Hands-On Experience: Interning at ITW Performance Polymers
At the end of January 2021, I was at home when I received an email from the HR department at ITW Performance Polymers saying that the team liked my background and wanted to talk with me more about the summer Marketing and Technical Service Intern role. A few days after meeting various people in the both departments, I got the call from Human Resources offering me the internship!Read more
Long-lasting, easy-to-apply room temperature cure coating that increases equipment life
We have launched our next generation wear resistance compound, Devcon Wear Guard 300RTC! It’s designed to protect equipment in elevated temperature in wet and dry environments. This superior room temperature cure coating is highly resistant to chemical attacks in high solid, wet environments up to 300⁰F / 149⁰C.Read more
Repairing with structural adhesives
If you can build it, you will inevitably need to fix it. One of the first things that needs to be considered when designing a product is how that product will be maintained or repaired. As we become more conscious about sustainability, including the circular economy, recycling & upcycling, and “right to repair” regulations that are becoming increasingly commonplace, we should ask questions about our joining methods before we finalize our designs.Read more
What is fixture time anyway?
Two of the most important properties of structural adhesives and methyl methacrylate (MMA) adhesives without exception are the “working time” or “open time” and the “fixture time” or “handling strength.”Read more
Is it strong enough?
One of the most common questions people ask about structural adhesives and bonding applications is: Will it be strong enough? Almost always, the answer is – probably, yeah, but there’s a lot more we need to know before we can be sure. Most of the time, strength is an important factor in choosing an adhesive solution…but it’s not the only thing.Read more
Thixotropy, Viscosity and Rheology ... Oh my!
All Plexus® brand product datasheets contain particular terms that may or may not be familiar to you, depending on how involved you are in buying, specifying, or using structural adhesives. We’re going to highlight a few of these for your edification. The adhesive related terms are: thixotropy, viscosity, and (under the heading of rheology – the study of flow) shear-thinning.Read more