The monthly roundup from Editor Teresa McPherson.

This issue ofAdhesives & Sealants Industrymagazine includes our annual Dispensing and Curing Equipment Directory. This paid directory is an invaluable tool for applicators and end users of adhesives and sealants. The information is organized alphabetically by supplier in an easy-to-use format, with advertisers listed in red. Each company’s listing features its physical and Internet addresses, phone and fax numbers.

A searchable version is also available on our Web site in both the chart and directory formats. Use our convenient Google-based search engine to locate the product or supplier you are interested in. For information about being listed in next year’s guide, contact Peg Van Winkle at (614) 760-4222 or

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To complement the directory, this month’s editorial includes a focus on equipment. In “Feeling is Believing,” we feature a short article on a new dispensing application for an important market - adding Braille to packaging.

“The Challenge of Substrate Selection for Label Stocks and Protective Films” examines the challenge of substrate selection for label stocks and protective films. Many factors must be considered when selecting the best substrate for a printed label or graphic, or a non-print application such as a protective overlaminate, including die cutting and durability requirements, as well as the necessary level of conformability and dimensional stability. The article discusses understanding the converting and end-use requirements and then matching a product to those needs.

“Ensuring Effective Robotic Dispensing” looks at how to ensure effective robotic dispensing. Whether you’re considering the purchase of a new robotic dispensing system or just considering converting or upgrading an existing line, a number of factors will determine the project’s ultimate success.

“Green” continues to be a hot topic in the industry, and rightly so. In our “Green Roundtable,” we talk to several key adhesive and sealant manufacturers to get their take on green manufacturing. Read the article to find out how they define “green,” the advantages of using green products, and more.