Inventor offers remedy for plastic distortion in thermal curing

Induction Cure System inventor David Adams.
Invention Submission Corp., Pittsburgh, has announced that one of its clients, an inventor from Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, has developed a process that eliminates the need for large conventional curing ovens to cure thermal adhesives.

According to inventor David Adams, the Induction Cure System (patent pending) completely eliminates the distortion of plastic substrates to which thermal adhesives have been applied in traditional thermal-cure processes. Adams claims that his adhesive formula - a mixture of two known products - quickens the curing process while generating uniform levels of heat for optimum results.

"A lot of manufacturers are looking for this," Adams says, "but the material suppliers don't supply this material at the moment."

The idea for the Induction Cure System came to Adams, a mechanical engineer, after observing the induction-based process currently used by American automobile manufacturers to cure hemming adhesive on the outer edges of car doors. Instead of placing the plastic panels that comprise a car's interior into an oven, Adams reasoned that an effective, non-warping cure could be achieved by dispensing two previously unmixed products and targeting the joined surfaces with standard induction coils.

"If you wanted to bond a whole vehicle," Adams explains, "you'd have almost a skeleton of copper piping; that's what you'd use for your coil. And then the panel would come into place, you'd hit it with the heat, and that would heat the material up almost instantaneously."

Though well suited to the auto industry, the Induction Cure System may be applied to small plastic components, boats, aircraft, medical devices and aquariums, among other things. The applications are virtually limitless because of the interchangeability of the adhesive mixture agents.

"You could take probably 95% of all thermally cured materials that are out there at this time, modify them, and you could use them in this process," Adams says. "I sat down one day, and, just going through the different variables, there were over 200 products. I gave up at over 200 products."

The Induction Cure System is available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368.

About Invention Submission Corp.

ISC's main mission is to help inventors attempt to submit their ideas to industry in the hope of gaining a good-faith review. ISC's efforts fall into the basic areas of material preparation, patent referral services, attempt to submit, and follow-up if interest is expressed. For more information, visit .

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

ASI April 2014 Photo Gallery

Our April 2014 issue is now available!


ExxonMobil Tackifier Expansion

Dwight Tozer, vice president of ExxonMobil’s Adhesion Industry business, discusses the company’s latest tackifier expansion project with Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.

More Podcasts

Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine

ASI June 2015 cover

2015 June

Welcome to our annual Dispensing & Curing Equipment Directory!
Table Of Contents Subscribe

"Cultural Fit"

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times observed that new employees are often hired based on the personal similarities they share with their interviewers. How important is “cultural fit” when hiring someone?
View Results Poll Archive


Handbook of Sealant Technology

The Handbook of Sealant Technology provides an in-depth examination of sealants, reviewing their historical developments and fundamentals, adhesion theories and properties, and today’s wide range of applications.

More Products

ASI 2014 Buyers GuideASI's Buyers' Guide

Annual purchasing resource for equipment used in the manufacture/formulation of adhesives, sealants, pressure sensitives, tapes and labels and for application of finished adhesives. 


facebook_40px twitter_40  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40 google+ icon ASI 30px

Clear Seas Research

With access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.