Structural Adhesive

Everything You Need to Know About Structural Adhesives

What is a Structural Adhesives?

There is a common misconception that sealants and structural adhesives are the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. A structural adhesive cures, or hardens, and permanently bonds the two pieces. A sealant, on the other hand, acts as a filler instead. That filler can eventually deteriorate and need replacing, whereas a structural adhesive should never need to be replaced.

With structural adhesives, there is more than one type. In fact, there are seven different types that you can choose from, depending on the project at hand. The seven structural adhesives include vinyl acetates, epoxies, anaerobics, phenolics, toughened acrylics, cyanoacrylates, and polyurethanes.

There are many benefits to using structural adhesives, and they include impact resistance, aesthetics, strength, efficiency for any process, design innovation, lightweight options, water resistance, and bonding between almost any material. Of course, to receive these numerous benefits, you must know the answers to specific questions before applying the structural adhesive. Continue reading

Table Saw Lubricant

Best Table Saw Lubricant

Table saws are amazing tools that can help you construct almost anything, but only if they are working correctly. If you are noticing that your table saw isn’t performing the way that it used to, you may be dealing with a blade that has a buildup on it. When working with blades in that capacity, you’ll find that your cuts are not as precise and that materials can be damaged much easier.

Thankfully, there are a couple of different types of table saw lubricants that can reverse that and bring back the performance of your table or circular saw. Let’s take a look at a couple of our favorites: Continue reading

Beverage Repack

Case & Carton Repackaging in the beverage industry

Case and carton damage before and during delivery to the final consumer is an ongoing problem for beverage distributors. In an industry where brand identification on the crowded store shelf is critical for success, there is no tolerance for any package damage.

In this blog, we are going to discuss common product damage problems that beverage distributors face and ways to economically repack products for consumer use. Continue reading

Wood Lamination

Common Problems for Wood Lamination Projects

We often receive questions from customers when they want information or have problems with their laminated wood projects. These include panel-on-frame, veneer/solid core, or high-pressure lamination type of projects. We are going to discuss several issues that can arise, probable causes, and recommended solutions.

Uneven panels, plant temperatures, glue application, improper stock preparation, press time, and/or pressure can compromise the quality of the final laminated wood product. Here are the five most common problems, and what you can do to avoid them.

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Cyanoacrylate Adhesive

Cyanoacrylate Adhesives

Things to Know About Cyanoacrylate

Cyanoacrylate, such as FS 4000, is a type of adhesive that is an acrylic monomer that turns into plastic once it has cured.  There are many different family types for cyanoacrylate, including industrial, household, and medical, but they are all fast-acting and strong.  When a person uses this adhesive, they are starting with a liquid that then turns into a long chain that is solid and sturdy.

It is necessary to apply a thin layer of this adhesive, as that is the only way that the reaction of the liquid and the air will quickly produce a strong bond.  Thicker coats will not dry as fast, creating movement and a bond that is less than desirable.

One of the most common forms of cyanoacrylate is ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate or ECA, and many people refer to it as Super Glue or Krazy Glue.  Other types are methyl 2-cyanoacrylate, n-butyl cyanoacrylate, and 2-octyl cyanoacrylate, with the latter used mostly in the medical and veterinary fields.
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Man using spray adhesive

What is the best spray adhesive?

Choosing the Best Spray Adhesive for the Job

There are many options to choose from when it comes to selecting a spray adhesive. Are you looking for a product to dries quickly, tacks up fast and holds up well in high-temperature environments? Perhaps your business deals with foam and fabrics, and you need a spray adhesive that bonds well in that environment. If you work in wood, you may be looking for a general purpose product that will bond a variety of materials together. Whatever your specific requirements demand, there is a fast tack spray adhesive manufactured to meet your needs.  In this article, we’ll consider some products that have unique characteristics as well as being suited for general purpose use. Safety is always a concern so be sure to check the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to ensure that your chosen product will work in your environment.
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Methacrylate Adhesives

Methacrylate Adhesives

Things to Know About Methacrylate Adhesives

Methacrylate adhesives are more commonly known as MMA adhesives or acrylic adhesives. This adhesive is quite strong due to its two-part reactive qualities, which is a resin and hardener, where it acts as a strengthening agent. Alone, this adhesive would be brittle, yet hard. However, once it is combined with a modifier, this structural adhesive is strong and even flexible.
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