and flexibility which will allow for contraction and expansion without any loss of adhesion or cracking.


Construction professionals are also asking for sealants that are fast paint and rain-ready, can be applied when the temperature is low or the surfaces are damp or wet. They also want it to be easy to gun-out and to clean up using water.


Hit by these long lists of wants, adhesive and sealant manufacturers are also shifting their focus towards linking their products to specific projects and needs. This is being done with labeling and colour-coding in order to make it easier for users to locate the right match between product and project.

 

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Sealants Are Filling the Gaps Left by Gaskets

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

As adhesives increasingly take over the duties of mechanical fasteners in assemblies, sealants are joining them by staging a similar takeover with regard to mechanical gaskets. Armed with tubes, gel pens, cartridges and Aerosol cans, they are filling the gaps and hardening the join between flanges with resilient and high-performance seals.


The Loctite liquid gaskets range offers both anaerobic and RTV liquid gasket options to meet the varying needs required by different flanges. Variables include not only whether the flanges are rigid or stamped, but also the size of the gap between them that needs to be sealed, the pressure required, and the temperature resistance involved.


According to the company, while mechanical gaskets call for different-sized gaskets to fit different parts, and show tendencies to lose elastic properties, decrease resilience, become thinner due to stress, and can become corroded, liquid gaskets maintain fastener tension, prevent corrosion, distribute stress evenly, and are easy to apply without the need for re-torquing.


The anaerobic sealant is recommended for use on iron, aluminium and steel flanges whether rigid or machined, and is temperature resistant up to 400°F. It offers high strength and flexibility, is water and glycol resistant, and seals instantly although its anaerobic full cure can take 24 hours. The RTV silicone flange sealant for use on stamped flanges of any type, including sheet metal, is applied as a spray. It resists even higher temperatures of up to 725°F, and cures within about 20 minutes.

 


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What IS the Difference Between an Adhesive and a Sealant?

Posted By ASC, Friday, May 22, 2020
Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Adhesives and sealants are often seen as veteran partners that are joined at the hip, but while they often work together, they perform different but equally vital functions in manufacturing.
It would be simplistic to define their differences as being that adhesives bond, while sealants seal. The truth is that while the one’s primary function can almost trespass on the others due to certain overlapping in their requirements; they for the most part adhere to their primary uses while taking on some of their partner’s qualities when necessary.


Sealants are used to seal joints and assemblies as well as fill any gaps between objects or substrates. But it doesn’t stop there. They need to provide a certain amount of adhesion so the seal remains bonded to the substrates involved, despite the effects of any environmental conditions. They also need the right levels of flexibility and elongation capabilities in the event of stress caused by dissimilar substrates with differing thermal coefficients of expansion and elongation.


Made from flexible materials like silicone, polyurethane and acrylics, sealants do have built-in flexibility and ability to handle elongation and expansion, but in many cases an inert elastomeric filler material is included to extend these. Other requirements for sealants include weather, UV and ozone resistance, and a paste-like consistency which will cure to a durable rubbery seal with low shrinkage on application, so that that the seal which fills the gaps is durable.


Adhesives are often also required to take on some of their partner’s qualities and become sealing agents, mainly to ensure the bond it makes when it binds two substrates together will last. This sealing role usually involves waterproofing the bond, protecting it from loosening because of dynamic loads, and lessening the chances of bonds deteriorating due to oxidation and corrosion.

 

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Adhesives.org BLOG: Vertical Wall Opportunities in Difficult Times

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 21, 2020

Adhesives.org Blog from Paul Bertram

 

Continuing the discussion regarding the ASC Growth Program, this blog is to address trending Vertical Wall trends from the report and new opportunities.

In the last blog, on roofing, I mentioned early perspectives on the Coronavirus and that the American construction industry would not be immune to respective impacts. Who could have predicted the severity of those implications and resulting shutdowns and disruptions to business? Specific to the adhesives and sealants industry, as well as most other industries, the impacts ripple across all market sectors from manufacturer and related supply chains, end use customers to shutdowns of construction sites and installing contractors.

In the article, “Building Materials Distributor Bucking Downward Trend During Pandemic” from Walls and Ceilings website, AD eCommerce reported an increase in customer online activity and orders in spite of lockdown. The story indicated sales were up this past February and down in March with anticipation of tough months ahead.

Architectural Digest reported that while construction jobs started before the pandemic...

 

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Collapsible Adhesive Laptop Stand Wins Industrial Design Award

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A collapsible slim-form laptop stand and riser that adheres to the laptop base using a strong adhesive has logged an award for “well-designed industrial goods” at the 2020 IF Design Award. The manufacturer, MOFT, reports that setting up its stand involves attaching the folded stand to the back of the laptop by removing the adhesive cover, and unfolding the ready-cut supports to lift the laptop. For ease of transport or storage, the stand folds back into the base board, adding very little weight or bulk to the laptop.


The supports are also designed as risers which provide a choice of two working angles for ease of typing and better posture while working. While one option holds the laptop at a slight angle for those sitting at a desk, the other tilts the laptop higher for people who like to stand and type. These options, according to MOFT, are aimed at helping reduce the back and neck pain common among those who spend many hours hunched over the keyboard.


The adhesive stand supports laptops up to 15.6 inches and can carry up to 18 pounds in weight. For bigger laptops (up to 17 inches), a second universal option is available which can support up to 30 pounds.

 

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Time Should Play a Big Role in Picking the Right Adhesives for Medical Devices

Posted By ASC, Thursday, May 14, 2020

When medical device manufacturers are choosing which adhesive to use in a particular device, what’s likely to be first and foremost in their minds is whether it complies with biocompatibility requirements, how well it bonds with the substrates, and whether it can meet all the other functional demands involved in the application. But they could be missing some important criteria in determining the best adhesive for the job at hand.


According to Intertronics, they could be overlooking the effects of the passage of time, in all its various forms. These range from the shelf-life of the adhesive, the time it takes to process it, its working lifespan, and how long it takes to cure.


One of the biggest threats lies in ignoring the expiry date on adhesives. Even if they have been stored unused in recommended conditions, in the original packaging, and negative effects aren’t immediately obvious, they can develop slowly over a period of time causing a decline in performance. Time constraints also apply to the working life and pot life of adhesives after they have been mixed or prepared for application.


Teamed together these can impact on the overall effectiveness of the adhesive and ultimately on the medical device itself. They can also lead to more material waste and reduced productivity, and push up the manufacturing costs considerably.

 

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