Thermoplastic Glues and Some of Their Common Uses

July 25, 2017

Thermoplastic glues are amorphous adhesives, which simply means they’re compounds that are built from loosely structured polymers. The plasticity label suggests a thermal attribute, though, so where does this feature fit into the adhesive market? Well, this is a tacky adhesive agent that’s found in hot-melt technology, usually as a solid plastic cylinder. Gifted with […]

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Material Differences between Foam Rubber and Sponge Rubber

July 11, 2017

A foam rubber product shares many material properties with a comparable sponge rubber item, yet they’re not the same. In fabrication terms, a foam uses a blowing or “foaming” agent to inject a polymer melt with gas-filled bubbles. On the other hand, the tiny interlinking chambers in sponge rubber are produced chemically by mixing sodium […]

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Norton-Xpand PU600: Qualities that Make It Ideal for Windows and Skylights Installation

June 26, 2017

Norton Xpand PU600 is a high-performance sealing tape that uses PUR (Polyurethane) as a material backbone. Designed for use in sealing construction joints, the tacky, pre-compressed rolls adhere to all standard building materials. Beyond that convenient usage factor, the polyurethane base is guaranteed to retain its shape and structure when high winds blow and heavy […]

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What are BCF – Butyl Coated Foams?

June 9, 2017

On the surface, butyl coated foams are simply slightly tacky sealants. It’s when we cut into the material that the secret of this versatile water barrier is revealed. Outside, the butyl jacket creates a uniform finish. Inside, however, the foam core adds a compressible PVC backbone to the product. That’s an invaluable feature, and here’s […]

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Significance of Polymer Technology in Glues and Adhesives

May 24, 2017

Nowadays, polymer technology is everywhere. The super tough plastic housings that frame cellphones are made of polymers. Car parts are made from durable plastics, which is just another name for a polymer. Then, in glues and adhesives, the same complex molecular chains create the linkages that gift liquid fasteners with an unbreakable chemical backbone. It’s […]

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What is Viscoelasticity and What Makes it Beneficial for Greenglue Noise Proofing Compound?

May 10, 2017

There comes a point in a technician’s career when words like sticky and gluey just won’t cut it anymore. In response to a maturing set of engineering skills, a scholarly vocabulary grows. Take the field of adhesive compounds, for example, a discipline that’s peppered with technical terms. Viscoelasticity is one such multisyllabic term, but what […]

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What are Adhesion Promoters?

April 28, 2017

A colourful analogy would describe an adhesion promoter as a stickiness bridge, but this analogy lacks depth. Instead, we’ll outline the chemical coupling features of this essential fixative agent and learn how this additive works with both the targeted substrate and an adhesive compound to produce (promote) a strong bond. Capable of facilitating a chemically […]

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Most Common Applications of Double-sided Acrylic Tapes

April 11, 2017

A double-sided acrylic tape is, as the name implies, a pressure-sensitive product that places a tacky adhesive on both sides of the tape. It sticks to a surface, to itself, and any additional surfaces. In short, this versatile product sticks one thing to another. Of course, we’re all about the specifics, so what are these […]

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What are Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tapes?

March 27, 2017

According to a technical definition, pressure sensitive adhesive tapes are strips of tacky material that activate when they’re pressed against a surface. The backing strip is fabricated from plastic, paper, metal, or some other flexible material. The sticky substrate covering the internal surface of this “tape” is a pressure-activated bonding agent. What else is there […]

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Materials Matter: The Importance Avoiding Highly Toxic Materials in Sealants and Adhesives

March 6, 2017

Sealants and adhesives are employed wherever surface parts require a bonding agent. The chemical compounds anchor parts and protect vulnerable materials from corrosive forces. Basically, these tacky substances chemically cement and protect pretty much everything, so they’re found everywhere. Ironically, those same chemicals can cause havoc, both environmentally and locally, unless we avoid the highly […]

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