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.
Three applications of plasma for glass pre-treatment
Plasma surface treatment is suitable for a range of applications on glass. Cold atmospheric plasma enables ultrafine cleaning, to remove contaminants and dust. By promoting wettability and adhesion, plasma is also suitable for preparing glass for digital printing. Here Peter Swanson, Managing Director of Intertronics, shares three successful applications of plasma surface treatment for glass.
New dispensing valve for jetting liquids and pastes
Intertronics now supplies the Vermes Microdispensing System (MDS) 1560, an easy-to use, cost effective jetting valve for a wide range of viscosities, including solder pastes. The product is based on Dynamic Shockwave Technology (DST), a pneumatic actuator technology, which optimises the valve’s yield to achieve more precise dispensing. Able to dispense very small amounts in rapid succession, the consistent actuation power delivers high...
Confirmation of adhesive placement, quantity and cure
Intertronics has announced that it is supplying the expanded product range of Dymax Encompass adhesives, a patented technology that combines the benefits of See-Cure colour change and Ultra-Red fluorescence into one light-curable product. This combination means that manufacturers can benefit from the production efficiencies associated with rapid, on-demand curing, while also safeguarding against quality issues.
How to achieve bubble-free mixing
There are many industrial processes which require fast mixing of liquids, pastes and powders, and where the uniformity and homogeneity of these mixes is vital. These include adhesives, inks, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, sealants, LED phosphors, nanoparticles, dental materials and more.
New compact LED UV curing flood lamp announced
To give manufacturers all the benefits of curing using UV LED technology in a compact, all-in-one design, adhesives specialist Intertronics now offers the Dymax BlueWave AX-550 LED UV curing flood lamp. The lamp offers rapid curing and consistency across a 125x125mm curing area and can sit on a benchtop or be integrated into an automated production line.
New thermally conductive adhesives in practical packaging
Intertronics has added three products to its extensive range of thermally conductive adhesives from its partner Polytec PT. Users will benefit from convenient side-by-side cartridge packaging, which simplifies application. The adhesives have added functionality, including high thermal conductivity (2.2W/mK), very good adhesion, flexibility and high temperature resistance.
UV curing for medical device manufacturers
Typical medical device applications which use UV curing adhesives include needles and cannulas, reservoirs, tube sets and catheters. Manufacturers find that using UV light curing technology results in production efficacy and an increase in productivity. Here Peter Swanson, Managing Director of Intertronics, explains the benefits of LED UV curing technology to medical device manufacturers.
Tips for precise dispensing of small amounts 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 Intertronics, shares his thoughts on the precise metering, mixing and dispensing of small amounts of two-part materials.
Top tips for a successful UV curing process
Manufacturers often choose light curing materials for assembly applications because of their bonding effectiveness, rapid cure time and process efficiencies. With so many adhesives and so much equipment on the market, where should manufacturers start? Here Peter Swanson, Managing Director at Intertronics, shares three tips for manufacturers operating UV curing processes.
How to future proof your UV curing needs
Intertronics is now offering new products in the Dymax MX-Series of high intensity LED UV curing lamps. The products offer manufacturers the flexibility to tailor their LED UV curing systems to their needs, by offering three different emitter patterns, as well as three different wavelengths - 365, 385 and 405nm.
The benefits of plasma cleaning
Contaminants, such as oxides, water, organic substances and dust, often cover a surface in layers due to natural exposure in air. While the surface may appear clean to the human eye, such contaminants can impair further treatment such as bonding, printing, painting or coating. Here Peter Swanson, Managing Director of Intertronics discusses plasma cleaning technology and its benefits.
Adhesives dispensing expertise shared at FAST Live
To help the industry better tackle the challenges of technology and manufacturing using adhesives and protective materials, Peter Swanson, Managing Director at adhesives specialist Intertronics, ran a seminar at FAST Live. Swanson offered insights into dispensing technology, process validation and the latest positive displacement and jetting technologies.
The benefits of UV curing optical adhesives
Canada Balsam - distilled sap from the balsam tree - was one of the first materials to be used as an optical adhesive. Whilst of high optical quality, its poor thermal and solvent resistance caused it to be superseded during World War II by more robust materials. To meet the production and performance requirements of optics applications, engineers are often turning to UV curing adhesives. Peter Swanson, Managing Director of Intertronics, exp...
Making plasma surface treatment portable
To give manufacturers access to high powered, portable plasma treatment, Intertronics has introduced the Relyon Plasmatool. Suitable for a range of processes, substrates and geometries, the portable surface treatment system will help manufacturers in applications where the substrate is difficult to treat because of size or location.
The benefits of UV curing in 3D modelling
Design teams test the aerodynamics of a Formula 1 car by putting a prototype in a wind tunnel. Using a full-size model in the testing process can be expensive and time-consuming, so development engineers often use smaller scale 3D models during testing - but how can they be sure that the prototype will be up to scratch? Simon Gibbs, Product Specialist at Intertronics, explains how design engineers can benefit from UV curing when 3D printing ...
Growing adhesives firm opens new facility
To deliver better customer service and accommodate further growth, Intertronics has opened a new facility in Kidlington. Inaugurated on 25th February 2019, the building provides increased warehouse space to enable next day delivery, an enhanced office area to house its growing team and a new Technology Centre to give customers greater access to Intertronics’ equipment and expertise.
Increasing capability in automated dispensing
To give manufacturers access to the latest in automated liquid dispensing technology, adhesives specialist Intertronics is introducing the next generation of modular Fisnar F4000 ADVANCE series robots. Manufactured by leading supplier of fluid dispensing systems and equipment, Fisnar, the new series comprises the most extensive range of robots in the industry.