The Universal Selection Source: Adhesives Ingredients

How to select raw materials smarter and faster for your Adhesives & Sealants formulations? Renowned experts in the field have designed these Selection Guides to assist you further in your selection according to your applications. In this section, we also provide you with Technology Profiles, states of the art of the main raw materials used in Adhesives & Sealants.

Selection Guide

Select Defoamers/ Anti-Foaming Agents for Adhesives

By Edward M. Petrie

Defoamers/ Anti-foaming Agents are primarily used in formulating waterborne adhesives, but they are also used in solvent-borne and solvent-free systems. Selection of right defoaming agent mainly depends on the distinct adhesive formulation, processes employed in formulation or conversion. Know more about various factors, in detail, while selecting and using anti-foaming agents depending on your formulation. You can get a review of the problems caused by foam formation, the mechanism and factors that cause foaming, and the chemical agents that can be used to hinder or eliminate the formation of foam in adhesive systems.

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Select Tackifiers for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

This guide will endeavor to direct the formulator through the process of selecting a tackifier for a specific adhesive system and end-use requirement. Tackifiers are important low molecular weight constituents in hot melt and pressure sensitive adhesives in terms of their effect on both cost and performance properties. This guide directs about the various classes of tackifiers, their functioning, applications, benefits and limitations of tackifiers.

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Preservatives for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

Given their relatively simple needs for life, microorganisms can attach and grow in many adhesive and sealant products that contain water or naturally-based ingredients. Preservatives / biocides / fungicides are therefore added to combat degradation caused by these organisms. This guide would talk about preservative classification and their working. It also endeavors to direct the formulator through the process of selecting a preservative / biocide / fungicide for a specific adhesive or sealant formulation and end-use requirement.

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Select Dispersing Agents for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

Dispersing agents are essential formulation components that help disperse fillers or particles in adhesives and sealants. This selection guide will provide you a comprehensive review of important aspects related to dispersing agents selection for sealants, water-borne and solvent-borne adhesives. It will help you understand types of dispersing agents used, their mode of action and stabilizing processes. It will also acquaint you with various formulations challenges, factors & test methods to be considered while selecting dispersing agent for a specific adhesive formulation and end-use requirement.

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Select Curing / Vulcanizing Agents for Adhesives

By Edward M. Petrie

The transformation of a liquid resin to a solid adhesive or sealant is achieved by the addition of chemically active compounds known as curing, cross-linking, or vulcanizing agents. Cross-linking increases the thermal stability and mechanical properties of the polymer. Cross-linking, curing, or vulcanizing agents are substances that are added to a polymeric resin to assist the curing reaction. Does Cross-Linking affects the mechanical strength of a sealant? Are there some important factors that need to be considered for selecting Curing Agents? Read on further to explore the Chemistry behind cross-linking and criterion of selecting appropriate Curing Agent…

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Plasticizers for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

This guide endeavors to direct the formulator through the process of selecting a plasticizer for a specific adhesive or sealant formulation and end-use requirement. Read on to explore the various classes of plasticizers, their functioning, applications in the adhesives and sealants and challenges faced by the plasticizer industry.

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Fillers and Extenders for Adhesive Sealant Formulation

By Edward M. Petrie

This guide will direct formulators through the selection process to the point where one can identify the optimal fillers and extenders for a specific combination of base polymer and end-use requirements.

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Flame Retardants for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

This guide endeavors to direct the formulator through the process of selecting flame retardant additives for a specific base polymer and end-use requirement. It represents an overview of all additives that can be used for such purposes and attempts to describe the common flame retardant reaction mechanisms and test methods/ standards that are usually associated with specifying flame retardant adhesives.

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Select Surfactants for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

This guide endeavors to direct the formulator through the process of selecting surfactants that are used for a number of functions related to surface tension in adhesive and sealant formulations. It focuses on fundamentals of surfactants, their classification & working mechanism, benefits they impart to the formulations and recent trends driving development of new surfactants. Read on to select surfactant that best suits your adhesive/ sealant formulation.

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Hot Melt Adhesives

By SpecialChem

This selection guide is designed to explain the basics of hot melt adhesives. Hot melts are thermoplastics that are used after melting the polymer beyond its melting point. It would also apprise you with the different ingredients used in hot melts like waxes, tackifying resins and polymers. You will also be able to know about the working of hot melts, characteristics and applications of different hot melts, role of various components in a hot melt adhesive formulation and much more.

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