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5 Trends Impacting the Adhesive and Sealant Industry

The ASC has identified multiple trends and responded with Convention and Training Academy programming.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has targeted five trends that it sees impacting the industry. The adhesive and sealant community will discuss these types of issues and opportunities at the ASC Fall Convention and Expo, which will be held October 21-23 in Minneapolis.


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Product Profile: Static Mixers

Mixer design enables complete mixing and flow division.

Kenics® KM series static mixers from Chemineer Inc. feature a patented helical mixing element that can produce complete radial mixing and flow division for any combination of liquids, gases or solids.


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Market Trends: Global Consumption of Radiation-Cured Products

Product assembly adhesives for electronic, medical, and other applications accounted for 13% of the adhesive pounds.

The global consumption of radiation-cured coatings, inks and adhesives was 868 million lbs in 2012, worth $4,495 million, according to a recent study from Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney. The


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Improving Performance of Hot-Melt Packaging Adhesives

Pure monomer resins can help improve the performance of EVA-based carton closure hot-melt packaging adhesives.

Carton closure hot-melt packaging adhesives using ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) polymer systems have been used for decades due to their availability, formulation latitude and performance attributes. Packaging adhesive formulations typically contain polymer, tackifier resin and wax.


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Nasal Strip Adhesion

Evaluating a product’s adhesive qualities can help manufacturers gain a clearer picture of its overall strengths and weaknesses.

Adhesive nasal strips were first created in the early 20th century not for people but for racing horses. Horse trainers found that their horses raced better with the strips in place.


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Converting Equipment for Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives

Specialized equipment is necessary to convert pressure-sensitive adhesives effectively.

Converting webs of pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) presents a variety of challenges. The inherent sticky properties of adhesives can be problematic throughout the slitting and rewinding process.


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Silicone Technology for Aerospace and Aircraft

Silicone’s versatility makes it a valuable asset for demanding industries.

Over the last 50 years, the aerospace and aircraft industries have used silicone in an ever-growing number of applications. Silicone inherently has high dielectric strength (typically ≥ 500 V/mil) and a large coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), allowing it to absorb stresses during thermal cycling.


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Mechanical vs. Adhesive Bonds in Assembly

Using multiple materials in assembly can provide many advantages.

Adhesive bonding can be used to assemble identical materials or materials of different types; the purpose of such an assembly is to transfer mechanical loads in a given environment.


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Evolving Pressure-Sensitive Tape Adhesives

Technology is keeping pace with demands for increasingly industrial applications.

Industries ranging from automotive and consumer electronics to building and construction are designing and manufacturing products that call for increasingly sophisticated bonding solutions.


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Managing Inventory: A Delicate Balance

Managing inventory in a highly regulated environment directly impacts a company’s ability to offer competitive pricing without eroding profits.

Businesses face inventory management challenges with varying degrees of difficulty.


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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.

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