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The Many Uses for Industrial Adhesives

Items are made and sold daily for consumer use. Whether it be envelopes, a birdhouse, a ceramic gingerbread house, or even a book, the average person buys the product and never really considers what it takes to make that product. However, there are numerous industries involved in crafting just one consumable product. The wood industry, the paper industry, and even the glue industry employ workers in numerous capacities to manufacture everyday products we find in our homes, offices, and even schools. Adhesives alone make up a larger portion of the industrial manufacturing process than we could even imagine. Here are a few uses for industrial adhesives that we often do not think about when we’re out and about.

Paper Products

Think about that envelope that you just used to send a birthday card to mom. The part of the envelope that was licked for sealing is an industrial adhesive. How about that book that you finished reading? The binding of the book is also held together by industrial adhesive. Even the packaging surrounding a ream of paper is closed with industrial adhesives. Whether it be labels, envelopes, books, packaging, or laminates, paper products are rampant with industrial adhesives.

Automotive Industry

While nuts and bolts hold together the majority of a vehicle, industrial adhesives are a big part of the automotive industry as well. They can be found in the foam of an automobile, the attachment of cloth to the seats, and even the acrylic protection on the vehicle is a form of industrial adhesive. Use of industrial adhesives in certain areas of a vehicle allow for a sleek design on the outside without excess unsightly hardware.

Furniture and Clothing

Sometimes you will find your furniture has been glued together in places, such as the legs to the kitchen table and chairs are glued in place or the fabric of the couch is glued to the frame. Other times, you may find glue on fabric, such as decorations on hats or even children’s clothing. These items are glued with the use of specialized industrial adhesives. Using the adhesives helps provide the finished product with a finished look for a lesser cost than additional sewing or stitching.

Woodworking and Other Projects

One of the most obvious places industrial glue is used is woodworking and ceramics. Once the wood or ceramic is shaped and designed, pieces need to be put together to form the finished product. Ceramics cannot use nails or screws without cracking the exterior, and wood may lose its integrity if pieced together with hardware. Therefore, the alternative of industrial glue provides a beautiful finish without cracks or unsightly metal pieces.

These are just a few examples of the many uses for industrial glue in consumer goods. Typically, industrial glue can be found in almost anything used daily including electronics, carpentry, and mailing and shipping. To learn more about industrial adhesives and how they can help you stay competitive in your industry, contact the experts at American Chemical at 800-245-8348 or check out their website at www.glueit.com.

When to Use Epoxy Adhesives

Epoxy adhesives are a compound of a resin and a hardener that, when mixed together, make an extremely strong cross linked adhesive. Depending on the temperature of the environment, epoxy adhesives may take as  little as a few minutes to as long as hours to cure.  Depending on your reason, it may be advantageous to keep the temperature extremely warm for a quick cure. As we explore the best uses for epoxy glue, it is important to understand what not to do. It is never a good idea to use epoxy adhesives on fabrics or some plastics as this will cause the fabric or plastic to harden and take away its flexibility and versatility.

Glass and Fiberglass

Due to the hardening nature of epoxy glue, it is a great option for glass and fiberglass repairs. There are certain repairs for which it is not recommended, including car windows or the outside of a boat to name a few. However, overall epoxy can handle most repairs such as cracks and chips or the hull of a boat or other fiberglass repairs. Because it can cure quickly when heat is added, it is a quick solution to what may otherwise be a costly repair.

Wood and Metal

The beauty of epoxy is that not only does it harden, but it also is waterproof once it cures. As a result, it makes an amazing adhesive for wood or metal. It is a true benefit that epoxy is waterproof, and it will not deteriorate. Epoxy also spreads into the crack, which means only a small dab needs to be used, and the epoxy will do its magic to fill the entire crack in the wood or metal and harden. Some people also find epoxy can help make rotted wood useable for a bit longer. If the issue is not worth replacing the wood or is maybe a very small area, the epoxy adhesive can be applied to be a quick fix to the problem, saving time and money. Another great use for epoxy is reinforcement of bolts. The epoxy helps keep the bolts from moving, bending, or breaking.

Finally, one last metal option for epoxy is jewelry making. The benefit to using epoxy is that it hardens in a way that does not leave a residue the way traditional glue does. It is a great tool for costume jewelry to maintain a finished look that is important to jewelry makers.

Epoxy adhesive is a valuable tool when dealing with metal, wood, glass, and fiberglass for industrial projects. Its waterproof qualities make it durable and weatherproof while its filling ability makes it quite easy work. While it is not great for all projects, it is extremely helpful in many construction and repair projects.  Some of the best options for epoxy can be found at American Chemical. For instance, the product MP 5405 exceeds the curing and binding expectations of regular epoxy by curing fully in just five minutes.

In addition, the general purpose epoxy FE 7004 is perfect for any job that requires epoxy, especially if your client hasn’t provided you with all of the necessary specifics to complete the job. To learn more about the benefits and uses of epoxy adhesives, contact American Chemical, Inc. at 800.245.8348.

Industrial Uses for Hot Melt Adhesives

Hot melt adhesives, or hot glue as it is commonly referred to, has been known to be extremely helpful and useful in the industrial world. Typically, hot melt adhesives are melted in a hot glue gun or bulk applicator and then applied in molten state.  Once applied to the substrate being bonded, the adhesive cools  and sets quickly thus holding the pieces together. The hot glue is extremely hot (250°F = 400°F)to the point that the glue, if put in contact with skin, will  cause it to blister and burn. Hotmelt  glue is of course helpful with home arts and crafts projects. However, it is  used more often than one would think when dealing with industrial projects. Here are three typical uses for hot melt adhesives in the industrial world.

Packaging

The packaging industry is well known for utilizing many different types of adhesives. The general public knows that packing tape is a large part of the industry. However, most people do not know about the adhesives used to create labels or seal packages. Many labels are required to stick to packages and withstand the elements. Hot melt adhesives are a perfect solution to help keep the labels in place and maintain the professional and artistic quality that is needed. Also, when sealing packages, it needs to be sealed to keep the elements out and the contents safe. While it is often not easy to open packages sealed with hot melt adhesives, it is still the best method for securing packages. The packages are not impossible to open, and the contents remain safe until they arrive at their destination.

Bookbinding

Books, whether hardcover or paperback, require binding to hold everything together. This binding has to be pliable and sturdy. Unless it is a small children’s book of fewer than 20 pages, staples are not the answer. Moreover, as it turns out, hot melt adhesives make a wonderful bookbinding tool. The hot melt adhesives are durable as well as flexible, making the reader’s experience as enjoyable as possible.

Diapers

Every parent who has ever used disposable diapers has been beyond grateful for the diaper’s ability to keep the mess in place for the most part and in most situations. However, many of us do not think of how it is possible—we are just grateful it is. Hot melt adhesives make this little miracle possible. They connect the absorbent material to the back of the diaper and also provide a stick for the tabs to adhere to the diaper itself and keep it all in place. Without the hot melt adhesive, the diapers would fall apart and easily come off, releasing all of its glorious contents— it’s best we ‘stick’ with hot melt adhesives on this one!

These are just some of the uses for hot melt adhesives in the industrial world. The list goes on for miles. However, the most common thread of these uses have is the necessity for a strong hold that is also bendable. Moreover, hot melt adhesives do just that. Because of the heat needed for hot melt adhesives, the glue creates a similar hold as rubber cement does while allowing for flexibility… even after it is dry.

If you want to know more about hot melt adhesives and how it can help your application, contact American Chemical Adhesives & Sealants. Our team of knowledgeable experts can answer your questions and help you solve on your adhesive needs.  

Water or Solvent-Based Adhesives: Which is Right for You?

water based adhesive vs solvent based adhesiveAdhesives hold our world together—literally. Industrial products of all varieties from the envelopes used to mail your holiday greeting cards, to the furniture in your living room, and the parts that intricately connect and hold together the automobile in your driveway. These items all require bonds of varying strength to perform their function. Assembly lines all over the world rely on adhesives to get the job done.  

Gone are the days of tape, nails and metal fasteners, providing a temporary hold; glue is what’s new, but which one is for you? When deciding which adhesives work best for your production needs, it is important to consider the benefits of both water and solvent-based adhesives.

As its name indicates, water-based adhesives use water as their carrier fluid. The water suspends the adhesive particles, which reduces the viscosity of the adhesive, allowing for applications to be applied at varying levels of thickness.

The performance of solvent-based adhesives is determined by the specific polymer formulation of the adhesive. To be effective, the joined materials fuse together as the polymer solvent quickly evaporates, making this an effective glue for fast-paced industries.

When to use Water-Based Adhesives

If you are working with paper, a water-based adhesive will likely do the trick. Water-based adhesive is most often used for paper-to-paper applications, including labels, envelopes, and packaging, but is also a helpful tool when working with wood projects, fabric bonding, laminate bonding and construction projects.

These types of adhesives work best on these projects because all of these types of projects are high-tension surfaces, which are ideal for water-based adhesives. Water-based adhesives are also more environmentally sound, which is often a benefit when working with paper, fabric, wood, and construction projects.

When to use Solvent-Based Adhesives

Many solvent-based adhesives are flammable and, as a result, are effective in joining rubber and plastics together because the high heat content is necessary to create flexibility and cohesion with rubber and plastics. Acrylics are a popular type of adhesive in this category and are used frequently in the automotive industry for paints and coatings. Other applications that may require solvent-based adhesives are woodworking, furniture manufacturing, and PVC piping and sheeting.

There are several advantages to working with solvent-based adhesives in fast-paced industries because they have a short fixing time, substantially decreasing the amount of time waiting for an application to set. Luckily, some solvent-based adhesives are not flammable, so you can still find an effective, fast setting adhesive even if you are working in a flammable environment such as a kitchen or garage.

 

Many industries rely on both water-based and solvent-based adhesives to get the job done. The construction industry is one example. Any applications involving PVC pipes, a plastic material, will require solvent-based adhesives. Laying tile, however, is a job for water-based adhesives. One mistake in adhesive selection could result in major setbacks during building.

If you want your project to stick, it is important to find the perfect adhesive.

At American Chemical, Inc. we have over 25 years of experience connecting customers with the best adhesives for their projects. If you have any questions about your industrial application, please contact American Chemical or give us a call at 800-245-8348.

We look forward to finding the glue that works best for you.

American Chemical Adds Quadrack Glue Sticks to Product Line

Quadrack Glue Sticks to Product LineWith over 25 years of industry experience, American Chemical has figured out how to maintain great customer relationships and stay abreast in the adhesive and sealant industries. They continue to capitalize on competitive price points and solid customer service. With that being said, it’s important to understand that competition is all about consumer preference and the value derived from every product offering.

Compatibility

When comparing features and benefits of glue sticks currently in the marketplace, compatibility is what makes or breaks any brand available. The new Quadrack glue sticks from American Chemical are compatible with all 3M’s glue guns which allows customers to make a money-saving change without the need to invest in new hardware to deliver the sticky stuff. Even staunch supporters of the Polygun EC, Polygun TW, or the Polygun LT can change to the Quadrack stick without the need for a different method of delivery.

Comparisons

The Q-0103 which is used for a variety of packaging operations is comparable in strength to 3M’s 3762 product. The Q-0103 can be used for packaging and sealing cartons that are medium to large in size and has the ability to bond with porous materials including wood.

Being compliant with food packaging regulations set forth by the FDA also makes it a favorite of the food packaging industry.

For multi-temperature and all-purpose projects, the Q-0101 replaces the 3M 3792 and provides a superior hot melt bond to porous and non-porous materials. The Q-0101 is also compliant with the FDA regulations for food packaging.

Cost Savings

While the Quadrack and 3M products are both high-quality products that set the bar for adhesives, we invite you to compare prices on each product to realize the significant savings that American Chemical’s Quadrack brings to the table.

Since 1987

American Chemical has continued its crusade to bring high quality products with significant value to the marketplace. With over 50 years of combined experience, our technical staff has proven to be among the foremost experts in the adhesive and sealant industry. American Chemical makes use of its in-house laboratory to consistently test and evaluate a huge variety of applications which allows us to bring only the highest quality of product to market.

A Mission of Service

Making a purchase from American Chemical is not just about placing an order from the catalog of superior products. The sales engineers are serious about their knowledge of adhesives and the customer can always rely on expert advice about a wide variety of adhesives. Putting the customer first by delivering superior service and products in a dedicated manner what positions American Chemical in the top of the adhesive and sealant industry.

 

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