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Low-Volatile Pure Monomer Resins

Several new low-volatile pure monomer resins with varying softening points have been developed in response to general demand for low-VOC raw materials.

Pure monomer resins (PMRs) are produced from pure aromatic monomer streams, especially styrene and alkyl styrene derivatives.


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Toughening Epoxy Adhesives

The addition of a polyurethane segment into the epoxy polymer improves strength and heat resistance for commercial epoxy adhesives.

Due to their different physical properties, epoxy adhesives and polyurethane adhesives are sold into different segments of the adhesives market.


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Open for Business: Taking Advantage of Economic Development Incentives

Companies can use economic development incentives to boost profits.

Companies that are starting up, moving or expanding may be able to tap into state and local economic development incentives to save significant money and improve profitability. With 12.1 million people unemployed nationally, states, in particular, are bidding against one another to attract and retain business.


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Coming Face-to-Face with Facebook and Twitter

Social networking sites provide both challenges and opportunities.

Whether you are into social networking or not, its popularity cannot be denied. In October 2012, Facebook hit one billion active users. Twitter has more than 200 million active users who send a billion tweets a week. Clearly, more and more companies are turning to social networking sites to advertise their products and services, deliver messages, and improve customer service.


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Case Study: Progressive Cavity Pumps to the Rescue

The right progressive cavity pump can improve mixer discharge rates and minimize maintenance requirements.

As a member company of the AISIN Group, Aisin Chemical contributes to the automotive industry by developing and producing chemicals, friction materials and plastic parts. Aisin Chemical specializes in adhesives, coatings, and friction materials for transmissions and brake pads.


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Converting to Electron Beam Technology

Interest in EB technology has grown significantly in recent years.

The world continues to embrace initiatives fostering more environmentally friendly “green” processes, and the converting industry is not exempt from this pursuit. All aspects of the converting process are being scrutinized, including the need to make the adhesives and sealants component of converting more environmentally friendly.


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Advancing Adhesives: Physicist Develops New Silicone Rubber

The new material may find applications as a packaging tape, as a shoe insole, as padding for prosthetics, and much more.

If anything bothers University of Virginia physicist Lou Bloomfield, it’s a wobbly table. So much so that he actually invented a material to eliminate the problem. The material, a type of silicone rubber that is both rigid and fluid—a “viscoelastic” solid—can be placed under a table leg where it conforms to the shape of the leg bottom and the floor surface, perfectly filling the gap.


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Efficient Curing with Innovative UV Technologies

New options make curing processes more efficient and sustainable.

Ultraviolet (UV) coatings are cured by UV light. They contain almost no solvents that may evaporate during the curing process. Instead, the UV curing process is achieved through polymerization—a crosslinking reaction of the coating constituents.


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UV Curing with Lasers

Lasers may provide the ultimate light source to achieve ultra-fast polymerization and micronic resolution.

The photo curing extent of styrenic block copolymer (SBC)-based adhesive formulations applied as a uniform layer on a Mylar film can be readily determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).


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Case Study: Automated Dispensing for Safety, Quality and Productivity

A dental equipment manufacturer has enhanced its gluing and assembly operation with the introduction of an advanced robotic gluing and assembly system.

The adhesives and sealants industry has long played an important role in the manufacture of dental equipment. The use of strong-bonding adhesives has enabled A-dec, Inc., one of the largest dental equipment manufacturers in the world, to assemble various components reliably and economically.


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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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