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Q&A About Polyurethane: September 2013

What approaches can be used to achieve excellent performance at elevated temperatures?
September 5, 2013

I am developing an adhesive for an application that requires heat resistance greater than 80°C. A formulation based on a waterborne polyurethane polymer currently provides the best adhesion to the substrate and is a fit for the application process. What approaches can be used to achieve the required level of elevated temperature performance?


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Public Transportation Concerns

September 5, 2013

Do you have concerns about the quality of public transportation in your area?


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Strategic Solutions: The Voice of the Customer

Lean manufacturing usually defines “customer” as existing customers who drive your business processes.
September 4, 2013

Most manufacturers are currently or have been involved in some form of lean process. Your company may be well down the path or just starting out, or your customers or suppliers may be going lean. The Lean Enterprise Institute characterizes lean as “creating more value for customers with fewer resources.”


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Editor’s Memo: Continual Evolution

Pressure-sensitive adhesive technologies have evolved to the point that tapes are in a position to replace traditional bonding systems in multiple applications.
September 4, 2013

I'm writing this column in the midst of a very busy week. Sometime between conference calls and podcast recordings, I realized how little time I now need to spend on tasks that—even just a few years ago—took up the majority of my day.


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Guest Blog

OSHA NEP Focuses on Isocyanate Exposure in the Workplace

The agency’s announced goal is to reduce employee exposure to isocyanates that can potentially lead to work-related asthmatic symptoms.
September 4, 2013
As a partner in the value chain, adhesive and sealant manufacturers with products containing isocyanate material at a minimum should consider notifying their customers of the existence of this new OSHA program.
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LinkedIn User Age

August 29, 2013

LinkedIn recently announced it will lower its minimum sign-up age in the U.S. to 14 to try to become a resource for college-bound teens. Do you think this is a good idea?


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Employment Duration

August 22, 2013

A recent story on American Public Media’s Marketplace program reported that women stay in jobs longer than they should, while men tend to change jobs more frequently. How long have you been in your current position?


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Company Wellness Programs

August 15, 2013

Penn State plans to charge employees an extra $100 per month for health benefits if they refuse to submit to health screenings. Should employers be allowed to penalize workers who refuse to participate in company wellness programs? 


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#ASIReadersChoice

Let the Voting Begin!

Companies have submitted their best-of-the-best products for your consideration in three categories: Raw Materials, Formulated Adhesives/Sealants, and Equipment.
August 15, 2013
Please visit http://readerschoice.adhesivesmag.com and vote for your favorite innovative products.
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TSCA Reform – Bump in the Road or Brick Wall?

I recently had the opportunity to witness first-hand a portion of the world’s greatest deliberative body at work—it was both inspiring and frustrating.
August 12, 2013
Senator Boxer: “If we don’t fix these problems, we’re not going to have a bill.”
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