QUESTION: We use a UV adhesive/coating for assembling the plastic and metal components of a complex medical device. We need to optimize our curing process and ensure that the adhesive is fully cured with maximum properties. What are the most important factors?
We are formulating acrylic adhesives (both reactive acrylics and anaerobics), but are having problems with the sourcing of monomers. Some suppliers can’t seem to give us monomers that produce shelf-stable products, even though they purport to have added extra free-radical stabilizers. Can you offer some advice?
QUESTION: In the manufacturing world, the recycling of materials and the use of “green” materials are popular trends that are increasingly coming under legislative pressures. What about the recycling of adhesives and sustainability in the adhesives industry?
We have been using epoxy adhesives for many years in our assembly operations for metals and plastics. However, one of our suppliers is trying to convince us to try his polyurethanes. How do these adhesives compare to other engineering adhesives?