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Case Study: Polyurethane Sealants Lead to Energy Savings

Bridging the gaps in a building can bring significant heating and cooling savings.
By Jay A. Johnston Ph.D., George Z. Pavlovich, and Shen Tian
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Fourteen tubes of polyurethane sealant and an older suburban Western Pennsylvania home made for a perfect fit to seal in noteworthy energy savings.


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Lignin in the Laboratory

The use of lignin could bring about a green, cost-effective way to develop adhesives and sealants.
By Dale Mitchell
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A new source of lignin has been developed that produces a consistent quality for commercial quantities.


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Dibenzoate Plasticizers in Waterborne Acrylic PSAs

New blends of dibenzoates have recently been introduced for adhesives and other applications.
By William Arendt, Marianne M. Conner, and Emily McBride
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Plasticizers are normally used in polymeric systems to soften or to improve the processability of a composition.


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Advancing Adhesives: Magnetic Pollen Replicas are a Sticky Business

Magnetic pollen replicas offer multimodal adhesion in iron oxide coatings.
By John Toon
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Researchers have created magnetic replicas of sunflower pollen grains using a wet chemical, layer-by-layer process that applies highly conformal iron oxide coatings.


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Boosting ROI with Powerful PR and Social Media

Trade show success involves planned marketing and public relations efforts before, during, and after the show.
By Scott Clark
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Next month, the American Coatings Show and the Adhesive and Sealant Council Spring Convention and Expo will draw thousands of key players in the global adhesives, sealants, and coatings industries to Atlanta and Orlando, respectively.


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Materials Roundtable: Let's Talk Materials

Without quality materials that are often tailored to specific applications, the adhesives and sealants industry could never fully succeed.
By Susan Sutton
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Raw materials and chemicals are literally the building blocks of the adhesives and sealants industry. Without quality materials that are often specifically tailored to specific applications, our industry could never fully succeed.


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Case Study: Corrugated Converter "Sticks It" to High Costs

An automated gluing system reduces labor by 80% and cuts glue usage by two-thirds.
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The Gibson Box Co. has produced corrugated pallets, build-ups and other packaging products since 1999, but company President David Gibson would turn back the clock four years if he could.


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Common Problems with Common Tests

Understanding manufacturer instructions and test standards can help prevent problems when testing to industry standards.
By Amy Peterson
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Testing to industry standards provides repeatable methods for comparison and quality assurance purposes.


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Modular and Flexible Automated Pail Processing

With the future uncertain, manufacturers look to automation comprising modular subsystems that offer infinitely flexible capabilities.
By Jim Manoussakis
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Adhesive and sealant manufacturers continuously strive to invest their available capital budgets on acquiring pail processing equipment that will reliably and efficiently serve their current manufacturing needs, in addition to fulfilling their future requirements.


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Eliminating Common Metering and Dispensing Problems

Dispensing equipment manufacturers are designing end-of-tool metering units to help eliminate errors.
By Ken Walker
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As the market continues to push the production of lighter, stronger, and more chemical-resistant epoxies, polyurethanes, and silicones, the importance of using accurate metering and dispensing equipment grows as well.


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