Chances are pretty good that you’re not losing sleep thinking about pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape. But the fact is, PSA tape is everywhere—and the more you know about it, the better armed you will be. The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council’s annual Tape Summit can provide such learning and knowledge-building opportunities. Scheduled for May 7-11 in Minneapolis, the event draws PSA tape professionals including scientists, professors, CEOs and VPs from across the U.S. The Agenda can be found below.

The event offers two educational courses that cover all aspects of PSA tape design and manufacturing: Fundamentals of PSA Tapes and Adhesives and Advanced Technologies. These classes are suitable for anyone making or selling tape products, as well as scientists and engineers. Both classes are taught by a small group of dedicated faculty who strive to create an interactive and open atmosphere for each course.

The Tape Summit also features its annual technical seminar, which provides presentations of technical information about PSA tape to a public forum. TECH 41 will feature newly categorized presentation topics, including papers from global academic leaders in pressure-sensitive technology and fundamental science, novel pressure-sensitive raw materials and adhesives, intellectual property considerations of pressure-sensitive tapes, and papers from industry leaders in applications of PSAs in a variety of end-use markets. The industry-focused presentations include those from the building and construction arena, which was identified in the PSTC’s recently released Phase II of its research report, “Maximizing Usage of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Tape in the Construction Vertical.” The report identifies the building and construction industry as an area of growth for usage of PSA tapes. This specific track is designed to help building and construction professionals better understand the variety of PSA tape solutions that are available and offer a greater compatibility with building materials.

Face-to-face networking opportunities will allow attendees to meet with customers and suppliers. The Exhibitor Showcase (see sidebar, below) puts attendees in front of nearly 50 exhibitors displaying their latest products and innovations. Eight of these exhibitors will also participate in the Innovative Poster Session, which provides additional education information about company projects.  ASI

Michel Merkx is president of the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council and corporate vice president and general manager of American Biltrite Inc. For more information, visit

Any views or opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not represent those of ASI, its staff, Editorial Advisory Board or BNP Media.


Exhibitors List

Arkema Coating Resins 505

Ashland Inc 201

ASI Magazine 601

Avery Dennison Performance Polymers 214

BASF Corp 506

Bostik Inc 503

BYK USA Inc 206

Catbridge Machinery 607

ChemInstruments 507

Chemsultants 508

Dow Chemical Co 407

Eastman Chemical 414

Edge Adhesives Inc 404

Elkem Silicones 517

EPS Materials 401

Evonik 613

Expera Coated Products 408

Expera Specialty Solutions 314

Felix Schoeller Group 205

Franklin Adhesives and Polymers 202

Henkel Corp 307

Hero Coatings/Functional Coatings 418

HiTac Adhesive and Coatings 514

Infiana USA Inc 306

IST America 504


Kraton Corp 213

Kuraray America Inc 518

Laufenberg GmbH 305

Loparex LLC 301

MHStallman Co 218

Mayzo Inc 501

Milliken 513

Mitsubishi Polyester Film 102

Mondi Akrosil 108

MPI Release 217

MTI Polyexe 402

Olbrich 304

OMNOVA Solutions Inc 208

Pinova 413

Resinas Sintéticas 502

RSS 114

Sekisui Voltek 207

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America Inc 317

Siliconature USA 204

Synthomer 308

Total Cray Valley 313

Toyo Ink America 118

Vinavil Americas 417

Wacker Chemical Corp 318

ZEON 405

* as of 4/13/18




Tuesday, May 8

5-7 p.m.

Welcome and Poster Reception

Wednesday, May 9


7-8 a.m.

Breakfast with Exhibitors


Glen Anderson Opening Session

8:15 a.m.

Welcome to TECH 41


Michael Krejsa, Ph.D., PSTC technical chair, Henkel Corp.


Anti-Trust Statement


PSTC President’s Message


Michel Merkx, American Biltrite Inc.

8:20 a.m.

Carl Dahlquist Award Introduction


2017 winner: Peter Gabriele, Secant Group

8:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker


Elliot Eisenberg, The Economic Forecast

9:30 a.m.

Keynote Q&A

9:45 a.m.

Marketing Committee Update

PSTC: Bolster Our Authority


Graeme Roan, Synthomer, PSTC Marketing Committee

10 a.m.


Session I

Dave Keely, Session Chair


Field Technical Service Manager


The Dow Chemical Co.

10:15 a.m.

Standardized Performance Metrics for Self-Adhered Flashing Products Used for the Installation of Windows and Doors


Kimdolyn Boone, product development, DuPont

10:35 a.m.

High SAFT Emusion Acrylic Technology


Jong Guo, Ph.D., technical consultant, Synthomer

10:55 a.m.

Acrylic Triblock Copolymers Incorporating Isosorbide and Glucose for Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives


Theresa Reinke, Ph.D., professor, University of Minnesota

11:25 a.m.

Stress Analysis of a Structural Glazing Assembly Bonded by an Acrylic Foam Structural Glazing Tape under Pressure Loading 


Fay Salmon, Ph.D., staff scientist, 3M

11:45 a.m.

Q&A and Speakers Corner


Lunch with Exhibitors

Session II

Ty Harvey, Session Chair


Technical service chemist, Synthomer

2 p.m.

Student Poster Winners


Mutombo Muvundamina, Ph.D., Poster Chair, principal applications scientist, Eastman Chemical



2:05 p.m.

High Performance Waterborne Acrylic PSAs for Building and Construction Applications


Keith Andes, MS, senior research chemist, Arkema Coating Resins

2:25 p.m.

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) as a Versatile Tool to Study the Micro and Nano Surface Structure of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) and Products


Hu Duan, Ph.D., senior research associate and technical manager, Avery Dennison Corp.

2:45 p.m.

UL 181A/B Listed Adhesive Tapes for HVAC Applications


David Krupa, principal research scientist, Berry Global Inc.

3:05 p.m.

Silicone Benefits for Tape Applications


Timothy Rummel, technical manager, Release Coatings, Wacker Chemical Corp.

3:25 p.m.

Q&A and Speakers Corner

3:40-5:30 p.m.

Reception with Exhibitors

Thursday, May 10


7-8:30 a.m.



John Johnston Adhesive Technology Session

8:30 a.m.



PSTC Technical Chair

Session III

Susan Rhodes, Ph.D., Session Chair


Senior R&D leader, Global Materials Science, Avery Dennison

8:40 a.m.

Adhesion and Debonding of a Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Measured with Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Probes Under Aqueous Solution


Joelle Frechette, Ph.D., associate professor, Johns Hopkins University

9:10 a.m.

Multilayer Adhesives[em dash]Tuning Properties Using Bulk and Interfacial Contributions


Melinda Einsla, Ph.D., research specialist, The Dow Chemical Co.

9:30 a.m.

Sugars and Fatty Acids for PSA Applications


Torbjorn Pettersson, Ph.D., associate professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

10 a.m.

Q&A and Speakers Corner

10:15 a.m.


Session IV

Jennifer Willson, Session Chair


Senior scientist, Intertape Polymer Group Inc.



10:30 a.m.

Novel Hybrid Emulsion Pressure Sensitive Adhesives 


Xiaochuan Hu, Ph.D., senior R&D leader, Avery Dennison Corp.

10:50 a.m.

Pressure Sensitive Tapes—Innovation and Industry Trends—Patent Landscape Analysis as Competitive Intelligence


Matthew Rappaport, president, IP Checkups Inc.

11:10 a.m.

Optimization of the UV Acrylic Coating and Curing Processes


Matthew Bankaitis, technical service representative, Henkel Corp.

11:30 a.m.

Environmentally Friendly Silicone PSAs


Emerson Hong, R&D director, Shin-Etsu (Taiwan Branch)

11:50 a.m.

Q&A and Speakers Corner

12:05-1:30 p.m.


Session V

Peter Roman, Session Chair


R&D chemist, American Biltrite Inc.

1:30 p.m.

Thermally Resistant Methyl-PSA


Neil Sun, senior product development chemist, Momentive Performance Materials

1:50 p.m.

Soft and Stretchable Electronics, Sensors, and Actuators


Michael Dickey, Ph.D., professor, N.C. State University

2:20 p.m.

How to Find the Right Release Liner for your Application Without Compromising Economical Aspects. An Overview about Silicone Coated Liners and their Application Fields in the Tape Industry.


Sandra Holtschoppen, international sales manager, Laufenberg GmbH



2:40 p.m.

Newly Designed SIS Block Copolymer for Improving Die-Cut Performance and New Evaluation Method for Die-Cut Property


Yuta Ishii, C5 Chemicals Laboratory, Zeon Corp.

3 p.m.

Q&A and Speakers Corner

3:15 p.m.


Friday, May 11


7-8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.



PSTC Technical Chair

Session VI

Jason Clapper, Ph.D., Session Chair, senior research specialist, 3M

8:35 a.m.

Formulating UV-Curable Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesives for the Architectural Construction Industry


Steven Gaik, Ph.D., technical specialist, BASF Corp.

8:55 a.m.

Evolution of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives in Single-Ply Roofing Applications


Chase Cramer, adhesives chemist, Carlisle Construction Materials

9:15 a.m.

Aging of Corona-treated Polypropylene


Mark Strobel, corporate scientist, 3M

9:35 a.m.

Theory and a Test Method for the Assessment of Tackiness of Structural Film Adhesives.


Dmitriy Salnikov, senior product development specialist, 3M

9:55 a.m.

Q&A and Speakers Corner

10:10 a.m.