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2014 October

You won't want to miss our October issue: industry trends from the ASC, converting and packaging, testing, a preview of The Assembly Show, and more!

Selecting Adhesives: Converting Every Opportunity into Success

Knowing the basics of converting is helpful when choosing the best adhesive for an application.

Choosing the right adhesive for a specific application is not always simple. Many articles have been devoted to discussing the topic, often focusing on how the end use of a given pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) product should play into the decisions.


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Selecting Adhesives: Converting Every Opportunity into Success

Knowing the basics of converting is helpful when choosing the best adhesive for an application.

Choosing the right adhesive for a specific application is not always simple. Many articles have been devoted to discussing the topic, often focusing on how the end use of a given pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) product should play into the decisions.


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4 Trends Impacting the Global Adhesives and Sealants Industry

The adhesives and sealants community will meet this month to discuss trends and new technologies at the ASC Fall Convention and Expo.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) supports a $43 billion global industry whose reach spans all market segments and sub-segments.


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Assembly Show Returns to Rosemont: Opportunities for Adhesives and Sealants

The annual event includes an exhibit hall, workshops and a keynote about reshoring U.S. manufacturing.

The ASSEMBLY Show is scheduled to take place October 28-30 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.


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Hot-Melt Adhesives 101: A Primer for Users

Hot-melt adhesives are ideal for a variety of applications.

For many people, the glue sticks and glue guns they buy at their local hobby or hardware store are an introduction to hot-melt adhesives—but these products are only a small glimpse of what is possible in the world of hot melts.


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Eco-Friendly Adhesives for Converting and Packaging

Starch-based adhesives offer a number of benefits in converting and packaging applications.

Packagers and converters are always seeking the most efficient, cost-effective adhesives. Many times, synthetics are not the most reliable solutions. This is especially true in an era when U.S. companies of all types are encouraged to find more environmentally friendly options.


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Improved Rheological Quality Control Tests for Today's Adhesives and Sealants

A range of rheological equipment is available with a variety of spindle geometries to properly perform quality control analyses of various adhesives and sealants.

Formulators are constantly updating their adhesive and sealant formulations; consequently, manufacturers of the equipment used to measure the adhesives’ and sealants’ flow behavior properties must keep current with these new formulations.


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A Static Solution for Manufacturers of Adhesives and Sealants

Properly designed static mixer heat transfer equipment offers many benefits for adhesive and sealant manufacturers.

The fluids used in the adhesives and sealants industry are among the most difficult to handle of any in the main worldwide process industries.


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Maximizing Quality and Cost Benefits with Structural Adhesive Testing

Choose a method for testing structural adhesives that maximizes benefits.

Testing of structural adhesives is too often an assumed and prescribed process rather than a strategy to ensure quality and cost efficiencies.


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Electron Beam Technology for Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Applications

Ultraviolet and electron beam technology offers many benefits for PSAs, including environmental and application advantages.

Initial reports on the use of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technology for pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) began to appear in the late 1960s.


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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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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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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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