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Soft Silicone Adhesives Crucial for Atraumatic Advanced Wound Care Dressings

Silicone adhesive dressings minimize pain, promote wound healing, and improve clinical and financial outcomes for caregivers.
By Derek Rudnak
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Mention the words “silicone” and “medical” in the same sentence, and it’s arguable that most people will immediately think of silicone’s well-known (and occasionally maligned) usage in artificial breast implants. However, silicone has other significant and successful applications in medical products.


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Developing Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives for Low-Temperature Applications

When formulating pressure-sensitive adhesives for low-temperature applications, the advantages of SBS copolymers should be considered.
By Alejandro C. Esquivel De La Garza
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FINAT defines low-temperature adhesion as the ability of pressure-sensitive coated material to adhere at temperatures below 5°C. Today, many applications require adhesion that must be maintained at temperatures of -25°C or lower.


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Regulatory Review: Adhesives Manufacturers Blindsided from the Left Coast

While the easier approach might be to look the other way and let a handful of impacted manufacturers fight this battle alone, I'm not sure it would be a wise one.
By Mark Collatz
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We all knew it was coming. The California’s Safer Consumer Regulation has been on everybody’s radar screen for years.


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Ask Dr. Dave: How can we get our adhesives approved for food/beverage or medical applications?

Dave Dunn's July 2014 column.
By Dave Dunn Ph.D.
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Food packaging is an industry that involves special requirements.


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Automation in the Metering, Mixing and Dispensing of Adhesives and Sealants

Diverse automation and manual metering, mixing,and dispensing options are necessary to suit a variety of industrial applications.
By Mark Sorenson
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Manufacturers are demanding increasingly robust and cost-effective solutions when facing challenges in bonding, potting, and form-in-place gaskets. As a result, two-part fluids are increasingly being specified to provide higher quality, consistency and endurance.


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Rapid Adhesive Bonding by Induction and Microwave Curing

Induction and microwave curing procedures must be evaluated and customized according to the specific application.
By Arno Maurer
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Adhesive bonding in industrial production often requires very short curing times. In the case of reactive adhesives, this generally means high curing temperatures.


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Advancements in UV LED Curing Technology for Adhesives

The gaps that previously existed between traditional lamp solutions and UV LED-based curing systems have been narrowed.
By Pamela Lee
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Assembly and manufacturing processes are highly dependent on the rapid and effective curing of ultraviolet (UV) adhesives. Historically, mercury arc lamps have been used as the curing source in a wide range of industrial applications and processes to polymerize adhesives.


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Carbon Fiber: Strong Bonds, Strong Growth

Adhesives provide multiple advantages when bonding carbon fiber composite materials.
By Peter G. Hedger, Jr.
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It seems like carbon fiber is popping up everywhere. There are carbon fiber cars on television shows, magazines tout the benefits of carbon fiber automotive accessories and carbon fiber airplanes have taken flight.


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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.
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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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IP in Depth: Effective Preissuance Submissions

Preissuance submissions are a one-chance opportunity to present prior art in such a way that an examiner will be convinced to apply the prior art to reject pending claims in a patent application.
By Michael Gzybowski
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"The preissuance submission provision in the America Invents Act aims to bring the most relevant prior art to the examiner’s attention as early as possible during prosecution to enhance examination effectiveness and efficiency,” says Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos.


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