The Intertronics Blog

White Paper: Designing in light curing adhesives – a holistic approach to adhesives in medical device assembly

UV curable adhesives grant significant manufacturing productivity benefits, curing in seconds, “on-demand” when exposed to UV light. With grades certified to ISO 10993 and USP Class VI stands available, they are also well-matched to the manufacture of medical devices. To fully realise the potential that this adhesive technology can bring, it is necessary to take […]

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Adhesive selection: A race against the clock?

There are a few considerations when specifying an adhesive for your application, such as how well it bonds your substrates and if it can meet the functional needs of your application. One other important piece of the puzzle are the time-based factors which dictate how materials can be processed.    Our technical white paper Adhesive selection: a race against the clock? walks you through the various time-sensitive factors at […]

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Protect your electronics in seconds with UV light and rapid moisture cure encapsulants

Dymax UV cure electronics encapsulants with secondary moisture cure resolve the challenge of encapsulating chip and component geometries which have shadowed areas under component bodies or leads. The bulk of the material cures in seconds with light, while the balance cures with ambient moisture. Light-curable formulations are becoming increasingly popular due to their significant benefits […]

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Case study: increasing product design opportunities with Born2Bond Ultra HV CA

As consumers increasingly prefer smaller, more portable, wearable electronic devices, assembling the intricate components can prove challenging. This challenge is further compounded when considering skin contact material requirements and the bonding issues these materials can pose. Fortunately for a wearable electronic device manufacturer, our Born2Bond™ Ultra HV was able to address their bonding challenges while increasing their […]

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Case study: improving sealing quality while maximising productivity in gas sensor manufacture  

When gas sensor manufacturer DD-Scientific wanted to improve the accuracy, repeatability, and productivity of an epoxy sealing process, they asked us. DD-Scientific now benefits from robot-mounted preeflow® eco-DUO precision metering, mixing and dispensing systems, which save the company 23 days of staff time per year, while maintaining the high-quality the company’s products demand. DD-Scientific’s sensors […]

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New product: PU potting compound in cartridges

IRS 3078 Polyurethane Potting Compound is a semi-rigid, room temperature curing and electrically insulating black polyurethane potting compound. The material, which is low viscosity, semi-thixotropic and flowable, is available in convenient side-by-side double syringe cartridges. This packaging suits customers with smaller volume or occasional production needs. It offers high adhesion, good electrical insulation properties and […]

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Case study: putting electronics into an archery arrow with novel CAs

Application In today’s technologically-advanced world, consumers want products that are better, smarter and more intuitive to their needs. For brand owners and manufacturers, this means continuing to push the boundaries on innovative, increasingly-smaller devices that can give consumers new product options unlike anything they’ve seen before. The miniaturisation of devices can pose assembly and bonding challenges, […]

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Plasma surface treatment in dental applications offers efficiency and better results

Plasma surface treatment technology is well established in many manufacturing industries including medical devices, electronics, and automotive. In dental technology, several use cases have been developed, researched, and established to help dental technicians perform tasks more efficiently and achieve better results for patients. Plasma can initiate several physical and chemical processes that both clean and […]

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Simple adhesive processes and standard robotic solutions 

I was struck by an article today on the Industrial Technology website: European Manufacturing Breakthroughs Stifled by Overengineered Industrial Robots. The article quotes Torsten Christensen, partner and co-founder at ChangeForce, a Danish industrial consultancy firm. According to him, the most popular reason behind disappointing robotisation implementations is the complexity and over customisation of technologies installed.  […]

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White Paper: UV light and moisture curable electronics encapsulants

Encapsulants are often required to protect electronic components against moisture, chemicals, and rapid and extreme temperature changes while providing mechanical support and electrical insulation. Light-curable encapsulating compounds can provide significant benefits over conventional technologies, including very fast curing, lower operating costs and increased productivity driven by lower labour requirements, space savings, lower energy demand, and […]

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Accurate, precise dispensing for wearable technology

The comfort, flexibility and connectivity of wearables have been made possible through progress in sensor technology, power management and transmitter technology; these advances in wearable technology require improvements to the production process. One important part of the assembly process is the dispensing of materials like adhesives, silicones, thermally and electrically conductive materials and greases. Dispensing […]

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Dispensing: covering all your processes with one technology

Dispensing and dosing small quantities (microlitres) with volumetric precision can be a headache for many companies in sectors such as electronics and semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace, medical device assembly and pharmaceuticals. Having to maintain accuracy whilst also meeting throughput and productivity demands may have traditionally pushed manufacturers towards complex, multi-system processes in order to achieve their […]

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More ways to improve your productivity through dispensing automation

Adopting robotics for dispensing automation into your production process can contribute considerably to an increase in operational efficiency and productivity. As robotics technology advances, consistency and overall process control becomes ever more attainable and affordable. You may be surprised at how quickly return on investment can be achieved with dispensing robots, particularly when time savings, […]

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Game changing two-part cyanoacrylate adhesives available in convenient cartridges

Born2Bond two-part cyanoacrylate adhesives bring game-changing advancements to the world of adhesives, overcoming many of the performance and application limitations of existing cyanoacrylate adhesives. Born2Bond Structural is the toughest structural, fast cure two-part (2K) cyanoacrylate adhesive on the market, with the longest open time. Born2Bond Flex is the only two-part cyanoacrylate adhesive on the market […]

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Medical-grade ISO 10993 silicone adhesive for bonding silicones and textiles

Wacker’s SILPURAN 4200® medical-grade silicone adhesive is a single-part transparent, room temperature vulcanising (RTV) silicone adhesive that is suitable for bonding cured silicone parts and highly elastic bonding between silicone and textiles, such as in ventilation masks and respiratory bellows. Formulated with a new catalyst which does not use organotin compounds, SILPURAN 4200 is ISO […]

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New options for preeflow eco-PEN precision dispensers increase usability and robustness

Precise, process-safe applications in the field of microdispensing are the focus of preeflow dispensing systems. They employ the endless piston principle to provide accurate, repeatable volumetric dispensing of almost all materials, be they low or high viscosity. Some materials and environments have more rigourous demands for dispensing equipment, so preeflow has developed two new options […]

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Who was Archytas, and what does he have to do with adhesive automation?

We recently launched our archytas series of robot integrations, which are robotic dispensing, UV curing and/or surface preparation systems custom-built to meet your application requirements. Understanding the idea behind the systems is simple enough, but what’s the idea behind the name? Archytas (ARK-it-ahs) was an Ancient Greek philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, statesman, and strategist. He is […]

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Powerful, compact LED UV spot curing system enables up to four concurrent spot cures with ease and flexibility

LED UV light curing systems have gained popularity in recent years, and are becoming the technology of choice and more cost-attractive. The BlueWave QX4 LED UV Spot Curing Lamp offers all the benefits of LED UV over traditional broad-spectrum technology including instant on/off with no warm-up, low operating temperature, decreased energy consumption and up to 20,000 hour […]

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Case study: developing electronic textiles with UV curing

Recent advances in semiconductor and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have reduced both their size and cost. The Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University is incorporating these components into the yarn-making stage to broaden the possibilities for electronic textiles into areas like temperature sensing, medical monitoring, motion sensing, energy harvesting and illumination. By incorporating the […]

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THINKY mixers prove successful in battery slurry formulation

We have recently had excellent feedback from several of our customers on the success of THINKY mixers for their research and development and small-scale production of battery slurries. The growing demand for lithium-ion batteries has inspired businesses to develop electrode slurry materials, including optimisation of formulations. The slurry consists of electrode particles, small carbon particles to help conduction and […]

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Temporary masking for surface treatment in aerospace

Many harsh surface treatment processes are used during the manufacture of aerospace and other high technology components. During many of these processes, some areas of the component do not require the treatment, requiring temporary protection. Dymax SpeedMask® temporary masking materials provide aerospace manufacturing companies with reliable surface protection without the challenges of traditional masking materials […]

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Thinky mixers and precision dosing at Making Pharmaceuticals Exhibition, 24-25th April 2018, Coventry

The mixing together of liquids, pastes, powders and fillers is a critical process in many sectors, not least in pharmaceutical and cosmetics R&D and production. Getting a fully homogeneous bubble-free mix of materials, especially those with different forms or viscosities, is of paramount concern. Speed and repeatability of the pharmaceutical mixing process will aid productivity […]

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Factors for consideration when bonding composite materials

Composites continue to be the subject of rapid advancement in terms of formulation, production and types of applications. Incorporating composites in your assemblies requires adhesives that contribute to the highest possible performance and reliability, exploit their qualities of strength and light weight and meet the demanding conditions of the automotive, defence, aerospace, marine, medical, electronics/electrical, […]

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Precision liquid dispensing – ultra-fast, super accurate jetting valve

The Vermes MDS 3010+ and Vermes MDS 3020+ Microdispensing Jetting Valves are designed for precision dispensing of material in small volumes at fast speeds with extremely high accuracy and repeatability. The piezo-actuated valves satisfy the trend for increasing miniaturisation of components in production processes – demanding ever-smaller deposits of beads and lines – as well as the requirement to […]

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Case study: UV curing gasket aids serviceable Li-Ion battery packaging in automotive industry

GenZe dedicate themselves purely to getting customers where they need to be with their two wheeled electric vehicles. A leading pioneer in the field, GenZe has developed leading edge engineering, R&D, and design innovations in areas including Li-Ion battery production. Packaging state-of-the-art electronics with energy-dense Li-Ion battery cells presents some unique challenges and opportunities The Problem […]

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Beyond the benchtop: gantry robots for larger applications and production lines

Gantry robots provide the reliability of precisely positioned dispensing for conveyor operations requiring a Cartesian gantry robot, or for bench applications that require XYZ movement above the work. These robots can increase your production output and product quality with consistent results on every piece. With simple, fully-supported implementation from our Technical Team here at Intertronics you will […]

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