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Planning for the end of an Adhesive's Life

Andy Extance – Jan 3, 2011

Adhesive formulators are normally concerned with the strength of the bonds their products form, and how they perform during their lifetime. But with the focus on careful use of resources increasing, should we also be considering ways to make it easier to remove them when the products they're used to assemble stop being useful? While removal is relatively easy for pressure sensitive adhesives, structural adhesives are a completely different matter. But by including oxidizing agents in the adhesive, it's now possible to remove adhesives after a simple heating step.

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