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Permabond F201 Toughened, flexible, anaerobic sealant

Anaerobic sealants are characteristically very rigid, hard adhesives which work well in compression, torsion and shear but are notoriously brittle and unsuitable in applications where there could be peel or cleavage forces. When bonding dissimilar metals where differential expansion and contraction could be an issue (especially over a broad temperature range or where there is … Continue reading “Permabond F201 Toughened, flexible, anaerobic sealant”

FDA & EU 10/2011 Compliant Adhesive for Food Contact

PERMABOND® ET5162 is an FDA & EU 10/2011 compliant adhesive. It has been formulated to comply with both FA 175.105 and EU food contact regulations 10/2011. It is a two-part, room temperature curing epoxy adhesive, which combines high performance, with fast cure and higher temperature resistance than standard two-part epoxies. ET5162 is suitable for bonding a … Continue reading “FDA & EU 10/2011 Compliant Adhesive for Food Contact”

High Temperature Resistant Cyanoacrylate

Permabond introduces new high temperature resistant cyanoacrylate adhesives! PERMABOND® 825 is a low viscosity cyanoacrylate adhesive that provides higher strength at high temperature. This fast-setting cyanoacrylate bonds metals, rubbers, plastics, and more. Permabond 825 resists up to 392°F (200°C) and has excellent retention of strength during thermal aging. PATENTED TECHNOLOGY Features and Benefits Strong bonds … Continue reading “High Temperature Resistant Cyanoacrylate”

New no odour adhesives for low surface energy plastics

PERMABOND® is delighted to announce the launch of Permabond TA4630 and TA4631, no odour adhesives for low surface energy plastics, especially developed for difficult to bond plastics such as polypropylene, polyethylene and PTFE, without surface pre-treatment. They can even bond acetal (POM)! Key features of the products include: NO ODOUR!!! = No residual smell on bonded components* Improved operator comfort Suitable … Continue reading “New no odour adhesives for low surface energy plastics”

Adhesives for Electric Vehicle Batteries

What are the biggest challenges in developing adhesives for the e-mobility market? I have to say it is balancing features. Many of the adhesive features battery manufacturers require play off each other. Following is a partial list of commonly requested features: Low Weight – Expandable adhesive products Good Heat Dissipation – Thermal Conductivity Low Cost … Continue reading “Adhesives for Electric Vehicle Batteries”

Multi-purpose, high strength adhesive in NEW reduced waste packaging

Combine the convenience and reliability of a multi-purpose, high strength structural adhesive AND go greener at the same time with Permabond’s reduced waste packaging! Permabond is responding to customers’ demands to reduce packaging waste by launching our popular, multi-purpose, structural adhesive ET5364 in new collapsible cartridges, which can reduce packaging waste by up to 85%, … Continue reading “Multi-purpose, high strength adhesive in NEW reduced waste packaging”

Handy UV adhesive kit for bonding acrylic/Perspex®

Handy UV adhesive kit for bonding acrylic/Perspex® Permabond’s new UV639 adhesive is proving very popular for bonding clear plastic screens and point of sale display assemblies. Permabond Europe is now offering a handy UV adhesive kit which includes the liquid adhesive and a small handheld battery-powered UV torch for curing. This makes it especially convenient … Continue reading “Handy UV adhesive kit for bonding acrylic/Perspex®”

Permabond Launches UV639 High Performance Acrylic Bonder

Permabond Launches UV639 High Performance Acrylic Bonder In the world of bonding acrylic (or Perspex®, PLEXIGLASS®, PMMA as it is also known), adhesives used to join this material are often referred to as “acrylic adhesives”. This should not be confused with the same term used in the adhesive world, where “acrylic adhesive” refers to the chemical … Continue reading “Permabond Launches UV639 High Performance Acrylic Bonder”

Anaerobic Sealant Safe for Use with Pure Oxygen

Permabond’s MH052 is an anaerobic sealant safe for use with pure oxygen on threaded pipework, and has BAM approval for use on threaded pipework systems. Most anaerobic sealants have warnings on their datasheets against their use in contact with pure oxygen. But not this one! It is approved for use with pure oxygen up to 10 … Continue reading “Anaerobic Sealant Safe for Use with Pure Oxygen”

Covid-19 Response – Permabond is fully committed to uninterrupted supply during the Coronavirus pandemic

Permabond – Fully committed to uninterrupted supply during the Coronavirus pandemic Following the announcement by the Italian government that all but essential businesses had to cease their operations, we are very proud to announce that Permabond’s production facilities in Milan, are allowed to remain fully operational under the “life-sustaining business” exception. This is due in … Continue reading “Covid-19 Response – Permabond is fully committed to uninterrupted supply during the Coronavirus pandemic”

UPCOMING: Adhesives & Bonding Conference – featuring special Permabond guest speaker !

Permabond’s Technical Director, Dr Giorgio Zaffaroni will be speaking at the forthcoming “Adhesives and Bonding Expo” to be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI (USA) Tuesday 24th March. In a series of Roundtable events, Giorgio will be tackling the topic of surface preparation and how new state-of-the-art adhesives can take the drudgery out … Continue reading “UPCOMING: Adhesives & Bonding Conference – featuring special Permabond guest speaker !”

Permabond Europe Launches New Thermally Conductive, High Temperature Resistant Epoxy

New Thermally Conductive Epoxy, Permabond ET5441 with High Temperature Resistance! Permabond® ET5441 is a thermally conductive, two-component adhesive based on epoxy resin. It is specifically designed to bond metal substrates when excellent resistance to high temperature is required. Permabond® ET5441 offers high strength performance. Even at 180°C  (356°F) it achieves 5-6MPa (725-870 psi) shear strength on mild steel … Continue reading “Permabond Europe Launches New Thermally Conductive, High Temperature Resistant Epoxy”

How to remove cyanoacrylate adhesive?

How to remove cyanoacrylate adhesive? As we discussed here, there are three basic ways to remove adhesive. Mainly, dissolving, heating, and stress. To remove cyanoacrylate adhesive most effectively, a combination of all three ways may be used.  The deciding factors on which is most appropriate are: What are the surfaces bonded? How much time do … Continue reading “How to remove cyanoacrylate adhesive?”

What is the best glue for rubber?

Permabond 105 is an instant adhesive which bonds most types of rubbers, including Butyl, EPDM, Natural, and Nitrile.  It forms strong bonds in seconds, and the strength continues to increase for 24 hours.  For silicone rubber, use Permabond POP primer before bonding with Permabond. Cyanoacrylates, like Permabond 105, are commonly used to bond rubber. Although … Continue reading “What is the best glue for rubber?”

Permabond Europe Launches TA4207 – No surface preparation!

Permabond Europe Launches TA4207 – A new versatile, high strength adhesive Permabond TA4207 expands our existing range of methyl methacrylate (MMA) adhesives, and is a 2-part, 1:1 mix ratio product, which achieves very high shear strengths on a wide range of metals, plastics and composites, with little or no surface preparation. In laboratory tests, our chemists … Continue reading “Permabond Europe Launches TA4207 – No surface preparation!”

What are the best plastic to metal adhesives?

Permabond is often asked, “What is the best glue for metal to plastic?”.  It is a tough question – it is like asking what is the BEST flavor of ice cream? As we discuss here, there are metal adhesives that bond some plastics and plastic adhesives that bond some metals.  The BEST option is dependant … Continue reading “What are the best plastic to metal adhesives?”

How to bond acrylic to stainless steel

Bonding acrylic to stainless steel can be accomplished with a variety of different adhesive types including UV curable, structural adhesive and cyanoacrylate.  Each type has its own characteristics.  UV Curable Permabond UV632 was developed for use on plastics and has superb adhesion to acrylic. It also forms strong bonds to metals.  It bonds acrylic to … Continue reading “How to bond acrylic to stainless steel”

Permabond’s Structural Epoxy Adhesives for Stainless Steel

Permabond launches high strength structural adhesives for tarnish free bonding of stainless steel. Available in convenient 1:1 dual cartridges, once mixed via static mixer nozzle, these adhesives achieve full cure at room temperature (or heat can be applied to speed-up cure). They offer excellent bond strength on stainless steel, composites, plastics wood and other metals. … Continue reading “Permabond’s Structural Epoxy Adhesives for Stainless Steel”

UL® Classification of Pipe Sealants (thread sealants)

UL® performs various tests to determine the suitability of pipe sealants for a particular use.  The UL® classification does not state the strength of the product or the maximum sealing pressure for other uses. For example, Permabond LH050 is classified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc.® for use in devices handling gasoline, petroleum oils, and natural gas … Continue reading “UL® Classification of Pipe Sealants (thread sealants)”

How much is “enough” when it comes to adhesive?

More adhesive isn’t necessarily better when you want an effective bond or seal. Covering the bond surface is the main requirement. The type of adhesive and the bonding environment have a lot to do with how much is “enough” and how much less or extra will cause adhesive failure. Adhesive failure is a common issues … Continue reading “How much is “enough” when it comes to adhesive?”

Permabond 2K Primer and Adhesion Promoter

Permabond 2K Primer is a dual purpose product, which indicates whether or not sufficient surface preparation has been carried out and contains an adhesion promoter to increase bond strength.  It is ideal for preparing metal, glass, plastic, and composites for bonding.  When bonding metal, it offers the added advantage of protecting bonded components against corrosion, which … Continue reading “Permabond 2K Primer and Adhesion Promoter”

Join Permabond at AFS Filtcon

Join Permabond at the American Filtration and Separation Society Spring Conference and Filtcon Expo.  Filtcon will be held April 1st through the 3rd at the Crown Plaza in Cherry Hill NJ. Register here and visit Permabond in booth 502.  

Join Permabond at Plast IMAGEN Mexico

Join Permabond® Engineering Adhesives at Plast IMAGEN  at the Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City April 2nd through the 5th. Register here and visit Permabond in booth number 2735 to learn about new adhesives for plastics!

Permabond returns to Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, Farnborough

Off to a busy start at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics! Visit us on A165 right by the entrance to find out how to maximise your adhesive’s performance with Permabond 2K Primer, bond polypropylene/polyethylene WITHOUT surface prep, bond stainless steel without unsightly tarnishing, and find out about our new highly flexible instant adhesives and more! We’re … Continue reading “Permabond returns to Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, Farnborough”

Metal Bonding Acrylic Adhesives

Metal Bonding Acrylic Adhesives Epoxies, Cyanoacrylates, and several other technologies provide excellent adhesion to metals.  Acrylic metal bonding adhesives are often chosen not only for the strong bonds to metals but also for the variety of curing options available which can optimize production processes. Many acrylic adhesives form strong bonds to a variety of metals … Continue reading “Metal Bonding Acrylic Adhesives”

Permabond 105 pulls a car… in Russia… in winter snow!

Please check out this amazing video of Permabond 105 cyanoacrylate adhesive, shot by our friends in Russia. The adhesive has been applied on a small O-ring joint between two tow-ropes. The ropes tighten, the O-ring stretches and then amazingly, the car is pulled. Even with a tiny bond area, onto a hard-to-bond rubber, in sub-zero … Continue reading “Permabond 105 pulls a car… in Russia… in winter snow!”

Blue Center Innovation Technologies

Blue Center Innovation Technologies – Permabond’s new state of the art development, technical service & QC laboratories Misinto, Italy – 28th November 2018 Permabond has a history of developing and manufacturing engineering adhesives, which spans six decades and three continents. In 2003 the Permabond business was purchased by the Grossi family, involved in the development … Continue reading “Blue Center Innovation Technologies”

Industrial adhesives Vs Consumer adhesives

What are industrial adhesives? How do they differ from consumer adhesives?  Strictly speaking, industrial adhesives are adhesives that are labeled for industrial use.  Various local and global bodies require industrial adhesives to include specific language on each label based on the chemistry.  With all that is required – it doesn’t leave much room for images … Continue reading “Industrial adhesives Vs Consumer adhesives”

5-minute epoxy – more than the name implies

Recently I received a call for a 5-minute epoxy. In general terms, 5-minute epoxy is used to refer to two-component epoxy that start to set up in around 5 minutes.  But they are not all alike.  Epoxies can vary in viscosity, mix ratio, color, specific gravity, gap fill ability, hardness, elongation, dielectric strength, conductivity, strength, … Continue reading “5-minute epoxy – more than the name implies”

Pipe Size Diameter and Thread Sealant Use

Permabond LH050 general purpose anaerobic pipe sealant is for use on metal pipe.   Permabond LH050  is classified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc.® for use in devices handling gasoline, petroleum oils, and natural gas (pressure not over 300 psig) not exceeding 2 in. pipe size; propane and butane not exceeding 1 in. pipe size.  Permabond LH050 is … Continue reading “Pipe Size Diameter and Thread Sealant Use”

COMING UP! Permabond at Advanced Engineering Show, NEC, UK

Permabond will be on stand K95, right by the entrance to the Composites Engineering section of the Advanced Engineering show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK from 31st Oct to 1st Nov 2018, showcasing our range of adhesives for composites such as carbon fibre, FRP/GRP, honeycomb panels and plastics including low surface energy polyolefins such … Continue reading “COMING UP! Permabond at Advanced Engineering Show, NEC, UK”

Plastic Threadlockers

Threadlockers fill the space between the threads which prevents vibration loosening.    Anaerobic threadlockers are used for metal fasteners; they should not be used on plastics as metal ions are required to cure the material, and they can stress crack plastics.  Anaerobic threadlockers (for metal) are available in a variety of strengths and viscosities.  Although the … Continue reading “Plastic Threadlockers”

Choosing a Structural Adhesive

A structural adhesive is an adhesive that forms a bond which bears a structural load.  Two of the most common types are epoxy adhesives and acrylic adhesives.  Often both types will work for structural metal bonding application.  Choosing the best type of structural adhesive for the application depends on several factors.  Understanding the characteristics of … Continue reading “Choosing a Structural Adhesive”

Industrial Adhesives for Dissimilar Substrates

Bonding Dissimilar Substrates It goes without saying that if you are bonding plastics use a plastic adhesive and if your bonding metal, an adhesive for metal.  It gets more complicated when you want to choose industrial adhesives to join dissimilar substrates. Plastic to Metal Industrial Adhesives Two HUGE categories here – there are likely an … Continue reading “Industrial Adhesives for Dissimilar Substrates”

Efficient scale up – Adhesive processes

One of the questions our tech team asks engineers seeking an adhesive recommendation is “How many assemblies will you be manufacturing?”  Although from a business perspective this is nice information to have; it is critical information to make an ideal product and process recommendation. Often, the right viscosity, rheology, and set time of a process … Continue reading “Efficient scale up – Adhesive processes”

Permabond 2K Primer and Adhesion Promoter

Permabond 2K Primer is a multi-purpose product.  It is ideal for preparing substrates for bonding, identifying if the surface is wetting out properly or if additional surface preparation is needed.  It contains an adhesive promotor to increase bond strength.  It is ideal for preparing metal, glass, plastic, and composite for bonding.  When bonding metal, note … Continue reading “Permabond 2K Primer and Adhesion Promoter”

Flexible Glue | Flexible Adhesive

“Hello, I’m calling about your new flexible glue.”  It isn’t surprising that Permabonds’ phone is ringing off the hook with people calling to learn more about our new flexible cyanoacrylate adhesives.  They are a true technology breakthrough and are solving design challenges daily.  However, they don’t fit every application – that is why Permabond has … Continue reading “Flexible Glue | Flexible Adhesive”

Ethyl Cyanoacrylates

Ethyl Cyanoacrylates One of the most common types of cyanoacrylates used as instant adhesives are ethyl cyanoacrylates.  Years ago, I was told to use methyl cyanoacrylates for metal and ethyl for everything else.  That simple saying served well me for many years.  Permabond 910 was the original methyl cyanoacrylate. It was formulated over 60 years … Continue reading “Ethyl Cyanoacrylates”

Weld sealant finds new uses in heavy equipment repair

At Permabond we are reminded by our friends in the fire protection industry how valuable our weld sealant is to their work.  At the last AFSA convention, our team was approached by many contractors and fabricators who stopped by our booth just to say thank you for such a valuable product.  So when I glanced … Continue reading “Weld sealant finds new uses in heavy equipment repair”

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Permabond is exhibiting at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show in Farnborough, UK.  You can’t miss us – we are right by the entrance! Stand A165. The Permabond team are ready and waiting to help you with your adhesive application and have some exciting new products too! FREE entry tickets can be found here http://www.industrysouth.co.uk/ and we’ll be … Continue reading “Southern Manufacturing & Electronics”

Expo Manufactura

Join Permabond® Engineering Adhesives at Expo Manufactura February 6th through the 8th from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cintermex in Monterrey, N.L. Mexico  Register here and visit Permabond in booth number 1033! Can’t make the show?  Visit us at www.permabond.com for all of your bonding and sealing needs.

Plastic Adhesive: Best Adhesives for Bonding Plastic

What is the best adhesive for plastic?  Often the strongest glue for plastic may not be the best adhesive for plastic.  There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing the best plastic glue.  Obviously bond strength is at the top. For most plastic bonding applications cyanoacrylate adhesives, UV curable adhesives, MMAs, as well … Continue reading “Plastic Adhesive: Best Adhesives for Bonding Plastic”

PPE-How to protect your skin when working with adhesives

Proper PPE personal protection equipment is described in section 8 of the adhesive SDS.  Basic personal protection from adhesives includes wearing the right gloves and washing your hands with soap and water.  Following are two substitutions in PPE that can do more harm than good. Nitrile gloves are a good choice for most adhesive products. … Continue reading “PPE-How to protect your skin when working with adhesives”

Comment coller le polyéthylène

Astuces et conseils pratiques pour coller le polyéthylène  Le polyéthylène est un polymère thermoplastique, léger, facile à manier et résistant au froid.  Abrévié PE,  c’est un matériau à faible énergie de surface et, par conséquent, qui est très difficile à coller. C’est d’ailleurs pour ça qu’on s’en sert souvent pour l’emballage et le conditionnement de la … Continue reading “Comment coller le polyéthylène”

COMING UP – The Assembly Show, IL

Only one month before we are back at The Assembly Show.  Register here by September 30th for free admission and visit us in booth 626.  Exhibits are open Tuesday, Oct 24, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Oct 25 from 10 am to 5 pm and Thursday, Oct 26 from 10 am to 3 pm.

What are structural, tough, second generation, & reactive acrylics?

What is the difference between a structural, toughened, second generation, and reactive acrylics? They are all structural acrylics!  Adhesives have so many common and technical names it can be difficult to know how to compare them. Structural adhesives are adhesives that form bonds that can bear a structural load. Generally structural adhesives are epoxy or … Continue reading “What are structural, tough, second generation, & reactive acrylics?”

Permabond 910 – The original Methyl Cyanoacrylate

  Permabond 910 is the original cyanoacrylate and has been around for over 65 years – and it is still favored by many industries including aerospace and automotive. Over 65 years old and still going strong. It is easy to apply,  bonds most surfaces, contains no solvent and forms strong bonds quickly Instant Bonds!  Apply … Continue reading “Permabond 910 – The original Methyl Cyanoacrylate”

COMING UP! Permabond will be at Composites Europe in Stuttgart

Permabond Engineering Adhesives Ltd at Composites Europe, STUTTGART, Germany 19th – 21st Sept 2017 Visit Permabond on stand E41 in Hall C2 to discover more about Permabond’s extensive range of composite bonding adhesives!  Click here for your FREE 3 day entry ticket … and enter the following voucher code: kwrn-tvsm-scc2-iho7

High Temp resistant adhesives which withstand paint-bake processes

Often adhesives are not considered suitable candidates for joining structural assemblies that need to go through a paint-bake or stoving process due to the brief exposure to high temperature (around 200°C / 390°F for 10-15 minutes). However, there are many temperature resistant adhesives which can resist these conditions for this brief duration – providing the … Continue reading “High Temp resistant adhesives which withstand paint-bake processes”

How to find the SDS, TDS, Shelf life, & Specs

How to ensure you have the most current Permabond SDS? As yet, there is no agreed, and harmonized classification for substances by Reach and only a few have approved CLP classification; it is up to each supplier to test, evaluate and classify every substance they are putting on the European market in respect to hazard … Continue reading “How to find the SDS, TDS, Shelf life, & Specs”

Coller ou décoller ? Telle est la question.

On a tendance à penser que plus ça colle, mieux c’est. Et pourtant Les colles les plus fortes ne sont pas toujours les meilleures. Il existe même des adhésifs qui ont été conçus exprès pour se décoller facilement. L’exemple typique est celui des colles anaérobies. Leur résistance est calculée pour répondre aux différents besoins de … Continue reading “Coller ou décoller ? Telle est la question.”

Metal bonding epoxy adhesives are some of the strongest glue for metal

          We are often asked “What is the strongest glue for metal to metal?”  For most applications the strongest metal glue is one part metal bonding epoxy also known as heat activated epoxy (heat curing epoxy).  Typical bond strengths of three adhesive types are compared below. Strongest metal glue? Adhesive Type … Continue reading “Metal bonding epoxy adhesives are some of the strongest glue for metal”

Glass Adhesive: What is the best glue for glass?

What is the best glue for glass? Permabond manufactures many types of glass adhesives. Following highlights the features and benefits of each type. UV Curable Glass Glue Permabond UV glues form high strength bonds which are suitable for decorative and structural glass bonding applications.  They are excellent for bonding glass to glass or glass to … Continue reading “Glass Adhesive: What is the best glue for glass?”

Aluminum Adhesives – How to bond aluminum with Permabond Adhesives

Permabond is a global company and you will see both British and American spellings of words throughout this site.  For the most part, my colleagues in the UK are very accepting of American spellings –  until it comes to the word aluminum!  In the interest of global peace I’ll use both spellings.  Whether you call … Continue reading “Aluminum Adhesives – How to bond aluminum with Permabond Adhesives”

COMING UP! CWIEME Berlin 20-22 June 2017

Coil Winding & Electric Motors Exhibition, Berlin (CWIEME) Visit the Permabond stand in Hall 2.1, stand 21D12 to discover more about Permabond’s  adhesives for electric motors, electronics and coil winding.  Click here to pre-register for your free entry ticket!

Sourcing Fresh Adhesive

Product not in stock anywhere! You may have asked why some of our adhesives cannot be found in stock at a local distributor location, and that’s a great question! The short answer is Quality Control. The longer answer follows. Permabond manufactures adhesives formulated for engineered designs with strict requirements for performance during and after application. … Continue reading “Sourcing Fresh Adhesive”

When is a bargain adhesive really a bargain?

When is a bargain adhesive really a bargain? I am a bargain shopper!  Over the years, I’ve made many mistakes in choosing the ‘bargain’ priced product over the tried and trusted goods. Sometimes the mistake is no big deal – like that off-brand ketchup that no-one liked.  Other times it is more painful – the … Continue reading “When is a bargain adhesive really a bargain?”

COMING UP! Space Tech Exhibition

Visit Permabond May 23-25  at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena California.  We will be in booth # 1016 and look forward to sharing information about new adhesives for bonding metals, plastics, composites and more!

COMMENT CHOISIR VOTRE MODE D’ASSEMBLAGE : SOUDAGE, RIVETAGE OU COLLAGE ?

Les paramètres à considérer : Quelle que soient les méthodes d’assemblage envisagées, l’ingénieur concepteur devra tenir compte des exigences techniques et fonctionnelles de son projet avant d’en choisir une.  Son choix se fera généralement en fonction des exigences suivantes : Réduction des coûts d’usinage : Réduire les coûts d’usinage est critique pour le fabricant, car c’est ce qui … Continue reading “COMMENT CHOISIR VOTRE MODE D’ASSEMBLAGE : SOUDAGE, RIVETAGE OU COLLAGE ?”

COMING UP! National Fire Sprinkler Association Expo

Don’t miss Permabond at the 2017 NFSA expo in Las Vegas. Dates for the diary are May 4th – 5th 2017 and you can pre-register here. We hope to see you there! Permabond offers a range of threadsealants suitable for sealing sprinkler pipework. To download our latest brochure, please click on this link.

Adhesives for Die Attach for electronics

Adhesives offer a convenient method of attaching electronic dies, semiconductors or silicon wafers to electronic circuitry. Key properties which make adhesives attractive for this type of application include: -Thermal management – adhesive can transfer and dissipate heat effectively, thermally conductive adhesive are desirable -Electronically insulative with high dielectric strength – this helps prevent transfer of … Continue reading “Adhesives for Die Attach for electronics”

What is a food safe epoxy? Do they contain bisphenol A?

What is bisphenol A? Bisphenol A is an organic synthetic compound used in formulating plastics and epoxy resin.  The chemical formula is (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2.  In order to formulate an epoxy adhesive, one must have either bisphenol A or bisphenol F.  Bisphenol A (BPA) is generally preferred for its curing properties. What is a food safe epoxy? … Continue reading “What is a food safe epoxy? Do they contain bisphenol A?”

COMING UP! Permabond will be at the Southern Manufacturing Show

Come and visit us at stand M1, right by the entrance, to find out more about our new developments in engineering adhesives and let Permabond help you find a solution for your adhesive application.  The exhibition will take place from 21st to 23rd March at FIVE in Farnborough, Hampshire, UK. We hope to see you there!

4 benefits of using adhesives for sealing heat exchangers

Heat exchanger tubes and endplates are traditionally sealed by welding, brazing, or soldering. There are adhesives available which can be used for sealing heat exchangers in place of welding processes. Here are some major benefits of switching to adhesive sealing: 1. Cost savings Welding and brazing is a skilled occupation and generally commands a higher … Continue reading “4 benefits of using adhesives for sealing heat exchangers”

Best practices for bonding low surface energy plastics.

When choosing a plastic adhesive, it can be challenging to find the strongest adhesive.  There are many types of plastic.  Each type has it’s own strengths and weaknesses.  Many are easy to bond; others, like polyolefins, can be difficult.  Think of the reasons design engineers want to use polyolefin plastics:  they are slick to the … Continue reading “Best practices for bonding low surface energy plastics.”

COMING UP! Design 2Part Texas

Join Permabond in booth #221, February 22 & 23rd at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center,  in Grapevine, Texas to discuss all of your adhesive and sealant needs including bonding difficult plastics like polyolefin.  Permabond will be showcasing our new line of polyolefin bonders.  Technical specialists will be available make product recommendations or discuss custom formulation … Continue reading “COMING UP! Design 2Part Texas”

Why adhesive are used throughout power tools

Power tools and adhesives – the perfect match.  Because power tool manufacturers face many challenges in building strong, reliable tools that can withstand the elements and the operators, it is no wonder they are continually in search of the strongest adhesive.  The use of adhesives in place of other joining methods solves many of those … Continue reading “Why adhesive are used throughout power tools”

COMING SOON! EXPO MANUFACTURA

COMING SOON! EXPO MANUFACTURA We look forward to seeing you in booth 1030 February 7th through the 9th. Please join us at Cintermex, Monterrey, MX.  Register here! Permabond manufactures many types of industrial adhesives products to suit the varied needs of a number of different industries and custom formulates to meet specific requirements. Please feel … Continue reading “COMING SOON! EXPO MANUFACTURA”

Rubber bonding – but the type of rubber is unknown…

Often people ask me what I do for a living.  When I tell them I work for an engineering adhesives company, more times than not they stare at me with a vacant look and say “what’s that?, to which I respond “you know, glue, sticks stuff together…” “oh yes, glue…” then they quickly change the … Continue reading “Rubber bonding – but the type of rubber is unknown…”

How to eliminate air from adhesive and remove air from a bond joint

With the exception of Great Aunt Tilly, we don’t exist in a complete vacuum.  Air is everywhere and often finds its way into an adhesive bond joint.  It goes without saying that adhesive bonds better than air – so minimizing or eliminating air bubbles is essential to achieving the strongest bond.  It is also important … Continue reading “How to eliminate air from adhesive and remove air from a bond joint”

Adhesives that withstand reflow soldering

In today’s world, electrical engineers are charged with the challenging task of precisely filling an already densely populated PCB with even more components.  Environmental regulations that have driven the industry to lead free technologies have added even more frustration to the mix. Solder temperatures increased from 183 deg C to 217 deg C with certain … Continue reading “Adhesives that withstand reflow soldering”

Destructive Testing of Adhesive Bonds

Did you ever have one of those Monday mornings where you just wanted to throw something at the wall?  Rip things apart?  Smash things on concrete?  Light something on fire?  Irradiate something? At Permabond, we don’t wait for Monday morning – we break things every day! Destructive testing is not only essential to understanding adhesion … Continue reading “Destructive Testing of Adhesive Bonds”

Adhesive for silk screen mesh bonding

Silk screen mesh bonding can be carried out quickly and effectively with cyanoacrylate adhesive and if necessary, a cyanoacrylate activator. The process is simple and will have a screen print frame up and running again in a relatively short time compared with some other mesh bonding adhesives. Silk screen mesh is normally made of woven … Continue reading “Adhesive for silk screen mesh bonding”

COMING UP! Composites Europe Exhibition

Permabond is looking forward to welcoming visitors to its stand at the forthcoming Composites Exhibition – we hope you can make it! Dates for the diary are 29th November – 1st December and the venue is the Messe in Düsseldorf, Germany. Tickets can be pre-booked at a discounted rate by following this link. Permabond offers a range … Continue reading “COMING UP! Composites Europe Exhibition”

The top 3 factors to consider when selecting a filter potting epoxy?

Epoxy resins, epoxy glues, epoxy adhesives (whatever name you prefer) are often used as potting compounds for filters. Picture shows cross section of an oil filter which has been potted with epoxy. When considering using a potting compound for filter end caps, there are several basic factors to take into consideration: This is not all … Continue reading “The top 3 factors to consider when selecting a filter potting epoxy?”

COMING UP! CWIEME Exhibition, Istanbul

     Permabond Engineering Adhesives Ltd at CWIEME (Coil Winding & Electric Motors Exhibition) Istanbul Expo Centre, WTC  16th – 18th November 2016   Visit us at stand C12 in Hall 11 to discover more about Permabond’s  adhesives for electric motors, electronics and coil winding.  Click here to pre-register for your free entry ticket!  Applications Permabond can help with: … Continue reading “COMING UP! CWIEME Exhibition, Istanbul”

DON’T MISS! Advanced Engineering – Birmingham NEC

It is not too late to visit the Permabond team at the Advanced Engineering Show, the last day for the event is Thursday 3rd November. Permabond’s Daniela, Martin and Anna are being kept busy helping with enquiries and were delighted when the Formula Student Team from Cardiff University popped by the stand to say hello … Continue reading “DON’T MISS! Advanced Engineering – Birmingham NEC”

Structural Adhesives for Vehicle Conversions

Vehicle converters and specialist vehicle producers use structural adhesives for challenging applications, often bonding dissimilar materials in high stress environments where there could be vibration and peel stresses on the joint, broad temperature ranges, impact, and heavy wear and tear. Uses for structural adhesives Ambulance fit-outs and conversions Structural applications include bonding composite materials for … Continue reading “Structural Adhesives for Vehicle Conversions”

Appliance Design Article

Check out Permabond’s article in Appliance Design – a massive thank you and congratulations to Permabond Inside Sales Supervisor, Jo-Ann Hohl, for having her article published. http://digital.bnpmedia.com/publication/?i=340726&p=22

Advances in light curing and light curing adhesives

As adhesive manufacturers, we rely on our team of experienced chemists to continue to formulate state of the art products to satisfy our customers’ appetite for innovative materials which reduce manufacturing costs and increase product quality.  The Permabond motto is “Our Science … Your Success”.  We formulate – our customers succeed. When it comes to … Continue reading “Advances in light curing and light curing adhesives”

Where are adhesives used in tools?

Did you know that glues (or more technically referred to, adhesives) are used for all sorts of tool applications?  Anything from bonding handles onto good old screwdrivers to bonding diamond cutting tips on sophisticated mining equipment – and many things in between. Many power tool manufacturers are using adhesive products within the electronics of power … Continue reading “Where are adhesives used in tools?”

COMING UP! Filtech Exhibition, Cologne

Permabond will be exhibiting at Filtech 11th – 13th October 2016 Kölnmesse, Cologne, Germany Hall 11.1 Stand P14 Visit Permabond at Filtech to learn about the latest adhesive developments for the filter industry. Our technical team are on hand to discuss and recommend adhesives for your filter applications. We hope to see you there!

Top 4 Ways Bonding Reduces Assembly Cost

As manufacturers we are always looking for the big win / win, which is when you reduce manufacturing costs and at the same time improve product performance.  Often choosing adhesive bonding over mechanical fastening provides the win / win scenario.   REDUCE LABOR COSTS Welding, brazing, and soldering all require professional training and skill, but … Continue reading “Top 4 Ways Bonding Reduces Assembly Cost”

DON’T MISS! CWIEME Exhibition, Chicago 4-6 October 2016

Click for Free Registration for CWIEME Chicago 2016, and stop by booth E29 to visit the Permabond team.  They will be available from 10 to 5 Tues. and Wed. and from 10-3 Thurs. to assist with adhesive recommendations for all of your coil winding, electric motor and transformer manufacturing needs.  If you can’t make the … Continue reading “DON’T MISS! CWIEME Exhibition, Chicago 4-6 October 2016”

Pleased to meet you. How do you glue?

Adhesives are quickly becoming the go-to method of lightening (or weight reduction).  Reducing weight has been a goal in transportation for many years.  Many engineers in the transportation industry are well versed in what steps to take to ensure proper adhesive selection.  The benefits of lightening are spreading through many industries. The goal for some … Continue reading “Pleased to meet you. How do you glue?”

Quick, don’t miss the CAMX Show!

Register to attend Camx and visit Permabond in booth B43 to see advances in adhesive bonding of composites and advanced materials.  Can’t make it to CAMX?  Download the Permabond Composite Bonding Adhesive Guide.

Northern Manufacturing Exhibition – Manchester UK

Coming up! 28-29th September 2016 – Northern Manufacturing show. Check out stand B49 for all the latest news on adhesive products and for help with finding a suitable adhesive. We look forward to seeing you there! Event City, Manchester, UK. www.industrynorth.co.uk

Structural Adhesives for Vehicle Conversions

Vehicle converters and specialist vehicle producers use structural adhesives for challenging applications, often bonding dissimilar materials in high stress environments where there could be vibration and peel stresses on the joint, broad temperature ranges, impact, and heavy wear and tear. Uses for structural adhesives Ambulance fit-outs and conversions Structural applications include bonding composite materials for … Continue reading “Structural Adhesives for Vehicle Conversions”

What is the difference between epoxy glue and epoxy adhesive?

Let me just say upfront that we professionals in the adhesives industry can get a bit testy when someone refers to our high tech engineered adhesives as glue. We’ve got our pride! Years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a customer with a female distributor, back then there were few women in the technical … Continue reading “What is the difference between epoxy glue and epoxy adhesive?”

Food Grade Adhesives for Equipment and Filters

Food grade adhesives are required for both production line equipment where food and beverage is processed as well as for applications for kitchen goods and of course packaging applications. Typical applications which could require FDA approved or FDA compliant adhesives could include: Potting filter media into endcap for water or beverage filters Bonding mesh gauze to frame … Continue reading “Food Grade Adhesives for Equipment and Filters”

Removing Cured & Uncured Industrial Adhesives

How to Remove Adhesive Industrial adhesives are usually designed to offer the strongest bond and the best environmental resistance possible, so determining the best way to remove adhesive that has been cured can be a monumental challenge!  In every case, it is important to consult the relevant safety datasheet for both the adhesive and cleaning … Continue reading “Removing Cured & Uncured Industrial Adhesives”

Polyurethane adhesives aren’t just construction adhesives

Two component polyurethane adhesives are used to bond materials with different flexibility or different thermal coefficients of expansion including glass to metal, fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) to metal, and aluminium to steel. This is surprising to many people because polyurethane adhesives have a fantastic reputation as wood bonding adhesives. They are not ONLY construction adhesives … Continue reading “Polyurethane adhesives aren’t just construction adhesives”

Common and bizarre uses of cyanoacrylate adhesives

Permabond 910 is the original cyanoacrylate, and as we celebrate the 65th birthday of 910, which was designed for bonding, I can’t help but think of all the other ways cyanoacrylate adhesive is used.  I am certain that 65 years ago it would have been difficult to image the large variety of cyanoacrylate adhesive types … Continue reading “Common and bizarre uses of cyanoacrylate adhesives”

Electrically Conductive Adhesives

Electrically conductive adhesive products are primarily used for electronics applications where components need to be held in place and electrical current can be passed between them. Depending on gap between components, most general adhesives (such as anaerobics, cyanoacrylates, epoxies, and acrylic-based adhesives) act as an electrical insulator. Some offer improved thermal conductivity to help with … Continue reading “Electrically Conductive Adhesives”

FIRE RETARDANT ADHESIVES – 4 CRUCIAL PROPERTIES

The requirement for fire retardant adhesives is increasing and their use expands to a number of different industry sectors examples including aerospace, construction, electronics and public transport (trains in particular). Regulations and approvals for each industry sector are different and also vary between countries. For this reason, as an adhesive manufacturer, it is vital we treat … Continue reading “FIRE RETARDANT ADHESIVES – 4 CRUCIAL PROPERTIES”

Permabond Adhesives – From Super Sonic to Super Solar

In 1998 Permabond sponsored the THRUST SSC car which broke the land speed record and officially broke the sound barrier at 763 mph.  So why are we so excited that this year we are sponsoring a car with a top speed of a little over 1/10th of that? The THRUST SSC gas mileage is listed … Continue reading “Permabond Adhesives – From Super Sonic to Super Solar”

Adhesives for LEDs and Lighting

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are semiconductor light sources originally developed with two “legs” (a cathode and an anode). When voltage is applied light is emitted – “electroluminescence”. The colour is determined by the energy band gap of the semiconductor (although often it can be changed depending on the colour lens it is encapsulated in). Originally … Continue reading “Adhesives for LEDs and Lighting”

Purchasing Industrial Adhesives

Design engineers work diligently to find the right industrial adhesive company to partner with. They ensure the sales representative and technical representative are knowledgeable and responsive. They review the quality systems in place to confirm consistent product will be produced. When it comes to buying adhesives, choosing the stockist or distributor can be as important … Continue reading “Purchasing Industrial Adhesives”

Sealing seams and welds with anaerobic adhesives

Anaerobic adhesives are preferred method for threadlocking, thread sealing, retaining, and gasketing for a variety of reasons including strength, vibration resistance, corrosion prevention, and sealing. In addition to the applications listed above anaerobic adhesives are called upon as sealants for other purposes as well, including seam and weld sealing. Although the bottle may call it … Continue reading “Sealing seams and welds with anaerobic adhesives”

Strongest Adhesives for Bonding Metal, Glass & Plastic

What is the strongest adhesive? In terms of tensile strength the strongest adhesives are epoxy adhesives, specifically single component heat curable epoxy adhesives. Let me clarify – single component epoxy adhesives have the highest tensile strength often 35-41 N/mm² (5100– 6000 psi). What are the best metal bonding adhesives? Tensile strength of the adhesive is … Continue reading “Strongest Adhesives for Bonding Metal, Glass & Plastic”

Adhesives for bonding transformer ferrites

Bonding ferrite halves for transformer coils To help reduce component weight, parts, and reduce rattle and hum in transformers, adhesives can be used to join the ferrite halves instead of mechanical clips. Different types of adhesive can be considered for this application including structural acrylic adhesives, UV curable adhesives as well as two component epoxies. … Continue reading “Adhesives for bonding transformer ferrites”

Golf Club Epoxy

Adhesives are used in many different sports equipment bonding applications. One such application is that of bonding heads onto shafts for golf clubs.  It sounds like an easy application and in principle it is – put some adhesive on the tip of the shaft and then insert it into the club head.  Quick… let’s get … Continue reading “Golf Club Epoxy”

What does the color of threadlockers mean?

What do the threadlocker colors usually mean? Years ago USA military specifications dictated the color of the liquid threadlocker inside the bottle.  The bottles are generally the same color.  Note: not all threadlockers are color coded according to this scheme.  The color scheme applies to the Mil Spec products (used in existing designs) and the … Continue reading “What does the color of threadlockers mean?”

Coming Up! RAPID tradeshow

Permabond is launching three 3D print infiltrants for granular 3D printed parts at RAPID May 17 through May 19, 2016.  Visit Permabond in booth #232 to see the strength, brilliant color, and sheen produced with these infiltrants.   Can’t wait for RAPID – download the flyer!

Low odour adhesives for bonding plastics and metals

Structural acrylic adhesives are popular because they form high strength bonds; most of them cure rapidly. Because of this, structural acrylic adhesives are ideal for structural bonding and lend themselves to high speed production processes where it is impractical to clamp the part and cure the adhesive overnight or in an oven. However, there is … Continue reading “Low odour adhesives for bonding plastics and metals”

Adhesive Application: Aerospace Adhesive

What are Aerospace Adhesives? Aerospace Adhesives are used throughout the interior, exterior and engine compartment of aircraft. On everything from the overhead lockers, to the handy seat trays and even the in-floor lighting. The engine contains threadlockers, retaining compounds, hydraulic system thread sealants as well as structural adhesives. Exterior panels are bonded, wing spars, door moldings … Continue reading “Adhesive Application: Aerospace Adhesive”

Coming Up – EMCW Trade Show, Milwaukee

Visit Permabond May 11th in booth 315 at the EMCW Electric Manufacturing and Coil Winding Expo at the Milwaukee Conference Center.  We hope to see you there!  Download the Permabond Electric Motor Adhesive and Sealants Guide and click here to register for EMCW

COMING UP! Permabond will be at the CWIEME Show in Berlin

  Permabond Engineering Adhesives Ltd at CWIEME Berlin (Coil Winding Insulation and Electrical Manufacturing Exhibition) Messe Berlin Hall 3.1, Stand C39A  10th – 12th May 2016    Visit us in Hall 3.1, stand C39A to discover more about Permabond’s  adhesives for electric motors, electronics and coil winding. Click here to pre-register for your free entry ticket!   Applications Permabond can help … Continue reading “COMING UP! Permabond will be at the CWIEME Show in Berlin”

Introducing Permabond ES558 Epoxy

Permabond ES558 single part epoxy adhesive is cured by oven, infra-red or induction heating. It is ideal for bonding and sealing metal components and can be applied to pre-assembled joints. When heated for curing, the adhesive flows like solder and wicks into small gaps where it will cure, forming a high strength durable bond.Permabond ES558 … Continue reading “Introducing Permabond ES558 Epoxy”

Innovations in adhesives for sporting and leisure equipment

Adhesives for Sporting and Leisure Equipment After noticing a wide spread use of carbon fiber in sporting goods applications I read an article on new materials in sporting equipment manufacturing  http://www.assemblymag.com/articles/92480-new-materials-spur-innovation-in-sporting-goods-manufacturing it was clear that the innovations in sporting goods are not limited to carbon fiber – but a vast array of new materials are … Continue reading “Innovations in adhesives for sporting and leisure equipment”

Adhesives for prosthetic devices / biomechanical limbs

Prosthetic devices use cutting edge technology and high performance lightweight composite materials in order to provide the wearer the ultimate in comfort, natural movement and appearance.  Due to the different advanced materials used and the performance needed, there is often a requirement to use structural adhesives. Adhesives can be used to bond various components of … Continue reading “Adhesives for prosthetic devices / biomechanical limbs”

Coming up! Design 2 Part show in NJ, USA

Join Permabond in booth 220 to discuss all of your adhesive and sealant needs including bonding difficult plastics like polyolefin.  Permabond will be showcasing two new adhesive solutions.  Our new line of polyolefin bonders and our new low odor acrylics for bonding metals and plastics. Register here free http://www.d2p.com/ShowInfo

What are anaerobic surface conditioners?

Permabond Anaerobic Surface Conditioner – FAQs What are anaerobic activators or anaerobic surface conditioners? Permabond Anaerobic Surface Conditioner (Permabond ASC10) is a fast drying activator for Permabond anaerobic adhesives and sealants.  Permabond ASC 10 contains a solvent that is not ozone depleting. Evaporation of this non-halogenated solvent leaves a thin deposit of surface conditioner on … Continue reading “What are anaerobic surface conditioners?”

Bonding clear plastics for display stands

People just love beautiful things and it is our job in the adhesive industry to provide manufacturers with aesthetically pleasing adhesives. None so more vital than in the world of POS (point of sale) display items – this can include things such as display cases, racks, menu stands, literature stands, signs, etc… Because the construction … Continue reading “Bonding clear plastics for display stands”

Choosing a Polyolefin Bonding Adhesive

Polyolefins Thermoplastic polyolefins like polyethylene and polypropylene, and polyolefin elastomers such as EPDM rubber are notoriously difficult to join.  Solvent welding does not produce strong bonds as polyolefins normally have excellent resistance to solvents.  Polyolefins have very low surface energies so adhesives do not wet-out the surface well without some form of surface treatment.  Surface … Continue reading “Choosing a Polyolefin Bonding Adhesive”

SAE World Congress & Exhibition

12th April – 14th April 2016 SAE World Congress & Exhibition at the Cobo Center in Detroit Michigan. Permabond will be manning booth #1035  – we hope to see you there. https://www.sae.org/congress/ Showcasing Permabond® HH040 – single component, instant seal, gap filling, environmentally friendly, anaerobic technology for sealing the rolled seam during the manufacturing of spin … Continue reading “SAE World Congress & Exhibition”

Bonding carbon fibre automotive bonnet (hood)

Carbon fibre (or carbon fiber if you’re in the US) composite is made up of interwoven carbon filaments combined with a resin. It has an extremely high strength to weight ratio combined with good heat and chemical resistance. It is a popular material in aerospace, motorsport, defence / military and sports equipment manufacture. Carbon fibre … Continue reading “Bonding carbon fibre automotive bonnet (hood)”

Anaerobic Adhesive Threadlocker Application Tips

How do Anaerobic Adhesive Threadlockers Work? Anaerobic adhesives and sealants remain liquid until oxygen is excluded and metal is present.  When a threaded metal fastener is assembled with good coverage of anaerobic adhesive threadlocker on the threads, all of the air is excluded and metal is of course present. Application Methods for Blind Holes and … Continue reading “Anaerobic Adhesive Threadlocker Application Tips”

Bond Composites with Flexible Epoxy

Two-part epoxies are normally regarded as rigid materials and generally have excellent compressive, tensile and shear strength but limited performance in terms of peel strength and flexibility.  Rubber toughened epoxies tend to fare a little bit better, offering the user better impact and vibration resistance, combined with the ability to absorb stress caused by differential … Continue reading “Bond Composites with Flexible Epoxy”

Anaerobics are for metal only – so why list plastic compatibility?

If anaerobic sealants are only for use on metal why is Permabond LH056 a CPVC Compatible Anaerobic Sealant? The short answer is that Permabond LH056 is a designed for use as a metal pipe sealant only – if Permabond LH056 is used on metal pipe work in a fire protection system that also contains CPVC, … Continue reading “Anaerobics are for metal only – so why list plastic compatibility?”

Crystal clear, fast curing and high strength structural adhesive

Permabond’s new structural acrylic adhesive, TA4204 is proving a hit for bonding clear, colourless substrate materials. It is a 1:1 mix ratio methyl methacrylate-based acrylic adhesive and cures in minutes at room temperature when mixed. The structural adhesive is available in convenient 50ml and 400ml cartridges and can be dispensed with a handgun via static … Continue reading “Crystal clear, fast curing and high strength structural adhesive”

What adhesive types are best for bonding composites?

Cyanoacrylates, Epoxy Adhesives, Polyurethane Adhesives, Structural Acrylic Adhesives and UV Cure Adhesives all bond well to composites.  So which adhesive type is the best?  It depends upon the type of composite and the desired assembly process and the requirements of the composite bond.  The following reviews a few of the various adhesive types. EPOXY ADHESIVES … Continue reading “What adhesive types are best for bonding composites?”

Aerodef Trade Show

Come to the Long Beach, CA Convention Center | February 8-10 and visit Permabond at the Aerodef Expo in booth 632 to learn about new adhesive materials for aerospace and for composites. Please click here to register.

Expo Manufactura Trade Show

Visita Permabond en el stand 925 para celebrar 20 años de Expo Manufactura como el evento líder de fabricación! Regístrese aquí http://www.e-ntegrated.com/e-nscribe/initiationmanufactura2016.asp   Visit Permabond in booth 925 to celebrate Expo Manufactura’s 20 years as the leading manufacturing event! Register here http://www.e-ntegrated.com/e-nscribe/initiationmanufactura2016.asp

Optimize Your Motor Magnet Assembly Process

Optimize Your Motor Magnet Assembly Process Magnet bonding is found in motors, speakers, microphones, computer storage, and auxiliary power generators to maximize the assembly performance.  The adhesive bonds the entire surface of the magnet distributing stress.  Old style clips concentrated stress on a small area of brittle magnet. Bonding also prevents noise and corrosion. So … Continue reading “Optimize Your Motor Magnet Assembly Process”

Glass Bonding Adhesive | Industrial adhesives | UV curable adhesives

Which glass bonding adhesive technology is the right choice? A variety of industrial adhesive solutions are available for bonding glass, including UV curable adhesives, hybrid adhesives, epoxy adhesives, and acrylic structural adhesive.  Examples of typical applications for each are listed below. Acrylic Structural Adhesives Acrylic structural adhesives are commonly used to bond glass to metal … Continue reading “Glass Bonding Adhesive | Industrial adhesives | UV curable adhesives”

Solvent welding – your days are numbered!

What is solvent welding? Solvent welding is a method of joining two plastic substrate materials. The solvent chemical (often dichloromethane-based) or solvent cement attacks the surface of the plastic, dissolving it. The liquid polymers from substrate 1 are free to combine with those of substrate 2, the solvent evaporates and Hey Presto, the parts are … Continue reading “Solvent welding – your days are numbered!”

Bonding Metal to Plastic with Industrial Adhesive

Adhesive Engineering Take a walk into any craft or hobby store and ask the sales associated for a metal to plastic adhesive and they’ll say something like… “You’ll find metal to plastic adhesive in aisle 7 on the middle shelf to the right of the popsicle sticks and above the pom poms.”  If you’re making … Continue reading “Bonding Metal to Plastic with Industrial Adhesive”

Magnet Bonding Adhesives

Permanent magnet motors come in an every expanding number of designs and magnet bonding adhesives are available to meet every new challenge. The primary driver for the vast array of industrial adhesives available for magnet bonding is the diversity of the size and performance characteristics required in the electric motors, speakers and other applications that … Continue reading “Magnet Bonding Adhesives”

Heat cure epoxy – making sure the adhesive is properly cured

What is epoxy adhesive? Single part epoxies contain both resin and hardener in the one mixture (unlike 2 part epoxies where they are packaged separate and mixed before use).  The curing mechanism of heat cure epoxy is activated when exposed to high temperature and cures the adhesive.  Continued exposure to heat enables cross linking of … Continue reading “Heat cure epoxy – making sure the adhesive is properly cured”

Non-flammable Low-Odor Acrylic Adhesives

Do we still have to use the STINKY STUFF or is there a low odor adhesive? Traditional methylmethacrylates (MMAs) are flammable and have an unusually strong odor.  For many applications these acrylic adhesives are the absolute best choice.  Their uncanny ability to form very strong bonds to a variety of materials, from thin aluminium truck … Continue reading “Non-flammable Low-Odor Acrylic Adhesives”

Do adhesives melt at high temperature?

…depends on the type of adhesive is the quick answer to that one… Adhesive users are often under the false impression that all adhesives melt at high temperature. While thermoplastic adhesives do melt or reflow at high temperature, thermoset adhesives do not.  Examples of thermoplastic adhesives include hotmelt adhesives such as used on cardboard boxes … Continue reading “Do adhesives melt at high temperature?”

Designing Adhesive Aging Studies

Aging of an adhesive bond When designing aging studies of a bonded joint consider both the adhesive aging (cohesion) and the bond between both substrates (adhesion).  Several adhesive aging studies list the key factors are chemical, mechanical and physical effects.  One piece that isn’t always listed is time and speed Chemical effects on a bonded … Continue reading “Designing Adhesive Aging Studies”

Filter Seam Sealing of Spin on Fluid Filters

Filter Seam Sealing The following reviews some of the adhesive sealant properties desired for rolled seams found in spin on fluid filters. 100% leak free seal Gap Filling Seamless Process (I couldn’t resist!) In Line QC Check Chemical Resistance Environmental Resistance Spin on fluid filters (like automotive oil filters) have a rolled seam on the … Continue reading “Filter Seam Sealing of Spin on Fluid Filters”

Adhesives for jewelry and gemstone bonding and coating

Compared to bonding automotive or aircraft components, you would think a jewelry bonding application would be a walk in the park – surprisingly this isn’t always the case.  Think about the wear and tear a ring would have – in and out of hot soapy washing up water or a set of earrings getting a … Continue reading “Adhesives for jewelry and gemstone bonding and coating”

Tech Tips – Bonding Dissimilar Materials with Industrial Adhesives

Using industrial adhesive is an ideal method of bonding dissimilar materials e.g. metal to plastic. Joining techniques (such as welding, brazing, solvent welding, friction welding etc.) are all quite fussy and dictate that you can only join similar materials (e.g. metal to metal or plastic to plastic).  Adhesives are far less dictatorial and let you … Continue reading “Tech Tips – Bonding Dissimilar Materials with Industrial Adhesives”

FIP Gasket

What are FIP Gaskets? Form in place or FIP Gaskets are gaskets that are created on the part they are meant to seal.  Instead of sourcing the correct size and shape gasket for each seal, a semi liquid anaerobic sealant is dispensed onto the flange.  Care is taken to dispense around every opening to ensure … Continue reading “FIP Gasket”

What is Tg (Glass Transition Temperature)?

Time to exercise the old grey matter! Permabond’s technical advisors and development chemists are often asked by customers for data regarding Tg (glass transition temperature) measurements of our engineering adhesive materials. What is Tg, how is it measured? Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) is the point at which a material alters state – going from a … Continue reading “What is Tg (Glass Transition Temperature)?”

One Component Epoxy Environmental Resistance

One Part Epoxies are some of the most environmentally resistant adhesives.  The adhesive bonds resist a variety of chemicals as well as high temperature conditions.  One component epoxy adhesives provide high shear, peel and impact strength, with excellent adhesion to metals and other substrates.  They are often used to replace welding in structural applications.  Some … Continue reading “One Component Epoxy Environmental Resistance”

Adhesives for Architectural Glass Features

Advances in the world of materials and bonding technology have opened new opportunities for architects and designers. No longer governed by bulky materials or unsightly fixtures and fastenings, 21st century design achieves sleek and contemporary style whilst meeting and exceeding building regulation requirements. Industrial adhesives can be used on architectural glass instead of mechanical fasteners … Continue reading “Adhesives for Architectural Glass Features”

NEW 3D90 Cyanoacrylate Infiltrant for Granular 3D Printing

Permabond Engineering Adhesives has worked with granular 3D printers over the years and has developed a specialty product to suit the unique requirements of 3D printing.  Permabond 3D90, a cycanoacrylate infiltrant, absorbs into the models more thoroughly to toughen the model.  The very low odor and low bloom of the material makes it comfortable to … Continue reading “NEW 3D90 Cyanoacrylate Infiltrant for Granular 3D Printing”

Comparing Flame, Corona and Plasma Treatment

Why pretreat? Certain plastic substrate materials have a low surface energy which give them a non-stick nature. Typical “offenders” are common plastics such as polypropylene, polyethylene, PTFE (Teflon) plus also some rubbers such as EPDM and Santoprene.  If you wish to bond these materials with industrial adhesive you may have trouble unless: You flame, corona … Continue reading “Comparing Flame, Corona and Plasma Treatment”

Temperature Resistance of Various Adhesive Types

The above is a guide of temperature resistance by adhesive type.  Products usual can withstand higher temperatures for brief periods providing the joint is not unduly stressed.  High stress, poor joint design and thermal shock may cause bond failure at lower temperature. Temperature resistance is defined as the temperature at which the bond retains 40% … Continue reading “Temperature Resistance of Various Adhesive Types”

MS Polymer Environmental Resistance

Permabond MS Polymers are single component, hybrid technology adhesives that moisture cure at ambient temperature.  The high elongation and flexible nature of these strong bonds meet the demands of stress from impact, peel and expansion that can occur when bonding dissimilar materials. They have excellent environmental resistance and remain very flexible.  Weather resistance The following … Continue reading “MS Polymer Environmental Resistance”

Cyanoacrylate Adhesive Environmental Resistance

  Chemical Resistance   It doesn’t seem logical, but cyanoacrylate adhesives have more chemical resistance to gasoline than they do to water.  One customer who normally used acetone to remove excess adhesive wanted to speed up the process.  So he tried what is normally considered a stronger solvent, toluene.  The toluene didn’t seem to have … Continue reading “Cyanoacrylate Adhesive Environmental Resistance”

50 Shades of Glue

Maintenance Engineers often leave a trail of oil and grease around the jobsite or workshop. This can become an issue if they are working with different strength threadlocking adhesives – once the label on the package is soiled, it can be difficult to visually see  the grade reference or part number  on the bottle. However, … Continue reading “50 Shades of Glue”

Anaerobic Adhesive Environmental Resistance

  Tough Stuff Anaerobic Adhesive Environmental Resistance In selecting the right adhesive for each application, we are often challenged in finding an adhesive or sealant that can withstand the demanding environmental conditions of the application.  However, when the right adhesive for the application is an anaerobic adhesive – we can generally say – BRING IT … Continue reading “Anaerobic Adhesive Environmental Resistance”

Bonding PTFE with Industrial Adhesive

PTFE adhesive – Bonding PTFE with Industrial Adhesive PTFE, commonly known by the trade name Teflon or by the techies amongst us “Polytetrafluoroethylene” is a notoriously difficult material to bond as it is “Non-Stick” by nature. The most common application would be that of non-stick frying pan coating. Consequently when someone calls the helpline asking … Continue reading “Bonding PTFE with Industrial Adhesive”

How to Prepare & Bond Glass with Industrial Adhesive

Glass is a common material and found in various applications – from windows and doors to glass staircases, balconies and other architectural products. On a smaller scale, items such as kitchenware, artwork, jewellery and lenses also make use of this versatile, clear material. There are many benefits of bonding glass with industrial adhesives: Many adhesives … Continue reading “How to Prepare & Bond Glass with Industrial Adhesive”

Bonding composites with industrial adhesives

Why are there so many adhesives to choose from? Because there are so many types of composites and the composite materials themselves are used in a variety of applications which involve different requirements there are many different means of bonding them. Following are some of the adhesive types used. Methyl Methacrylates offer very high bond … Continue reading “Bonding composites with industrial adhesives”

Tips for Bonding EPDM Rubber with Industrial Adhesive

What is EPDM rubber? EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber is a type of synthetic rubber elastomer. It has excellent heat and chemical resistance and because of that its use is widespread – particularly in the automotive industry.  It is normally black, non-tacky and often has a slightly dusty feel about it. Where is EPDM … Continue reading “Tips for Bonding EPDM Rubber with Industrial Adhesive”

Bonding Polycarbonate with Industrial Adhesive

How to Prepare and Bond Polycarbonate Manufacturers using polycarbonate substrate materials often look to an adhesive for bonding or joining parts. Industrial adhesives offer a low-cost and convenient method of adhering parts, allowing flexibility of choice of substrate e.g. you can bond polycarbonate to other plastics, wood or metal where other bonding techniques such as … Continue reading “Bonding Polycarbonate with Industrial Adhesive”

Adhesives for Needle Bonding

Following is a list of factors that adhesive specialists will wish to review in order to assist in the adhesive selection process for the best needle bonding adhesive for a specific application. Needle Purpose Needles are used throughout healthcare for injection, blood drawing, biopsy, etc…  Other industries use needles for dispensing, test fluid extraction and … Continue reading “Adhesives for Needle Bonding”

Bonding Acrylic with Industrial Adhesive

Acrylic or PMMA (poly methyl methacrylate) is a popular thermoplastic (most commonly referred to PlexiglasTM). It is often clear / transparent and is used for a wide variety of common everyday items such as display racks, menu stands, windows and skylights, signs, displays etc. It is a lightweight and easy to handle alternative to glass. … Continue reading “Bonding Acrylic with Industrial Adhesive”

Anaerobic Adhesive: Curing Considerations & Speeds

How Do Anaerobic Adhesives Work? It is a puzzle, they stay liquid in the bottle, you tip them out and they remain liquid and don’t appear to dry.  They are non-tacky to the touch. How can they possibly be an adhesive?! Well, the cure mechanism of an anaerobic adhesive (or anaerobic sealant as they are … Continue reading “Anaerobic Adhesive: Curing Considerations & Speeds”

How to prepare and bond polyethylene

Bonding Polyethylene with Industrial Adhesive Polyethylene adhesive has been hard to come by until recently.  Polyethylene is a lightweight thermoplastic. It is often abbreviated to LDPE (low density polyethylene) or HDPE (high density polyethylene). Bonding polyethylene is considered very difficult and as a result it is often used as packaging for adhesive materials – as … Continue reading “How to prepare and bond polyethylene”

Bonding Nylon/Polyamide with Industrial Adhesive

Polyamide (commonly called Nylon which is a DuPont tradename), is a thermoplastic material widely used in a number of applications across various industries.  Special blends are often available with features such as high lubricity, flexibility, and flame retardant properties.  Often, Nylon is glass-filled to give extra strength and stiffness properties.  It often has a “silky” … Continue reading “Bonding Nylon/Polyamide with Industrial Adhesive”

Adhesives for use in contact with potable water. NSF/ANSI61 certified

Certified Adhesives for Potable Water Clean drinking water is vital to everyone.  Various approval agencies insure adhesives that come in contact with potable water meet strict criteria.  In North America manufactures are concerned that the product or equipment they manufacture for potable water have NSF /ANSI Standard 61 Drinking Water System Components Approval.  KIWA is … Continue reading “Adhesives for use in contact with potable water. NSF/ANSI61 certified”

Medical Device Adhesives & Biocompatibility

What is a medical device adhesive? In short, one would think that a medical device adhesive is an adhesive used on any medical device.  So what is a medical device?  Loosely paraphrased from the FDA a medical device is an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article….used … Continue reading “Medical Device Adhesives & Biocompatibility”

Bonding Polypropylene with Industrial Adhesive

Polypropylene plastic is a favourite substrate among goods manufacturers. It is low-cost, tough with some degree of flexibility and has excellent chemical resistance.  Certain blends can even rival ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) in terms of performance.  High-density and low-density polypropylene surfaces can be quite difficult to bond or print onto. This is due to low … Continue reading “Bonding Polypropylene with Industrial Adhesive”

Troubleshooting Two-part Epoxy Adhesive Dispensing Issues

Manual Dispensing from Cartridge Remove cap from cartridge – you can normally see on the stoppers a coating of adhesive – keep in mind which prong goes into which side if you want to put the cap back on (otherwise it will become bonded on if you cross-contaminate). Affix the recommended nozzle onto the cartridge. … Continue reading “Troubleshooting Two-part Epoxy Adhesive Dispensing Issues”

Troubleshooting Single-part Epoxy Adhesive Dispensing Problem

Manual Dispensing from Cartridge On many epoxy adhesive cartridges, there is a strong plastic stopper. The stopper must be cut with a sharp Stanley knife (or similar implement) before affixing the dispensing nozzle. The dispensing nozzle is normally supplied with the adhesive. Typically, 320ml cartridges fit in regular caulking guns. However, certain epoxy adhesive products … Continue reading “Troubleshooting Single-part Epoxy Adhesive Dispensing Problem”

Consistent Cure – Flexible Adhesives – MS Polymers & Modified Epoxies

MS Polymers & Modified Epoxies are Flexible Adhesives which are: Paintable Non-corrosive Fast – Quick Tack Free Time Suitable for a Variety of Substrates Primer Free Weather Resistant – No Cracking or Splitting Easy to Apply Versatile – Use in Most Weather Conditions Single Component MS Polymers MS Polymers are flexible adhesives that cure with … Continue reading “Consistent Cure – Flexible Adhesives – MS Polymers & Modified Epoxies”

Bonding Zinc Painted/Passivated/Galvanized Substrates

Bonding Zinc Substrates: Surface Prep and Choosing a Zinc Adhesive What is zinc and why is it used? We come across bonding zinc substrates all the time, zinc is a very popular metal used for plating other metals (such as steel) to prevent corrosion, oxidation or rust – as it is commonly referred to.  It … Continue reading “Bonding Zinc Painted/Passivated/Galvanized Substrates”

Specialty Epoxy Adhesives & Structural Adhesives

Filled or Fulfilled Epoxy Adhesives The word filler makes me think of something of secondary importance used to take up space.  It conveys the idea of a cheap additive used to stretch the main ingredients.  When it comes to filling epoxy adhesives– often the filler itself provides the desired properties.  Some fillers reduce costs while … Continue reading “Specialty Epoxy Adhesives & Structural Adhesives”

Consistent Surface Activated Acrylic Curing

Surface Activated Acrylic Adhesives by Any Other Name… Surface activated acrylic adhesives are also called structural acrylics, surface initiated acrylics, two part no-mix acrylics, aerobic acrylics and cold-bonding acrylics.  It would be lovely if we could all use the same language – but that’s the way it is – so now that we know what … Continue reading “Consistent Surface Activated Acrylic Curing”

Instant Adhesives for High Speed Production Lines

Production Line Adhesives Need Precise Cure Times I recently had a call from a gentleman trying to write a process for high speed production line.   They had tested one of our cyanoacrylates (instant adhesives) and found it extremely fast. The adhesive developed strength so rapidly they planned to implement an inline packaging operation within seconds … Continue reading “Instant Adhesives for High Speed Production Lines”

Anaerobic Adhesive for Sealing Bullets

METHODS OF BULLET SEALING, PRIMER SEALING AND CRIMP SEALING Bullets (or munitions) comprise several components including the actual bullet, casing, primer or pin and of course the explosive gun powder housed inside.  Traditional methods of bullet sealing include use of a bitumous compound or lacquer.  These are a fairly low-cost method of bullet sealing but … Continue reading “Anaerobic Adhesive for Sealing Bullets”

Two-Part Polyurethane Adhesive Cure

Polyurethane Adhesives Two component polyurethanes (also called 2C PUR) have the advantages of single component polyurethane adhesives but are able to cure more quickly through larger gaps and are not dependent on moisture or heat to cure.  Formulations can create flexible, tough materials that absorb considerable expansion, contraction stresses. Mixing Two Component Polyurethanes Similar to … Continue reading “Two-Part Polyurethane Adhesive Cure”

Consistent Single Component Epoxy Curing

Single Component Epoxy Curing: Those Requiring Heat to Cure There are two types of epoxies that arrive as one component.  Single component epoxy contains latent hardeners that are relatively inactive at room temperature.  Pre-mixed and frozen epoxies also arrive as one component but may not require heat to cure.  For our purpose we will be … Continue reading “Consistent Single Component Epoxy Curing”

Cardiff Racing Update

Cardiff Racing Formula Student Team  had a fantastic year with their CR10 car – coming top team in the UK event without an aerodynamics package. So as the CR10 car retires, CR11 is being engineered with particular investment in CFD (computational fluid dynamics) and trialling of diffusers and wing designs. Permabond proudly continues to support the Student … Continue reading “Cardiff Racing Update”

Curing UV Adhesive

The factors that affect UV curing are detailed in this article and include: Intensity at the adhesive site Time Wavelength Adhesive formulation The above factors are interdependent to some extent.  Increasing the intensity of UV light will decrease the time needed for the adhesive to cure.  But both ends have limits.  Using very high intensity … Continue reading “Curing UV Adhesive”

Curing Anaerobic Adhesive

Consistently Curing Anaerobic Adhesives Anaerobic Adhesives (AAs) are often identified by the job they perform; threadlocking, thread sealing, retaining compounds, & gasket makers.  They cure only in the absence of oxygen and presence of metal.  Similar to cyanoacrylates (instant adhesives) there is a maximum gap that anaerobic adhesives will cure through.  Controlling that gap is … Continue reading “Curing Anaerobic Adhesive”

Instant Adhesive: Cyanoacrylate Bonding & Bond Accelerators

Consistently Curing Cyanoacrylate Adhesives Cyanoacrylates (also called CA, instant adhesive or super glue) are very reactive and require stabilizers to remain liquid.  They cure when the minute amount of moisture on the surface of the parts being bonded deactivate the stabilizers and allow the material to polymerize. More Cyanoacrylates Doesn’t Equal Stronger Bonding Use only enough … Continue reading “Instant Adhesive: Cyanoacrylate Bonding & Bond Accelerators”

Thermally Conductive Adhesives

There is a wide range of uses for thermally conductive adhesives within the electronics industry. The main applications include bonding SMDs (Surface Mount Devices) to PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards), bonding heatsinks for dissipating heat from circuit boards or other components, potting and encapsulating parts (including PCBs, transformers and coils). There are also applications for electric motors, … Continue reading “Thermally Conductive Adhesives”

Adhesive & Sealants: Safe De-Bonding and Removal

We often fall into thinking – if a little adhesion is good, more is better.  This isn’t the case with many applications.  Adhesives and sealants are available in a variety of formulations to provide the desired amount of strength when needed, and means for de-bonding when needed.  Examples include removable threadlockers and very flexible form … Continue reading “Adhesive & Sealants: Safe De-Bonding and Removal”

Storage and Shelf life of Cyanoacrylate Adhesives

For maximum shelf life of Permabond cyanoacrylate adhesives, store unopened cyanoacrylate at 2°C (35°F) to 7°C (45°F).  Unopened cyanoacrylate products should be brought to ambient temperature before the package is opened. Once opened, the package should be left at ambient temperature. Storage below 2°C (36°F) or greater than 8°C (46°F) can adversely affect product properties. … Continue reading “Storage and Shelf life of Cyanoacrylate Adhesives”

Protective and Decorative Dome Coating

Dome coating is often associated with decorative, novelty items such as pens, lapel pins, name plates and logo stickers.  The coating forms a protective layer over the items, but generally the main purpose is the glossy, raised appearance which can magnify the image below it.  In other applications the coating is primarily protective and the … Continue reading “Protective and Decorative Dome Coating”

Methylmethacrylate Adhesives (MMAs), Acrylic Adhesives

  WHAT ARE THEY? Methylmethacrylate adhesives (MMA’s) are reactive acrylic adhesives normally comprising resin and initiator (or a resin and hardener). They cure quickly at room temperature and strength development is rapid. Once cure is complete, the material forms a strong thermoplastic with excellent resistance to shear, peel and impact stresses.  Most MMA adhesives contain … Continue reading “Methylmethacrylate Adhesives (MMAs), Acrylic Adhesives”

Heat-Resistant, Two-Part Epoxy

Two component epoxies are often preferred to single component epoxy to simplify the manufacturing process.  Both types of epoxy offer structural bond strength, but single part epoxies have always been required to resist high temperature.  Conventional two component epoxy resists up to 80oC (175oF) where single component epoxy resists 180oC (355oF). New two component epoxies … Continue reading “Heat-Resistant, Two-Part Epoxy”

New Food Grade Epoxies Hit Market

New (food grade / food safe) epoxy adhesives are expanding the possibilities for bonding and joining components in the demanding food processing industry sector. Food processing equipment is complex precision machinery, requiring extremely reliable bonds and excellent seals. In this area, it is always a question of hygiene and safety, as well as engineering. The … Continue reading “New Food Grade Epoxies Hit Market”

Permabond 940 Very Low Odor Cyanoacrylate Toughens 3D Prototypes

Rapid prototyping engineers are breathing a sigh of relief with Permabond’s 940-series low odor cyanoacrylate adhesives.  Permabond 940 is the choice product for use as an infiltrant for toughening prototypes made with 3D printing.  After any remaining loose powder is removed from the model, the model is dipped into an open bath of Permabond 940.  … Continue reading “Permabond 940 Very Low Odor Cyanoacrylate Toughens 3D Prototypes”

Factors Affecting UV-Cure

UV-curable adhesives are single-part  products which cure in seconds when exposed to UV-light. They are normally optically clear for “invisible” bonding of glass and certain plastics and cure to form a high-strength, non-yellowing bond.  They are convenient to use by hand or on fully automated high-speed production lines  due to their rapid on-demand cure mechanism. … Continue reading “Factors Affecting UV-Cure”

New Handy Packaging for Permabond’s Harness Clip Bonder

Permabond Engineering Adhesives’ TA4246 and Initiator 46 Kit is used extensively to attach harness clips within aircraft.  The smaller package includes an additional tip cap yet holds the same quantity of adhesive and initiator – improving the ease of on-site application. Permabond TA4246 is a surface activated (no-mix) acrylic that cures at ambient temperature.  It … Continue reading “New Handy Packaging for Permabond’s Harness Clip Bonder”

Adhesives for Potting Electronics

WHAT IS POTTING? Potting is essentially filling a “pot” with adhesive (often referred to as a potting compound). When potting electronics, the components to be potted are in a housing or recess which is then filled with adhesive. WHY POT? Electronic circuit boards comprise many sensitive small components such as microchips, resistors, transistors and diodes. … Continue reading “Adhesives for Potting Electronics”

Permabond UV649 Seals Connections and Provides Strain Relief

Permabond’s UV649 is a thixotropic (flow controlled) UV gel which seals connections around fine wires without flowing outside the desired area.  It cures quickly with low intensity UV light.  The shear strength, elongation, and impact resistance of Permabond UV649 make it an ideal strain relief and an excellent adhesive for mixed substrates (such as metal … Continue reading “Permabond UV649 Seals Connections and Provides Strain Relief”

Permabond to exhibit at AeroDef® Summit and Exposition

Permabond Engineering Adhesives will exhibit in booth 409 at the AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition produced by SME.  The event is February 25-27 at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. Permabond will showcase industry trusted and specified adhesives, including the original Permabond 910 and Permabond 102.  The new harness clip kit TA4246 with Initiator … Continue reading “Permabond to exhibit at AeroDef® Summit and Exposition”

NON-FLAMMABLE CYANOACRYLATE ACCELERATOR

  Traditional accelerators contain flammable solvents; Permabond® CSA-NF is non-flammable and eliminates shipping and safety concerns related to flammable solvents. Cyanoacrylate adhesives are single component adhesives that cure by reacting to small traces of moisture on the surface of the substrates being bonded.  Accelerators are used to speed the cure on very dry or acidic … Continue reading “NON-FLAMMABLE CYANOACRYLATE ACCELERATOR”

VISIT PERMABOND AT CWIEME (Coil Winding & Electric Motor Exhibition) INTEX SHANGHAI 3-5 MARCH 2014

Permabond offers a selection of adhesive technologies suitable for electric motors, transformers and electronics applications such as bonding, sealing, potting and encapsulating components. Permabond’s range includes high temperature resistant adhesives, ultra-fast curing grades, thermally conductive and non-corrosive formulations for sensitive electronics. Our Application Engineers will be at stand 1D41 ready to discuss your particular bonding application and help you find … Continue reading “VISIT PERMABOND AT CWIEME (Coil Winding & Electric Motor Exhibition) INTEX SHANGHAI 3-5 MARCH 2014”

Permabond Sealant Approved for use in Oxygen Delivery Systems

Permabond® Engineering Adhesives MH052 has BAM approval for use with gaseous oxygen up to 10 bar (145 psi) and 60°C (140°F). Standard anaerobic sealants cannot be used for oxygen-rich systems due to instability, which could cause fire or explosions.  MH052 is a unique formulation which is stable in oxygen rich environments providing a safe means … Continue reading “Permabond Sealant Approved for use in Oxygen Delivery Systems”

Modified Epoxy Adhesives – Provide Solutions to Potting Dilemmas

The term modified epoxy is a broad term referring to epoxy adhesives which have been altered to incorporate other properties. Permabond Modified Epoxies are epoxies that have been formulated to provide increased flexibility, low shrinkage, high peel strength and excellent resistance to harsh environmental conditions. Combining the properties of conventional epoxies with these added features … Continue reading “Modified Epoxy Adhesives – Provide Solutions to Potting Dilemmas”

Permabond 820 Temp. Resistant Instant Adhesive for Component Tacking

Permabond 820 quick setting instant adhesive resists temperature ranges up to 200ºC (390ºF).  Typical ethyl cyanoacrylates only resist temperatures to 82ºC (180ºF).  Permabond 820 is a modified ethyl cyanoacrylate that has a fast fixture time and high temperature resistance making it an ideal choice when bonding components in position on dual sided PCBs prior to … Continue reading “Permabond 820 Temp. Resistant Instant Adhesive for Component Tacking”

UV7141 adhesive forms clear, high strength, moisture resistant bonds

Permabond Dual Cure UV7141 adhesive offers clear, high strength bonds with excellent moisture and humidity resistance Permabond UV7141 is a UV/anaerobic adhesive – it can be cured in seconds with a UV light but will also cure in shadow areas like an anaerobic adhesive (so absence of oxygen and presence of a metallic surface). It … Continue reading “UV7141 adhesive forms clear, high strength, moisture resistant bonds”

Industrial vs Retail Ethyl Cyanoacrylate

What is the difference between industrial cyanoacrylates and the instant adhesives I find in a retail store? Why don’t high-speed production lines tend to use “no-name” retail cyanoacrylates and save money? The short answer is purity and variety. High purity, quality industrial cyanoacrylate is needed to produce consistent cure speed and bond strength – this … Continue reading “Industrial vs Retail Ethyl Cyanoacrylate”

Permabond Opens New Manufacturing Plant and R&D Centre

Permabond Engineering Adhesives Ltd is pleased to announce the opening of its new manufacturing facility and adhesive research and development centre in Winnall, Hampshire, UK. The new site is dedicated to the development and production of specialist structural acrylic and epoxy adhesives.  This is great news for the European manufacturing industry which has suffered huge … Continue reading “Permabond Opens New Manufacturing Plant and R&D Centre”

New Permabond Website Goes Live!

Please check out Permabond’s new website at www.permabond.com. The new easy-to-navigate site has a helpful chat function for customers requiring immediate assistance -trained technical advisors are online and available to answer questions straightaway. The site has been improved and updated with interactive literature selectors for product technologies and markets. It will be regularly updated with … Continue reading “New Permabond Website Goes Live!”

How Cyanoacrylate Adhesives Have Improved

There are various reasons why cyanoacrylate adhesives have grown in popularity despite their relatively higher cost per unit. First, cyanoacrylate adhesives are one-compound adhesives, so they are ready to use. They cure and bond very quickly when applied or pressed into a thin layer between two substrates. And they create a strong bond between different … Continue reading “How Cyanoacrylate Adhesives Have Improved”

Scientists Develop New Bio-Adhesive Polymer

Scientists working at the University of New South Wales have recently developed a new laser-activated bio-adhesive polymer. The new polymer, known as SurgiLux, is derived from chitin, a substance found in the cell walls of fungi or in the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans. Chitin is a component that, when exposed to light, acts in … Continue reading “Scientists Develop New Bio-Adhesive Polymer”

New Adhesive Breakthrough Based on Gecko Toes

Scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara have developed a reusable dry adhesive by studying the mechanics of Gecko toes. Kimberly Turner, a professor of mechanical engineering at the university, said that they had been working on the issue for almost eight years. Turner said that the gecko’s use of Van der Waals forces … Continue reading “New Adhesive Breakthrough Based on Gecko Toes”

Improving Strength in Commercial Epoxy Adhesives

When it comes to commercial epoxy adhesives, adding a polyurethane segment into epoxy polymers can improve heat resistance and strength. Generally, epoxy adhesives are suitable for applications that demand solvent resistance, resistance at very high temperatures and rigidity. Polyurethane adhesives are suitable for applications that require adjustable cure rates, low-temperature cure and adhesion, toughness and … Continue reading “Improving Strength in Commercial Epoxy Adhesives”

Demand for Adhesives and Sealants Driven by Developing Markets

A recent report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. has forecasted that growth for adhesives and sealants will be driven by developing markets in the coming years. Countries such as China, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, and India represent key areas for demand growth in the future. Developed markets such as Japan, Europe, and the US remain … Continue reading “Demand for Adhesives and Sealants Driven by Developing Markets”

New Food Grade Epoxies Hit Market

New epoxy adhesives are expanding the possibilities for bonding and joining components in the demanding food processing industry sector. Food processing equipment is complex precision machinery, requiring extremely reliable bonds and excellent seals. In this area, it is always a question of hygiene and safety, as well as engineering. The new epoxies are filling a … Continue reading “New Food Grade Epoxies Hit Market”

Should the nuts and bolts be cleaned before using threadlocker MM115?

Permabond MM115 tolerates some oil on the nuts and bolts.  In most cases Permabond MM115 can be used on ‘as received’ nuts and bolts, but we recommend testing to be sure – particularly if nuts and bolts appear to be heavily contaminated. A couple of points to consider: Metal ions are needed for the MM115 … Continue reading “Should the nuts and bolts be cleaned before using threadlocker MM115?”

New Temperature-Resistant Cyanoacrylates

Temperature has been a big issue for adhesives manufacturers for decades. Temperature resistance is a fundamental requirement across a vast range of applications in manufacturing. In the aerospace industry, it’s a huge driver for improved assembly, better design, and drastically improved costs. The recent development by Permabond of a temperature-resistant cyanoacrylate adhesive has then been … Continue reading “New Temperature-Resistant Cyanoacrylates”

Finding the Right Structural Adhesive for Engineers

Structural adhesives are the high-productivity, low weight answer to engineering issues. That said, factors like sheer strength, optical clarity and UV curing form part of a mix of requirements for engineering purposes. The key to finding the right structural adhesive is to systematically map out your needs. Core values for structural adhesives The mapping process … Continue reading “Finding the Right Structural Adhesive for Engineers”

Crime Scene Investigation – Permabond Cyanoacrylate for Fingerprinting

One of the more interesting applications Permabond supplies adhesive for is the field of Crime Scene Investigation. Cyanoacrylate adhesive is an important tool in the fight against crime as it can be used to make latent fingerprints visible for photographing and identification.  There are three types of fingerprints: visible, impression and latent. The first two … Continue reading “Crime Scene Investigation – Permabond Cyanoacrylate for Fingerprinting”

Understanding Adhesive Viscosity and Rheology

  Most adhesive manufacturers list the viscosity of the uncured adhesive on their literature to help engineers determine which product is most suitable for a specific application and can be integrated into their production line most effectively.  Temperature and shear (stirring or agitating) can affect adhesive viscosity and flow behavior, therefore it is important to … Continue reading “Understanding Adhesive Viscosity and Rheology”

Structural Acrylic Adhesives are easy to source from Permabond!

Permabond Engineering Adhesives offers a wide range of structural acrylic adhesives including the popular aerospace-approved TA4246 resin & brush on initiator, which cures to a high strength rapidly and offers excellent shear strength, peel strength and impact resistance. Structural acrylic adhesives can be used for bonding many different substrate materials such as steel, aluminium and … Continue reading “Structural Acrylic Adhesives are easy to source from Permabond!”

New UV Curable Adhesives from Permabond

Permabond Engineering Adhesives is pleased to announce the launch of two new additional UV-curable adhesives to complement the existing UV product range. The new UV-light cured adhesives have been developed to offer maximum optical clarity – even in high stress situations (some adhesives can turn white under high stress when in a structural bond) and … Continue reading “New UV Curable Adhesives from Permabond”

New Permabond Epoxy Adhesives for Food Processing Equipment

Permabond is pleased to expand its epoxy adhesive line with a new range of two component epoxies formulated with FDA approved ingredients. These toughened epoxies are manufactured in compliance with the FDA CFR 175.105 and 175.300.  The excellent shock and impact resistance coupled with environmental and temperature resistance make these epoxies ideal for food processing and … Continue reading “New Permabond Epoxy Adhesives for Food Processing Equipment”

New Adhesives Improve Displays and Touch Panels

The search for a better adhesive in LCD displays and touch panels has led to the development of a whole new chemistry, involving dual curing by light and humidity. The new adhesives have been developed to help overcome problems associated with traditional adhesives used in displays and touch panels. They reduce the problem of poor … Continue reading “New Adhesives Improve Displays and Touch Panels”

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dispensing of Adhesives

The following are some of the more common questions when it comes to the dispensing of adhesives, as well as a few tips for preventing adhesive dispenser tips from clogging. Question When dispensing adhesive around the opening of a large plastic container, it was found that adhesive had somehow splattered on the inside of the … Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dispensing of Adhesives”

Things You Need to Know to Choose the Right Adhesive

When it comes to making the right decision, regardless of what it may be about, it is wise to always gather as much information as you can. This is especially true in the case of adhesives, where even one tiny detail can change the entire situation. When choosing the right adhesive, there is no such … Continue reading “Things You Need to Know to Choose the Right Adhesive”

The Evolution of Instant Adhesives

When Harry Coover invented the original cyanoacrylate adhesive more than 50 years ago, it seemed he had created the ultimate fast-acting adhesive. However, when you look at all of the different adhesives available these days, it now seems the best is yet to come. Cyanoacrylate adhesives were essentially made up of methyl cyanoacrylates and ethyl … Continue reading “The Evolution of Instant Adhesives”

A Brief Guide to Surface Initiated Acrylics

Surface-initiated acrylics are able to form extremely strong, structural bonds to metals and other types of substrate. The following is a brief look at some of the best ways to use surface-initiated acrylics, as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. When working with surface initiated acrylics, the process of the … Continue reading “A Brief Guide to Surface Initiated Acrylics”

Using Permabond HL126 for Weld Sealing and ThreadLocking

Permabond HL126 is an extremely versatile product that can be used for both sealing welds and as a threadlocker. It is able to do this primarily due to its low viscosity and impressive strength. The following is a brief look at using Permabond HL126 for both weld sealing and thread locking. Weld sealing You need … Continue reading “Using Permabond HL126 for Weld Sealing and ThreadLocking”

Troubleshooting – Operator Influence

Even in highly automated processes, machinery operators can still have a sizeable influence on the success and effectiveness of their machinery’s operation. However clear and well-written an instruction manual may be, wherever humans are involved, there is always going to be room for variation, making it important to find ways for various operators to be … Continue reading “Troubleshooting – Operator Influence”

High Temperature Adhesives & Heat Resistant Adhesives

Temperature Resistance Differential Thermal Expansion Thermal Cycle – Thermal Shock Heat Resistant Adhesives Why is it that some adhesives are listed as high temperature resistant when they resist only 150 °C while others are classified as high temperature resistant and resist 300 °C or more?  The classifications are based on what typical temperature resistance is … Continue reading “High Temperature Adhesives & Heat Resistant Adhesives”

How long will my adhesive bond last?

This is a difficult question, engineering or structural adhesives are designed to be permanent i.e. last the useful lifetime of the bonded parts. It’s impossible to say “in seventeen year, five months and three days time your adhesive bond is scheduled to fall apart” the adhesive bond should last indefinitely. There are some exceptions to … Continue reading “How long will my adhesive bond last?”

The Importance of Clamping During Adhesive Cure

There are several reasons why it is important to clamp component parts together or hold parts in a jig when using adhesives. Firstly, and most obvious, is to prevent the components falling apart whilst the adhesive is curing. Adhesives have different cure speeds, where some products (e.g. cyanoacrylates) cure in seconds and can be easily … Continue reading “The Importance of Clamping During Adhesive Cure”

Structural Adhesives – Tough, Reliable and Multipurpose

What are Structural Adhesives? Adhesives are classified in many different ways, usually on the basis of their chemical composition. Different classes include cyanoacrylate, epoxy, acrylic, urethane etc…. Sometimes they’re described by the way they cure, like UV curable, pressure sensitive, moisture curable, two-component or heat curable. (Note: This is actually a secondary classification for practical … Continue reading “Structural Adhesives – Tough, Reliable and Multipurpose”

Bonding Agents for Packaging and Processing

We receive a lot of requests for advice in permanent bonding in one or two stages in the context of packaging and processing. The use of bonding agents in these areas is based on a range of practical considerations regarding improving procedures and problem solving. A good example is a replacement parts manufacturer which found … Continue reading “Bonding Agents for Packaging and Processing”

Anaerobic threadlockers – Permabond

Anaerobic threadlockers are anaerobic adhesives designed to lock fasteners in place. Their role is to prevent loosening due to vibration, thermal expansion or other stresses.  Anaerobic threadlockers are also designed to permit safe removal of the fastener. Strange as this may seem at first glance, the most important need is to protect the fastener against … Continue reading “Anaerobic threadlockers – Permabond”

How to increase the usable life of your Super Glue

How many times have you gone to fix something, delved into the depths of your tool shed, located your superglue and then discovered it has gone solid in the tube or bottle? More often than not probably! There are a lot of different “species” of this type of glue, which is technically called a cyanoacrylate … Continue reading “How to increase the usable life of your Super Glue”

Bond it, don’t break it! The benefits of using UV adhesives on glass

Drilling holes and cutting notches in glass panels is a specialist and skilled operation, often involving a third party, extra processing time, transportation and cost, without even thinking about the risk of breakage. Using UV-cure adhesives can take the headache out of fitting door handles, hinges, edging extrusions and various fixtures and fittings to glass … Continue reading “Bond it, don’t break it! The benefits of using UV adhesives on glass”

How to Bond Plastics to Metals and Alloys

A common problem for design engineers is bonding plastic to any sort of metal or alloy. The type of plastic is one of the major issues. Plastics like polyethylene and polypropylene can be hard work without preparation of surfaces. Most plastics are more cooperative and have sufficient surface energy to bond well.

Materials, modes and methodologies for advanced engineering

Demands for improved, cheap, and better methods and materials are the market realities of modern engineering and materials science. New materials are coming on the market regularly, and to design engineers, these are always interesting developments. That said, all engineers tend to believe in wonder products after they’ve seen some proof . In the questioning … Continue reading “Materials, modes and methodologies for advanced engineering”

How to Understand Adhesive Lingo

Manufacturers and users of adhesives and sealants use certain words and phrases to explicitly describe characteristics and performance attributes. Like many industrial terms, the best results happen when the meaning of these terms is clear in the context of your application. You could be forgiven for thinking you were speaking another language. Technical jargon isn’t … Continue reading “How to Understand Adhesive Lingo”

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Anaerobic Adhesives

A very common idea, with unfortunate consequences, is to combine an anaerobic adhesive with the mechanical method that the adhesive is meant to replace. For example, using a pre-formed gasket (such as a cork, paper or rubber gasket) with an anaerobic gasket making adhesive will not create an effective seal. The thought process goes something … Continue reading “Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Anaerobic Adhesives”

Fire Protection – Tape – Dope – Pipe sealant comparison.

Leaking sprinkler systems can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage to ceilings, floors, furnishing and other valuables. Preventing these leaks is not an option for installers, it is a requirement. The metal pipe connections in sprinkler systems can be sealed with PTFE tape, pipe dope or anaerobic sealant; the choice of products is … Continue reading “Fire Protection – Tape – Dope – Pipe sealant comparison.”

The Relationship Between Air, Metal and Anaerobic Adhesive

Anaerobic adhesives remain liquid until isolated from oxygen in the presence of metal ions, such as iron or copper.   These adhesives are used in a variety of applications including threadlocking, retaining, pipe sealing, and gasketing and are often referred to as sealants instead of adhesives. The relationship between the amount of air, metal and … Continue reading “The Relationship Between Air, Metal and Anaerobic Adhesive”

Shipping regulations regarding certain kinds of adhesives

Because adhesives can be hazardous, toxic, or flammable, you should never ship any industrial grade adhesives without first taking the necessary steps to make sure you’re doing so safely, and legally. Because of the regulations, and especially with recent tightening of certain regulations, we advise that, if possible, you try to buy epoxy, adhesive, or … Continue reading “Shipping regulations regarding certain kinds of adhesives”

Green or Greenwashed – what’s the difference?

Around the globe there is a growing emphasis on protecting our environment. Sometimes referred to as reducing the carbon footprint, this movement has resulted in an outpouring of products relabeled as green.   Buyers are motivated by emotions and often will pay more money to support planet-friendly products and operations. The challenge for buyers is determining … Continue reading “Green or Greenwashed – what’s the difference?”

How do I avoid stress cracks when bonding plastics?

Stress cracks occur when the short-term mechanical strength of a plastic is subjected to adverse forces. Reducing or preventing stress cracks is accomplished with a careful design of compatible substrates and consistent manufacturing and assembly processes. There are several areas to consider when looking for the cause of stress cracks in plastic components. Manufacturing/Extruding/Molding processes … Continue reading “How do I avoid stress cracks when bonding plastics?”

How do I prevent white powdery residue when using instant adhesives?

Frosting – Blooming – Chlorosis – Whatever you call it, we all recognize it as the unattractive white stuff that can sometimes occur when using instant adhesives. The residue is a byproduct of the cure process of the adhesive. Once the monomer is in vapor form, it will react with moisture in the air, cure, … Continue reading “How do I prevent white powdery residue when using instant adhesives?”

Help! I’ve got air in the bond line!

The troubleshooting process begins with a thorough knowledge of the processes leading up to, and including, the application of the adhesive. There are many possible causes for failure of bonded components. Before suspecting air in the bond line as the source of failure, double check the adhesive selection, the application process and the working environment. … Continue reading “Help! I’ve got air in the bond line!”

Chemicals used with Adhesives – What are they and what do they do?

Primers, Cleaners, Etchants, Initiators, Activators, Accelerators and Surface Conditioners are all examples of different chemicals that are used in conjunction with some adhesive applications in order to achieve desired results. The requirements of the process will guide the selection of the appropriate chemical. In some cases the substrates must be primed, in other instances the … Continue reading “Chemicals used with Adhesives – What are they and what do they do?”

Understanding climate factors related to choosing an adhesive

Adhesive properties can be affected by temperature and humidity in both the cured and uncured state, so it is important to establish proper storage and to manage the work environment. Every country in the world undergoes seasonal changes, some more extreme in range than others. Global transportation methods encounter changes in environment as well. The … Continue reading “Understanding climate factors related to choosing an adhesive”

Why use adhesives over mechanical fasteners?

Selecting an Adhesive or Mechanical joining method? Some people are more inclined to trust a rivet or weld over an adhesive to secure two things together. Adhesives, however, overcome the limitations found in traditional methods of joining plastics and metals. When it comes to joining plastics, mechanical fasteners, ultrasonic welding, and solvent welding all have … Continue reading “Why use adhesives over mechanical fasteners?”

Adhesive removal

Understanding appropriate adhesive removal techniques is important, whether to clean up a spill, to disassemble a unit for repair, or simply to know what will cause the bond to fail to avoid bond failure.

Attending trade shows to find an adhesive solution

Trade shows of every size represent opportunities to stay informed about developments in many areas of business and to connect with new supply sources. Equally valuable is the chance to brainstorm with professionals that are willing to think outside the box in order to grow their business. Adhesive manufacturers can be found at shows targeted … Continue reading “Attending trade shows to find an adhesive solution”

Adhesives for magnet bonding

Magnet Bonding – Take a moment and look around you at how many everyday items require magnets to operate. You’ll be amazed! Microphones, loudspeakers, brush type electric motors and brushless electric motors all require magnets. For example, there are dozens of electric motors in your automobile running everything from your mirror position to your windows … Continue reading “Adhesives for magnet bonding”

Adhesives for Electronic Assembly

Electronics Adhesive – How do adhesives for electronic assembly differ from general engineering adhesives?  Are they stronger?  Faster? Do they resist higher temperatures?  Have less volatiles or odor? Certain specifications and requirements are unique to the electronics industry.  For example, electrically conductive epoxies are silver filled for the required conductivity.  These epoxies are understandable very … Continue reading “Adhesives for Electronic Assembly”

How many industry sectors rely on adhesives?

The short answer is “Almost all of them.” You probably could have guessed that on your own, but what’s more interesting is how each industry uses adhesives. The following lists some of the less visible applications in use all around us. Ground transportation – In the rail and vehicle industries, adhesives are used to bond … Continue reading “How many industry sectors rely on adhesives?”

Using the right adhesive for the right situation …

Why are there so many kinds of adhesive? Bonding two components might be possible with nothing but a dab of epoxy, but a less expensive, more effective, or faster curing solution might occur with a cyanoacrylate (instant adhesive) or one of the many other adhesive chemistries available in the marketplace. Choosing the right adhesive the … Continue reading “Using the right adhesive for the right situation …”

What kind of adhesive will stick to …?

For just about every possible surface man can find or create there is an adhesive that will stick to it. However, the reasons to use industrial engineering adhesives are for the consistency in the properties of strength and temperature resistance that they bring to the production of finished goods. The tricky part of choosing the … Continue reading “What kind of adhesive will stick to …?”

5 Steps to choosing the best adhesive for your situation

With the vast array of adhesives and adhesive types available, the process of elimination is the best method to quickly narrow in on the appropriate product. Step 1 Are there any certifications or qualifications the adhesive must meet? Step 2 Select the correct technology for the application. Step 3 What are the application specific requirements? … Continue reading “5 Steps to choosing the best adhesive for your situation”

Gaseal – gas line repair without destroying the pavement

Energy repair crews are increasingly cost conscious as they try to repair more leaks within budget and time restrictions. To facilitate this, Gaseal® allows repair with minimal destruction of the street. Permabond Gaseal anaerobic sealant was introduced to allow repair by drilling through the top of the bell. Gaseal was then injected into the bell … Continue reading “Gaseal – gas line repair without destroying the pavement”

Medical Device Adhesives – The Myths and Mysteries

Many myths surround the term ‘medical device adhesive’, including myths about FDA approval, or that the existence of an FDA device master file on an adhesive denotes or implies bio-compatibility. Simply put, medical device adhesives are ‘adhesives that are marketed to medical device manufacturers’. Unlike food grade adhesives, medical device adhesives contain no special approval … Continue reading “Medical Device Adhesives – The Myths and Mysteries”

The Importance of Surface Preparation

Why is surface preparation important in adhesive bonding? As any professional who works with adhesives knows, surface preparation is one of the most vital elements in achieving a high bond strength and optimising durability and lifespan of bonded joints. Different substrate materials will require different types of adhesives for bonding and different methods of surface … Continue reading “The Importance of Surface Preparation”

Fast Adhesive – Make your adhesives cure more quickly!

So you want a fast adhesive.  Many adhesives cure very quickly but often increasing the cure-speed of adhesives used can save companies from installing new production lines or adding shifts if demand for a production item increases. Understanding the factors that cause and affect cure allows production speed to be maximized. Adhesives are generally specified … Continue reading “Fast Adhesive – Make your adhesives cure more quickly!”

When going GREEN isn’t black and white!

It is good news for everyone that awareness of environmental responsibility is rising. However, many in the chemical industry cringe at the thought of the legislative restrictions imposed and the changes required. For some adhesives manufacturers, going “green” is not only ethically a good decision but can also bring a number of new business opportunities. … Continue reading “When going GREEN isn’t black and white!”

UV Curable Adhesives – More than the name implies

UV-curing adhesives have been around for several decades, and their use is widespread, particularly in medical device assembly and the electronics industry. Conventional UV curable adhesives (UV cure acrylates) became popular in medical device assembly in the late 1980’s when restrictions on solvent bonding drove manufacturers to find a more environmentally and user-friendly solution. The … Continue reading “UV Curable Adhesives – More than the name implies”

Formed-in-Place Gaskets vs. Conventional Compression Gaskets

Compression gaskets are pre-formed to a specific size, shape, and thickness. Formed-in-place (FIP) gaskets or liquid gaskets are liquids that cure after the parts are assembled. Both have their uses, and one may be more suitable than the other depending on the application. Compression gaskets are made from a variety of materials including cork, rubber, … Continue reading “Formed-in-Place Gaskets vs. Conventional Compression Gaskets”

Reading technical data sheets without getting a headache

If you haven’t been using and studying epoxies, adhesives and glues for years, you’re probably going to find plenty of the terms used on technical data sheets, product descriptions, and even instructions to read like they were written in another language. Below, we’ll provide a simple, layman’s term glossary of some of the more common … Continue reading “Reading technical data sheets without getting a headache”