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Ask Dr. Dave: What are the best products for filling the seams after assembling acrylic countertops?

Reactive acrylic adhesives vary from surface-activated flexible adhesives to two-component adhesives.

Dave Dunn's October 2014 column.


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IP in Depth: Avoiding Unnecessary Disclosures in Patent Applications

The distinction between disclosing how to practice an invention and explaining how an invention works is important to understand when drafting patent applications.

The disclosure of an invention in a patent application must meet the “enablement” provision of the U.S. Code, which states that the “specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains, or with which it is most nearly connected, to make and use the same.”


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Editor's Memo: Managing Expectations

It's vital that we communicate our expectations and/or share our ability to fulfill specific requirements.

I recently had to schedule hip replacement surgery. The scheduler at the surgeon’s office went through various details with me, and then assured me that she would be sending me a packet with lots of information regarding the procedure, the hospital stay, post-op therapy, etc. A month passed, and no packet.


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Arkema’s Offer to Purchase Bostik Makes Top News

Last week, readers were most interested in the news that Total received an offer from Arkema to acquire its Bostik affiliate.
This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants and coatings news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week.
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MACtac Acquisition Garners Most Interest

Last week, readers were most interested in the sale of MACtac.
This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants and coatings news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week.
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Readers Most Interested in Royal Adhesives Acquisition

Chemque’s acquisition by Royal Adhesives drew the most reader interest last week.
This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants and coatings news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week.
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Dow Automotive and LORD Development Agreement Retains Top Spot

For the second consecutive week, readers were most interested in a development agreement between Dow Automotive and LORD.
This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants and coatings news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week.
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Ask Dr. Dave: What is the difference between a polyurethane adhesive and a polyurea adhesive?

Dave Dunn's September 2014 column
The most important difference is that the polyurea reaction is much faster than the polyurethane one.
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Q&A About Polyurethane: Coatings Raw Materials

Can you provide some general information regarding coatings raw materials?

I am familiar with formulating polyurethanes for adhesive applications, but would like to learn more about coatings raw materials in order to provide a broader product profile to my customers. Can you provide some general information?


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Strategic Solutions: Surface Treatment - A Formulator's Friend for Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings

A well-chosen and implemented solution allows manufacturers—and their customers—to focus on the next challenge.

As a supplier, imagine knowing that almost any material was bondable. How much more productive would your work be if you could focus on such factors as environmental resistance, structural strength or cure speed?


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