The Sum of All Intermolecular Forces

Surface Energy is defined as the sum of all intermolecular forces that are on the surface of a material, the degree of attraction or repulsion force of a material surface exerts on another material. This [Read More]

Adhesive Bonding to Low Surface Energy Substrates

Most pressure sensitive adhesives do not bond well to low energy surfaces. In the past Low Surface Energy [LSE] plastics such as TPO, PP, and HDPE had to be mechanically attached or welded together. However, [Read More]

7 Things you didn’t know about Polyethylene Foam Tape

Foam Tape will provide a variety of bonding and sealing solutions for a wide range of different applications. Foam tapes are offered in a various high-strength, resilient materials, including polyethylene, neoprene, acrylic, and polyurethane foam. [Read More]

Demand for Pressure Sensitive Tapes

US demand for pressure sensitive tapes is projected to reach $9.3 billion in 2019. Growth will remain healthy but will decelerate slightly from the pace of the 2009-2014 period, in which value gains came from [Read More]

Food Adhesives

Did you know that adhesives are widely used in the food industry? What’s more they are highly regulated. FDA Regulations Title 21 Part 175.105 governs any indirect food additives, including adhesives. For example the glue [Read More]

Automotive Industry

Historically, automobiles ​​assembled exclusively with mechanical fasteners and welding which were heavy and did not help fuel economy. Today, the typical car has approximately 70 lbs of adhesive products which replace hundreds of pounds of [Read More]

30,000 Parts, Give or Take…

A typical car has around 30,000 parts including the screws and bolts. If you think that is a lot of parts, you will be surprised to learn that a 747-400 passenger airliner has an astonishing [Read More]

Corona Treatment

Corona Treatment is a process that alters the surface of a material or its surface energy by exposing that material to a high voltage electrical discharge treatment. Typically used to raise the surface energy of [Read More]

Rubber? What Kind?

When people talk about “rubber”, they don’t usually specify what kind. There are many different kinds of rubber, but they all fall into two broad types: natural rubber (latex—grown from plants) and synthetic rubber (made [Read More]

Biocompatibility Testing

Biocompatibility Testing. An adhesive selected for use on human skin requires safety testing in accordance with FDA guidelines and ISO 10993 standards. Any adhesive placed in direct contact with the skin should be safety tested [Read More]