ACA: Thermoplastic Adhesives

This company has announced a new line of hot-melt adhesives designed to provide a strong bond between a variety of metals and thermoplastics. Thermoplastic elastomers have become increasingly common and are used in everything from automobiles (weather stripping, gaskets, and seals) to hand grips for tools and appliances. Because these thermoplastics have very low surface free energy, it is difficult to establish good adhesion. Unlike most adhesives used for this purpose, ACA's new products make a bond that is often strong enough to tear the thermoplastic material without first applying a primer coat. By eliminating this extra step, manufacturers can cut costs and reduce scrap. The new adhesives are water-based rather than solvent-based, allowing easier clean-up and better compliance to environmental regulations, and they bond many different materials, including several grades of Santoprene™, polyethylene, neoprene, PVC, TPV, EDPM foam, and natural rubber to metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and brass. They come in a range of viscosities and can be applied using various coating techniques. Heat-activation temperatures range from 250° to 400°F.

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MAACO ADHESIVES: Polyurethane-Based Bottled Glue

RHINO ULTRA™ GLUE is a new polyurethane-based bottled glue designed especially for professionals, woodworkers and serious DIY'ers. Unlike leading consumer polyurethane glue, this product provides users with stronger bonds, longer work times, shorter clamp times and extreme weather resistance. Lab tests conducted by Macco scientists have confirmed that RHINO ULTRA GLUE has superior weather resistance and better impact resistance and temperature resistance (both high and low temperatures) than conventional wood glues and construction adhesives. It is 100% waterproof, so rain and snow will not affect its superior bond. RHINO ULTRA GLUE will ship to hardware stores nationwide in September, and will be available in 4.5 oz. and 8.5 oz. bottles, as well as a 1 oz. squeeze tube for small repairs.

For more information, e-mail or call (800) 634-0015.

NATIONAL ADHESIVES: Package Sealing Solution DVD

A new DVD that explains the advantages and benefits of the EASY-PAC Package Sealing Solution is now available from National Adhesives. The DVD includes testimonials from a major regional bottler operating EASY-PAC systems on its case and carton sealing lines, as well as an overview of the EASY-PAC Package Sealing Solution itself. The EASY-PAC Package Sealing Solution comes complete with a hot melt dispensing unit that includes an integrated Autofill vacuum feeder; a char-free 200°F case- and carton-sealing hot-melt adhesive; new hoses, nozzles and modules; and a convenient hot melt storage bin. The system has been developed for case- and carton-sealing applications in food processing, beverage, personal care, household, industrial goods, and consumer electronics industries.

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CHARLES ROSS & SON CO: Triple-Shaft Mixer

Charles Ross and Son Co. has announced the availability of the new Laboratory Triple Shaft VersaMix, which features an explosion-proof control panel. This new model is completely enclosed, with all components shrouded for safety and to enhance the overall look of the unit. Standard features include: reverse vertical lift to raise mix can to mixing position; single-point hook-up; variable speed controls and inverter duty motors; jacketed mix can with discharge valve; and more. The "VMC" Model is also available with a new range of option features, including sanitary designs, special benches and vacuum- and pressure-sealing options. This mixer is designed to mix a range of products requiring a combination of low- and high-speed agitation.

For more information, call (800) 243-ROSS or e-mail .

SCAPA: Splicing Tape

Scapa 536 is a polyester film, single-coated with a specially formulated acrylic adhesive that delivers a strong splice to non-silicone surfaces and eliminates edge bleeding. The product features a polyester film backing that prevents loose fibers from separating during slitting and unwinding, and a silicone release coating that allows even wide rolls of 536 to unwind smoothly and easily.

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