What makes a good adhesives partner?
To help companies pinpoint what to look for in an adhesives partner, Intertronics has written up the results of a roundtable discussing the question ‘what makes a good adhesives partner?’ For UK manufacturers looking to design new or improve current adhesives processes, the outcomes of the roundtable discussion are available to read on the Intertronics website.
archytas series of robotic integrations for efficiency
To enable manufacturing businesses across the UK to automate multiple adhesive processes on one machine, adhesives and dispensing equipment specialist Intertronics has introduced the archytas series of robotic integrations. Each cell is specified and built to a customer’s individual needs to provide them with accurate and repeatable processes, improve health and safety and increase productivity.
Investing in adhesives: considerations for ROI
One of the major considerations when specifying an adhesive is how quickly it will deliver return on investment (ROI), a metric that is affected by a variety of tangible and intangible factors. Here Matthew Baseley, Technical Sales Executive at adhesives specialist Intertronics, has explained the considerations that determine return on investment (ROI) in an adhesives process.
Born2Bond Light Lock low-odour curable CA
Intertronics has launched Born2Bond Light Lock, a low-odour, low bloom, dual-curing cyanoacrylate adhesive (CA). Designed for a wide range of bonding applications that require fast fixture, coating or surface cure, Light Lock’s dual cure formulation includes both instant (surface) cure and light cure. It is available in high viscosity and gel formulations for bonding, repair, coating or infilling applications.
Practical testing for a productive process
Up front evaluation of the performance of materials and equipment for a manufacturing process to establish how they will perform in the real world can greatly reduce the risk of problems later down the line. One of the steppingstones to productivity is a simple, efficient and error free process when first setting up the production. Here Kevin Cook, Technical Manager at adhesives specialist Intertronics, has discussed how practical testing c...
Managing blooming in an adhesives process
Cyanoacrylates (CAs) are easy to use, single-part adhesives that cure quickly at room temperature, offer good throughput and are suitable for bonding a range of substrates. Here Peter Swanson, Managing Director of adhesives specialist Intertronics, has shared his tips on how to manage and prevent blooming in your CA process.
Improve productivity by updating the adhesives process
Now that now things are tentatively back up and running, businesses are looking for ways to use their people and their equipment to be as competitive as possible in challenging markets. Here Kevin Cook, Technical Manager at adhesives specialist Intertronics, has shared insight on how manufacturers can improve productivity by updating their adhesives process.
Dispensing tips for wearables manufacturing
Consumer wearables, including smart watches and augmented reality glasses, have captured the imagination of many. Here Peter Swanson, Managing Director of adhesives specialist Intertronics, has discussed best practice for dispensing processes in wearables manufacturing.
Precise dispensing of anaerobic adhesives
Anaerobic adhesives are the most popular type in industry, and are ubiquitous in workshops everywhere, used as threadlockers and retaining compounds. Applications for anaerobic adhesives that require more accuracy and precision in dispensing can be challenging because of the unique cure mechanism. Here Peter Swanson, Managing Director at Intertronics, has presented evidence for the use of preeflow dispensers for anaerobic adhesives.
Cleaning industrial parts with pressure plasma
The cleanliness of functional and connecting surfaces is critical for the quality of subsequent processes like bonding, coating and printing. That’s why manufacturers may want to consider using atmospheric pressure plasma, an environmentally friendly cleaning technology suited to inline applications. Here Peter Swanson, Managing Director of adhesives specialist Intertronics, explains the benefits of plasma for industrial parts cleaning.
Intertronics supplies new handheld piezobrush PZ3
Adhesives specialist Intertronics has announced that it now supplies the small plasma handheld device, the piezobrush PZ3. It efficiently uses cold atmospheric pressure plasma for the surface treatment of plastics, metals and natural materials. The plasma treatment activates, functionalises and cleans surfaces.
Dispensing: what is meant by accuracy and repeatability?
A number of the products that we offer are described as being highly accurate, precise and/or repeatable. We believe that these criteria are important to a process where consistent, high quality output is required, and they have a big impact on productivity through reduction of material waste, quality-based rejects, and rework. But what exactly do we mean when we say ‘accurate’, ‘precise’ and ‘repeatable’? ...
Intertronics supplies Born2Bond cyanoacrylate adhesives
Adhesives specialist Intertronics has been appointed as distributor of Born2Bond, a new range of cyanoacrylate (CA) adhesives suitable for bonding applications in high technology industries such as medical devices, electronics assembly, and automotive manufacturing and aftermarket.
Developing electronic textiles with UV curing
Intertronics has supported the Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to develop electronic textiles that add functionality to materials and garments.
Tips for the precise dispensing of two-part adhesives
When dispensing small amounts of two-part adhesives or other materials, two key considerations are whether the material is mixed correctly and the accuracy of the amount dispensed. Here Paul Whitehead, Key Account Manager at adhesives specialist Intertronics, shares his thoughts on the precise metering, mixing and dispensing of small amounts of two-part materials.
What is your productivity potential?
To help British manufacturers improve their productivity and become more competitive on a global scale, adhesives specialist Intertronics has launched a new campaign. ‘What is your productivity potential?’ will highlight the ways that British manufacturers can simplify their processes, improve repeatability and reduce waste.
Precision dispensing for difficult-to-mixt materials
Adhesives specialist Intertronics has launched the preeflow eco-DUOMIX, a precision dispensing system that mixes and dispenses two-part materials. The eco-DUOMIX is advantageous in applications where two-part adhesive are required to be dispensed with volumetric accuracy down to 0.008ml, such as in medical device manufacturing and electronics applications.
Theory vs practice in the adhesives process
“It works in practice, but does it work in theory” is a phrase commonly used to describe situations in economics. But the same can be applied to adhesives processes, where the datasheet may not always give the same insights as your practical observations and tests.
Using silicone gels to protect outdoor LED signage
LED-based lighting technology is being used for manifold and diverse applications, including illuminations outside. For outdoor signage, manufacturers may need to use potting or encapsulation materials to protect LEDs against water, moisture and other environmental factors.
Overcoming oxygen inhibition in UV light curing
Sometimes cured UV adhesives have a tacky or sticky surface, even after being exposed to the correct amount of UV light, due to a phenomenon called oxygen inhibition. However, with a full understanding of the process, manufacturers can achieve tack free cures. Here Matt Baseley, Senior Technical Salesperson of adhesives specialist Intertronics, has explained how to avoid a tacky surface after curing.