What are some fundamental issues that I should know regarding the basics of formulating coatings?
May 1, 2015
An important concept to learn is critical pigment volume concentration (CPVC). Understanding this concept is essential for formulating high-performance coatings. In fact, it’s an “elephant in the room” for many formulators—ignored at our peril.
Hot-melt pressure-sensitive adhesives (HMPSAs) have become important in the manufacture of pressure-sensitive labels. Several types of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) are used to formulate HMPSA adhesives.
I hear many salespeople complain that their product has become commoditized. This can be one of those “perception equals reality” traps; that is, if you believe your product or service is a commodity, then you are helping to make it a commodity.
The current laminating industry mindset is to simply try anything. Many manufacturers have started to realize that creative combinations of unexpected substrates might fill untapped demand for finished products that look and feel novel, are extra sturdy, or display other desirable properties that are unattainable with standard materials.
Pressure-sensitive adhesives professionals from around the world will convene May 11-15 for this key tape industry event.
May 1, 2015
From May 11-15, tape professionals from around the world will come together in Baltimore for the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council’s Tape Summit 2015. The industry-focused event will provide segmented and flexible learning options to help attendees formulate the most effective knowledge-building experience possible.
By the time you read this column, the battle for Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform will be fully engaged. Battle lines will have been drawn, cosponsors for bills will have been recruited, and charges and counter charges will have been swapped back and forth in Senate committee hearings.
BASF marked its 150th anniversary this year with a global interactive program focusing on energy, food and urban living.
April 1, 2015
BASF recently announced an international anniversary program to mark its 150th anniversary this year. In addition to celebrations and a historical retrospective, BASF has prepared a global co-creation program with partners on the topics of energy, food, and urban living.