Bond Line Thickness
(Jan 19, 2005)
This week’s editorial considers several common questions concerning structural adhesive joints: what is the importance of bond line thickness, what is the correct bond line thickness, and how can it...
Modes of Sealant Failure
(Jan 5, 2005)
Much information can be gained by examining the modes by which an adhesive fails, and the methodology is generally well recognized in the adhesives' industry. However, the common modes by which a...
Visit to the Packaging show, EMBALLAGES 2004, in Paris Villepinte
(Dec 22, 2004)
The whole liquid filling operation, including labeling, case erecting, filling closing and palettizing is now the largest use of packaging adhesives because any of our homes buys everyday several...
Adhesion without Adhesives
(Dec 1, 2004)
This week's editorial will look at alternative methods of joining thermoplastics - without adhesives or mechanical fasteners. These include, of course, heat and solvent welding, but don't forget...
Estimating the Cost of Switching to Waterborne Adhesives
(Nov 17, 2004)
When evaluating the economics of switching from solventborne to waterborne adhesives both performance and cost factors become an issue. This editorial will review some of the cost considerations that...
Computer Simulation of Adhesive Stress
(Nov 3, 2004)
Computer simulation tools are now available to provide a virtual testing laboratory for adhesives. This week's editorial discusses the current state of these tools for the non-computer geeks among us.
(Oct 20, 2004)
If polyolefins and fluorocarbons are so difficult to bond, why are these polymers such good adhesives? This editorial will answer this conundrum and shed some light on how to use surface energy to...
Room Temperature or Elevated Temperature Cure?
(Oct 6, 2004)
This week's editorial looks at the differences in curing a reactive adhesive at room or elevated temperatures. Generally, the choice is made due to the production equipment capabilities and curing...
(Sep 22, 2004)
This week's editorial will look at the problem of everyday jargon that confuses many newcomers to the adhesives industry. When added to the jargon that is commonly used in the various end-user markets...
Adhesives and Sealants in the Auto Market
(Sep 8, 2004)
This week's editorial takes a quick look at how adhesives and sealants are revolutionizing the way automobiles are being designed and built. Structural adhesives may have had their beginnings in the...
Strategy Related to Environmental Regulations
(Aug 25, 2004)
This week's editorial describes how environmental regulations should be incorporated into the strategic planning process. As with most courses of action, the key is moderation and careful...
Innovative Packaging of Multicomponent, Reactive Adhesives
(Jul 28, 2004)
In this week's editorial, innovative packaging methods for multi-component reactive adhesives are described. These ingenious solutions provide added value to the end-user by reducing labor costs,...
Walking in Your Customers' Shoes
(Jul 15, 2004)
This week’s editorial offers a tool – simple, but carefully orchestrated, customer visits -- to maximize the customer relationship and to acquire valuable market research.
Cure and Performance on Demand
(Jun 30, 2004)
The week's editorial looks at how formulators have responded to the customers' demand to "make adhesives simple". Adhesives and sealants that have tremendous simplicity in application and...
The Adhesion of Particles to Surfaces
(Jun 16, 2004)
This week's editorial discusses the adhesion of particles to surfaces. Particle adhesion plays a major roll in many industrial fields in that particle adhesion is generally encouraged (electrostatic...
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Pressure Sensitive Adhesives for Health Care
(Jun 2, 2004)
Pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) have been utilized in a wide range of health care applications. This week’s editorial reviews how modern medical PSAs must do far more than bond to skin.
Interphase and Interface
(May 18, 2004)
Several years ago, the concept of the interphase relative to the more generally understood interface was developed. This week's editorial looks at the difference between the "interphase" and...
Visit to JEC: Composites show, Paris, March 30 to April 1, 2004
(May 5, 2004)
In this editorial, the author discusses his visit to JEC show held in Paris from 30th March to 1st April, 2004. He describes the adhesives types displayed in the show...
Accelerated Aging of Adhesives to Estimate Service Life
(Apr 7, 2004)
Predicting the service life of adhesives is a risky business. This week's editorial tries to estimate the service life of adhesives...
Visit to EXPOBOIS, Paris, March 10 to13, 2004
(Mar 24, 2004)
In this editorial, the author discusses his visit to EXPOBOIS, 2004. EXPOBOIS is a national French exhibition for Woodworking machines and techniques, taking place in Paris every two years.