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An introduction to formulating waterborne adhesives to unlock their full potential and ultimately optimize your products for desired application and performance characteristics. Whether your interests are to improve cost or performance, customize for application equipment, tighten specifications or market differentiation, this webinar will help you select and evaluate the best polymer and additive package for your needs. This shared knowledge, along with the opportunity to ask specific questions of our expert instructors, will educate participants in the selection and use of formulated waterborne adhesives for many applications.   


Key Learning Objectives:

  • Get an introduction to waterborne adhesives
  • Explore polymers used in waterborne formulations
  • Gain an understanding of performance requirements in the wet state; tack and processing, and dry; adhesion/cohesion
  • Learn about chemical, mechanical and rheological properties as a function of polymer/additive package as well as application processes
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of each class of additives to guide proper selection
  • Discuss current trends and innovations



  • The Reasons to Formulate
  • The common Structure Property Relationships of all water-borne adhesives.
  • Aqueous Phase Variables - Viscosity
  • Particle Size Distribution
  • Polymer Phase Variables
  • The Rheological aspects of adhesive flow
  • How adhesives bond and the viscoelastic aspects of each stage
  • The aspects to successful modification of an adhesive formulation that need to be considered SIMULTANEOUSLY

Expert Presenter: 


Dave Horwat is a technical consultant for the adhesives industry with over 40 years of experience in formulation and technical support of vinyl acetate polymers with Air Products and Chemicals and Wacker Polymers. In addition to packaging, Dave has worked in adhesive development for woodworking, automotive and insulation applications. He is the author of an industry standard training manual entitled, "Working with Vinyl Acetate Based Polymers" published by Air Products. Most recently, Dave has worked on the development of a computerized mathematical adhesive formulation system which theoretically models structure-property relationships of polymer dispersions using various compounding additives, resulting in the creation of a virtual adhesives laboratory.

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