10 Applications for Adhesive Technologies

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1. Mattress Adhesive Technologies

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The technology is used to help hold mattress layers together. Adhesives are very important in the construction of mattresses. There are two distinct types of adhesive technologies applied in the mattress industry, including:

Hot Melt Adhesives

These are gaining popularity in mattress assembly. The hot melts tend to quickly form a bond and solidify. They do this as heat disperses. These adhesives give fast initial tack, which helps in making the assembly process even faster. Since they don’t require a carrying agent, less material is needed in the assembly.

2. Fabric Industry

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Adhesive technology is used in the fabric industry. This is by using fabric adhesives that can be liquid white glues such as polyvinyl acetate. Some glues can cover lightweight and heavyweight fabric bonding while others cannot.

There are also some glue versions that are safe for washing and dry cleaning. These types can be used to mend a falling hem or in DIY projects such as making foam laminated computer sleeves. They can help in sewing a very long lasting craft.

3. Carpentry

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Carpenters rely very much on different types of glues to complete their work. These include:

Yellow Wood Glue

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This glue is made of vinyl acetate and tends to be water-based. It is specifically designed for wood, and it holds onto the uncured state. Since it is always rigid, it is easier to sand. This wood glue sets in within an hour or less. There are usually three types of wood adhesives:

• Type-1 has some waterproof properties. Can be used in outdoor furniture and trim

• Type-2 does better in external conditions. Such adhesives tend to have longer open time and can bond even at colder temperatures

• Type-3 designed for interior use since it is not water resistant

Contact adhesives are also used in assembling furniture and other things. They are usually solvent or neoprene-based and are supposed to be applied to the two surfaces to be bonded. Once the solvent evaporates, the surfaces develop a strong bond that comes with high resistance.

4. Ceramic and Leather Industries

 

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These industries normally use cyanoacrylate adhesives. Such glues tend to bond rapidly and form a sturdy bond with a dry clear. Superglues come in different viscosities. Cyanoacrylates tend to set in a few minutes. They are waterproof and dry clear too. These glues work best in tensile applications that require low impact strength.

5. Office and Stationery Use

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When it comes to stationery use, glue sticks are great, especially for children. They provide low bonding adhesive though their results are permanent. These glues can be used on different types of papers like cardboard, poster board, and foam board. The glue tends to dry clear. A good example where they can be applied is in the sealing of envelopes.

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6. Decorative Use

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Adhesives like white craft glue are used in lightweight materials like cardboard, paper, cloth, and kids crafts. Their carrier is usually water, which makes them easier to clean and low in toxicity. These kinds of glue need to dry before any strength can be observed. For them to hold, they need to be held in place so that they can set and dry.

A user can get creative by adding fillers like water-based food coloring, or pigment to make decorations. They usually take one hour to set and approximately a day to finally cure.

7. Paint Industry

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For paint to get sticky, manufacturers use casein glue. This kind of glue comes from milk in a water-based alkaline solvent. Casein is used in improving the adhesion of paints and coatings.

8. Plywood Industry

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Usually, glues from blood albumen are used in the plywood industry. Such glues are made from serum albumen. The addition of an alkali to the mixture of water and albumen increases the adhesive powers.

9. Photography

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Spray adhesives are great for sticking fabrics or photos to a foam board back. It is important to use these adhesives in a well-ventilated room. They need to evaporate once sprayed on the project to give time for the solvent to evaporate. Once the project has mated, it is not possible to reposition the substrates.

They can be used with foam board, paper, felt, and photo. If the project involves wood, plastic sheets, and metal, there are specialty contact adhesives that can be used. They come in a can, so it is easy to roll or brush them.

10. Medical Uses

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With extensive technologies, the medical field has discovered a non-toxic glue to replace commercially available products. With over 200 million major surgeries that are performed annually around the world, adhesives have a promising future in the medical world.

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