Manufacturers

Open for Business: Taking Advantage of Economic Development Incentives

Companies can use economic development incentives to boost profits.
By William D. O'Donaghue
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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.
By Richard D. Alaniz
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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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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.
By Fariss Samarrai
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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.
By Juliane Henze and Angelika Roth-Fölsch
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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.
By Alejandro Esquivel de la Garza, Eugenio Rodríguez González, CICATA-IPN, Cuauhtémoc Pozos Vázquez, and Raúl J. Revilla Vázquez
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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.
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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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Focus On: Nordson EFD Celebrates 50 Years of Dispensing Innovation

Nordson EFD holds a worldwide reputation as a customer-focused organization.
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Nordson EFD, a Nordson company, is marking its 50th anniversary this year with participation in numerous North American and international trade shows, a global advertising and public relations campaign, and special customer incentive programs. A global leader in precision fluid dispensing and fluid management systems, Nordson EFD manufactures dispensing equipment to apply controlled amounts of the adhesives, lubricants and other fluids used to assemble a variety of products.


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Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing

One company illustrates how industry can make a big difference when sustainability is fully embraced.
By Brenda Abke, Julie Vaughn Biege, Brian Denison, and Christopher Wrobel, Ph.D.
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"Environmentally friendly” can mean many different things. For Emerald Performance Materials—a mid-sized specialty chemicals company with four business groups, eight manufacturing operations and sales to more than 70 countries across the globe—it has meant making a concerted effort to reduce emissions and consider ways to improve the chemical composition and volatile organic compound (VOC) levels of products.


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Product Profile: Simplifying Case and Carton Sealing

A new hot-melt delivery system is designed to improve uptime and deliver cost savings.
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Graco Inc. recently announced its new InvisiPac™ Tank-Free™ hot-melt delivery system for case and carton sealing applications is available through distributors.


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Coatings Innovation: PPG Earns Award of Excellence

The business was recognized for coatings used in the restoration of a historic battleship.
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PPG Industries’ Protective and Marine Coatings (PMC) business recently received the 2013 Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence from The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) during the SSPC 2013 event held January 14-17 in San Antonio, Texas.


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