With winds of 145 mph, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, halting chemical production across much of the region. While damage assessments are still being conducted, initial reports indicated that most major petrochemical facilities did not suffer major structural damage.
There is little argument that using automotive adhesives is becoming a popular collision-repair method for metal bonding, plastic bonding, metal-to-plastic bonding, plastic repair, seam sealing, and foam application. But, with all of these repair options, how does one choose the right adhesive for each application?
Bulk bags, also called flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), can move and store from 250 to 2,000 kg of bulk materials. This article discusses some serious issues that arise when handling FIBCs containing volatile products in hazardous atmospheres.
As production demands have risen, it has become necessary for silicone curing to accelerate accordingly. But how fast can cure take place without compromising strength? And which fast-cure silicones are appropriate for a given application?
Initially disregarded as too expensive and not technically advanced enough for laminating applications, energy-curable formulations have become a major player in the converting and packaging industry, especially for specialty applications.
This article provides an overview of the raw materials that go into starch and dextrin adhesives, the methods of adhesive manufacture, and the additives that are commonly used in formulations for improvement of specific properties.