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Innovation and the Future of Liquid Filling Machines for Adhesives and Sealants

Nozzles and gravity-fed direct-fill systems can improve filling accuracy and throughput.

Given the challenge to fill any kind of container with any kind of liquid, engineers have diligently researched hundreds of product applications—from adhesives and sealants to coatings, and chemicals and lubricants to foods and beverages—in order to design machines that will fill containers rapidly and accurately.


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Case Study: Ammunition Sealant Dispensing System

A custom ammunition sealant dispensing system reduces production costs and saves time while increasing accuracy and quality.

Hernon Manufacturing recently announced the installation of a custom ammunition sealant dispensing system at Sellier and Bellot.


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Market Trends: Additive Manufacturing on the Rise

3D printers will increasingly be used to manufacture direct production parts and finished goods in a variety of applications.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, allows solid objects to be built from a series of layers using plastic, metal, or other materials. This technology can thereby produce sophisticated structures with greater flexibility and efficiency and less waste compared to traditional manufacturing techniques, which require longer setup times and higher material and labor costs.


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Thinking Green: Sustainable Adhesive and Sealant Packaging Options

Thinking green with adhesives, sealants and other chemicals can save you green.

There are many ways to think “green” in a business environment. You can buy local, use water-based or more environmentally friendly chemicals, lower or turn off the air conditioning and lights, or use recycled products. But many green solutions have a trade-off.


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Case Study: Customizable Keypads Feature Decorative Adhesive Skins

Decorative adhesive skins can be applied to - and removed from - home security systems without leaving residue or causing a loss of functionality.

Today, everyone is showing their individuality by customizing their electronic devices. For homeowners with unattractive or boring home security system panels, customizable keypads are now an option.


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Case Study: Material and Product Intelligence for the Adhesives and Sealants Industry

Access to comprehensive materials data can help adhesive and sealant manufacturers optimize product design and development choices.

To excel, all manufacturing organizations (including those that produce or use adhesives, sealants, and coatings) need an intimate understanding of their products.


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Shale Gas Impact on Tackifier Feedstocks

Due to the volatility of the raw material market, adhesive and sealant manufacturers must maintain awareness of industry and pricing trends.

With the advent of shale gas, the U.S. petrochemical industry has witnessed a significant shift in feedstock from naphtha to natural gas (ethane).


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Advancing Adhesives: Formulating Sealants that Retain Adhesion to Concrete in Wet Conditions

A new prepolymer-based sealant provides improved adhesion to concrete under wet conditions without a primer.

Concrete is one of the basic materials used to build our modern world, with applications in civil, commercial and residential constructions.


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Case Study: Keeping Odor and Flames at Bay with VAE Dispersions

New VAE dispersions have been developed for low-emission carpet applications.
The choice of binders plays a key role in many applications and industries. Binders based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymers (VAE) have traditionally only been seen as a niche product, specifically in the carpet industry.
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Advancing Adhesives: Bio-Based Polyols for High-Performance Polyurethane Adhesives

Bio-based adhesive solutions can promote moisture protection and flexibility in a variety of applications.

The world’s growing population and wealth, combined with raw materials scarcity, influence the adhesives market. Manufacturers are searching for bio-based solutions in order to reduce reliability on scarce raw materials and improve the carbon footprint of their products.


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